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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, Ph.D., (Materials/Polymer Track)

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Degree Requirements

Primary Core Courses

The student must complete the primary core courses. The student must then complete secondary core courses, for the materials/polymer track. Additional courses will be selected based on the student’s interest and research program and in consultation with the student’s adviser and faculty committee. A core course may be substituted with another course with approval of the Department of Chemistry graduate adviser, in consultation with the student’s research adviser.

Teaching Practicum

The student will complete at least two terms of the teaching practicum to enhance communication skills.

Current Topics in Research

All students must register for research topics courses for at least the first four terms in the program.

Cumulative Exams

The student will take up to 12 cumulative exams until the required total score is obtained.

Research Paper

At the end of the second year, students will write a paper and orally describe the progress of their research, including a plan for the future research program to be completed for the dissertation. This will be presented to the department and graded by a faculty committee that includes the student’s adviser.

Research Proposal

At the beginning of the student’s third year, the student will write an original research proposal unrelated to the student’s research program and will present this to the department and successfully defend this proposal before the faculty committee.


Upon successful completion of the above items, students will be admitted to candidacy. The candidates must then:

Graduate Courses

Enroll in a sufficient number of graduate courses to complete at least 48 credit hours.


Make a presentation at a professional meeting appropriate to the field of research.

Research Program

Complete their research program under the supervision of the faculty.


Successfully write and orally defend before a faculty committee a dissertation on their individual research program. No more than 12 credit hours can be in dissertation courses.

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