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PhD in Chemistry

Standard Program

The Ph.D. Chemistry program aims to (i) train students to conduct independent research and have a broad basic knowledge of all disciplines of chemistry and a more comprehensive knowledge in one specific field, and (ii) cater to students with an M.S. Chemistry degree or its equivalent. The Standard Program requires a minimum of course work and provides flexibility in regard to the student’s background, experience, and interests.

The pre-requisite is an M.S. Chemistry degree or its equivalent in an allied discipline, obtained from a recognized institution of higher learning. These allied fields may include Agricultural Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geochemistry, Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science.

The Ph.D. Chemistry (Standard Program) requires 34 units, broken down as follows: required subjects (6 units), electives (12 units), and a Ph.D. dissertation (16 units). Additional requirements include language proficiency, cumulative and comprehensive examinations, a research proposal, and publication of research work.


Curriculum

REQUIRED SUBJECTS 6 units

CH 38x.1 Graduate Seminars I 3 units
CH 38x.2 Graduate Seminar II 3 units

Electives 12 units

Any two subjects from the Chemistry Department with the approval of the Academic Adviser

Any two subjects from other School of Science and Engineering departments with the approval of the Academic Adviser

Language Requirement

The student must demonstrate an ability to read scientific papers in modern languages other than English. Proficiency in a computer language other than BASIC will also satisfy this requirement.

Comprehensive Examinations

Dissertation WRITING AND ORAL DEFENSE 16 units



Straight Program


The Ph.D. Chemistry (Straight Program) requires 52 units, broken down as follows: required subjects (21 units), electives (15 units), and a Ph.D. dissertation (16 units). Additional requirements include language proficiency, cumulative and comprehensive examinations, a research proposal, and publication of research work.


Curriculum

REQUIRED SUBJECTS 21 units

CH 211 series or CH 212 series Inorganic Chemistry 3 units
CH 221 series or CH 222 series Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 units
CH 235 series or CH 236 series Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3 units
CH 241 series or CH 242 series Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 units
CH 251 series or CH 252 series Advanced Biochemistry 3 units
CH 385.1 & CH 385.2 Graduate Seminars I and II 6 units

Electives 15 units

Any five subjects available at the Chemistry Department or other School of Science and Engineering departments with the approval of the Academic Adviser

Language Requirement

The student must demonstrate an ability to read scientific papers in modern languages other than English. Proficiency in a computer language other than BASIC will also satisfy this requirement.

Comprehensive Examinations

Dissertation WRITING AND ORAL DEFENSE 16 units





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