Total Minimum Hours 72 credit hours (Post-Baccalaureate) 42 credit hours (Post-Masters)
Core requirements 9 credit hours minimum
Additional Coursework - 61 (post-Baccalaureate) or 31 (post-masters) hours minimum
Dissertation -2 credit hours minimum
Core Requirements - 9 credit hours minimum
CHM 6935 6 Graduate Seminars in Chemistry
CHM 6978 3 Advanced Research in Chemistry
Electives - 61 (Post-Baccalaureate) or 31 (post-masters)
Students may select from graduate level courses in the Chemistry Department and/or related departments, such as Public Health, Education, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics, with advisement of the students Supervisory Committee. Courses include, but are not limited to, the following:
BCH 5045 3 Biochemistry Core Course
BCH 5105 1-3 Biochemistry Laboratory Rotations
CHM 5225 3 Intermediate Organic Chemistry I
CHM 5226 3 Intermediate Organic Chemistry II
CHM 5452 3 Polymer Chemistry
CHM 5621 3 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 5931 1-3 Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHM 6036 3 Chemical Biology
CHM 6150 3 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHM 6235 3 Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
CHM 6250 3 Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Synthesis
CHM 6263 3 Advanced Organic Chemistry II: Physical-Organic
CHM 6279 3 Introduction to Drug Discovery
CHM 6936 1 Chemistry Colloquium
CHM 6938 1-3 Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHM 6945 3 Investigating Chemical Education Research in the United States
CHM 7820 varies Directed Research
Students must successfully pass at least three of the five ACS undergraduate Chemistry proficiency exams in the subject areas of Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. A student may attempt each area exam three times and must score above the national norms.
Promotion to Candidacy
Before the end of the third academic semester (not counting the summer), the student should present to the Supervisory Committee a written document outlining the student’s research progress and future plans . This research summary is also to be presented orally to the committee, and a successful defense results in the student being promoted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
Original Research Proposal (ORP) Examination
An original research proposal must be written and defended before the end of the fifth semester (excluding summers), and after the student has already obtained Ph.D. candidacy.
Research Data Presentation
The student must give a research data presentation to his or her Dissertation Committee preferably by the end of the fourth year (eight semesters, excluding summers), and at least one semester prior to the final oral thesis defense.
Publication and Presentation Requirements
The student must publish at least one peer-reviewed manuscript on his or her doctoral research topic, and make at least two presentations at a scientific meeting.
Oral Defense of the Ph.D. Dissertation
Upon completing all the research and other program requirements, the student will schedule a final oral defense of the written dissertation. This presentation is open to the public and will serve as the final comprehensive examination required by the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
Dissertation (2 Credit Hours minimum)
CHM 7980 2 credits Dissertation
Students who take more dissertation hours may apply these toward the additional course requirements.