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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Chemistry (CHM)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 40.0501
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry Department (CHM)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Edward Turos
Phone: 813-974-7312


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Program Information

The Department of Chemistry offers Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Non-thesis Master of Arts degrees. The Chemistry graduate faculty is comprised of full-time senior faculty members, all holding the Ph.D. degree. The combination of a large and strong faculty with a wide variety of courses and electives provides students with programs of study that can be tailored to fit individual needs, while maintaining a sound background in all general aspects of Chemistry. The excellent research facilities and very low student-faculty ratio combine to afford unique opportunities for advanced study in Chemistry.

Major Research Areas:
Research opportunities are available in such interdisciplinary and specialized areas as Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education, Computer Modeling and Computational Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Delivery, Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Enzymology, Inorganic Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Metal-Organic Framework Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Natural Products, Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Organic Chemistry, Organocatalysis, Photochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymers, Spectroscopy, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Applicants must have earned a B.A. or BS degree in Chemistry. Applicants with other degrees will be considered on a case by case basis. In addition, applicants must have

  • a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.
  • a preferred minimum score of 149 V (430/800, 47th percentile) and 147 Q (470/800, 28th percentile) on the GRE (the Chemistry subject exam is not required, but recommended)
  • a minimum of a 3.00 grade point average (based on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework, as verified by an official transcript from the applicants undergraduate institution
  • at least three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the students academic background

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours 72 credit hours (Post-Baccalaureate) 42 credit hours (P ost-M asters)

Core requirements 9credit hours minimum
Additional Coursework - 61 (post-Baccalaureate) or 31 (post-masters) hours minimum
Dissertation -2credit hours minimum

Core Requirements - 9 credit hours minimum

CHM 6935        6       Graduate Seminars in Chemistry
CHM 6978        3       Advanced Research in Chemistry

Additional Course Requirements- 61 (Post-Baccalaureate) or 31 (post-masters)
Students may select from the following list of 5000 or 6000 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 student’s Supervisory Committee.

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

Other Program Requirements

Qualifying Exam
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 by the end of the student’s 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.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

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