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College of Humanities & Sciences

Chemical Biology Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. - Requirements

The awarding of the Ph.D. degree is not based solely upon the completion of a definite number of credit hours, but rather upon the accomplishments of the student in research, in course work, in individual examinations, and on the dissertation. Requirements in detail are indicated below. Students seeking an exception to the graduate requirements must present their case to the members of the Graduate Evaluation and Advising Committee. If a majority of the committee agrees to support the appeal, they will present it to the faculty for departmental consideration.

Course requirements

Program Description (bulletin copy)
Ph.D. in Chemical Biology

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. in Chemical Biology are similar to those for other doctoral programs at the university. Acceptance is based upon undergraduate performance, satisfactory scores on the GRE and letters of recommendation. In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the Graduate School and the College of Humanities and Sciences, students are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 30 semester credits in chemistry or biology. These credits should consist of at least two semesters of organic chemistry and a biology course in cell biology, molecular biology or genetics. A physical chemistry course is desirable. Further requirements include a satisfactory GPA score of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; satisfactory GRE scores (must be less than 5 years old); a written statement of the candidate's goals and three letters of recommendation. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory. For international students, satisfactory scores on the TOEFL exam are necessary. The University minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based). Scores must be current (within two years). Students may be admitted as degree-seeking or, if applicants have outstanding potential, but lack specific requirements, they may be accepted as provisional. Graduate students in the Chemical Biology Ph.D. program may receive financial support via teaching or research assistantships or fellowships available from the home department. Provisionally accepted students must complete all conditions within one year of enrollment. No part-time students are accepted at this time.

Students entering in the spring semester may begin to take courses and rotations to fulfill requirements but must take CHEB601 and 602 in sequence.





Any 3 credits of
graduate level
analytical coursework

CHEM 620

CHEM 504

CHEM 510 OR CHEM 511

Admissions Requirements for Graduate Study
Indicate 'home' department: Chemistry or Other
Semester(s) of entry: Fall // Spring
Deadline dates: Mar 15  // Nov 15
Test requirements: GRE

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