Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Requirements

 

Last updated 12/09/2015

First Year

  • Advisory exams
  • Take required Physical major courses (Chem. 661, 675)
  • Begin accumulating minor credits and take elective Physical major courses
  • Enroll in and attend Physical Seminars (Chem. 960)
  • Enroll in Chem 901
  • Attend research talks (September/October)
  • Join a research group between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15
  • Begin Research (Chem. 992 or 995)

Second Year

  • Enroll in and attend Physical Seminars (Chem. 960)
  • Finish required coursework (Chem 960 for two credits and minor credits)
  • File Minor Agreement form (Obtain from Chemistry Graduate Office and submit halfway through coursework.)
  • Thesis Background Oral Exam (must be completed during the February 1 to April 1 time frame).
  • Continue research

Third Year

  • Enroll in and attend Physical Seminars (Chem. 960)
  • Original Research proposal (must be completed prior to the end of the Spring semester).
  • File Request for Preliminary Warrant to request dissertator status. (Obtain from Chemistry Graduate Office and submit one month prior to defense.)
  • Continue research

Fourth (and subsequent) Year(s)

  • Enroll in and attend Physical Seminars (Chem. 960)
  • Mentor Committee Meeting (must be completed during the February 1 to April 1 time frame).
  • Continue research
  • Write and defend Ph.D. thesis
  • File Ph.D. Final Oral Committee Approval form (Obtain from Chemistry Graduate Office and submit one month prior to oral exam.)

View Physical Path Ph.D. requirements.
View general Department of Chemistry Ph.D. requirements.