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Doctoral Requirements for Chemistry, Ph.D.
College of Science
Research programs leading to the Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy degree are offered in the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical chemistry and in chemical physics. Please refer to our website www.chem.utah.edu to learn about the research interests of our faculty members.
All graduate students are encouraged to select a research director and to begin their thesis research no later than the end of the second semester in residence. The graduate program is flexible in order to meet the specific objectives of the candidate. It is possible to work on a problem involving collaborations with more than one faculty member.
At the beginning of the third year, all students must pass an informal oral examination designed to assure that significant progress has been made in the design and execution of the Ph.D. research project. Students are required to give a seminar in the Department. The Ph.D. course of study typically requires 4-5 years. The final requirement for graduation is an oral defense of a thesis written by the candidate as a formal exposition of his or her research accomplishments.
The Graduate Education Committee monitors the progress of students. This committee handles all problems students might have with degree requirements and is the place to go to seek clarification and consideration.