The program leading to obtaining a Doctoral Degree emphasizes the attainment of a high level of competency in a specialized area of chemistry, but also requires the development of a broad knowledge, at least partly through course work and by attending research seminars. By the time the degree is earned, the student should show promise of becoming a capable and independent research scientist. The major emphasis for the Ph.D. degree is on research.
The Department of Chemistry offers a Ph.D. in chemistry that is internationally well-respected in both industry and academia. Students may choose to focus on one of the following six specialized areas of chemistry or to pursue research projects spanning multiple areas.
You may choose to specialize in these fields of study:
- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Biology
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
The Sustainable Energy Science Program encourages interdisciplinary study of the physical science that under-pins energy use and supply. The Ph.D. minor program embraces a multidisciplinary approach drawing expertise from a number of Departments and Schools with an emphasis on the understanding of the scientific basis of sustainability and the implications of energy use.
The Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) Degree is designed to prepare individuals for teaching in secondary schools and community colleges, directing community outreach programs, corporate trainers, and laboratory directors just to name a few possible career paths. This program can be completed in a two-year full-time year-round program or in a four-year summer only program.
**We are currently not accepting applicants into the MAT program.**
In addition, Department of Chemistry faculty members participate in several interdepartmental programs.