Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
- A baccalaureate degree with a major in chemistry.
- Undergraduate credit in mathematics through integral calculus.
- One year of physics.
- Graduate Record Examination General test for all students. (Chemistry subject test also required for all applicants without a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry).
- Students with a bachelor’s degree may be directly admitted into the Ph.D. program.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Chemistry Department.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in chemistry is a research degree and is conferred only in recognition of high achievement in independent scientific research and scholarship.
A candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry must complete a research problem in one of the four fields of chemistry. The scope of the doctoral dissertation will be such as to require the equivalent of at least one full-time academic year of research. Some doctoral research will require a substantially longer time. This research is expected to make a significant contribution to the candidate’s chosen field of chemistry. When the major professor decides that the candidate has satisfactorily completed the research problem, the candidate, in accordance with the regulations of the University, is required to prepare a dissertation covering the research.
- Completion of 90 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree
- Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
- Required Courses:
- Two (2) credits of CHEM 509 Graduate Seminar
- Nine (9) credits of 500-level courses from one of the three specific major sequences listed below:
Course List Code Title Credits Analysis and Applications CHEM 541 Analytical Spectroscopy 3 CHEM 542 Electrochemical Methods 3 CHEM 543 Chromatography 3 Synthetic CHEM 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 CHEM 512 Organometallic Chemistry 3 CHEM 521 Advanced Organic Chemistry II 3 CHEM 522 Advanced Organic Chemistry III 3 Theory CHEM 475 Materials Chemistry 3 CHEM 530 Chemical Thermodynamics 3 or PHYS 543 Statistical Physics or CHE 509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics CHEM 531 Chemical Dynamics 3 CHEM 532 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry 3 or PHYS 539 Quantum Mechanics
- Three (3) credits of CHEM 519 Special Topics in Chemistry
- Scholarly Tools: Up to 9 credits of foundational classes, either from other Departments (subject to approval by the student's advisory committee) or those listed below:
Course List Code Title Credits CHEM 466 Fundamentals of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry 4 CHEM 454 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 CHEM 333 Analytical Chemistry 3 CHEM 361 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I 1 CHEM 362 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry II 1 CHEM 510 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 3 CHEM 520 Advanced Organic Chemistry I 3
- Nine (9) credits of elective courses (at least six must be 500-level Chemistry courses; three of these nine must be taken in divisions other than the major). Some of these credits may be replaced by Scholarly Tools as described above if deemed appropriate.
- CHEM 599 Research 55-57 credits
- CHEM 999 Dissertation 10-12 credits
Passing of the Comprehensive Exam is required. To advance to Candidacy, the student must also file a Topic proposal.