Chemistry - Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
210 Williams Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2032
chem@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/chemistry


Description

The Ph.D. degree in Chemistry provides students with opportunities for research in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as biochemistry. Many of the research topics are built around interdisciplinary themes in biomedical research (bioanalytical, bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry) and materials science (nanomaterials, liquid crystals, photonic materials, spectroscopy, surface science).

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum 3.25 graduate GPA
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum 600 quantitative GRE score or minimum 143 quantitative GRE score is expected (athough the subject GRE is not required, candidates are encouraged to provide a subject GRE score to strengthen their application)
  • Completion of undergraduate courses consisting of one year each in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus and physics is expected

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 74 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 50 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an improved knowledge of a specialization within chemistry by their performance on written and oral candidacy examinations.
  2. Develop their abilities to plan and execute chemical experiments by successfully completing independent research projects.
  3. Develop their presentation skills by giving four seminars to their colleagues in the subdiscipline, by authoring or contributing to publications of their research, by oral or poster presentations of their research at conferences, and by writing and defending a dissertation.
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-PHD-CHEM]

Major Requirements
CHEM 70894COLLEGE TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY 1
CHEM 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Chemistry Electives21
Chemistry Seminar Electives, choose from the following:4
SEMINAR: ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Seminars in Development/Problem Sovling Electives, choose from the following:4
SEMINAR:RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOCHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:PROBLEM SOLVING IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
SEMINAR:PROBLEM SOLVING IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Baccalaureate Students90
Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Master's Students60
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Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for CHEM 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter CHEM 80299, each semester, including one term each summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met. 

Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must pass a written examination in the field of specialization, the form and time of the examination being determined by each division (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry or physical chemistry). Those failing this examination may repeat the examination once. After passing the written examination, the student must present a detailed written proposal for his/her dissertation research. The successful oral defense of this proposal and its acceptance by the advisory committee admits the student to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.