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Enter your information below to receive more information about the Chemistry (PhD) program offered at UCF.
A Bachelor of Science degree in the Chemical Sciences or a closely related field.
Core Courses12 Total Credits
- Complete at least 4 of the following:
- CHM6710 - Applied Analytical Chemistry (3)
- CHM6440 - Kinetics and Catalysis (3)
- CHS6251 - Applied Organic Synthesis (3)
- CHS6240 - Chemical Thermodynamics (3)
- BCH6740 - Advanced Biochemistry (3)
Seminar7 Total Credits
- Complete all of the following
- Earn at least 7 credits from the following:
- CHM6936 - Graduate Chemistry Seminar (1)
- CHM 6936 - Graduate Chemistry Seminar : Six seminar credits must be taken prior to presenting candidacy; the seventh seminar credit will be taken the semester before anticipated graduation.
- Earn at least 7 credits from the following:
Directed Research6 Total Credits
- Earn at least 6 credits from the following:
- CHM6918 - Research Report (1 - 99)
Required Elective Courses12 Total Credits
- Complete 1 of the following
- All students who enter the program need to take four elective courses (12 credit hours). All 12 credits must come from one of the following concentrations listed below: Materials Chemistry Concentration Environmental Chemistry Concentration Forensic Science Concentration Biochemistry Concentration Student may choose four courses from the departmental offerings (Courses beginning with CHM or CHS) or three courses from the departmental offerings and one from outside of the department (Non CHM/CHS Courses). Directed research will always be within the department. Materials Chemistry Concentration
- Earn at least 12 credits from the following types of courses: CHM 5225 - Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 5580 - Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHS 6260 - Chemical Unit Operations and Separations 3 Credit Hours CHM 6711 - Chemistry of Materials 3 Credit Hours CHM 6620 - Solid State Inorganic Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 5450 - Polymer Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 5451C - Techniques in Polymer Science 3 Credit Hours CHM 5305 - Bioconjugate Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 6938 - Special Topics 3 Credit Hours CHM 5235 - Applied Molecular Spectroscopy 3 Credit Hours CHM 6134 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 Credit Hours CHM 7938 - Frontiers in Chemistry 1 Credit Hours (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester) CHM 7919 - Directed Research in Materials Chemistry 6 Credit Hours Courses from outside the Chemistry Department. OSE 5203 - Geometrical Optics 3 Credit Hours OSE 6313 - Materials for Optical Systems 3 Credit Hours OSE 5414 - Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices 3 Credit Hours EMA 5504 - Modern Characterization of Materials 3 Credit Hours EMA 6518 - Transmission Electron Microscopy 3 Credit Hours EMA 5108 - Surface Science 3 Credit Hours EMA 6129 - Solidification and Microstructure Evolution 3 Credit Hours EMA 6130 - Advanced Phase Transformations in Materials 3 Credit Hours EMA 6136 - Diffusion in Solids 3 Credit Hours EMA 6516 - X-ray Diffraction and Crystallography 3 Credit Hours PHY 5933 - Selected topics in biophysics of macromolecules 3 Credit Hours PCB 5527 - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 3 Credit Hours BSC 5408L - Advanced Biology Laboratory Techniques 3 Credit Hours Environmental Chemistry Concentration
- Earn at least 12 credits from the following types of courses: CHS 6260 - Chemical Unit Operations and Separations 3 Credit Hours CHS 6613 - Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHS 6508 - Advanced Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Science 3 Credit Hours CHM 5235 - Applied Molecular Spectroscopy 3 Credit Hours CHM 5580 - Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 6134 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 Credit Hours Courses from outside the Chemistry Department. ENV 5410 - Water Treatment 3 Credit Hours ENV 6046 - Membrane Mass Transfer 3 Credit Hours ENV 6055 - Fate and Transport of Subsurface Contaminants 3 Credit Hours ENV 6106 - Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling 3 Credit Hours ENV 6126 - Design of Air Pollution Controls 3 Credit Hours ENV 6336 - Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Treatment 3 Credit Hours ENV 6519 - Aquatic Chemical Processes 3 Credit Hours ENV 6558 - Industrial Waste Treatment 3 Credit Hours Forensic Science Concentration
- Earn at least 12 credits from the following types of courses: CHS 6545 - Forensic Analysis of Explosives 3 Credit Hours CHS 6546 - Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquids 3 Credit Hours CHM 6134 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3 Credit Hours CHM 5451C - Techniques in Polymer Science 3 Credit Hours CHM 6938 - Special Topics 3 Credit Hours CHS 6535 - Forensic Molecular Biology 3 Credit Hours CHS 6535L - Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials 3 Credit Hours CHS 6536 - Population Genetics and Genetic Data 3 Credit Hours CHM 7938 - Frontiers in Chemistry 1 Credit Hours (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester) CHM 7919 - Directed Research in Forensic Science 6 Credit Hours Biochemistry Concentration
- Earn at least 12 credits from the following types of courses: CHM 5305 - Bioconjugate Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 5235 - Applied Molecular Spectroscopy 3 Credit Hours CHM 5225 - Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHM 5580 - Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 Credit Hours CHS 6535 - Forensic Molecular Biology 3 Credit Hours CHS 6535L - Forensic Analysis of Biological Materials 3 Credit Hours CHS 6536 - Population Genetics and Genetic Data 3 Credit Hours CHM 7938 - Frontiers in Chemistry 1 Credit Hours (three semesters, 1 credit hour each semester) CHM 7919 - Directed Research in Biochemistry 3 Credit Hours Courses from outside the Chemistry Department. PHY 5933 - Selected topics in biophysics of macromolecules 3 Credit Hours MCB 5654 - Applied Microbiology 3 Credit Hours MCB 6417C - Microbial Metabolism 3 Credit Hours BSC 6407C - Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology 3 Credit Hours IDS 5127 - Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science 3 Credit Hours PCB 5236 - Cancer Biology 3 Credit Hours PCB 5527 - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 3 Credit Hours EMA 6516 - X-ray Diffraction and Crystallography 3 Credit Hours EMA 6518 - Transmission Electron Microscopy 3 Credit Hours
Additional Electives20 Total Credits
- Earn at least 20 credits from the following types of courses: Students who enter the program without a master's degree will be required to take 20 additional hours. These 20 hours must be in the same Concentration as the other 12 Required Electives selected above. Students and advisers need to be careful about how elective courses are selected so that at least 12 credit hours of electives must be formal course work, exclusive of independent study. Doctoral research, dissertation research, independent study and directed research may also be used to satisfy additional hours in the concentration.
Dissertation15 Total Credits
- Earn at least 15 credits from the following types of courses: CHM 7980 - Doctoral Dissertation Within three months before defending the dissertation, the student will present a dissertation research seminar to the Department of Chemistry, registering for one credit hour of seminar.
Qualifying Examinations0 Total Credits
- Students will be expected to satisfy qualifying (proficiency) requirements (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry) during the first year by taking exams in four of these five areas. Additional course work may be required if one or more of the qualifying exams is not satisfied. These exams may be waived if the entering student possesses an MS degree in the Chemical Sciences. Satisfaction of this requirement will help ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the core courses. If a student does not satisfy the proficiency exam requirements within the first year, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.
Candidacy Examination0 Total Credits
- By the end of the sixth semester (excluding summers), students must pass the PhD candidacy oral examination. The candidacy examination consists of writing and orally defending an original research proposal to the student's program faculty advisory committee. The research proposal will focus on a topic not directly related to the student's dissertation research and must be approved by the adviser and advisory committee. Failure to pass the PhD candidacy exam will result in dismissal from the program.
Admission to Candidacy0 Total Credits
- The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours: Completion of all required and formal elective course work, except for dissertation hours. Successful completion of the candidacy examination. Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal. The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars. Submittal of an approved program of study.
Dissertation Defense0 Total Credits
- The final requirement for the PhD degree is completion of a satisfactory written dissertation of the student's research, along with successful presentation and defense of the dissertation to the advisory committee, including one doctorate-holding non-program faculty member.
Equipment Fee0 Total Credits
- Full-time students in the Chemistry PhD program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 per semester.
Independent Learning0 Total Credits
- The grounding in scientific research methodology provided by the dissertation requirement is a central focus of the proposed program. Students will conduct research either on site or at the professional laboratories where they work. In either case, a member of the UCF Chemistry Department graduate faculty will act as research adviser and approve the research topic. This research culminates in the writing and presentation of the dissertation. The student will present his/her dissertation for examination by a committee consisting of a minimum of five members including the research adviser. One of the committee members will be from outside the Chemistry department. A majority of the program committee members will hold tenure-earning faculty appointments in the Chemistry Department. The committee has to be approved by the Graduate Coordinator of the Chemistry program and the department Chair. The dissertation must be judged worthy of publication by the dissertation committee and may not be submitted for examination until so deemed. For students performing their dissertation research off campus, the dissertation adviser will visit the student's laboratory, where their research is to be performed, before the research begins and on a regular basis until the work is complete.
Grand Total Credits: 72
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A Bachelor of Science degree in the Chemical Sciences or a closely related field.
- The GRE is not required for admission to this program.
- Three letters of recommendations.
- A statement of purpose.
- Applicants to this program, except those that have earned or will earn a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution recognized by UCF, who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student's graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.