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Graduate Curriculum

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry is awarded at the Florida State University in each of the following areas: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, and Physical. While a student can officially major in only one distinct area of chemistry, their research and even coursework can involve more than one area of interest. Although courses are required to achieve a high level of proficiency in one's field, the primary emphasis of the degree program is in the completion of an original research project that makes a substantial contribution to science. The requirements for Ph.D. candidacy for all programs are listed below.


Unified Doctoral Program for Chemistry and Biochemistry


  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires that all students pass a minimum of eighteen hours of graduate coursework. Additional courses may be added by the student's Advisory Committee. The cumulative grade point average for the courses must be a 3.0 or higher.
     
  • Students shall satisfy the oral presentation requirement of their program of study.
     
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires that all students pass a PhD Oral Competency Exam that will focus on the student's current research (i.e research prospectus).
     
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires that all students complete a Written Proposal no later than end of the ninth semester (third calendar year) in the program.
     
  • Ph.D. Candidacy is granted after completion of all the above requirements.
     
  • A minimum of 24 dissertation hours must be completed after candidacy along with successful defense of the written dissertation before the doctoral degree can be conferred upon a doctoral candidate.
     

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