Chemistry, PhD

The PhD program in chemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences provides students with the training they need to solve molecular scale problems and to be successful independent scientists who can contribute to current challenging societal issues. Students earning a doctorate in chemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences are trained in the foundation disciplines of analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, environmental or geological chemistry, but most also will choose to learn by joining transdisciplinary research teams that work on larger, mission-based contemporary problems in areas such as:

  • energy and sustainability
  • frontiers of chemical measurement
  • fundamental molecular science
  • geologic and biospheric science
  • materials and nanoscience
  • medicine and health
  • structure function and dynamics

Students should visit the prospective student page (, to learn more about this doctoral program and the graduate research page ( to learn about the cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research being conducted in the school. The doctoral program in chemistry prepares students for professional careers in industry, government and academia.

Degree Offered

Chemistry, PhD
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Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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