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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Ohio University has an outstanding faculty with research interests across a wide range of areas. Interdisciplinary programs in bio-analysis, bio-organic chemistry and nano-materials science complement more traditional areas of study in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The department's mission is to provide a quality education to graduate students while pursuing state-of-the art research in chemistry. The objective of the graduate program is to educate and train students to become highly effective and competitive scientists by providing them with the interdisciplinary tools and research skills needed to succeed in their future career. This includes offering a variety of graduate level courses at rigorous levels and maintaining cutting-edge research programs within individual research laboratories.

Full-year financial support (including a tuition waiver) is available for all PhD graduate students. We offer a highly competitive stipend for students offered a teaching assistantship. Highly qualified students may be eligible for fellowships that provide additional stipend support of $1,000 - $4,000. Individual research groups may have research assistantships available that offer stipend support without teaching responsibilities.

Full Applications information for the graduate program.

Ph.D. Program

The requirements for a Ph.D. in chemistry consist of a combination of coursework, seminars, research proposals, and original research. Each student will be required to take three courses within their major area of research and a grade of B or better must be obtained in each course attempted. Courses are selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor, and are generally completed by the end of the first year in residence. Ph.D. candidates must submit and orally defend a dissertation research proposal to their dissertation committee before the end of their 2nd year. Third year students are required to give a full period (50 minute) seminar on their current research project in the seminar course for which they are registered.

Students select a research advisor at the end of their first quarter of study after rotations in several laboratories. Intensive research generally begins in the summer of their first year. The Ph.D. program culminates in the preparation of a research dissertation and a final oral examination.

Coursework-only Masters Program

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is welcoming applications to our fee-based coursework-only Masters program. The program has been optimized to allow students to earn a Masters degree in a short amount of time (typically 1-2 years), while acquiring skills and knowledge in a wide range of topics. A detailed description is available below. Should you have any question, please contact our graduate Chair, Prof. Kieliszewski (kielisze@ohio.edu), our graduate recruitment Chair, Prof. Masson (masson@ohio.edu), or our graduate secretary, Ms. Jenkins (jenkinm1@ohio.edu).

Course work only M. S. degree – Total number of credits needed: 30

  • Right before the beginning of your M. S. studies, you will take entrance exams in each of the five departmental divisions (Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, and Physical chemistry). You must pass entrance exams in three of the five areas to show competency, or obtain a grade of B or higher in remedial classes. You will also be assigned a graduate advisor, who will help you choose the right classes for you. Remedial classes are listed below:

Remedial classes to fulfill competency

Analytical: Analytical chemistry (5310) or Advanced analytical chemistry (5860)
Physical: Physical chemistry (5510) or Physical Chemistry I (5530)
Organic: Spectroscopic methods (5600) or Advanced organic chemistry (5800)
Inorganic: Modern inorganic chemistry (5760)
Biochemistry: Basic biochemistry (5890) or Biochemistry I (5901)

  • You need a total of 26 graded course credits to obtain your M. S. degree. Among those, 8 credits must be obtained in your preferred division. Remedial classes that you took to fulfill competency are not counted towards the 8 credits, but are counted towards the 26 graded course credit requirement. The list of classes is shown below:

List of graduate classes

Analytical: Analytical chemistry (5310), Advanced analytical chemistry (5860), Forensic chemistry I (5840), Introduction to toxicology (5850), Forensic chemistry II (5870), Electroanalytical chemistry (7260), Analytical separation (7280), Spectrochemical analysis (7270), Chemometrics (7290), Special topics (7300)

Physical: Physical chemistry (5510), Physical chemistry I (5530), Physical chemistry II (5540), Special topics in physical chemistry (7950)

Organic: Spectroscopic methods (5600), Advanced organic chemistry (5800), Advanced organic synthesis (5805), Organometallic chemistry (7050), Natural product synthesis (7060), Special topics (7901)

Inorganic: Modern inorganic chemistry (5760), Organometallic chemistry (7050), Theoretical inorganic chemistry (7750), Special Topics in inorganic chemistry (7900)

Biochemistry: Basic biochemistry (5890), Biochemistry I (5901), Biochemistry II (5902), Protein chemistry (7110), Special topics (7150)

If you are an organic, inorganic or biochemistry student, you may be required to take a practical nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) training course, as recommended by your graduate advisor (5900, number of credits depends on duration of the tutorial).

  • A seminar course (1 credit) must also be taken during each semester of the academic year, excluding summer:

Inorganic and physical divisions: CHEM 8980 “PiG seminar”
Analytical division: CHEM 8990
Organic and Biochemistry divisions: CHEM 8970, “CBiG seminar”

  • You may also take up to 2 approved courses outside the Department of Chemistry, upon approval by your graduate advisor. These can be counted toward the 26 graded course credits. See examples below:

PBIO 5180 Writing in the Life Sciences; PBIO 5170 Biological Research and Science Ethics; MCB 7300 Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory; PHYS 5021 Quantum Mechanics I; PHYS 5301 Cell and molecular biophysics

  • Finally, You must earn between 4 and 6 credits of graduate research (CHEM 6950). Each semester, your graduate advisor will assign you to a research group in the department. To fulfill the requirements for an M. S. degree, you are required (1) to write a review type article that will be evaluated by your advisor and your defense committee, and (2) to present it in an hour-long presentation as part of the oral defense.

Upon completion of this coursework-based M. S. degree, you will be given the opportunity to apply to our department to join our Ph. D. program. Your application (like all graduate applications) will be reviewed by the graduate recruitment committee and the graduate Chair for possible admission. Should you be admitted, the classes you have taken during your coursework-based Masters studies will count towards the completion of your Ph. D. degree.