Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
The Chemistry department administers the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry which consists of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s level (or at least 42 hours beyond the master’s level). The program will provide opportunities for education and research in areas consistent with the strengths of department faculty and established research initiatives. The program is designed to prepare professional chemists for careers in teaching and research in academic, industrial and public sector settings. It will contribute to meeting an anticipated need for doctorally-trained chemists, particularly Hispanics, in industry and in academy. The border region location also places the UTEP program to collaborate with locally-based industry to exploit the opportunities for commercialization of research results.
Requirements for Admission to the Ph.D. Program
Admissions recommendations will be based upon review of an applicant’s academic record and other relevant performance indicators, set out in the following list, as to the potential for academic success.
- Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or in a related science discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
- Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking institutions.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for doctoral work.
- A personal statement setting out the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UTEP and future career plans.
- Curriculum Vitae.
Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
A total of 72 semester credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree will be required for this degree. Students who previously earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry may, at the discretion of the admissions committee, be awarded up to 30 hours of credit toward the doctoral degree. Each student’s case will be individually evaluated to determine whether additional courses may be required. In order to qualify for Ph.D. candidacy students have to pass cumulative exams by the end of their second year in graduate school. In their third year of graduate studies Ph.D. students will take the comprehensive exam, which consists of two parts: Part A, presentation of the student’s research project; and Part B, presentation of an original research idea, which should be distinct from the student’s research project but may be in the same area of chemistry.
Credit Hour Requirements
|Core Chemistry Graduate Courses||15 Hours|
|Elective Graduate Courses in Chemistry or Allied Fields-as|
|approved by the student’s Dissertation committee||9 Hours|
|Graduate Seminar||4 Hours|
|Departmental Seminar||6 Hours|
|Teaching Practicum||2 Hours|
|Doctoral Research||30 Hours|
Required Doctoral Courses
1. Core Chemistry Graduate Courses: (15 credit hours)
Each student must take five courses in the chemistry core distributed as follows. The courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and the program director.
- At least 3 courses (9 hours) from the following:
- CHEM 5318 (6318) Advanced Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 5321 (6321) Advanced Organic Chemistry I
- CHEM 5331 (6331) Advanced Biochemistry
- CHEM 5351 (6351) Advanced Physical Chemistry I
- CHEM 5361 (6361) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
- Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
- The two remaining core courses (listed above) or two courses from below;
- CHEM 5322 (6322) Advanced Organic Chemistry II
- CHEM 5352 (6352) Advanced Physical Chemistry II
- CHEM 5319 (6319) Contemporary Topics in Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 5329 (6329 Contemporary Topics in Organic Chemistry
- CHEM 5339 (6339) Contemporary Topics in Biochemistry
- CHEM 5341 (6341 Analysis and Modeling of Biological Structures
- CHEM 5359 (6359) Contemporary Topics in Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 5369 (6369 Contemporary Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
2. Elective Graduate Courses in Chemistry or Allied Fields-as approved by the student’s dissertation committee: (9 credit hours)
Each student in accordance with the overall program requirements will develop a degree plan in consultation with her/his supervisor and the program director appropriate to her/his specific interests and academic needs. A minimum of nine hours must be in courses that are directly related to the student’s research field, as approved by the student’s research director.
The required nine hours of elective courses may be selected from the graduate offerings of the Chemistry department and other UTEP departments and programs. With the approval of the student’s advisor and the program Director, a student may take undergraduate courses in science fields (that have been approved for graduate credit) to fulfill this requirement. Graduate students in such courses will be expected to do additional work appropriate to graduate-level training.
3. Graduate Seminar (4 credit hours)
Doctoral students are expected to participate in the 1 hour Graduate Seminar Course. They must enroll in the course at least four times. This course will be designed to promote professional development. It will include a wide variety of topics in the areas of scientific information retrieval, laboratory safety, research ethics, oral and written presentation of research results and writing grant proposals. Attention will also be given to providing the students with current information and advice on career opportunities, writing job applications and how to conduct themselves at interviews.
4. Department Seminar (6 credit hours)
All graduate students, in residence, are required to enroll in and attend the weekly seminars that feature accounts of current research by outstanding investigators in chemistry and related scientific areas.
5. Teaching Practicum (2 credit hours)
All doctoral candidates will be required to earn two hours of credit, team-teaching undergraduate (or graduate) courses with an experienced faculty member. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the professional development programs focusing on preparing future faculty and professionals offered through the Graduate School and the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning.
6. Doctoral Research (30 credit hours)
Candidates for a Ph.D., must earn credit for at least 30 semester credit hour of original research in some recognized branch of chemistry. The candidate must work under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The purpose of the program is to enable the candidates to develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to carry out an independent program of research.
Career Practicum: Credit may, with concurrence of their research director, be given for students to spend a semester in another academic, an industrial or governmental environment to permit them to explore possible career options.
7. Doctoral Dissertation (6 credit hours)
All graduates must complete a dissertation that is a substantial work of original scholarship. The dissertation shall contain an introduction that describes the general area of chemical scholarship and clearly identifies the purpose of the investigation. The research shall have led to new knowledge of a standard worthy of publication in a major refereed journal. If previously published articles are to be included in the dissertation, it must be made clear how much the candidate has contributed. Sufficient detail of the nature of the work performed should be provided such that it should be possible for a qualified reader to repeat each step. In cases involving potential patents, all or part of the dissertation may be embargoed for specified periods of time, following accepted university policies. Candidates must defend their dissertations successfully. Part of the defense proceeding will be open to the public.
- CHEM 6398 Dissertation
- CHEM 6399 Dissertation
A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be submitted to the Graduate School for format check prior to the scheduled defense date. The dissertation, including an abstract not to exceed 350 words, must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation guidelines available at the Graduate School website. The student will receive an email confirmation from the Graduate School after the format has been approved. The final Graduate School approved dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School in PDF electronic format on a CD in a case by the deadline as published in the Class Schedule along with a hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members. The signature page must be included in the PDF file but it should not be signed.
Doctoral candidates are also required to submit the Graduate School approved dissertation at the University Microfilms International website for on-line publication, http://dissertations.umi.com/utep. Dissertations are regarded as publications and will be made public once they are approved and submitted. On-line publication does not preclude subsequent publication of the dissertation, in whole or in part, as a monograph or in a journal. Copyright at the author’s expense may be arranged through University Microfilms International. In order to protect patent or any other rights, the Graduate School may be requested to delay publication for a period of one year. This request must be supported by a written recommendation of the supervising professor.
For Doctoral Students Only
- 6195 Graduate Seminar (1-0)
- Ph.D. in Chemistry seminar.
- 6196 Graduate Research in Chemistry (1-0)
- Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6318 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3-0)
- Chemical equilibrium and its applications to separation and analysis. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6319 Contemporary Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in modern analytical chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6321 Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
- A survey of the more important types of reactions in organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry of intermediates and products; current structural theory. Prerequisites: CHEM 3322 and department approval.
- 6322 Advanced Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
- Theoretical physical organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 6321 with a grade of “C” or better and department approval.
- 6329 Contemporary Topics in Organic Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topic of current interest in descriptive and theoretical organic chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6331 Advanced Biochemistry (3-0)
- A survey of the organic and physical aspects of biological chemistry. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6339 Contemporary Topics in Biochemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in organic or physical aspects of biological chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6351 Advanced Physical Chemistry I (3-0)
- Schrodinger wave mechanics: atomic and molecular quantum states; applications to the treatment of wave functions for atoms and molecules. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6352 Advanced Physical Chemistry II (3-0)
- Classical and statistical thermodynamics; applications to physical and chemical systems. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6359 Contemporary Topics in Physical Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in experimental and theoretical fields of physical chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Department approval. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6361 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3-0)
- Ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding; valence bond, molecular orbital, and ligand field theories; structure and properties of coordination compounds, metal carbonyls, and complexes. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6369 Contemporary Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3-0)
- Selected topics of current interest in descriptive and theoretical organic chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6396 Graduate Research in Chemistry (0-0-3)
- Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6398 Dissertation (0-0-3)
- Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 6399 Dissertation (0-0-3)
- Prerequisite: Department approval.