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Graduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in chemistry. Current research by department faculty spans chemistry, biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, marine natural products, drugs from the sea, biomedical science, environmental science, biotechnology, and proteomics. Our scientists are leading the way towards the discovery of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for diverse diseases like cancer, infection, and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Ph.D. Program

The Chemistry Ph.D. Program is a multidisciplinary doctoral program in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University. The Ph.D. program allows students to pursue a research program in any discipline of chemistry.

Students undergo rigorous training and have an opportunity to develop cross-disciplinary skills. Students take at least 80 credits of coursework which includes three core courses: Instrumentation 3, Synthesis and Characterization 3, Kinetics and Energetics 3 (9 credits), plus two seminars (nonthesis and thesis, 1 credit each) and Introduction to Chemical Research (1 credit). These electives (9 credits) may be selected from graduate-level courses offered in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or other departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science/Biomedical Science. The remaining credit hours (Dissertation credits, minimum 25) are research-intensive. While the student's Dissertation research may be highly focused in one of the sub-disciplines, the program curriculum will provide a context for viewing this research in light of its relationship to other levels of organization and processes. The curriculum will be individually tailored to each student's research interests.

Chemistry Ph.D. Degree Policies and Procedures

Master's Programs Available

Master of Science with Major in Chemistry

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University's general graduate admission requirements, the typical prerequisite to graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry or its equivalent. Students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate work, a "B" average in chemistry courses taken at the junior and senior undergraduate levels or a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal components of the general portion of the Graduate Record Exam.

Program Description

This program is designed for students whose career goals include research emphasis on the possibility of enrolling in a Ph.D. program. Students take a minimum of 31 credits of course work which includes three core courses: Instrumentation 3, Synthesis and Characterization 3, Kinetics and Energetics 3 (9 credits), plus two seminars (nonthesis and thesis, 1 credit each) and Introduction to chemical research (1 credit). These electives (9 credits) may be selected from graduate-level courses offered in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or other departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science/Biomedical Science. For the remaining credit hours, the students conduct independent research under the supervision of a graduate faculty member culminating in a thesis.

Chemistry M.S. Degree Policies and Procedures

Master of Science in Teaching (Chemistry)

The MST program is currently NOT accepting any students.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University's general graduate admission requirements, the typical prerequisite to graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or its equivalent. Students must have achieved a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal components of the general portion of the Graduate Record Exam.

Program Description

The M.S.T in Chemistry program provides post baccalaureate education for secondary teachers, community college instructors, and other individuals who wish to pursue these careers. The degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including a research project. The students must take Introduction to Chemical Research (1 credit), graduate Chemistry courses (12 credits), electives (3 credits), Education courses, or electives (6 credits). The project may focus on educational issues or basic research. Participants who are planning on a secondary teaching career and are not yet certified should complete a 6-credit teaching internship and meet other certification requirements. Students planning a career in community college teaching should take courses on community college issues in lieu of education courses. All chemistry and elective courses must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Program Address

Chemistry Graduate Program
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road
Room PS 110, Boca Raton, FL 33431.