In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School,
applicants must have a B.S.
degree in chemistry or a closely related field with passing grades ‘C’ or
better for the following courses with labs:
of General Chemistry
semesters of Organic Chemistry
semester of Analytical Chemistry
semester of Physical Chemistry
semester of Inorganic Chemistry
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose for Graduate Study
may take the Department’s entrance exam instead of the GRE)
In addition to satisfying the basic
requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies, students are required to
maintain a chemistry GPA of 3.00 or higher every semester. Seminar courses,
dissertation courses, and other non-chemistry elective courses are excluded
from the calculation of the chemistry GPA.
Students whose chemistry GPA is below 3.00 will be placed on
probation for 1-2 semesters to fix the deficiencies.
During the time a student’s only course
work is to carry out thesis/dissertation research, an unsatisfactory
progress in research during any semester, judged by the faculty advisor and
the Graduate Advisory Committee, will trigger probationary status. A consecutive unsatisfactory progress
will result in dismissal of the student from the program.
If a student receives a grade of “C” or
lower in a chemistry core course or a course in the student’s major field
of study, that course must be retaken and the student must earn a grade of
“B” or better.
After completing the lecture and seminar
course requirements, students need to take and pass the comprehensive
examination and defend an independent research proposal in order to become
an official Ph.D. candidate. The comprehensive examination of 3 subjects
must be taken and passed during the second year of study and the written
independent research proposal must be prepared and defended during the
third year of study or at least one year before graduation.
The minimum number of credit hours for
the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry is 60 credit hours.
credit hours from graduate Chemistry lecture courses
hours for Seminars
credit hours for Dissertation Research
least 2 semesters of undergraduate courses as a teaching assistant.
Area Comprehensive Examination in three subject areas.
and defend an Independent Research Proposal.
dissertation before the Dissertation Committee and public audience.
an approved dissertation for publication of five bond copies, one each to
the Division of Graduate Studies, the Department, the University Library,
the Faculty Advisor, and the student.
The 18 credit hours of lecture courses
must include at least three out of the following five core courses for a
total of at least 9 credit hours.
Under special circumstances, with recommendation of the faculty
advisor and approval by the program director, an elective course critical
for the student’s subject of study can be used to replace one of the three
Physical Organic Chemistry
Students entering the Ph.D
Program with a M.S. Degree in Chemistry: Students who earned a M.S. degree from another institution
are allowed to transfer up to three (3) lecture courses or 9 credit hours
if these courses are equivalent to the JSU chemistry doctoral courses. Students who earned a M.S. degree from
JSU chemistry will be required to take at least two more approved lecture
courses instead of the required six lecture courses, and the passed
comprehensive exams are waved. Other
requirements are the same as for those entering the Ph.D. program with a
earning a non-thesis M.S. Degree in Chemistry: Students on the Ph.D. program are given
an option to obtain a non-thesis M.S. degree upon completion of the
requirements for the degree candidacy for the Ph.D. program (details see
“Requirements for Non-Thesis Master’s Degree”). Upon receiving the
non-Thesis M.S. degree, students will continue on their Ph.D. program
without interruption. All credits
earned thus far will be counted toward their Ph.D. degree.