Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Degrees and Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a Ph.D. degree program in Chemistry and a Ph.D. degree program in Biochemistry. The degree requirements for both programs strongly emphasize creative research. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a wide range of active research programs with an emphasis on contemporary and interdisciplinary problems at the interfaces of biochemistry and life sciences, physics and photobiology, inorganic chemistry with geochemistry and materials chemistry, and analytical chemistry with environmental studies.

Degree Programs

Affiliated Degree Program

  • Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Nanoscience

IGERT SUN trainee fellowship program (click to view further information)

Timeline for Graduate Study
A typical program requires four years of work for the Ph.D. The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program.

Financial Support
All students accepted in the PhD Chemistry/Biochemistry programs (with the exception of the PSM in Nanoscience) are offered financial support by means of a Graduate Assistant position. Research/Teaching Assistantships are provided for students through the completion of their program as long as they remain in good standing in the Graduate Program and satisfy all requirements and obligations of their research or teaching assistantships.

Financial support includes:

  • Stipend-currently in the amount of $17,702 per academic year (9 months)
  • Summer Stipends up to $5,899.
  • Additional financial awards for qualified new students
  • All of our financially supported graduate students receive student health insurance (http://students.asu.edu/healthcoverageoptions#aet)

Coursework
Students take 20-30 credit-hours respectively of formal coursework. First year students must enroll in four graduate level courses. Course selection is extremely flexible and may include an interdisciplinary course or courses from other departments, or even advanced undergraduate courses.

Students are required to enroll in a CHM/BCH 501 Seminar course each semester, which affords students the opportunity to explore the current literature and develop their own presentation skills. In the first semester of enrollment, this 501 course consists of faculty research seminars so students can learn about each faculty member's group. Graduate students also attend the Departmental Weekly Seminar Series and optionally a number of more specialized seminar series in areas such as photochemistry/photobiology and solid state and materials science. Additionally,.

Chemistry PhD

Description
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Programs offers a program leading to the PhD degree in Chemistry. Areas of concentration include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical education, and solid-state chemistry. Environmental chemistry, photosynthesis and photo chemistry, organic and inorganic synthesis, dynamics of liquids and glasses, genome analysis, theoretical chemistry and nanomaterials and functional semiconductors are a few of the many topics currently being researched. See the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website (http://chemistry.asu.edu/graduate/facultyResearch.asp) for information on faculty research and the stat-of-the art facilities available for conducting high quality investigations. The Ph.D. in Chemistry prepares students for professional careers in industry, government and educational institutions.

Program Requirements
A minimum of 84 semester hours, including coursework, seminars, research, and dissertation, are required. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee based on the research area. A Doctoral Comprehensive Examination consisting of both a written and oral presentation of current research and an original research proposal is required for advancement to candidacy. The Ph.D. degree in Chemistry is awarded when the student has obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in coursework, demonstrated quality performance in the laboratory and completion of his/her research project, evidence of a publishable contribution of original research, completed a successful dissertation oral defense, and has met all deadline dates and requirements set by the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements
The application is a two step process. First you must complete a general- on line- application to the Graduate College. The application and instructions are located on the following web pages: https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp and http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/index.html Chemistry and Biochemistry Programs pays the application fee for all applications to our Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Programs. The second step is a Supplemental Application which asks for unofficial test scores, your personal statement and contacts for letters of recommendation. You can find information on this and other application information at: http://chemistry.asu.edu/graduate/applicantInfo.asp. Applicants must submit original scores for the Graduate Record Examination to the Graduate College. The subject test is not required. International applicants are required to take the iBT TOEFL exam and should refer to the Graduate College webpage: http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/international.html for additional requirements and procedures for application.

Biochemistry (PhD)

Description
The PhD degree program in Biochemistry offers a wide range of active research with an emphasis on contemporary and interdisciplinary study in the areas of biochemistry, life sciences and other biochemistry related fields. Drug design and protein chemistry, nanobiotechnology, biogeochemistry, medicinal chemistry and RNA-protein interactions are a few of the many topics currently being researched. See the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website (http://chemistry.asu.edu/graduate/facultyResearch.asp) for information on faculty research and the state-of-the art facilities available for conducting high quality investigations. The Ph.D. in Biochemistry prepares students for professional careers in industry, government and educational institutions.

** The faculty also participate in the interdisciplinary program leading to the PhD degree with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology (see Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Program Requirements
A minimum of 84 semester hours, including coursework, seminars, research, and dissertation, are required. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee based on the research area. A Doctoral Comprehensive Examination consisting of both a written and oral presentation of current research and an original research proposal is required for advancement to candidacy. The Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry is awarded when the student has obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in coursework, demonstrated quality performance in the laboratory and completion of his/her research project, evidence of a publishable contribution of original research, completed a successful dissertation oral defense, and has met all deadline dates and requirements set by the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements The application is a two step process. First you must complete a general-on line-application to the Graduate College. The application and instructions are located on the following web pages: https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp and http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/index.html. Chemistry and Biochemistry Programs pays the application fee for all applications to our Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Programs.

The second step is a Supplemental Application which asks for unofficial test scores, your personal statement and contacts for letters of recommendation. You can find information on this and other application information at: http://chemistry.asu.edu/graduate/applicantInfo.asp.

Applicants must submit original scores for the Graduate Record Examination to the Graduate College. The subject test is not required. International applicants are required to take the iBT TOEFL exam and should refer to the Graduate College webpage: http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/international.html for additional requirements and procedures for application.

Additional Information
We invite you to explore our web pages to learn more about our graduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our research page, Faculty Research, will give you and idea of some of the exciting research being done by our faculty.

Apply to the Program.

If you choose to apply to our Program, click on the Apply to the Program link which describes the online application process in detail. Please note that the application fee is waived for all applicants. Our application deadline for Fall Semester 2011 is January 15, 2011.

Nanoscience (PSM) http://nanoscience.asu.edu/


Description
The Professional Science Master's in Nanoscience is a new type of degree program. It is offered to Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Engineering graduates, and specifically caters for mature students with professional experience, as well as for recent graduates intending careers in Industry and other external organizations. It consists of interdisciplinary courses that provide a knowledge base required for full appreciation of research and innovation in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Students choose courses in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, materials science, biotechnology, and intellectual property and innovation. Commercial innovation is particularly emphasized throughout the program, including applications in optics, semiconductor electronics and optoelectronics, sensors, nanomedicine and health care.

PSM Program and Admission Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours, including coursework, seminars, research, and an applied project are required. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her Supervisory Committee based on a choice between several Options. The PSM degree in Nanoscience is awarded when the student has obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in coursework, completed and demonstrated quality performance in his/her Applied project, and has met all deadline dates and requirements set by the Graduate College. The Program is administered by the Department of Physics, with full information about the Program and Admission Requirements at http://nanoscience.asu.edu/ and a current list of Courses and Options at http://nanoscience.asu.edu/