1. Undergraduate Course Requirements:
The minimum requirements for entry into the Chemistry Graduate Programs follow those of the Graduate School in that the student must have completed a Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of an overall "B" (3.0) average in undergraduate courses. A major in Chemistry or Biochemistry is expected, but applications will be welcomed from students with degrees in other fields, providing their records indicate potential ability to complete the program successfully. The preferred undergraduate background includes courses in organic and physical chemistry, physics, calculus, and some work in the biochemical sciences.
If a prospective student's overall undergraduate grade point average is less than "B", the Graduate Admissions Committee may admit the student on a provisional basis. If the student has deficiencies in undergraduate preparation, the student will be admitted on a provisional basis only after the Department Graduate Admissions Committee concludes that the student can overcome these deficiencies within a reasonable amount of time and without adversely affecting the student's ability to handle the graduate program. These deficiencies may be completed after the student enters the program either by completing the necessary coursework or by a comprehensive examination, which will delineate student competence in the subject area. Graduate credit will not be allowed for those courses taken to complete the requirements for admission to the program.
2. Letters of Recommendation:
The Department requires three (3) letters of recommendation with at least two from instructors involved with the student applicant during the student's tenure in a previous academic program.
3. Examinations Required:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Aptitude Tests are required and the Advanced Chemistry Test is recommended. Since entry into the program requires proficiency in the English language, foreign students must obtain a score of 550 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Examination.
4. Program Interest:
In all cases, prospective students are required to provide a statement (approximately one typewritten page) describing their interests and reason for pursuing the M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
The Graduate Record Examination, along with transcripts and recommendations, are intended to provide the department with as much background information as possible to help evaluate the student's qualifications for entry into the program.