Chemistry Graduate School

The Department of Chemistry at SMU introduced a new Ph.D. program which began Fall, 2004. This unique program requires all entering students to take 10 of the following one-hour core courses during the first year:

  • Practical Aspects of Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Overview of Materials Chemistry
  • Practical Laboratory Methods
  • Chemical Communication: Literature, Writing, and Presentations
  • Synthetic Strategies
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Theory of the Chemical Bond
  • Advanced Stereochemistry
  • Chemical Periodicity
  • Mechanisms in Organic, Organometallic, and Bioorganic Chemistry

Besides the core curriculum, the program includes cumulative examinations, teaching experience, an original written research proposal, and a presentation at an external research conference. Students are expected to choose a research advisor early in the second semester of the first year.

The focus of the Ph.D. program is on materials chemistry and bioorganic chemistry, reflecting the strengths of the department.

For more information, contact Professor Patty Wisian-Neilson (). Click here for an information sheet on the program.