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The Chemistry Department administers the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, which consists of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s level (or at least 42 hours beyond the master’s level). The program provides opportunities for education and research in areas consistent with the strengths of department faculty and established research initiatives. The program is designed to prepare professional chemists for careers in teaching and research in academic, industrial, and public-sector settings. It contributes to meeting an anticipated need for doctorally trained chemists, particularly Hispanics, in industry and in academe. Its border-region location also places the UTEP program to collaborate with locally based industry to exploit the opportunities for commercialization of research results.

Requirements for Admission to the PhD Program

Admissions recommendations will be based upon review of an applicant’s academic record and other relevant performance indicators, set out in the following list, as to the potential for academic success.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or in a related science discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous academic work.
  3. Official scores on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S. or at other English-speaking institutions.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for doctoral work.
  6. A personal statement setting out the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD in Chemistry at UTEP and future career plans.
  7. Curriculum vitae.

Requirements for the PhD Degree

A total of 72 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree will be required for this degree. Students who previously earned a master’s degree in Chemistry can, at the discretion of the admissions committee, be awarded up to 30 hours of credit toward the doctoral degree. Each student’s case will be individually evaluated to determine whether additional courses may be required.

Students have to pass cumulative exams by the end of their fifth semester in graduate school in order to remain in the chemistry Ph.D. program.  In their third year of graduate studies, PhD students will take the comprehensive exam, which consists of two parts: Part A, presentation of the student's research project (written and oral); and Part B, presentation of an original research idea, which should be distinct from the student's research project but can be in the same area of chemistry (written and oral).

Elective Graduate Courses in Chemistry or Allied Fields-as approved by the student’s Dissertation Committee

Each student, in accordance with the overall program requirements, will develop a degree plan in consultation with her or his supervisor and the program director appropriate to her or his specific interests and academic needs. A minimum of five Ph.D. doctoral level chemistry lecture courses (15 credit hours) must be taken. 

Three of these lecture courses (9 credit hours) must be from the following group of lecture courses: 9
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
The remaining two lecture courses (6 credit hours) must be from the following group of lecture courses: 6
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Phys Chem
Contemp Topics in Organic Chem
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Contemp Topics in Analyt Chem
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Total Hours15

The doctoral level courses taken must satisfy at least three different areas of chemistry.  In addition to the minimum requirement students may take up to three additional doctoral level lecture courses (9 credits) from the chemistry course offerings of from any other science or engineering discipline which will count toward their Ph.D. degree. With the approval of the student’s advisor and the program director, a student can take undergraduate courses in science fields (that have been approved for graduate credit) to fulfill this requirement. Graduate students in such courses will be expected to do additional work appropriate to graduate-level training.  If a student does not take additional doctoral level lecture courses beyond the minimum requirement of five, nine credits or graduate research must be taken in addition to the minimum requirement of 34 graduate research credits (see below).

Graduate Seminar

Doctoral student must enroll in Graduate Seminar at least six (6) times.  One of these Graduate Seminar courses is designed to promote professional development.  It includes a wide variety of topics in the areas of scientific information retrieval, research ethics, oral and written presentation of research results, and writing grant proposals.  Attention is also given to providing the students with current information and advice on career opportunities, writing job applications, and how to conduct themselves at interviews.  The other five Graduate Seminar credits are from the weekly seminars that feature accounts of current research by outstanding investigators in chemistry and related scientific areas.  Graduate Seminar must be taken every semester of residence, but only six Graduate Seminar credits count toward a student's PhD. degree.  Doctoral students must present their research at least once in the Graduate Seminar to the department as a whole, outlining their personal research objectives and results.

Teaching Practicum

All doctoral students are required to earn two (2) hours of credit teaching undergraduate laboratory courses or team-teaching undergraduate (or graduate) courses with an experienced faculty member. Students are also encouraged to participate in the professional development programs focusing on preparing future faculty and professionals offered through the Graduate School and the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning.

Doctoral Research

Doctoral students must earn credit for at least 34 semester credit hours of original research in some recognized branch of chemistry. The student must work under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. The purpose of the program is to enable the students to develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to carry out an independent program of research.  If a student takes only five doctoral level lecture courses, nine additional credits of doctoral research must be taken.  If a student takes six or seven doctoral level lecture courses, six or three additional credits of doctoral research must be taken.

Career Practicum

Credit can, with concurrence of their research director, be given for students to spend a semester in another academic or an industrial or governmental environment to permit them to explore possible career options.

Publication Requirement

Each doctoral student must have co-authored at least one peer-reviewed scientific publication.  Manuscripts accepted for publication are acceptable.  The student's dissertation does not fulfill the publication requirement.

Doctoral Dissertation

All graduates must complete a dissertation that is a substantial work of original scholarship. The dissertation shall contain an introduction that describes the general area of chemical scholarship and clearly identifies the purpose of the investigation. The research shall have led to new knowledge of a standard worthy of publication in a major refereed journal. If previously published articles are to be included in the dissertation, it must be made clear how much the candidate has contributed. Sufficient detail of the nature of the work performed should be provided such that it should be possible for a qualified reader to repeat each step. In cases involving potential patents, all or part of the dissertation can be embargoed for specified periods of time, following accepted university policies. Candidates must defend their dissertations successfully. Part of the defense proceeding will be open to the public.

CHEM 6398Dissertation3
CHEM 6399Dissertation3

A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be submitted to the Graduate School for format check prior to the scheduled defense date. The dissertation, including an abstract not to exceed 350 words, must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation guidelines available at the Graduate School Web site. The student will receive email confirmation from the Graduate School after the format has been approved. The final Graduate School-approved dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School in PDF electronic format on a CD in a case by the deadline as published in the Class Schedule, along with a hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members. The signature page must be included in the PDF file but it should not be signed.  Doctoral candidates are also required to submit the Graduate School approved dissertation at the University Microfilms International Web site for on-line publication, http://dissertations.umi.com/utep. Dissertations are regarded as publications and will be made public once they are approved and submitted. Online publication does not preclude subsequent publication of the dissertation, in whole or in part, as a monograph or in a journal. Copyright at the author’s expense can be arranged through University Microfilms International. To protect patent or any other rights, the Graduate School can be requested to delay publication for a period of one year. This request must be supported by a written recommendation of the supervising professor.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 72

PhD in Chemistry (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Nine hours of Core Courses:
Select three courses from the following: 19
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Six hours of Core Courses:
Select two courses of the following: 26
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 2
Graduate Seminar:
CHEM 6195Graduate Seminar (Enroll in four semesters) 34
Doctoral Research:
Select thirty-four hours from the following:34
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Elective Courses:
Select nine hours from the following:9
Independent Research
Seminar
Ethical, Soc/Pol Dimensions
Independent Research
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Resrch Biological Science
Herpetology
Biology of the Pleistocene
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Biogeography
Biosystematics
Ecology of Desert Organisms
Advances/Evolutionary Theory
Ultrastructure
Mammalogy
Advances Immunological Concept
Advances in Ecological Theory
Biostatistics
Physiology of Bacterial Cell
Structure/Funct Macromolecules
Synthesis/Degrad Macromolecule
Mechanisms-Cellular Toxicity
Molecular Pathogenesis
Ecosystem Toxicology
Intro Bio I:Basic Seq. Comp.
Intro Bio II: Gene Find/Compar
Internship in Biological Sci.
Post-genomic Analysis
Genomic Analysis and Assembly
Limnology
Independent Research
Resrch in Biological Sciences
Independent Research
Independent Research
Environmental Pathobiology
Gene Regulation
Physiological Regulatory Mech
Cell Physiology
Membrane Biology
Rsrch Funding & Prof Developmt
Adv Research Techniques
Biodiversity
Molecular Parasitology
Independent Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Independent Research
Independent Research
Independent Research
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Grndwtr Hydro & Polltn
Engineering Analysis
Adv Design of Struct Systms
Advanced Structural Analysis
Finite Element Method (3-0)
Risk/Reliability Anal-Engr Sys
Structural Buckling/Stability
Environmental Processes
Water Reclamation & Reuse
Stats Methods for Civil Eng
Bridge Engineering
Civil & Environmental Syst Eng
Advanced Geotechnical Eng.
Wastes Management (3-0)
Prestressed Concrete
Construction Management
Design for Dynamic Loads
Air Pollution Control
Air Pollution Modeling
Methods Engineering Computatio
Plates and Shells
Surface Water Hydrology
Hydraulic Computer Application
Biol Unit Operations/Processes
Adv Phy-Chem Water Treat
Design-Filtrat'n/Membrane Proc
Mech Pavement Design/Analysis
Foundation Design II
Geotech. Site Investigation
Advanced Civil Eng. Materials
Sustainable Engr Design
Structural Loads Models
Traffic Engineering
Foundation Design I
Highway Geometric Design
Traffic Flow/Simulat Modeling
Urban Transportation Planning
Adv Travel & Infra Demand Anal
Infrastrct Ntwk Flow Anal/Opti
Infrastrct Syst Design & Eval
Construction Dispute Resolutn
Temporary Construction Methods
Constr Cost Analysis & Bidding
Engl-Span for Const Managers I
Engl-Span for Const Mangrs II
Construction Internship
Construction Law and Ethics
Construction Scheduling
Construction Safety
Construction Methods
Special Topics Civil Engr
Individual Studies
Earth Construction
Residential Construction
Graduate Research
Construction Claims
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Environmental Eng Chemistry
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Civil Engineering Seminar
Doctoral Research
Infrastructure Management
Engineering Analysis (3-0)
Infrastructure Engineering
Water Resources Mgmt
Adv Traffic Engineering
Infrastructure Planning
Intermodal Transportation Sys
Mod Methods/Engr Computation
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Modern General Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contem Topics Analytical Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contem Topics Organic Chemistr
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Anal./Model of Bio Structures
Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics Physical Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Teaching Practicum - Chemistry
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Contemp Topics in Analyt Chem
Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Organic Chem
Advanced Biochemistry
Contemp Topics in Biochemistry
Adv Physical Chemistry I
Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Contemp Topics in Phys Chem
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Contemp Topics Inorganic Chem
Graduate Research in Chemistry
Dissertation
Dissertation
Logical Foundations of CS
Computer Networks
Artificial Intelligence I
Theory of Computation
Human-Computer Interaction
Topics in Language Processing
Topics in Adv Database Systems
Parallel & Concurrent Program
Secured Web-Based Systems
Advanced Operating Systems
Advanced Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Interval Computations
Computer Security
Topics/Emerg.Comput Paradigms
Topics/Intelligent Computing
Ethical & Legal Issues in Tech
Software Safety & Risk Anlysis
Spec. & Desgn of Real-Time Sys
Graduate Student Internship
Software Construction
Software Reverse Engineering
Comp. Dec Making & Risk Anal
Cyber-Sec for Critical Op Tech
Software Engineering
Topics in Software Engineering
Model-Based Software Devlpmnt
Topics in Software Assurance
Software Requirements Engr
Software Architecture & Design
Software Integration and V&V
Software Project Management
Software Engineering Practicum
Special Topic Computer Science
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Graduate Research
Doctoral Research
Doctoral Research
Logical Foundations of CS
Theory of Computation
Adv Computer Architecture
Advanced Algorithms
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research Methods
Doctoral Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Doctoral Research
Graduate Seminar
Laboratory for EE 5318
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Probability & Random Processes
Computational Methods for EE
Linear Systems Analysis
Antenna Theory
Semiconductor Device Physics
Advanced Optoelectronic Device
Modern Semiconductor Devices
Electronic Material Processing
Nanoelectronics
BME for Global Health
Adv Digital Communications
Statistical Detection/Estimate
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Data Communications
Coding and Error Correction
Data Compression
Adv Fiber Optic Communications
Systems Engineering Fundamtls
Systems Engineering Mgmt
Requirements Engineering
Integratn, Verifictn, Validatn
Sp Proj Practicum in Sys Eng
Physiological Systms Measurmts
Med Diag & Theraptc Instrmtn
Biomed Signal & Image Process
Tomographic Imaging
Contmp Topics in Bioelectmgntm
Telemedicine & Img Informatics
Biomechatronics
Computer Vision
Fuzzy Logic & Engineering
CMOS Digital Circuit Design
Operating Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Image Processing
Advanced Digital Syst Design I
ASIC Design and Test
Computer Architecture I
Computer Architecture II
Advanced VLSI Design
Network Protocols
Energy Sustainability
Smart Grid Fundamentals
Control of Electric Power
High Frequency Power Converter
Power System Operations
Radar Signal Processing
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Doctoral Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Doctoral Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Semiconductor Device Physics
Modern Semiconductor Devices
BME for Global Health
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Physiological Sys & Meas
Medical Diag & Therap Devices
Telemedicine & Img Informatics
Biomechatronics
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Research Methods
Graduate Research
Dissertation
Dissertation
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Arid Lands
Climate Science
Topics in Environmental Sci.
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geology
Graduate Seminar
Geology of the Southwest
Selected Topics in Geol Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Selected Topics in Geol Scienc
Directed Study in Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Earth Structure
Earth Materials
Studies in Oceanography
Paleobiology
Planetary Geology
Mineral Resrcs, Econ & Environ
Intro Entrepreneurial Geosci
Adv Entrepreneurial G.S.
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Hydrogeology
Petroleum Geology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Isotope Geology
Advanced Petrology
Environmental Geochemistry
Electron Probe Microanalysis
Directed Study in Geology
Sandstone Petrography
Sedimentary Depositional Envir
Basin Analysis
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Low Temperature Geochemistry
Global Biochemical Cycles
Petroleum Geochemistry
Paleoclimatology
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Applied Quaternary Geology
Graduate Research in Geol Sci
Environmental Risk Assessment
Geol/Mineral Resources Mexico
Fundamentals of Earth Science
Fundmtls/Fld Meth in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Directed Study in Geology
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Dissertation
Dissertation
Advanced Structural Geology
Tectonic Geomorphology
Sandstone Petrography
Carbonate Petrogrph & Dep. Env
Sedimentary Depositional Env
Sequence Stratigraphy
Hydrogeology
Environmental Tracers in Water
Groundwater in Geological Proc
Planetary Science
Doctoral Research in Geol Sci
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Atmospheric Processes
Digital Image Processing
Geophysical Inverse Theory
Reflection Seismic Data Proces
Seismology
Topics in Geophysics
Well Logging
Plate Tectonics
Reflection Seismic Data Interp
Directed Study in Geophysics
North Amer Geophysical Framewk
Geop App-Digital Signal Proces
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Directed Study in Geophysics
Advanced Seismology
Advanced Seismic Methods
Applications of Potential Thry
Graduate Seminar
Comprehensive Integrat of IE
Advanced Work Design
Industrial Statistics
Adv Concepts in Safety Eng
Adv Production/Inven Control
Linear and Combin Optimiz Meth
Design/Analysis Indust Exprmnt
Advanced Engineering Economy
Computer Simulation Appli
Adv Ergonomics/Process Design
Advanced Quality Control
Quality Engineering
Green Energy Manufacturing
Special Topics Industrial Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
International Mfg. Internship
International Mfg. Internship
Graduate Seminar
Elemnts of Applied Functl Anal
Applied Mathematics
Partial Differential Equations
Finite Element Methods I
Principles of Analysis
Principles of Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Comp Methods of Linear Algebra
Real Variables
Techniques in Optimization
General Topology
Numer Solution Part Diff Equat
Numerical Optimization
Interior-Point Methods for Lin
Complex Variables
MATH 5360
MATH 5361
MATH 5364
MATH 5365
Seminar
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Multivariate Data Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
Topics in Applied Mathematics
Topics in Optimization
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Mathl Methods for Mech Eng
Solid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer I
Heat Transfer II
Comp. Fluid Dynamics
Fluid Dynamics
Adv Mechanical Design
Structural Dynamics
Thermodynamics
Adv Finite Element Analysis
Solid Mechanics II
Mech of Composite Materials
Analytical Dynamics
Space Systems Design
Aerospace Propulsion
Aerospace Structures
Aero Dynamics and Controls
Special Topics Mechanical Engr
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Graduate Research
Individual Studies
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Clinical Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Medical Device Practicum
Graduate Research
Matls Extraction & Synthesis
Phase Transformations & Micros
Mechanical Behavior of Matrls
BME for Global Health
Advanced Matrls & Composites
Telemedicine & Imaging Informa
BME Dev Design & Regulation
Biomaterials
Biofabrication
Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Research
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
Microstruc & Microchem Charac
Adv Concepts in Matls Sci Engr
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Graduate Research
Clinical Rotations-Engineers
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Research in Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics I
Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Kinematics/Dynamics II
Introduction to Health Physics
Intro to Medical Physics
Physics of Radiation Therapy
Physics of Diagnostic Imaging
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrodynamics
Wave Phenomena and Optics
Quantum Mechanics
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Research Problems in Physics
Special Topics in Physics
Graduate Research in Physics
Graduate Research in Physics
Systems Engr Fundamentals
Systems Engr Management
Systems Requirements Analysis
Sys Intgrtn, Verfctn, & Valdtn
Sys Engr Project Practicum
Systems Architecture & Design
Systems Engr Processes
Systems Modeling & Simulation
Systems Engr Special Topics
Individual Studies
Graduate Seminar
Statistical Programming
Applied Experimental Design
Categorical Data Analysis
Post-Genomic Analysis
Special Topics
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Statistics in Research
Stochastic Processes
Multivariate Data Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics
Time Series Analysis
Statistical Computing
Graduate Research
Intro to Statistical Analysis
Introduction to Data Mining
Statistical Data Mining
Department Seminar:
CHEM 6195Graduate Seminar 41
Teaching Practicum:
CHEM 6281Teaching Practicum - Chemistry2
Dissertation:
CHEM 6398
CHEM 6399
Dissertation
and Dissertation
6
Total Hours71
1

Or doctoral equivalent.

2

Or doctoral equivalent; CHEM 5351 Advanced Physical Chemistry I, CHEM 5361 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry may be substituted if not counted above.

3

Students are required to enroll in four semesters of CHEM 6195 Graduate Seminar to promote professional development in the areas of scientific information retrieval, laboratory safety, research ethics, oral and written presentation of research results, and writing grant proposals.

4

All graduate students, in residence, are required to enroll in and attend the weekly seminars that feature accounts of current research by outstanding investigators in chemistry and related scientific areas; this requires enrollment in CHEM 6195 Graduate Seminar each semester.