To achieve the doctorate in chemistry, students must:
- Demonstrate both a broad solid foundation in the chemical sciences and specialized knowledge in a chosen subdiscipline, including the ability to:
- Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature
- Explain the experimental, observational, and/or analytical bases for current theories
- Synthesize an approach to address a major unresolved research problem
- Make a substantial and original contribution to the field. In most cases, this will include publication of one or more first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to the preparation of a dissertation
- Organize, format, and present data effectively in both written and oral form, and, when applicable, display computational and quantitative skills
- Interact effectively, collegially and professionally with others in the field and conform to the fundamentals of ethical research conduct.