Learning Goals

To achieve the doctorate in chemistry, students must:

  1. Demonstrate both a broad solid foundation in the chemical sciences and specialized knowledge in a chosen subdiscipline, including the ability to:
    1. Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature
    2. Explain the experimental, observational, and/or analytical bases for current theories
    3. Synthesize an approach to address a major unresolved research problem
  2. 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
  3. Organize, format, and present data effectively in both written and oral form, and, when applicable, display computational and quantitative skills
  4. Interact effectively, collegially and professionally with others in the field and conform to the fundamentals of ethical research conduct.