Jun 16, 2024  
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog

Chemistry, Ph.D.

Our Ph.D. program is a research degree in advanced chemistry that prepares our students for careers in academia or as leaders in industry.  A Master’s degree is not required; students may enter directly into the Ph.D. program.

Area Selected as a Major

In the area selected as a major, the student will take the following as a minimum:



  • 12 hours of graduate level inorganic courses


  • any three graduate level physical chemistry courses

Additional Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the minimum university requirements, a student must take the Career Skills course (CHEM 5000) plus one 3 hour graduate course (5000 and above) in each of the four areas (inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical), excluding special topics, tool courses CHEM 5130, CHEM 5320 , CHEM 5760, and research courses.

A student may also take 12 credits of any combination of CHEM 5190, 5290, 5390, 5590, or 5790.

Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a series of written major field cumulative examinations, including special topics.

Students must obtain satisfactory performance on a preliminary examination, part written and part oral.

Students must present a seminar based on the dissertation research. Students must also obtain one additional credit of 5000 by presenting a divisional or departmental seminar or an oral presentation at a regional or national research meeting. In addition, students must make one presentation at the annual University of Wyoming Graduate School Symposium.