Registration and Coursework

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Registration

Graduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter. Per UC regulations, you may not enroll in more than 12 units of graduate coursework (200-level) or more than 16 units of combined upper division and graduate coursework per quarter (100-, 200- and 300-level). Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific registration dates and deadlines. Keep in mind that graduate students are not assigned appointment times You may enroll in courses any time during registration operating hours.

Seminars

You must enroll and participate in CHE 290 (Seminar) each quarter in residence until you Advance to Candidacy. You must also enroll and participate in CHE 294 (Presentation of Chemistry Research) each Winter and Spring quarter until you Advance to Candidacy.

CHE 293 (Introduction to Chemistry Research) and CHE 295 (Careers in Chemistry) are required only in your first quarter of the program.

Graduate Coursework

The following are the courses required for the Ph.D. in Chemistry by research area. Descriptions of these course are available in the General Catalog. You may enroll in elective courses outside of the Department with prior approval from your academic adviser. Also, you must consult with your academic adviser regarding any course substitutions and/or waivers.

Students are typically expected to complete their coursework prior to taking their Qualifying Examination; however, it is permissible for the QE to be scheduled during the quarter in which you are taking the final one or two courses in your area of study. All core and deficiency courses must be passed with a "B" grade or better.

Analytical Chemistry

  • Two Core Courses: CHE 205, CHE 240
  • Two "Special Topics" Course: CHE 241A-E
  • Two Elective Courses in areas outside of analytical chemistry

Biological Chemistry (2 tracks)

  • Bioorganic
    • Three Core Courses: CHE 219 and 219L, CHE 233, CHE 238 or BCB 211
    • Three Elective Courses
  • Biophysical
    • Three Core Courses: CHE 205, CHE 210A, BCB 211
    • Three Elective Courses

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Two Core Courses: CHE 205, CHE 226
  • Two "Special Topics" Courses: CHE 228A-D
  • Two Elective Courses in areas outside of inorganic chemistry

Organic Chemistry

  • Three Core Courses: CHE 219 and 219L, CHE 231A, CHE 233
  • Three Elective Courses

Physical Chemistry

  • Three Core Courses: CHE 211A, CHE 210A, CHE 210B
  • Three Elective Courses

Chemical Physics
Students in the Chemical Physics emphasis follow the same course track as either Analytical Chemistry or Physical Chemistry. Chemical Physics students are also only required to take and pass ACS exams in Physical and Analytical Chemistry.