Graduate Programs in Chemistry

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Award-Winning Faculty. Interdisciplinary Research. Exceptional Resources and Location.

The mission of the UC Davis Department of Chemistry is to conduct preeminent research, provide forward-thinking instruction in the chemical sciences, and perform service activities that will positively impact our campus, society, and the world.  Our program has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching, with diverse classes, advanced facilities, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and collaborative research opportunities.  Our faculty and students have received numerous prestigious research awards and fellowships, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship.

The Ultimate Ph.D. Experience

Our department has over 200 graduate students engaging in research across six formal areas of study: Analytical, Chemical Biology, Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Chemical Physics.  We encourage and support graduate research that transcends traditional academic boundaries by bringing together faculty from departments across campus, including the School of MedicineCollege of EngineeringCollege of Biological Sciences, and the Genome Center.  Students pursuing their Ph.D. receive a competitive salary, tuition and fees paid for, and comprehensive health insurance.  All applicants are also considered for merit-based fellowships upon admission.  We have the resources to help you become an independent scientist and launch a successful career.

A Research Based M.S.

Students in the M.S. degree program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry will gain an in-depth understanding of the experimental and computational processes and societalissues that surround the discovery and design of modern pharmaceuticals. The program is intended for students seeking to be employed as research chemists in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. 

A Framework for Diversity

We are actively recruiting graduate students with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.  Women comprise over 40% of graduate students in our department and over 20% of our faculty.  We are also a member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program, and together, we are committed to providing additional financial support and mentoring to underrepresented minorities beginning their doctoral studies.