Chemistry and Biochemistry

Program Requirements

OUTLINE

      M.S. Requirements

                                        Chemistry                                Biochemistry                
0 Pass 3/5 exams Pass biochemistry exam
Year 1

Courses: 2-5 total core classes

-    1-2 core classes 1st semester    

-    1-2 core classes 2nd semester     

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 601, Safety

CHEM 692R, Current Topics

Annual review

3.0 course GPA

Courses: 2-5 total core classes

-    1-2 core classes 1st semester

-    1-2 core classes 2nd semester

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 601, Safety

CHEM 692R, Current Topics

Annual review

3.0 course GPA
Year 2

CHEM 692R, Current Topics

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 694 (W) – Scientific Writing

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

Thesis & Defense

(CHEM 699R Thesis (6 cr)

CHEM 692R, Current Topics

CHEM 594R, General Seminar       

CHEM 694 (W) – Scientific Writing

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

Thesis & Defense

(CHEM 699R Thesis (6 cr)


      PhD Requirements

                         Chemistry                   Biochemistry    
0 Pass 3/5 exams Pass biochemistry exam
Year 1            

Courses: 4-7 total core classes

   - 1-2 core classes 1st semester

   - 1-2 core classes 2nd semester

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 601, Safety

CHEM 692R, Current Topics  

Annual review

3.0 course GPA

Courses: 4-7 total core classes

   - 1-2 core classes 1st semester

   - 1-2 core classes 2nd semester

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 601, Safety

CHEM 692R, Current Topics  

Annual review

3.0 course GPA
Year 2

CHEM 692R, Current Topics 

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 694 (W) – Scientific Writing

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

CHEM 692R, Current Topics 

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

CHEM 694 (W) – Scientific Writing

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress
Year 3

CHEM 692R, Current Topics 

   -  proposal presentation during Fall

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

Research Proposal

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

CHEM 692R, Current Topics 

   -  proposal presentation during Fall

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

Research Proposal

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress
Year 4

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

Dissertation & Defense

CHEM 699R Thesis (18 cr)

Publication Requirement

CHEM 594R, General Seminar

Annual review

Presentation Requirement

3.0 course GPA

Good research progress

Dissertation & Defense

CHEM 699R Thesis (18 cr)

Publication Requirement


COURSES

-          PhD: 4-7 core classes/ MS: 2-5 core classes: 514, 518, 521, 523, 552, 553, 555, 563, 565, 567, 569, 581, 583, 584, 586, 619R, 629R, 659R, etc. or others as designated appropriate by the student’s committee

-          Take 1-2 core classes during their 1st semester (self-select based on course descriptions & recommendations from temporary advisor)

-          Take 1-2 core classes during their 2nd semester (advisor/committee help select)

-          CHEM 601 (Chemical Safety) during 1st yr (Winter)

-          CHEM 694 (Scientific Writing course) during 2nd yr (Winter)

-          CHEM 594R (Seminar course) for 7 (PhD) or 3 (MS) semesters (3.5/1.5 total credits)

-          CHEM 692R Current Topics course for 6 (PhD) or 4 (MS) semesters (3/2 total credits)

-          CHEM 697R Graduate Research (variable)

-          CHEM 699R Thesis 18 (PhD) or 6 (MS) credits

CHEM 594R – Seminar course

-          Attend at least 10 seminars per semester.

-          For 2 of the 10 seminars, read and write abstract-like summaries for 2-3 articles written by the speaker on the topic of the presentation. These must be turned in prior to the seminar.

-          Take notes (using the form for the class) during the seminar for which the summaries are written. Turn the notes in immediately following the seminar. Two passing grades are required. If one or both of the summaries fails to meet the necessary standard of writing, additional summaries (as appropriate) will be required.  Take notes using the form for the class on all of the seminars on which the student writes summaries.

CHEM 694 – Graduate Writing course

-          This is taken in the Winter semester of the second year. As part of this course, students write a full literature review on the topic of their graduate research project. For PhD students, this review is intended to be the foundation for the student’s proposal/prospectus which will also be drafted as part of the course.  For MS students, the review will be the basis of the introductory chapter of their thesis.

-          With approval from their committee, students may take this class during the winter of their first year.

CHEM 692R - Current Topics course (3 credits)   

-           Refer to the Current Topics webpage for the requirements.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Maintain a 3.0 course GPA.

Research Proposal

-          PhD students write and orally present a research proposal on the topic of their graduate research that outlines their anticipated research project. The proposal is drafted as part of Chem 694 typically taken during the winter semester of the second year. Students develop and polish the proposal immediately following the class during the summer between their second and third years. The final written proposal should be distributed to his or her committee at least two weeks before the oral presentation. The format is to be that of an NSF or NIH grant proposal (or that of another large funding agency as deemed appropriate by the student’s committee) and should contain a one-page project summary and project description with specific aims, expected significance, background, research description, plan of work, and references. At least one aim of the proposal must originate with the student. The proposal should be well written and 8-10 pages long, excluding references. Students will give a 40-minute oral presentation on their proposal in the Fall of their third year in conjunction with the Current Topics course. This serves as a candidacy exam.  

-          With approval from their committee, students may take the Chem 694 class in winter of their first year, develop and polish the proposal during the summer between their first and second years, and present the proposal during the Fall of their second year.

Annual Progress Reviews

-          Refer to the Annual Progress Reviews webpage for the requirements.

Presentation requirement

-          Beginning in their second year, the student presents their work in an official setting at least once per year either at the BYU Student Research Conference or at an external conference (oral or poster presentation).

Publication requirement

-          PhD students must have at least one first-author paper submitted to a peer-reviewed journal prior to defense of their dissertation. Unless instructed otherwise by their committee, MS students do not have a publication requirement.

-          Additional papers are strongly encouraged and can be required based on the norms for the discipline and the discretion of the student’s committee.

 Dissertation, Thesis, & defense

-          A written dissertation (PhD) or thesis (MS) is required, including an introductory chapter and several chapters describing the student’s work.

-          Students give a 45-minute presentation (like a normal seminar) on their graduate research which will be attended by their committee members and any interested members of the general public.

-          Following the presentation (either the same day or on the following day, at the discretion of the committee), the student will defend the dissertation or thesis to their committee.


Last updated 18 September 2017