A total of 30 semester hours of graduate credits must be earned. Of these, at least 24 semester hours must be course work and six semester hours research. A minimum of 9 hours per semester is equivalent to a full course load. A grade of "B" or better is required in each course submitted for the degree.
All students are encouraged to complete the following courses at Howard University with a grade of "B" or better.
Chemistry 201 - Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 231 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 243 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 278 - Advanced Physical Chemistry I
Chemistry 279 - Advanced Physical Chemistry II
Requests for exemption are made in writing to the Chairman during the registration period. Criteria for exemption will be determined by the division concerned, usually by passing the placement examination in that area.
No course taken more than five years prior to the term in which the student presents him/herself for the final examination will be credited toward the fulfillment of the degree. Courses may be recertified by recommendation of the Department Chairman, based upon special written examination by the candidate.
Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements
All entering graduate students in the department are strongly encouraged to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Thus, the aim of the program is to provide a challenging curriculum for all students, in addition to offering significant opportunities to those with less accomplished academic backgrounds. Further, the program has several components that are collectively designed to promote disciplinary competency, professional development, interdisciplinary training and research, group mentoring, collegiality among faculty and students, and dynamic student tracking. Emphasis of the doctoral program is placed on the integration of professional development into the curriculum and the opportunity for interdisciplinary training and research.
A total of 72 semester hours of graduate credit must be earned. Students are required to complete a minimum of six (6) graduate courses (18 credit hours, total) before candidacy and up to 54 credits of additional specialty/research hours for completion of the Ph.D. Additionally, specialty divisions (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic/Biochemistry, or Physical) or an Advisory committee (in the student’s specialty area) may require more than the minimum 18 credit hours of coursework prior to candidacy. The total of 72 hours will include at least one (1) hour of the Chemistry Graduate course numbered 205-600.
Master’s degree holders may transfer up to 24 Credit hours of coursework from the Master’s degree, and entering Bachelor’s degree holders may transfer up to 18 Credit hours of coursework toward the Ph.D. program. In any event, proposed transfers: a) must be requested before the student is admitted to candidacy and b) approved by the Department of Chemistry’s Committee on Graduate Studies and the Executive Committee of the Department.
All students must take a graduate-level Professional Development Course and (at least) two graduate courses outside of their chemistry division which could be Chemistry courses or those from other departments such as pharmacy, engineering, biochemistry (Medical College), biology, or related disciplines.
Reading and Conference (205-293), and Special Laboratory Projects (205-294) may not be counted towards the minimal 18 Credit hours of required coursework prior to candidacy. Seminar courses (with changing topics ) may be taken for credit for multiple times.
No course taken more than seven years prior to the semester in which the student presents himself/herself for candidacy will be credited toward the degree. Courses may be recertified by recommendation of the Departmental Chair, based upon the results of special written examination(s) taken by the candidate. PLEASE NOTE: A Graduate School regulation states that any course more than ten years old can only be recertified by retaking the course(s) in question..