The upper-division courses are designed to educate the chemistry major for graduate studies or industrial work. Loyola programs are unique because of the close contact between students and faculty, due to smaller class sizes in advanced classes. Chemistry faculty members spend significant time assisting students both in and out of the classroom.
The Department of Chemistry provides graduate students a unique atmosphere, with state-of-the-art instrumentation, talented teachers, and motivated researchers. Much of the current research transcends traditional boundaries to include fields such as bioorganic, bioinorganic, biophysical, and environmental chemistry. Weekly seminars and the annual Denkewalter Lecture, which brings the winner of either the American Chemical Society's Pure Chemistry or Eli Lilly awards to campus, provide opportunities to learn about recent advances from respected academic and industrial scientists.
The Ph.D. program at Loyola University Chicago encompasses the traditional fields of specialization, including:
Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.
Students complete five formal courses: three are taken in the areas of specialization and two outside the areas of specialization. A total of 60 credit hours with an average grade of "B" is required. Students are encouraged to become proficient in statistics, computer programming, or languages of scientific importance as needed to conduct their research. Students must write and orally defend a research dissertation of publishable quality.
Length of Program: Full-time students usually complete the program in 4.5 years. Part-time students generally complete the program in 7 years.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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