Chemistry and Chemical Biology

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 10; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • A completed Course Record Form http://chemistry.cornell.edu/graduate/apply.cfm
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in chemistry
  • TOEFL minimum score of 250 computer-based, with a minimum of 25 in each of three sections; or 600 paper-based, with minimum of 60 in each of the three sections (TOEFL scores must be sent to field before applying)

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • analytical chemistry
  • bio-organic chemistry
  • biophysical chemistry
  • chemical biology
  • chemical physics
  • inorganic chemistry
  • materials chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • polymer chemistry
  • theoretical chemistry

The program of graduate study is designed to give broad training in the fundamentals of chemistry and in methods of research. Students ordinarily pursue those objectives by taking advanced courses, participating in organized and informal seminars, and carrying out and reporting on research projects in their major subject. Students normally conduct research during the summer and receive financial support for this purpose.

With the consent of the Special Committee, a student may elect one or two minors from the above list or from another field. Entering students are required to register with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the beginning of their first term. They consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and with their temporary Special Committee.

Proficiency tests in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry are required of all entering Ph.D. degree candidates. These tests are given a few days before registration for the fall term. Results are used to help the Special Committee plan the student's program. Remedial course work may be required of students with poor test scores.

Students majoring in organic or bio-organic chemistry must prepare and defend an original research proposal, usually after passing the Admission to Candidacy examination.

Specific inquiries from prospective graduate students are welcomed and should be addressed to the graduate field office or to any faculty member in the field. A brochure, Graduate Study in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is available on request.

Application:
Applicants should have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in chemistry, including courses in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in mathematics and physics. Unusually promising students may be admitted with deficiencies in undergraduate training. Applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE general test and on the GRE subject test in chemistry.

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of competency in English. Acceptable proof is (1) a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or higher with a minimum score of 60 (paper-based) or 25 (computer-based) in each section, or (2) a degree from a college or university in a country where the native language is English.

Hector Abruna -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry; chemical physics; materials chemistry; Research interests: analytical; inorganic; physical; materials; chemical physics
Nandini Ananth -- Concentrations: theoretical chemistry; Research interests: theoretical chemistry
Yimon Aye -- Concentrations: chemical biology; Research interests: organic chemistry
Barbara Baird (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: biophysical, physical; chemical physics; chemical biology
J. Thomas Brenna -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: analytical
Richard Cerione -- Concentrations: biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: chemical biology; biophysical; analytical
Peng Chen -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; physical chemistry; biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry
Geoffrey Coates -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; polymer chemistry; materials chemistry; organometallic chemistry; Research interests: polymer; organic; bio-organic; inorganic; materials; organometallic
David Collum -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; organometallic chemistry; Research interests: organic; inorganic; organometallic
Brian Crane -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: biophysical; inorganic; chemical biology
Susan Daniel -- Concentrations: materials chemistry; Research interests:
Harry Davis -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; Research interests: physical; chemical physics
William Dichtel -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; polymer chemistry; materials chemistry; Research interests: organic, material, polymer, and inorganic chemistry
Francis DiSalvo -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry; chemical physics; materials chemistry; Research interests: inorganic; physical; materials; chemical physics
Steven Ealick -- Concentrations: biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: biophysical; chemical biology
James Engstrom -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry; Research interests: physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry
Lara Estroff -- Concentrations: materials chemistry; Research interests:
Gregory Ezra -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; chemical physics; theoretical chemistry; Research interests: theoretical; physical; chemical physics
Jack Freed -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; chemical physics; theoretical chemistry; materials chemistry; biophysical chemistry; Research interests: physical; theoretical; biophysical; chemical physics
Bruce Ganem -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; bio-organic chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: organic; bio-organic; chemical biology
Emmanuel Giannelis -- Concentrations: materials chemistry; Research interests: materials; polymer
Melissa Hines -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; chemical physics; materials chemistry; Research interests: physical; analytical; materials; chemical physics
Ailong Ke -- Concentrations: biophysical chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: biophysical chemistry; chemical biology
Kyle Lancaster -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; Research interests: inorganic chemistry
Stephen Lee -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; materials chemistry; Research interests: inorganic; materials; theoretical
Chad Lewis -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; Research interests: organic chemistry
Hening Lin -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: chemical biology; organic chemistry
Roger Loring -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; polymer chemistry; chemical physics; theoretical chemistry; Research interests: theoretical; materials; physical; chemical physics; polymer
John Marohn -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; chemical physics; materials chemistry; Research interests: analytical; physical; chemical physics; materials; polymer
Christopher Ober -- Concentrations: materials chemistry; Research interests: materials; polymer
Jiwoong Park -- Concentrations: physical chemistry; Research interests: physical chemistry
Poul Petersen -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; physical chemistry; biophysical chemistry; Research interests: physical chemistry; analytical chemistry; biophysical chemistry
Frank Schroeder -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: organic chemistry; chemical biology
Dotsevi Sogah -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; polymer chemistry; bio-organic chemistry; organometallic chemistry; Research interests: polymer; organic; bio-organic; materials
David Usher -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; bio-organic chemistry; chemical biology; Research interests: bio-organic; organic; chemical biology
Ulrich Wiesner -- Concentrations: polymer chemistry; materials chemistry; Research interests: materials chemistry; polymer chemistry; physical chemistry
Peter Wolczanski -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; materials chemistry; organometallic chemistry; Research interests: inorganic; organic; materials; organometallic
David Zax -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry; chemical physics; materials chemistry; Research interests: analytical; physical; chemical physics; inorganic; materials

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

James Burlitch -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; materials chemistry; Research interests: inorganic; materials
Robert Fay -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; Research interests: inorganic
George Hess -- Concentrations: Research interests: biophysical
Roald Hoffmann -- Concentrations: inorganic chemistry; physical chemistry; theoretical chemistry; materials chemistry; organometallic chemistry; Research interests: bioinorganic; materials; organometallic; physical; theoretical chemistry
Fred McLafferty -- Concentrations: analytical chemistry; Research interests: analytical; bio-organic
John McMurry -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; Research interests: bio-organic; organic
Jerrold Meinwald -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; Research interests: bio-organic; organic
Harold Scheraga -- Concentrations: chemical physics; theoretical chemistry; biophysical chemistry; Research interests: biophysical; chemical biology; physical; chemical physics; polymer; theoretical
Benjamin Widom -- Concentrations: chemical physics; theoretical chemistry; Research interests: physical; chemical physics; theoretical
Charles Wilcox -- Concentrations: organic chemistry; Research interests: organic; theoretical

Graduate Education Field Assessment Plan

           Chemistry and Chemical Biology (C&CB)

We address the following issues:

     I.    Upon receiving a Ph.D. from our program what skills do we expect our students to have obtained, what do we expect them to have learned? i.e. what do they need to achieve to graduate with a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

    II.    How do we evaluate our students? (At the end of their training, and along the way)

    III.  How do we verify that our Program is successful, how do we share information, communicate, and respond to ensure the goals of I are being achieved.

Learn more about the complete Chemistry and Chemical Biology Assessment Plan. (PDF)