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Chemistry and Chemical Biology Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Program Description

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4139

131 Baker Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • 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


2017-2018: $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; Application Review begins Dec1; applications received after this date may be at a disadvantage

Requirements Summary:

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.

  • all Graduate School Requirements,
  • including the TOEFL or IELTS Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in chemistry
  • TOEFL or IELTS test report must be sent to field prior to application


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)