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Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is internationally recognized for its research and education. As part of a commitment to continuing this tradition of excellence the department provides a graduate program that integrates opportunities for cutting-edge creative research and study across of wide range of areas including analytical, atmospheric, biochemistry, biophysical, chemical physics, environmental, organic, materials and nanoscience, and physical chemistry. Graduate students enjoy extensive scientific collaboration with chemistry and biochemistry faculty and with other departments, such as Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Physics, and with research institutes and agencies such as the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Joint Institutes of Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

MS
Students are only admitted into the PhD program.  An exception to this rule may be made for students supported by the U.S. Armed Forces.  PhD students who are unable to meet the demands of the Ph.D. program may be transferred into the M.S. degree plan.

PhD
The PhD requires 30 hours of approved graduate course work and 30 hours of dissertation credit, successful completion of preliminary and comprehensive examinations, and a successful dissertation defense. There is no foreign language requirement.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Provide three letters of recommendation.
  2. Submit the supplement department application to the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. 
  3. Include a C.V. with the online application.
  4. Provide official transcripts from every university or college even if the courses were taken while attending another institution.
  5. Provide official GRE scores directly from the testing agency.
  6. Provide TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not the native language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has completed at least one year of full time study at an English speaking university, within two years of admission term.

Research experience is highly recommended.

GRE Scores: 
The general GRE test is required and the subject GRE is highly recommended but not required.
Financial Support: 

There is no separate financial assistance application form. All applicants who submit a complete application for admission by the application deadline are considered for financial assistance.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry Division
Chemistry 100 F
Box 215 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0215
Phone: 303-492-8978
Fax: 303-492-5894

chemgrad@colorado.edu 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biochemistry Division
Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building
Box 596 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0596
Phone: 303-735-7616
Fax: 303-492-8425

bchmgrad@colorado.edu

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301