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

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.

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.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

December 16, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 16, 2016

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 

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

Chemistry and Biochemistry website