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Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Farrell, Dr. Nicholas
Program director
(804) 828-6320

Admission requirements summary

Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

of entry:


Mar 15
Nov 15


Student learning outcomes

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. in Chemical Biology are similar to those for other doctoral programs at the university. Acceptance is based upon undergraduate performance, satisfactory scores on the GRE and letters of recommendation. In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the Graduate School and admission requirements for the College of Humanities and Sciences, students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 30 semester credits in chemistry or biology. These credits should consist of at least two semesters of organic chemistry and a biology course in cell biology, molecular biology or genetics. A physical chemistry course is desirable. Further requirements include a satisfactory GPA score of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; satisfactory GRE scores (must be less than five years old); a written statement of the candidate’s goals; and three letters of recommendation. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory. For international students, satisfactory scores on the TOEFL exam are necessary. The university minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based). Scores must be current (within two years). Students may be admitted as degree-seeking or, if applicants have outstanding potential, but lack specific requirements, they may be accepted as provisional. Graduate students in the program may receive financial support via teaching or research assistantships or fellowships available from the “home” department. Provisionally accepted students must complete all conditions within one year of enrollment. No part-time students are accepted at this time.

Students entering in the spring semester may begin to take courses and rotations to fulfill requirements but must take CHEB 601 and 602 in sequence.

Degree requirements

Candidates for degrees are eligible for graduation upon completion of all academic requirements in effect at the time of their first registration, provided the students are continuously enrolled and provided the requirements are met within the specified time frame. Degrees are granted at the close of the semester or summer session in which students complete their work.



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