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Chemistry (Ph.D.)

Illinois Tech's chemistry program spans the traditional areas of research in physical, polymer, organic, inorganic, analytical, and biological chemistry. Prepare for a career in academia, industry, or government.

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The Department of Chemistry is home to a state-of-the-art computational facility, supporting outstanding computational chemistry research and teaching activities at Illinois Tech. Chemistry research facilities also include:

  • A new chemistry computer cluster for quantum chemistry calculations and molecular visualization
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrometer
  • Atomic absorption spectrometer
  • High-performance liquid chromatography gas-chromatography-mass spectrometer
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrometer
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Fluorescence spectrometer
  • Raman spectrometer
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer
  • Fluorescence microscope

The department is also home to the International Center for Sensor Science and Engineering, which brings together researchers from academia, industry, and research labs to provide an interdisciplinary environment for broader areas of sensor research.

Program Overview

The Department of Chemistry is home to a state-of-the-art computational facility, supporting computational chemistry research. The department is also home to the International Center for Sensor Science and Engineering, which gathers researchers from academia, industry, and research labs.

Career Opportunities

Earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry can open many career opportunities.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Health care scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist

Degree applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Submission of GRE scores is required. You may be granted provisional admission with a GPA less than 3.0.

  • GRE: 310 (quantitative + verbal), 3.0 (analytical writing)
  • TOEFL: 80 -or- IELTS: 5.5, for international applicants