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Frequently Asks Questions for Graduate Study in Chemistry

  1. I have to be registered full-time because I am receiving a tuition scholarship. How many credits should I register for in order to be considered full-time?

    • If you entered with a Bachelor's degree, you must register for 12 credits for each of your first two semesters to be considered full-time. Earning 24 credits satisfies the residency requirement, and you then register for only nine credits a semester to be considered full-time. After you reach ABD status and are admitted to Ph.D. candidacy, you are considered full-time if you register for only one credit of dissertation research (Chemistry 699) each semester.

    • If you entered with a Master's degree or have earned a Master's degree at Binghamton and are continuing for a Ph.D. degree, you should register for only nine credits a semester to be considered full-time. After you reach ABD status and are admitted to candidacy, you are considered full-time if you register for only one credit of dissertation research (Chemistry 699) each semester.
  2. Under what circumstances should I register for Chemistry 597?

    • Chemistry 597 is used when a graduate student takes a course to satisfy a placement requirement. It is also sometimes used for an Independent Study course in the first year to fill a schedule of 12 credits.
  3. When do I register for Chemistry 698 or 699?

    • Chemistry 698 (Pre-Dissertation Research) and 699 (Dissertation Research) do not count toward the residency requirement of 24 credits, so graduate students should not register for them until the residency requirement is fulfilled. (The same applies to Chemistry 598 and 599 in a Master's program.)

    • Ph.D. students may not register for Chemistry 699 until they have been admitted to candidacy and have ABD status. Until that time they should register for Chemistry 698 (Pre-Dissertation Research).
  4. Is attending Colloquium expected beyond CHEM 593?

    • Yes
  5. Should all students take graduate seminar (CHEM 592) in the first year?

    • Yes
  6. When should I take cumulative exams and the oral exam?

    • Cums: during the second year;

    • Oral: within three (3) months of passing last cum, and prior to the start of the third year, whichever comes first.
  7. When is the dissertation prospectus due?

    • Within one (1) month of successful completion of the oral exam, or before the start of the next semester, whichever comes first.
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Last Updated: 4/5/11