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Fields of Study

Study in the Department of Chemistry is formally organized in the traditional sub-disciplines of analytical, chemical education, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry, but there are numerous overlaps both within the Department, such as organometallic and biophysical chemistry, and with other departments, such as molecular biology and molecular physics.

Entering graduate students typically spend much of their first year acquiring a base of advanced knowledge about chemistry before they concentrate on research in a more highly specialized field (in pursuit of their Ph.D. degree). Study can involve coursework, seminars, consultation or informal study with individual professors.