Plan of Study

PhD

Recommended Plan of Study – PhD Programs

Students should complete the Plan of Study, accessed through My ASU, by the end of the second semester. The Plan of study outlines the courses to be completed as part of the PhD degree requirements. Changes to the Plan of Study after original submission are allowed as courses may not be offered in the intended semester or at all and need to be substituted. Only 84 credits must be included. If you need assistance completing the Plan of Study, please schedule an appointment with the Graduate Programs Coordinator.

PhD Requirements

84 Total credits

6 500-level courses (2-4 credits) – CHM or BCH (no more than 2 from outside SMS) (~18 credits)

8 CHM/BCH 501 seminars (1 per semester) (8 credits)

12 credits CHM/BCH 799 dissertation (must be able to add up to exactly 12) (12 credits)

~46 credits CHM/BCH 792 research (will be used to bring the total credits to at least 84)

*Research/Dissertation credits should be taken every semester when working in the lab

Allowances:

2 courses from outside SMS

2 400-level courses with approval of advisor (rare since most 400-level courses of interest will have a 500-level section)

Recommendations:

Complete all 6 courses by end of 4th semester

Maximize credits in first 4 semesters to allow reduced enrollment (lower fees) in later semesters 

First Semester (18 credits)

CHM 501 New Student Seminar

2 500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS)

11 credits CHM/BCH 792 research

Second Semester (18 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice

2 500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS)

11 credits CHM/BCH 792 research

Third Semester (18 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

2 500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS)

11 credits of CHM/BCH 792 research

Fourth Semester (13 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

12 credits of CHM/BCH 792 research

Fifth Semester (6 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits CHM/BCH 799 dissertation

2 credits CHM/BCH 792

Sixth Semester (6 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits CHM/BCH 799 dissertation

2 credits CHM/BCH 792

Seventh Semester (6 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits CHM/BCH 799 dissertation

2 credits CHM/BCH 792

Eighth Semester (6 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits CHM/BCH 799 dissertation

2 credits CHM/BCH 792

Ninth Semester and Beyond

Following the completion of all degree requirements, enrollment will be determined by employment type. 

  • Students hired as Graduate Service Associates (GSA) should enroll for 1 credit of CHM/BCH 799 dissertation. 
  • Students hired as Teaching/Research Assistants should enroll for 6 credits of CHM/BCH 792. 
  • Students who need only to enroll for the purpose of graduation, but will not be working in the lab, should enroll for 1 credit of CHM/BCH 795 Continuing Registration

MS

Recommended Plan of Study – MS Programs

Students should complete the Plan of Study, accessed through My ASU, by the end of the second semester. The Plan of study outlines the courses to be completed as part of the MS degree requirements. Changes to the Plan of Study after original submission are allowed as courses may not be offered in the intended semester or at all and need to be substituted. Only 30 credits must be included. If you need assistance completing the Plan of Study, please schedule an appointment with the Graduate Programs Coordinator.

MS Requirements

30 Total credits

4 500-level courses (2-4 credits) – CHM or BCH (no more than 1 from outside SMS) (~12 credits)

4 CHM/BCH 501 seminars (1 per semester) (4 credits)

6 credits CHM/BCH 599 thesis (must be able to add up to exactly 6) (6 credits)

~8 credits CHM/BCH 592 research (will be used to bring the total credits to at least 30)

*Research/Thesis credits should be taken every semester when working in the lab

*Continuous enrollment required for all fall/spring semesters from admission through completion

Allowances:

1 course from outside SMS

1 400-level course with approval of advisor (rare since most 400-level courses of interest will have a 500-level section)

Recommendations:

Maximize credits in first 2 semesters to allow reduced enrollment (lower fees) in later semesters 

First Semester (11 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice

2 500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS)

4 credits – CHM/BCH 592

Second Semester (11 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

2 500-level courses – CHM/BCH (can also be from outside SMS)

4 credits CHM/BCH 592 research

Third Semester (4 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits of CHM/BCH 599 thesis

Fourth Semester (4 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (same topic can be taken multiple times)

3 credits of CHM/BCH 599 thesis

Fifth Semester and Beyond

Following the completion of all degree requirements, enrollment can be reduced to 1 credit of CHM/BCH 592/599 research/thesis. To maintain health insurance eligibility, enrollment for at least 1 credit of thesis is required.


 

Med Chem

Recommended Plan of Study – Med Chem Program

Students should complete the Plan of Study, accessed through My ASU, at the beginning of the first semester in the MS program. The Plan of study outlines the courses to be completed as part of the MS degree requirements. Changes to the Plan of Study after original submission are allowed as courses may not be offered in the intended semester or at all and need to be substituted. Only 30 credits must be included. Students should schedule an appointment with the Graduate Programs Coordinator when joining the Med Chem program and again when transitioning to the MS program in or to determine the courses to be completed.

Med Chem MS Requirements

30 Total credits

4 500-level courses (2-4 credits) – CHM or BCH (no more than 1 from outside SMS) (~12 credits)

Must include CHM 535 Medicinal Chemistry

4 CHM/BCH 501 seminars (1 per semester) (4 credits)

If unable to complete 4 seminar courses, an additional 500-level course can be substituted

2 credits BCH 593 Applied Project (must be able to add up to exactly 2) (2 credits)

6 credits BCH 592 research (6 credits)

6 credits of electives – can be additional research credits or 500—level coursework (will be used to bring the total credits to at least 30) (6 credits)

*Research/Applied Project credits should be taken every semester when working in the lab

*Continuous enrollment required for all fall/spring semesters from admission through completion

Allowances:

1 course from outside SMS

1 400-level course with approval of advisor (excludes BCH 461, BCH 462, BCH 463, BCH 467)

Up to 12 credits can be “transferred” in from the BS degree. 

Up to 9 credits can be “shared” between the BS and the MS degree (counted toward the BS on DARS)

Recommendations:

Students in the Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) BS should take CHM 433 (Advanced Organic) as CHM 531 and CHM 435 (Medicinal Chemistry) as CHM 535.

Take potential BCH/CHM 494 courses as CHM/BCH 500-level courses if offered.

Undergraduate Semesters following Notice of Acceptance (up to 12 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (every semester) (same topic can be taken multiple times) (1-2 credits)

500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS) (3-9 credits)

BCH 592 research credits (1-10 credits)

Graduate Semesters following BS conferral (balance of 30 credits)

CHM/BCH 501 – topic of your choice (every semester) (same topic can be taken multiple times) (2-4 credits)

500-level courses – CHM or BCH (can also be from outside SMS) (3-16 credits)

BCH 592 research credits (1-12 credits)

2 credits BCH 593 applied project (2 credits) (taken in final semester)