Coursework is an opportunity to delve deeper into the science of your chosen research area as well as the discipline of chemistry more broadly. Required skills-based coursework in proposal preparation, pedagogy, and ethics, among others, will help prepare you for your thesis work and for the job market.
Required Courses for All Scholars
In addition to the course requirements listed below, all scholars must enroll in research credit as defined in the Coursework Residency Requirement and Research Credit section below.
- six chemistry graduate courses (or approved external courses)
- TATT 600 + 605
- JPE 600 + 605 + 610
- CHEM 597: Proposal/Library Course
Course Registration for Continuing Scholars
All scholars should meet with their advisor to decide on necessary coursework. Scholars must register themselves online via OPUS with assistance, as needed, from the Graduate Program Coordinator. Scholars are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled prior to the enrollment deadline each semester.
Registering for Non-Chemistry Courses
Courses are graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) or on a letter grade basis (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, or F). Courses that offer a letter grade must be taken for a grade if they will be applied towards the requirements for candidacy.
Petitioning for Course Credit or a Course Waiver
Scholars may petition to receive course credit for graduate courses taken at another institution or a course waiver for a maximum of 9 credit hours. The scholar should submit the Petition for Course Credit and/or Waiver form to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Petitions will be forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review. Transfer credit requests must also be approved by the Laney Graduate School Dean (see Box 8.A).
Coursework petitions must be submitted by the end of the first semester of coursework and will be accepted as early as the first graduate committee meeting of the semester.
Box 8.A: What is the difference between transfer credit and a waiver?
Course credit may be given only for courses that were not used to satisfy the requirements of any previous degree. Transfer credit may also reduce the number of courses required at Emory by an equivalent amount—a waiver. A course waiver alone may be requested to reduce the usual six-credit course load required for candidacy but the courses themselves will not be reflected on the Emory transcript.
Scholars wishing to use non-chemistry coursework as part of a transfer or waiver request should include a rationale from their advisor indicating the relevance of the course to the chemistry degree. This should be signed by the advisor.
All requested waivers and petitions will be reviewed. However, scholars should be advised that in most cases, it benefits the scholar to take a full slate of courses at Emory.
Coursework Residency Requirement and Research Credit
All scholars in the graduate program are required to maintain a full course load consisting of at least 9 units during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Most scholars in the first year will fulfill this minimum with required coursework. Advanced scholars must enroll in research credit (599R Pre-candidacy/799R Post-candidacy) to reflect their research effort.
Scholars should refer to the guidance below to determine if they should enroll in research credit hours. Scholars may not enroll in more hours than indicated by this table and are encouraged not to enroll in less hours in most cases. In extraordinary circumstances, scholars may petition the DGS to increase or decrease research credit.
Research Credit Guidance
Engaged in Full Time Research, No TA: 15 hours of 599R/799R
Engaged in Research & 10 hours of TA: 12 hours 599R/799R
Engaged in Research & 20 hours of TA: 9 hours 599R/799R