If you are thinking of pursuing graduate studies in the fields of chemistry or biochemistry, we hope you will seriously consider Notre Dame. Our department is characterized by an unsurpassed commitment to the development of our graduate students into well-rounded scientists who can take on leadership roles in industry, academia, or government. Notre Dame graduate students enjoy all the benefits of attending a world-class university consistently ranked among the twenty best in the nation: outstanding facilities, great faculty, and a stimulating group of fellow students from all over the US and the world. The fact that Notre Dame is a smaller private university, however, means that our graduate students don't get lost in the shuffle. With about 140 graduate students and 34 faculty, you will receive individualized attention from your advisor and form close bonds with the other graduate students in the department.
The department offers separate Ph.D. programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Although they differ in research emphasis, both degree programs follow similar outlines of study. Prospective students may apply to either program through our online application. The combination of both chemistry and biochemistry degree programs in one department provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies that are of greater depth than possible in more restrictive environments. The research, coursework, and teaching experience obtained from the graduate programs provide our students with all the tools necessary to succeed after graduation.
Facilities at ND
The department is superbly well-equipped, with state-of-the-art research facilities and an outstanding technical support staff. The research laboratories are housed primarily in two adjoining buildings, Nieuwland Science Hall and the Stepan Hall of Chemistry and Biochemistry (which was expanded in 2002). Strong collaborations also exist with the adjacent Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research center, as well as the Walther Cancer Research Center, the Departments of Biological Sciences and Physics, and Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend. With the recent opening of the Jordan Hall of Science the research and instructional facilities of the department have become greatly expanded.