GOC Request Form

Click on the following link to submit a request to the GOC: Online GOC Request Form

The “Green Book”

An authoritative compilation of up-to-date graduate student requirements can be found in the Graduate Student Procedures handbook (commonly known as “The Green Book“).  A few  common topics are also discussed below.

Program Plans – Supplemental Information

Course Requirements

All graduate students are required to take a minimum 12 credits with at least 3 credits addressing subject matter outside the chosen area of specialization. Students may be exempt from taking one or more of these courses if they have taken and passed with a satisfactory grade (A or B) a similar graduate course or courses at a comparable institution.

Preliminary Examination

Ph.D. students must take an oral examination, administered by the thesis committee, between two and six months after the last cumulative exam is passed (except that no student can take an exam before starting the fourth semester). The examination involves presentation and defense of the student’s research project.

For more information about the preliminary exams, please visit here.

Final Examination

Students present a public seminar on the thesis work, followed by a private examination by the degree committee. Email your dissertation title, date and time to Kathy Lucas, Chemistry Main Office, at least one week prior to your defense.  An announcement will be prepared and posted.  A signed GS-24 form must be submitted to the Graduate School within two working days after the exam.


Q: How do I change my committee?

If you would like to change your committee, you must submit a request to the GOC. As faculty time and committee load must be balanced, students (and their advisors) are not allowed to choose substitutions. However, the GOC does do its best to balance research interests with committee assignments, and students are encouraged to provide names and reasoning for the substitutions.

One exception: PhD committees have changed from requiring four chemistry faculty (including your advisor) to three chemistry faculty (including your advisor). If you have a large committee, you may drop one chemistry faculty member of your choosing without GOC permission. Note that individuals with two co-advisors must have at least three additional chemistry faculty members on the committee. Questions? Contact the GOC!

Q: What if I have graduate courses from another university that I would like to transfer?

Students who have taken graduate courses at another institution that are comparable to courses taught at CSU, and received a grade of B or better, may submit a petition to the GOC requesting credit for the course(s) specified. Petitions must be made before the start of the second semester in residence. The request must be submitted on-line at https://apply.chem.colostate.edu/gradrequest.  The following information will be required: (1) the name and course number of the CSU course and (2) a syllabus that includes the name, course number, instructor, department, and university of the previously completed course.  If the syllabus does not include this information or is otherwise incomplete, a written explanatory supplement may be included.  If CSU does not teach a course covering the same material, no credit can be given.  Further information may be requested if needed. GOC approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What if I would like to request an exception to one of the requirements?

All requests should be submitted on-line at https://apply.chem.colostate.edu/gradrequest.  Emergencies should be brought to the attention of the Graduate Program Coordinator, Kathy Lucas, or one of the GOC members immediately.

Q: What if I want to take a course outside the department as an out-of-area course?

Students may also request to substitute an out-of-department course (e.g. physics, biochemistry, etc.) for one of their out-of-area courses. The request must be submitted on-line at https://apply.chem.colostate.edu/gradrequest.  The following information will be required:  (1) the name and course number of the CSU course, (2) a syllabus, and (3) an explanation of why the course is appropriate as an out-of-area course.

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