Graduate education at Colorado State aims to train creative and competent scientists through the pursuit of answers to scientifically important research problems.

  • Students are encouraged to cross disciplines and fields.
  • Domestic and international students may apply to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.
  • Students may transfer from the Ph.D. to M.S. program.
  • Graduate students can choose between a traditional or interdisciplinary focus; while course requirements are minimal, graduate students have opportunities to take a wide array of courses within the department, and through other departments and colleges at the university.
  • Graduate classes emphasize the most modern concepts and are taught by an internationally respected faculty.

The Chemistry Department is particularly successful at winning internal and external research funding, with awards from government (e.g. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health), industry (e.g. BP) and foundations (Keck Foundation, Hermann Frasch Foundation).

Areas of research cover both the traditional chemistry disciplines (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical) and interdisciplinary fields (materials, chemical biology, environmental). Instrument facilities at CSU are extensive through the department’s Central Instrument Facility and cell culture lab, as well as the university’s Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility and EcoCore Analytical Facility. The department maintains electronics, woodworking and scientific glassblowing expertise, and the university has a fully-staffed machine shop.

Graduate Student Highlights

Graduate Students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Awards/Scholarships in Last Year
Dollar Amount from Awards/Scholarships

Doctoral student awarded NRC research associateship to study effectiveness of pure cannabis extracts

Cheryle Beuning to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology on cannabinoid assessment

15th annual Halloween show brings science and education to young minds

Oct. 27 marks this year’s “Halloween Spooktacular,” hosted by the Chemistry Club and Department of Chemistry.

CSU student wins national award for research on sustainable polymers

Blaine McCarthy receives DSM Science and Technology Award for research on making plastics in a more sustainable fashion.

Undergraduate student supports and promotes chemistry on a national level

Chloe Beardsley of the Department of Chemistry helps Access Sensor Technologies win competition alongside starting a new national honor society chapter for women in chemistry.

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