As a doctoral student in chemistry or biochemistry, you will work with award-winning faculty on cutting-edge research through our dedicated facilities.
Our chemistry faculty are solving real-world problems and will help you prepare for a successful career in leading industries and national labs or to start your own research program at a college or university. We offer attractive research opportunities and specialties in a centralized location in South Carolina.
Advance your research in our facilities for nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy and more.
Enjoy mentorship from our supportive, award-winning faculty.
Join a network of dedicated students, and collaborate with them on special projects.
Focus on Research
Our Ph.D. program gets you into the laboratory for hands-on research and collaborative projects.
What You’ll Study
Excel in one or more areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic or organic chemistry and physical chemistry. We also offer environmental and materials chemistry. With our research emphasis, you’ll have the chance to present at conferences and learn from USC faculty as well as other schools. Your doctoral dissertation work is guided by our award-winning faculty.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Industrial Chemist
- National Laboratory Scientist
Job Titles of Alumni
- Assistant Professor
- Research Scientist
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Clinical Pharmacist
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $80,788
- Chemistry Industry
- National Lab
Employers of Alumni
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- University of South Carolina
- Duke Energy Corporation