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U.T. Dallas to Offer Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry
Latest Move by the University to Upgrade, Expand its Program
RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 16, 2002) - In a move designed to help graduates qualify for a greater range of positions in the sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) this fall will begin offering a Ph.D. degree in chemistry for the first time.
It's the latest in a series of moves by the university to upgrade and expand its chemistry program, including an announcement earlier this month that the 2000 Nobel laureate in chemistry, Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid, would become a member of the UTD faculty this fall.
The new Ph.D. degree, approved recently by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will replace the Doctor of Chemistry degree the university has offered for two decades.
"Our new Ph.D. degree in chemistry will offer coursework and research which is more focused than that in the existing doctoral degree," said Dr. John P. Ferraris, head of the UTD Chemistry Department. "Consequently, we believe it will allow students to compete for a greater variety of positions in academia as well as in industry."
"Intellectually, the new degree rounds out our Ph.D. program in the sciences, expanding our students' horizons and the university's potential student base," said Dr. Richard A. Caldwell, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
In the sciences, UTD offers Ph.D. degrees in molecular and cell biology, geosciences, physics and mathematical sciences.
Other key developments in the chemistry program at UTD include:
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor , enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's Web site at www.utdallas.edu.
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