Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participates in the following interdisciplinary programs which include special chemistry tracks leading to master’s or doctoral degrees:

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

UTA offers a strong graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering leading to master’s and Ph.D. degrees. The program fully accesses all of the Materials Science capabilities on campus, including those of related research centers that have gained national and international recognition. Our program allows students who complete the core Materials Science and Engineering requirements to carry out independent research and to develop a professional level background in a number of scientific and engineering disciplines. The core courses provide the underlying scientific fundamentals upon which the discipline of materials science is based. These courses are augmented by elective offerings from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, as well as Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical, and Aerospace Engineering. Students gain expertise in scientific research by designing original research projects, carrying out experiments to completion, explaining their results, and publishing their findings.

The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum and research efforts are structured to give students a broad-based education in a variety of fields including physical and mechanical metallurgy, materials characterization, electronic materials (including conductors and superconductors), ceramics, biomaterials, polymers (electrically conductive and conventional), polymeric-matrix composites and metal-matrix composites, as well as advanced materials. UTA has excellent relationships with local industries such as Texas Instruments, Loral, Bell Helicopter, Textron, National Semiconductor, Surgikos, ITW, and Lockheed Fort Worth. There are two degree options:


  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science is required for admission
  • 24 credit hours course work (8 courses) and 9 credit hour dissertation


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science is required for admission
  • 30 credit hours regular courses (10 courses) and 9 credit hour dissertation

University Catalog - Requirements

M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental and Earth Sciences

Interest in the environment is an ever-growing field. These cross-disciplinary graduate programs lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees specializing in understanding and resolving complex environmental problems. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry joins the Departments of Biology, Civil Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Urban and Public Affairs in an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to develop the diverse background needed for resolving environmental problems. The program offers students who have earned science or engineering undergraduate degrees a common ground for interdisciplinary communication and competence.

University Catalog – Master’s Requirements

University Catalog – Ph.D. Requirements