Proficiency Exam Policy


Students in the Chemistry Ph.D. and Chemistry M.S. programs are required to pass four standardized proficiency exams within their first two semesters.

Students will be given American Chemical Society (ACS) standardized proficiency exams in the  following areas of Chemistry:

  • Analytical
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic
  • Organic
  • Physical

Administration and grading of these will be the responsibility of the division coordinators of each sub-discipline. These exams must be passed in order to move on and complete the related graduate level core courses. If a student does not successfully pass the exam(s) during their first semester, they have the opportunity to retake the exam(s) at the beginning of the following semester or participate in the undergraduate level course. It is expected that the proficiency requirement be completed within a the first year. The exams are provided during orientation week. All incoming students are expected to be present for the exams.

Student study materials are available online.

Core Courses Related to Proficiency Exams:

*Once the proficiency exam is completed, students may register for the related graduate level course.

  • Analytical Proficiency = Applied Analytical Chemistry (CHM 6710)
  • Biochemistry Proficiency = Applied Biochemistry (BCH 6740)
  • Inorganic Proficiency = Kinetics & Catalysis (CHM 6440)
  • Organic Proficiency = Applied Organic Synthesis (CHS 6251)
  • Physical Proficiency = Chemical Thermodynamics (CHS 6240)


*No students are exempt from the proficiency exam requirement even if he or she has already completed the necessary coursework or has received a B.S. from UCF.