Chemical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is granted only upon sufficient evidence of high attainment in scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. The Chemical Engineering Department requires minimum of 45 semester hours of course work beyond the B.S. degree. A minimum of 18 credit hours of Thesis Research is required; students in the PhD program can register only for CHBE899. All Ph.D. graduate students are required to serve as Teaching Assistants for two semesters. Other requirements, including CORE course GPA requirements are found on the Department website:

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to completing the course requirements below, students must complete a research aptitude Ph.D. qualifying examination and a research proposal including an oral presentation covering the projected Ph.D. dissertation

Post-Candidacy: Students must complete at least 12 credits of CHBE899 Doctoral Dissertation Research as well as successfully defend and submit an original dissertation. 

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
Minimum of 27 credits of courses numbered 600 or above, including the following:27
Graduate Seminar
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Methods of Engineering Analysis
Transport Phenomena
Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics
Dissertation Research Requirements
CHBE899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
CHBE898Pre-Candidacy Research6
or CHBE899 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Total Credits45