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Chemical Engineering

Ph.D. Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering Requirements:

The Institutional requirements for the Ph.D. degree are described in the General Catalog.

Requirements specific to the chemical engineering department are as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of specified coursework
  • Satisfactory performance in a qualifying examination covering the field of Chemical Engineering
  • Submission of a written thesis proposal and satisfactory oral defense of this proposal
  • Submission of an acceptable dissertation, and satisfactory oral defense of this dissertation
  • Presentation of research results at a departmental seminar

Ph.D. students are expected to be well grounded in the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering and must successfully complete the following courses (or their equivalents).

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CHE 735Chemical Engineering Analysis I3
CHE 815Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 822Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 862Advanced Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 875ChE Graduate Seminar8
 Elective Graduate Courses (see below)18
 Total Coursework Requirement38 hours


No more than 6 hours of course work at the 500-level are permitted.

Elective Graduate Courses - all students are required to demonstrate a mastery of some body of knowledge in their research field by completing elective courses. At least fifteen hours of work is required in addition to those listed above.

Thesis Hours - a Ph.D. must include at least 30 hours of research credits. All students on stipends must be enrolled 9 hours per semester. Students receive research credit for those hours not taken as coursework. Thus, reaching this minimum is not difficult.

Total Hours - a minimum of 90 hours is required for a Doctor of Philosophy degree. This total includes hours from coursework and for thesis credit. Students enrolled in 12 hours per semester during the regular semesters and 3 hours during the summer term would achieve this total in just over 3 years.