Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

College of Engineering  
Department: Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering 

Major Research Areas:
The departmental faculty research and development interests cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most majors in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Departmental research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent or closely related field (e.g. biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, etc.);
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • Statement of Research Interests.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum hours:
For students with an approved master’s degree: 42 hours minimum post-master’s
For students without a master’s degree: 72 hours minimum post-bachelor’s

  • Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 13 Credit Hours
  • Electives – 33 Credit hours
  • Dissertation hours – 20 Credit hours minimum (30 Credit hours maximum)


Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Additional Course Requirements (13 Credit Hours)

Electives (33 Credit Hours)

The exact distribution of these hours will be determined by the student, graduate advisor, and the supervisory committee to provide the student with a stimulating educational experience.

  • Other 5000 or 6000 level courses Credit(s): 9
  • Or other graduate course approved by the Graduate Director

Qualifying Examination

A written and oral Qualifying Examination is to be completed by the end of the second year of study.  If a student does not pass on the first attempt, the student may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed fromthe Ph.D. degree program

Dissertation (20 Credit Hours Minimum)