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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering (PhD)

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Requirements for the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering:

The aim of the course requirements is to establish a foundation of technical knowledge in chemical engineering. This foundation should foster a fundamental understanding of basic principles in general, while also providing depth in certain specific areas. An overall GPA of 3.00 or above must be maintained in courses taken toward meeting these requirements.

Core Courses:

Chemical Engineering Science Core:

12 credits to be taken during the first year prior to the qualifying exams.  


One credit, taken twice for 2 credits total.

  • 1 credit to be taken during the first year prior to the qualifying exams;
  • 1 credit to be taken during the fifth semester of study.

Technical Electives:

Seven credits of chemical engineering electives are required. At least three of these credits must be at the 800-level; the remainder may be at the 600- or 800-level, with the possibility of substituting suitable courses from outside chemical engineering. The chemical engineering technical electives may be started during the fall semester of the first year and are usually completed during the second year.


Nine credits to be taken after all other course work is completed and after being admitted to candidacy.

PhD without Concentration

Any combination of two 2-credit modules of advanced chemical engineering coursework not otherwise counted toward the student’s core course requirements. These credits must be taken during the first year prior to the qualifying exams.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 34

Last Revised for 2021-2022 Academic Year

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