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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering

The doctorate degree in chemical engineering is awarded in recognition of mastery in chemical engineering and/or biological engineering and upon demonstration of an ability to make substantial creative contributions to knowledge in chemical engineering.

The recipients of these degrees will be capable of a continuing effort toward advancement of knowledge and achievement in research while pursuing an academic or industrial research career.

The program should satisfy the following requirements: chemical engineering or biological engineering study, 30—40 percent; research, 40—50 percent; other fields of study, 10—30 percent. The coursework must include up to 18 credits of core chemical or biological engineering courses.

For the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, students must take the following core courses.

Required courses

CHE 551 Advanced Transport Phenomena
CHE 553 Advanced Thermodynamics
CHE 525 Chemical Reaction Engineering
CHE 535 Applications of Mathematics to Engineering
CHE 530 Advanced Process Control or CHE 536 Computational Techniques in Engineering

Students should consult the Transfer Credits section for rules on how many credit hours may be transferred from another institution.

Students must pass a written qualifying examination within three semesters after they have been admitted to the Ph.D. program. The exam is diagnostic in nature, and the results of the exam will determine the student’s potential for success in the Ph.D. program and recommendations for a future program of study. The examination in the chemical engineering program will cover all core areas, including thermodynamics, reaction engineering and kinetics, transport phenomena, process mathematics.