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 Department of Chemical Engineering (please see below) 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 Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|CHE 735||Chemical Engineering Analysis I||3|
|CHE 815||Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|CHE 822||Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering||3|
|CHE 862||Advanced Transport Phenomena I||3|
|CHE 875||ChE Graduate Seminar||8|
|Elective Graduate Courses (see below)||18|
|Total Coursework Requirement||38 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.