The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare engineers for leadership positions in industry, academia and government. The program includes advanced graduate course work in engineering and allied subjects, and research culminating in a doctoral dissertation.
The applicant is required to have at least a B.S. degree in engineering or science. A student may apply to transfer 24 credit hours of applicable graduate course work toward the doctoral degree in accordance with University policy. Students who do not have adequate preparation in chemical engineering may be required to take additional courses to make up deficiencies.
A total of 63 credit hours of graduate level courses are required for the doctoral degree. The general degree requirements follow:
Exceptions may be made for students whose Master’s Degree is in a discipline other than engineering.
The core requirements consist of the following four courses (12 credits):
Students must obtain a grade point average of 3.250 or better in the core courses, with no more than one core course with a passing grade below B (3.00) in order to continue in the program.
A minimum of eighteen (18) credits of elective courses must be taken from the processing, materials or biotechnology/bioprocessing areas. The specific courses in those areas follow:
Biotechnology/Bioprocessing (in addition to the core courses):
The research work for the dissertation shall be conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty advisor and a committee of at least two faculty members. The student must defend and submit an acceptable proposal for the dissertation prior to beginning the research work. Students may register for no more than six credits of research in preparing a formal dissertation proposal. This proposal and the student's ability to perform research must be orally defended before the student's doctoral committee and other interested parties. This constitutes their candidacy examination. Upon passing the examination and completing all course requirements, the student becomes a candidate for the doctoral degree and may register for additional research credit with the advisor's approval.
All College of Engineering and University requirements fro the defense completion an publication of the final dissertation must be met.