Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD

The Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is primarily a research-oriented degree for students showing exceptional promise for original contributions to the theory and practice of chemical and biomolecular engineering.  The degree is a virtual requirement for those planning to teach chemical and biomolecular engineering, as well as for those planning on a research career. Doctoral candidates are expected to show superior capability for independent work and study.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of 10 graduate level courses, including the six required core courses.

Core Courses
ENM 510Foundations of Engineering Mathematics - I1
ENM 511Foundations of Engineering Mathematics - II1
or ENM 502 Numerical Methods and Modeling
CBE 618Advanced Molecular Thermodynamics1
CBE 621Advanced Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design1
CBE 640Transport Processes I1
CBE 641Transport Processes II (Nanoscale Transport)1
Select four course units 14
Total Course Units10

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Advanced Molecular Thermodynamics
Advanced Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
Transport Processes I
Foundations of Engineering Mathematics - I
Transport Processes II (Nanoscale Transport)
Numerical Methods and Modeling
Elective 1
Qualifiier Exam
Second Year
Electives (2-3) 1
Teaching Assistant
Electives (1-2) or CBE Thesis/Dissertation Research 1
Teaching Assistant
Third Year and Beyond
Thesis/Dissertation Research
Dissertation Defense