Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering

Course Requirements

Satisfactory completion of at least 60 units of approved graduate level coursework beyond the baccalaureate, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required of all PhD students in engineering. The 60 units minimum include research courses (590, 690, 790) and four units of 794a and 794b Doctoral Dissertation. PhD students must also complete the core requirement for their major as listed below. The core courses make a part of the 60 units requirement. The number of units taken at USC can be reduced by transferring graduate credits from another institution. Transfer/Waiver units are subject to approval by the Degree Progress Department (for course-work taken at institutions in the U.S.) or by International Admission (for course-work taken at institutions outside the U.S.), by the faculty advisor, and by each degree’s respective department directors. Faculty advisors may also request students to take additional courses outside of the core requirements including specific elective courses.

Seminar Courses (4 total semesters): 2 units
CHE 550A
CHE 550B
CHE 550A
CHE 550B
Students are required to take both 550A and 550B for two semesters each.

Core Courses: 18 units

CHE 501 Modeling and Analysis of Chemical Engineering Systems
CHE 530 Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers
CHE 540 Viscous Flow
CHE 541 Mass Transfer
CHE 542 Chemical Engineering Kinetics
CHE 544 Heat Transmission

For more information about the screening exam and the doctoral qualifying exam (D.Q.E.) is located in the Ph.D Student Handbook.