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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Chemical Engineering - PHD

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Degree Title: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Name and Number: Chemical Engineering - PH7251

Department/Unit: Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: Educate chemical engineering professionals who are poised to become leaders in university, government, and industry positions and contribute to improving the human condition.

Program Learning Objectives:  

  • Apply graduate-level concepts in engineering mathematics, kinetics and reactor design, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena to engineering problems.
  • Become a subject matter expert in one or more areas of technical specialization.
  • Independently plan and execute a strategy to test a scientific hypothesis or proposed engineering solution, using prior published knowledge as a foundation.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources to develop proposals for productive novel directions for research and development.
  • Communicate advanced engineering knowledge and the results of novel research and development activities in professional venues.
  • Develop habits of collaboration, leadership, initiative, safe performance of work, and ethical conduct.

Program Overview:  Research areas include advanced materials processing, polymers, corrosion and flow in multiphase systems, batteries and fuel cells, energy and pollution control, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, and biomedical and biochemical engineering. Active collaborations exist with professors of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, and civil and mechanical engineering.

Opportunities for Graduates: The program prepares students for academic and industrial positions requiring both a broad chemical engineering foundation and specialized subject matter expertise.

Link to Program: www.ohio.edu/engineering/chemical/academics/graduate/phd.cfm

Link to Program Handbook: See “Requirements and Procedures for Graduate Degrees in Chemical Engineering” at www.ohio.edu/engineering/chemical/gradtools/documents.cfm.

Graduation Requirements: Students must:

  1. pass a qualifying exam demonstrating mastery of chemical engineering foundation knowledge.
  2. complete a minimum of 9 semester hours at or above the 7000 level, at least 3 of which must be chemical engineering hours.
  3. pass a comprehensive exam testing the ability to synthesize specialized knowledge and define a strategy for future research.
  4. complete a dissertation requiring a minimum of 51 semester hours of work.
  • Expected time to degree if studying fulltime: 3-6 years.

Note: Students may be required to take additional courses to make up for any chemical engineering deficiencies in their previous coursework.   Students entering the PhD program directly from a bachelor’s degree must complete course requirements for both the MS and PhD degrees.

Admission Requirements: GRE scores are required, though that requirement may be waived for an applicant with a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree from an institution that is ABET-accredited or recognized as exceptional.  Applicants should have a bachelor’s  or master’s degree in chemical engineering or a closely allied field.  Those whose educational preparation does not include the full range of required coursework typical of an accredited bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering may be admitted with requirements for additional coursework to fill such gaps.  Applicants lacking background in mathematics through differential equations, in general chemistry, in general physics, or in thermodynamics will not be considered.

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