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USC Catalogue 2016-2017 
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Chemical Engineering – Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

HEDCO Building 216
(213) 740-2225
FAX: (213) 740-8053
Email: chemsche@vsoe.usc.edu

Chair: Richard Roberts, PhD

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Programs: C. Ted Lee, Jr., PhD

Director: Pin Wang, PhD


Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering and Chester F. Dolley Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD

Jack Munushian Early Career Chair: Malancha Gupta, PhD

N.I.O.C. Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Muhammad Sahimi, PhD

Robert E. Vivian Chair in Energy Resources: Theodore T. Tsotsis, PhD

Fluor Professor in Process Engineering: S. Joe Qin, PhD (Electrical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Arthur B. Freeman Professorship in Engineering: Andrea Hodge, PhD

Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry: Ray R. Irani; PhD (Chemistry)

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering: Pin Wang, PhD

Professors: S. Joe Qin, PhD (Electrical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering); Richard Roberts, PhD (Chemistry); Muhammad Sahimi, PhD*; Theodore Tsotsis, PhD; Pin Wang, PhD

Associate Professors: Malancha Gupta, PhD; C. Ted Lee Jr., PhD*; Noah Malmstadt, PhD; Katherine S. Shing, PhD*

Assistant Professors: Nicholas Graham, PhD; Shaama Sharada, PhD; Jongseung Yoon, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice: Robert Young, PhD

Joint Appointments: Edward Crandall, PhD, MD (Medicine); P. Daniel Dapkus, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Stacey Finley, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Martin Gundersen, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Aiichiro Nakano, PhD (Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering); Grace Lu, PhD (Physics and Electrical Engineering); George Olah, PhD (Chemistry); Charles G. Sammis, PhD (Geological Sciences); Raymond Stevens, PhD (Biological Sciences and Chemistry); Armand R. Tanguay Jr., PhD (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering); Mark E. Thompson, PhD (Chemistry); Arieh Warshel, PhD (Chemistry); Chongwu Zhou, PhD (Electrical Engineering)

Emeritus Professors: Elmer L. Dougherty, PhD; Murray Gershenzon, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Florian Mansfeld, PhD; Ronald Salovey, PhD*; Peter Will, PhD (Astronautical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Chemical Engineering Honor Society: Omega Chi Epsilon

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Chemical engineering is the only engineering discipline that makes extensive use of chemical transformations (reactions) in addition to physical transformations (refining, molding or machining) to achieve added value. Chemical engineers are employed in virtually all manufacturing industries, from the basic chemical, biochemical, materials, energy, food, pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries to the myriad consumer product industries. Our various curricula are designed to produce graduates who are broadly educated as well as highly adaptable.

Graduates of the undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  • Apply their technical skills to model, analyze and design complex processes where physical, chemical or biochemical transformations are utilized to produce products and services that benefit society in an economically, environmentally and globally conscious manner.
  • Be able to quickly respond to increasingly-rapid technological changes through continuous personal and professional development, and to pursue graduate or professional education in a variety of fields.
  • Thrive in multidisciplinary and multicultural setting, and to assume leadership roles in their employment, organization or community.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering provides a thorough grounding in the basic sciences including chemistry, physics and/or biology, with some content at an advanced level, as appropriate to the objectives of the program. The curriculum includes the engineering application of these basic sciences to the design, analysis and control of chemical, physical and/or biological processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.

Engineer in Chemical Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in chemical engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See general requirements  for graduate degrees. Only available to graduate students currently enrolled.

Chemical Engineering Three-Two Plan

A special curriculum is available for obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a letters, arts and sciences major in five years. For further information see departmental advisers.

Similar programs are available in cooperation with certain liberal arts colleges. Such programs are particularly suited for obtaining a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the liberal arts college and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at USC.


Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree


Chemical Engineering