The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in chemical engineering is awarded in conformity with the general requirements of the Graduate School. See general requirements for graduate degrees .
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 United States) or by International Admission (for course-work taken at institutions outside the United States), by the faculty adviser, and by each degree’s respective department directors. Faculty advisers may also request students to take additional courses outside of the core requirements including specific elective courses.
Departmental Policies and Requirements
In addition to the general requirements for the PhD described in this catalogue, candidates in chemical engineering are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following fields: thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical engineering kinetics. Registration in MASC 520, CHE 530, CHE 540, CHE 541, CHE 542, CHE 544 and 4 semesters of CHE 550a is required of all students. More detailed statements of the departmental requirements may be found in a brochure available upon request from the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science office.