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Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering for B.S. Outside of Chemical Engineering

B. S. engineers and scientists are strongly encouraged to apply and enroll in the Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University. In doing so, they are able to pursue research specialization in areas not normally available in other engineering departments, such as heterogeneous catalysis, separations, rheology, and bioengineering, as well as more traditional chemistry topics, such as polymer chemistry, materials synthesis, and thermodynamics. Research in Chemical Engineering covers the spectrum from fundamental to applied and is usually highly interdisciplinary. Students with degrees in engineering or science often bring unique strengths and useful insight to research. With the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, a student is prepared to pursue a career in academia, industrial research, and governmental research.

While research in the department is funded by a wide variety of federal and industrial sources, students at Clemson often have the opportunity to interact with industrial researchers on problems relevant to industry. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at national and international scientific meetings, such as those of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the North American Catalysis Society.

Research Areas

  • Bioseparations
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Catalysis
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation
  • Energy Storage
  • Engineering Fibers
  • Environmental Science
  • Interfacial Engineering
  • Kinetics of Reactions
  • Nanoscale Science
  • Polymeric Films
  • Polymers & Composites
  • Rheology
  • Supercritical Fluids

Financial Assistance

All full-time graduate students in Chemical Engineering receive financial assistance and paid tuition to defray tuition and expenses. Research assistantships may be supplemented by fellowships.

Ph.D. Curriculum for B.S. Chemists

Course Number Credits Course Name
  ChE 211 4 credits Intro to Chemical Engineering
  ChE 220 3 credits Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  ChE 230 4 credits Fluids/Heat Transfer
  ChE 330 4 credits Mass Transfer and Separation Processes
  ChE 450 3 credits Chemical Reaction Engineering
  ChE 803 3 credits Transport Phenomena II
  ChE 804 3 credits Thermodynamics
  ChE 805 3 credits Reaction Engineering

*21 credits of graduate course electives, including at least 12 outside the department.

* Undergraduate courses do not count toward the graduate course requirements of 30 course credits. By taking these courses in their entering year, chemists are essentially on track with the other chemical engineering graduate students after one year. Ph.D. Curriculum for B.S. Chemists

Typical Course Sequence

1ST Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  ChE 211 ChE 220 Research
  ChE 450 ChE 230  
  Exst 801 ChE 330  
2ND Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Che 803 Elective Research
  Che 804 Elective  
  Che 805 Research  
3RD Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Elective Elective Research
  Elective Elective  
  Research Research  
4TH Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Research Research Research
5TH Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Research Research  

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