B. S. chemists 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 chemistry 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 chemistry 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.
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.
* 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.
Typical Course Sequence