Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 10

Course Title
Department Courses (6 units)
Core chemical engineering topics (4 units):
Fluid Mechanics
Heat and Mass Transfer
Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
Advanced Thermodynamics
Departmental electives (2 units)
Additional Electives (4 units)
Must be chosen from outside the department (2 units)
May be chosen from within or outside the department (2 units)

Other PhD Degree Requirements:

  • Departmental Seminar: 4 quarters of attendance of the research seminar
  • Short courses: Responsible Conduct of Research and Professional Skills
  • Teaching: 4 quarters as a teaching assistant or a participant as a Teaching Apprentice
  • Examinations: oral defense of dissertation research proposal during first nine quarters of residency
  • Research/Projects: toward dissertation
  • PhD Dissertation: based on independent, original research
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation