Chemical & Biological Engineering is a discipline that integrates chemistry and biology at the molecular level and uses this broad foundation along with engineering fundamentals to study the synthesis of new processes and products. Our graduate program in Chemical and Biological Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that combines chemical engineering fundamentals and systems biology to meet the research challenges of the future.
Students can apply to the Ph.D. programs with a B.S. or M.S. degree. The Ph.D. degree requires successful completion of 14 courses within 3 years and take the Qualifying Examination within 7th semester at latest beyond the B.S. degree and 7 courses within 2 years and take the Qualifying Examination within 5th semester at latest beyond the M.S. degree.
PhD program in Chemical and Biological Engineering requires 21 credits on top of the requirements of the MSc program. Students who already have an MSc degree are required to collect 21 more credits. The required courses for the MSc courses are required to be completed. If the student took these courses during his/her MSc level studies then they can be waived. If this is the case the student needs to get approval from the instructor of the corresponding course and return it to the Program Coordinator.
Students who do not have an MSc degree are required to collect 42 credits (14 courses) in total including the required courses:
Students whose background is not Chemical (and Biological) Engineering are also required to audit the following undergraduate level core Chemical and Biological Engineering courses:
These undergraduate level courses are the prerequisites for the grad level required courses. PhD students cannot enroll in an undergraduate level course for credit. However, they are free to audit any course of their choice. In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; KOLT 500: KOLT Graduate Teaching Assistant Training, CHBI 590: Seminar, ENGL 500: Academic Writing, ETHR 500: Scientific Research Methods and Research and Publication Ethics, TEAC 500: Teaching Experience and CHBI 695: PhD Thesis Course.
Information about the CHBI PhD Qualifying Examination