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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Chemical Engineering (ECH)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.0701
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Vinay Gupta
Phone: 813-974-0851
Email: vkgupta@usf.edu

Website: http://che.eng.usf.edu/graduate/chemEng.htm


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

Contact Department for Information.

Major Research Areas:
The Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty research and development interests cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most majors in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Chemical & Biomedical Engineering research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE required with preferred scores: Verbal >50% percentile, Quantitative >75% percentile and Analytical Writing >4.0
  • An undergraduate Bachelors degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering.
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total);
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • Statement of Research Interests.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:
For students with an approved masters degree: 60 hours minimum post-masters
For students without a masters degree: 90 hours minimum post-bachelors

Structured Coursework requirements 45 hours
Electives 25 hours
Dissertation hours 20 hours minimum ( 30 hours maximum)

Requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Complete Background courses in Chemical Engineering as needed.

Structured Coursework Requirements (45 hours):
ECH 6105 Advanced Thermodynamics I OR ECH 6107 Molecular Thermodynamics
ECH 6285 Advanced Transport
ECH 6840 Math Methods
ECH 6515 Advanced Reaction Engineering OR ECH 6506 Chemical Engineering Kinetics
ECH 6412 Processes Analysis and Modeling
ECH6931 Graduate Seminar courses (1 hour each; at least three)
Other 5000 or 6000 level Courses: 27

(The exact distribution of these hours will be determined by the student, graduate advisor, and the supervisory committee to provide the student with a stimulating educational experience)

Electives (25 hours)

Qualifying Examination
Qualifying Examination preferably to be completed by the end of the second year of study. The dissertation committee will evaluate a written dissertation proposal and an oral defense. Poor performance on the qualifying exam based on the judgment of the Committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed by the Major.

Dissertation 20 hours minimum
ECH 7980 Dissertation

Additional Requirements
Publication in a refereed journal with the student as the first and primary author. At least 1 is required with the expectation that most Ph.D. students will have 3 or more. The publication must be based on your Dissertation research. Presentation at a conference or publication in a proceeding (even if refereed) is not sufficient.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECH6105, ECH6285, ECH6515, ECH6840, ECH6112, ECH7980,