​PhD in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty to tackle global challenge problems related to energy, environment, and health. EECE provides integrated and multi-disciplinary programs of scientific education in cutting-edge areas organized through four clusters: 1) Aerosol Science & Engineering; 2) Engineered Aquatics Processes; 3) Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology; and 4) Multiscale Engineering.

Brief summary of requirements for PhD program:

  • Base competency in core subject areas demonstrated by passing the qualifying examination in first year of residency in the program
  • Research rotations in first semester of study prior to choosing a permanent adviser
  • Demonstrated teaching experience as per graduate school teaching requirement
  • Minimum of 36 credits for coursework and minimum of 30 credits for PhD research; total of 72 credits to earn the PhD degree
  • Defend a proposal within 18 months of passing the qualifying examination
  • Defend PhD dissertation by making an open oral seminar presentation, followed by questions from the dissertation committee members

MS in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

The MS in EECE is available only to current PhD students wishing to achieve a Master degree along with their PhD. The student should pass his/her Thesis Proposal Examination, completed 30 units of required coursework toward the PhD degree and published or submitted at least one peer-reviewed manuscript from the thesis research is eligible to receive an MS degree. The publication and submission of the manuscript must be with the approval of the research adviser. Students must submit their request to receive the MS degree at least one year before the thesis defense.


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