OSU's Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemical engineering is a discipline focused on conceiving
and designing processes to produce, transform and transport materials-beginning with
experimentation in the laboratory followed by implementation of the technology.
At OSU, we develop human resources, professional knowledge, and the infrastructure
through which chemical engineering can contribute to human welfare. We expect to
maintain national recognition for our contributions. Traditional careers are in the
chemical, energy and oil industries, with increasing opportunities in biotechnology
A PhD student may enter the program in two ways, either (1) with a BS degree to pursue
a PhD degree without obtaining an MS degree, or (2) with a MS degree. Depending on
how you enter the program will determine what your course requirements are.
Dr. Heather Fahlenkamp, professor in chemical engineering is part of a research
team who received a four-year, $2.16 million federal grant to investigate the causes
of respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, a virus that often strikes young children.
Fahlenkamp developed a 3D cell model that can mimic a human lung. By introducing immune
cells from infants and adults into the model, researchers can learn what differences
occur at the point of infection.
OSU consistently ranks among the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for providing
a quality education at an affordable price, according to the annual survey from Kiplinger,
which is based on criteria that includes admission rate, student-faculty ratio, financial
aid availability, low average student debt at graduation, and overall great value.
All graduate students admitted to the program are provided financial support, which
includes an assistantship, tuition waiver, and subsidized health insurance. Every
applicant is automatically considered for financial support and no additional information
is required. The School of Chemical Engineering also awards a number of scholarships,
which are funded by alumni and industry partners.