PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with an Option in Pharmaceutical Engineering

The curriculum of the PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with an Option in  Pharmaceutical Engineering is similar to the regular chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum except that there is no free choice of elective courses. Instead, the 5 required pharmaceutical engineering core courses become the required electives.

The PhD requires a total of 72 credits which is usually made up of 30 credits of course work and 42 credits of research. Most courses at Rutgers count as 3 credits. The 30 credits of course credits are broken down into 5 core courses (15 cr) and 5 electives (15 cr) = 30 total credits.

After acceptance into the PhD program, a plan is established that maximizes use of regular ChemE core courses and Pharma elective courses. All research is to be done in pharmaceutical engineering.

For the PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with the Pharmaceutical Engineering Option, the following curriculum is followed:

5 Chemical Engineering Core Courses = 15 credits

  • 155:501 Advanced Transport Phenomena I: Momentum Transfer
  • 155:502 Advanced Transport Phenomena II : Heat and Mass Transfer
  • 155:507 Analytical Methods in Chem. & Biochem. Engineering
  • 155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • 155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design

5 Required Pharmaceutical Option Electives = 15 credits

  • 155:545 Synthesis, Separation and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 155:546 Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
  • 155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations
  • 155:549 Medicine in the Body: Pharmaceutical Engineering of Patient-Medicine Interaction
  • 155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering

Additional requirements must be met:

  • All students must register for and attend the department seminar series
  • Maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 with no more than one (1) grade of C or less in the core courses
  • Ph.D. candidates must spend two semesters as teaching fellows to satisfy the required teaching experience
  • All graduate students in the Ph.D. program must take the qualifying examination, which is given at the end of the first year or after the completion of all Chemical Engineering Core courses, or whatever comes first.
  • Students must follow the guidelines given by the department and the Graduate School of New Brunswick regarding the Thesis proposal, choosing the dissertation committee, writing the final PhD dissertation and defending it.

Further information on the PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering can be found at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering website. The PhD degree is administered by the Graduate Program of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and admission inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Director of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.