Coursework and GPA Requirements


Core Courses (12 credits)

  • CHE 502 Mathematical Methods
  • CHE 513 Thermodynamics I
  • CHE 525 Transport Phenomena I
  • CHE 543 Kinetics and Catalysis I

Technical Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • Subject must be at the graduate level.
  • Subject must have scientific and/or engineering merit.
  • Subject could be a specialization topic related to the PhD thesis.
  • Subject should not be closely similar to core courses or other courses that have already been taken.

Free Elective Courses (6 credits max, optional)

  • Optional courses of any subject of interest.
  • Subject must be at the graduate level.

Graduate-Wide Courses (2 credits)

  • TA Training course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research course

Research Methods and Practices (3 credits)

  • CHE 590 Research Methods and Practices

Dissertation/Thesis (remaining credits to achieve 90 total credits)

  • CHE 998 PhD Dissertation
  • Sufficient credits must be taken to bring grand total to at least 90 credits.

Other Requirements

Plan of Study

  • Suggested Plan of Study for New PhD Students
  • A list of all courses (aside from CHE 998) to be taken by the student.
  • Must be approved by the student’s PhD research advisor and the Department graduate program advisor.
  • Form D-1 must be submitted to the Graduate College (through the Department program coordinator) by the end Year 1, Spring Term.
  • Changes to the plan of study require submission of an updated Form D-1.

Credit Transfer

At the discretion of the Department graduate program advisor, up to 45 credits may be transferred in for a student holding a non-Drexel Master’s degree upon admission to the PhD program.

GPA Requirements

3.0 overall, 3.0 overall graduate CHE courses, and 3.0 overall core graduate CHE courses.