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Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Become an expert in math, science and engineering through our chemical engineering program. Prepare to solve problems and lead the transformation of our economy.

As a doctoral student, you can be a prime candidate for an employment position for someone who can innovate in decarbonization, energy generation, carbon capture and utilization, sustainable energy and more. Our department is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds who want training to solve global problems.

Program Highlights

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    Research Focus

    Engage in research in concepts aimed at transforming our economy to create a healthier and more sustainable society.

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    Gain recognition as all our graduate students have shared their work by publishing papers and presenting at conferences.

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    Professional Development

    Build critical skillsets with professional development opportunities integrated into the graduate curriculum.

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    Expand your network with our industrial mentorship program especially designed for graduate students.

What You’ll Study

Our program incorporates a strong industrial focus in research and education, including an extensive industrial mentorship program, and offers opportunities to develop leadership and management skills through supervision of undergraduate researchers. USC also offers a number of certificate studies that can be completed within graduate studies.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    System Design

    Creating or improving complex systems to meet specific requirements

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

  • Presentation Skills

    Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Industrial Researcher
  • Managerial Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • National Laboratories Specialist
  • University Faculty Member

Workplace Settings

  • Energy/Chemicals
  • Transportation
  • Semiconductors/Microelectronics
  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Pharmaceuticals