The department offers both a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering. Students should have either a bachelor's degree from an accredited chemical engineering department or equivalent preparation in a department whose curriculum closely corresponds to chemical Engineering (e.g., Chemical Technology, Polymer Engineering, Biochemical Engineering). Special programs can be developed for those with degrees from other disciplines through our Transition Program.
The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) is recognized as a strong educational and research unit, both regionally and nationally. During the past five years, the department has averaged six PhD graduates per year and six MS graduates per year. Enrollment averages 55 students with 80% of those being PhD candidates, and the overall quality of entering students is the highest of any department at LSU. The department is consistently among the top 20 in the nation in sponsored research. In 2006-07, the department averaged $1.75 million in funded research grants. Funding is through external grants and contracts from federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency; state sources; and, private (corporate) sources.
Part-time students are welcome. For the convenience of those working in near-by industry, key graduate courses are offered in the early evening. Students are encouraged to develop programs to meet their particular interests. With the conviction that chemical engineering training equips one to work in many fields, the faculty endorses and participates in interdisciplinary studies.
At a more personal level, countless graduates and faculty have attained distinction in our profession, as exemplified by the more than 50 LSU graduates in faculty positions around the world, the four who have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the two doctoral and three baccalaureate graduates who were recently recognized by AIChE as preeminent chemical engineers, and the five current faculty who are Fellows of AIChE.
Finally, concerning the intimate level at which you, the graduate student, must operate in order to be successful, we can say the following. No student will leave our department who has not had the opportunity to interact both personally and intellectually with the faculty, staff, and research associates. There is no research group so large that it is isolated, and joint research projects are common. Cross-disciplinary interaction with our colleagues in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Microbiology, the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Wetland Biogeochemistry and many others will add to your experience. Your classes will be taught by faculty who understand their role in graduate education. Finally, LSU is among the most beautiful of college campuses and was ranked one of the country’s most popular universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Research information relevant to all current faculty members can be found on our Research web page.