The Cain Department of Chemical Engineering 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.
LSU ChE is recognized as a strong educational and research unit, both regionally and nationally. During the past five years, the department has averaged seven PhD graduates per year and ten 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 in the nation in sponsored research. 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 nearby industry, key graduate courses are offered in the early evening. Students are encouraged to develop programs to meet their particular interests.
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.