Online Ph.D. Core Program

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has unveiled a new online graduate core preparatory course for qualified non-traditional Ph.D. program candidates. It debuted in the summer of 2018 and will be offered in the summer of 2019, with dates to be announced. Check here for further information.

The program is targeted to students with undergraduate degrees from related science disciplines such as chemistry, physical chemistry, general engineering and more; or, students returning from industrial practice in chemical engineering to pursue advanced degrees.

The department has designed an eight-week, three credit online summer course that will help prepare these students for success in the core graduate courses by reviewing and reinforcing the following topics:

  • Mass and energy balances
  • Transport
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics and reaction engineering
  • Numerical methods

View a video overview of the course:

The course is free to students who have accepted admission into the department’s Ph.D. program. Other students wishing to apply at a later date or to prepare for a Ph.D. program at another institution are charged the standard summer tuition. The current summer term tuition is $1,680 with a $300 student fee. If a student is subsequently admitted and joins the Iowa State chemical engineering Ph.D. program this tuition can be reimbursed.

For more information about the program contact CBE’s Professor Nigel Reuel at or 515-294-4592.