The college accepts qualified students with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in engineering or a pure or applied science to work toward a PhD in this interdisciplinary program. The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee must consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty. The major professor (advisory committee chair) must be from a department within the College of Engineering and at least one member of the student’s committee must come from a department offering the PhD degree in the College of Engineering. The advisory committee must also include representatives from the sub-areas of specialization.
A PhD departmental-level academic course plan, approved by the student’s advisory committee, should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering by the start of the second semester of enrollment. Students applying to transfer into Engineering Science or to enroll as dual degree after one semester at LSU, MUST complete the Engineering Science PhD plan of study as part of the application process. This early plan of study will map directly to the Doctoral Degree Audit form required by the LSU Graduate School as candidates near completion of their coursework.
The student will be required to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and prepare a dissertation acceptable to his or her advisory committee and the Graduate School. At least half of the coursework (27 semester hours) must be taken in courses offered by departments within the College of Engineering. Requirements include 24 hours of coursework concentrated in at least two sub-areas of specialization within one or more academic departments. The remaining 30 semester hours of coursework must contain no more than 15 hours in any one department.
The interdisciplinary degrees of the Ph.D. in Engineering Science are offered in Materials Science and Engineering, Environmental and Technological Hazards Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Construction Management. The Ph.D. requires at least two sub-areas of specialization within one or more academic departments, in addition to the major concentration area of study.