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College of Engineering & Science - Louisiana Tech University

Graduate Studies

Doctoral Degrees

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The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University offers four doctoral programs. A Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Biomedical Engineering. An interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering is offered in which the research is aligned with three Centers of Excellence - the Center for Applied Physics Studies, the Institute for Micromanufacturing, and the Trenchless Technology Center. The College is also the major participant in the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computational Analysis and Modeling (CAM) and is a partner in the combined MD/PhD (Biomedical Engineering) Program with Louisiana State University Medical Center - Shreveport. 

Biomedical Engineering

The oldest Ph.D. degree on campus, approved by the Board of Regents in 1977. It is an interdisciplinary field that joins together biology, medicine, engineering, and science to accomplish health-related goals. The program is available as an option to applicants from varied backgrounds, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biological sciences, and medicine. The core curriculum consists of 15 hours of biomedical engineering courses, 3 credit hours of statistics, and 30 credit hours of electives. 

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Computational Analysis and Modeling

An interdisciplinary Ph.D. with participation from multiple colleges. The core curriculum consists of 15 credit hours of applied mathematics or statistics, 9 credit hours of computer science, and 9 credit hours of a third discipline. Formally defined tracks or concentrations available are:

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The Ph.D. Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree with a strong research emphasis, preparing graduates for academic and industrial careers. The program prepares its graduates to respond to the needs and challenges of the ever-changing world and provide them the knowledge, skills, ethics, creativity and critical thinking skills necessary for professional competence and life-long learning. Currently, five concentrations are available within the program: 

Cyberspace Engineering - apply a fusion of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, along with the humanities, to handle political and social issues in cyberspace. 

Engineering Education - learn to teach future professional engineers. 

Engineering Physics - use the combined disciplines of physics, mathematics and engineering to apply, design and develop new solutions in engineering.

Micro/Nanoscale Systems - design, develop and characterize materials, devices and systems in the range of 1-100 nanometers, and integrate these devices and systems with macroscale devices and systems.  

Materials and Infrastructure Systems - partake in one-of-a-kind research at the Louisiana Tech Trenchless Technology Center facility, discovering advanced technologies for urban infrastructure installation, inspection and rehabilitation. 

 The core curriculum for each concentration consists of 9 credit hours of general core courses that include statistics, mathematics, and engineering problems. In addition to the general core courses, a student is expected to complete 9-18 credit hours of core courses in their chosen discipline and 12-21 credit hours of electives. 

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Molecular Science and Nanotechnology

A Ph.D. degree jointly offered by the College of Engineering and Science and College of Applied and Natural Sciences with participation from faculty in biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering, and physics. The curriculum requires a minimum of 66 credit hours which include 15 to 18 credit hours of research leading to a dissertation.

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