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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, M.S.Ch.


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Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Contact Information

College: Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree is usually awarded to a student who has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience.

Major Research Areas:
The Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty research and development interest cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most majors in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Chemical & Biomedical Engineering research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE required with preferred minimum scores of Verbal greater than 50% percentile, Quantitative greater than 75th percentile , and Analytical Writing of 3.0 or greater. Applicants who have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam offered by the Society of Professional Engineers will be exempted from the GRE requirement.
  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent;
  • Two (2) letters of reference; and
  • Statement of research interests.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours Post-bachelors

  • Core Requirements – 12 Credit Hours
  • Additional Course Requirements – 18 Credit Hours

This degree requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience with a background inchemical engineering courses.

Additional Course Requirements (18 Credit Hours)


Must have a minimum of 16 hours at 6000 level
Must have a minimum of 12 hours of ECH 6000 level
May include a maximum of 4 hours of independent study

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours Minimum)


At least two (2) members of the Thesis committee must be from tenured or tenure track Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty.

Comprehensive Exam


All thesis option students are required to present their research and submit a thesis as part of their comprehensive examination.

All non-thesis option students are required to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination offered by the Society of Professional Engineers.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway


Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Continuation to Ph.D. Program


Students wishing to continue on for a Ph.D. must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies.

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