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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, M.S.Ch.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 30
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 14.0701
Dept. Code: ECH
Major/College Codes: ECH EN
Approved: 1981

Also offered as an Accelerated Major

Contact Information

College: Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

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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 interesst 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 >50% percentile, Quantitative > 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 or equivalent in Chemical Engineering;
  • Two (2) letters of reference; and
  • Statement of research interests.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours post-bachelors

Core Requirements – 12 hours
Course Requirements – 18 hours

This degree requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience.

A background with undergraduate chemical engineering courses is needed.

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 2 members of the Thesis committee must be from tenured or tenure track Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty. All thesis option students are required to present a departmental seminar based on their research as part of their oral examination. The examination must be scheduled after the Thesis Supervisory Committee has approved the Thesis. The Graduate Coordinator should be notified so he can coordinate the seminar scheduling. Students in this major are also required to pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination) offered by the Society of Professional Engineers.

Comprehensive Exam

Candidates who have at least one publication in a journal or proceedings or presentation at a conference (based on their M.S. Thesis research) may be exempted from this comprehensive examination requirement.

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

Accelerated Major

Also available as an Accelerated Majors  

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