Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Graduate Study

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in chemical engineering and in materials science and engineering. A wide range of course offerings and research activities allows an individual program to be designed to fit the background, capabilities, and aims of the student. Studies in the department may be supplemented with courses offered by other departments in the College of Engineering and in other colleges.

The graduate programs in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering are designed to develop research expertise needed for the graduate to serve as a principal investigator in industrial or academic research. Course work is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of engineering principles and applications. Each student conducts an extensive research project that significantly advances fundamental understanding of a chemical engineering or materials science system. Results of the research are documented in a thesis, dissertation, and research paper(s) for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

 


Chemical Engineering - Master of Science

Emphasis in the graduate programs in chemical engineering is placed upon a fundamental approach to chemical engineering principles and the applications of chemistry and advanced mathematics. Selected topics in chemical engineering are developed from a fundamental viewpoint, with opportunity for study and research in such areas as process design; thermodynamics; chemical reaction engineering; mass, heat, and momentum transfer; separations; polymers and composite materials; nanomaterials; and biochemical and biomedical engineering. The department has three primary thematic areas: energy and sustainability, nanotechnology and materials, and biotechnology and medicine.

Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission to the master's degree program in chemical engineering must hold a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or a related field and must have a grade–point average that would indicate success in graduate study.

International applicants must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Students who are admitted to the program with a bachelor's degree in a field related to chemical engineering will be required to complete the following collateral courses, in addition to the courses that are required for the master's degree:

               
CHE 432 Process Systems Control 3
CHE 433 Process Design and Optimization I 3
CHE 804 Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Chemical Engineering 3
CHE 805 Transport and Separation Processes 3
Equivalent undergraduate–level chemical engineering courses may be substituted for Chemical Engineering 804 and 805.  

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

The students must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or  Plan B (without thesis), and meet the requirements specified below. Students in Plan A must complete a minimum of 20 credits at the 800-level or above. Students in Plan B must complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 800-level or above. Courses at the 400-level are acceptable as long as the minimum credit requirement is met at the 800-level. Courses below the 400-level are not acceptable.

               
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:  
1. Core Courses.  All of the following courses (15 credits):  
  CHE 801 Advanced Chemical Engineering Calculations 3
  CHE 802 Research Methods 3
  CHE 821 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
  CHE 822 Advanced Transport Phenomena 3
  CHE 831 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
2. Supporting Courses.  Six credits in courses outside the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science  approved by the student's academic advisor.   

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 6 credits of CHE 899 Master’s Thesis Research
  2. Additional elective credits as approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Complete 6 to 9 credits in a coordinated technical minor as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  2. Pass a final examination, oral or written, given by the student’s academic advisor.




 


Chemical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission to the Ph.D. degree program in chemical engineering must hold a bachelor's or master's degree in chemical engineering or a related field and must have a grade–point average that would indicate success in graduate study.

Applicants must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemical Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committees.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering, as detailed in the graduate handbook for chemical engineering, is comprised of course work, research and selection of an advisor, a qualifying examination, formation of a guidance committee and doctoral degree program, a comprehensive examination, and successful completion of a dissertation and final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.


 


Materials Science and Engineering - Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The department welcomes applications from students who possess a bachelor's degree in a related engineering or science discipline.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering

The student must complete a total of 30 credits for the degree under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) and meet the requirements specified below. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 800-level or above.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:

The student must complete:

1.   Core Courses. All of the following courses (12 credits):    
    MSE 851 Thermodynamics of Solids 3  
    MSE 855 Advanced Rate Theory and Diffusion 3  
    MSE 860 Advanced Theory of Solids 3  
    MSE 870 Electron Microscopy in Materials Science 3  
      Or              
    MSE 881 Advanced Spectroscopy and Diffraction Analysis of Materials 3  
                     
Additional Requirements for Plan A          
1.   Complete the following course:        
    CHE 802 Research Methods     3  
2.   Complete 6 credits of MSE 899 Master’s Thesis Research.    
3.   One course at the 400-level or above in mathematics or statistics as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
4.   Additional elective credits as approved by the student’s academic advisor.    
                     
Additional Requirements for Plan B          
1.   One course at the 400-level or above in mathematics or statistics as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
2.   Additional elective credits as approved by the student’s academic advisor.    
3.   Pass a final examination, oral or written, given by the student’s academic advisor.    

Materials Science and Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission to the Ph.D. degree program in materials science and engineering must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in materials science and engineering or a related field and must have a grade-point average that would indicate success in graduate study. Applicants must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Materials Science and Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committee.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering, as detailed in the graduate handbook for materials science and engineering, is comprised of course work, research and selection of an advisor, a qualifying examination, formation of a guidance committee and doctoral degree program, a comprehensive examination, and successful completion of a dissertation and final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.