Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Degree Requirements

Prior to satisfactory completion of the entire preparatory program, no course may be taken toward the fulfillment of the graduate degree program without prior written permission of the student's advisor.

The graduate program consists of 30 credit hours of approved courses. These credits are distributed as follows:

  • Core courses (12 credits)
  • Electives (9 credits)
    A minimum of nine (9) credits of graduate elective courses, subject to advisor approval. One of these courses may be in a technical discipline outside of chemical engineering. This course may also be at the 400 level. No courses required in the undergraduate chemical engineering program may be applied for graduate credit. All students are required to present a seminar on their research.
  • All students are required to present a seminar on their research.
  • Students must select either a Thesis option or a Project/Design option.
    The requirements for each of the options may differ for each Master Program, and are described in detail in the links below.
    • Thesis option (9 credits)
      The student plans and completes a research project, which may lead to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, under the direction of a faculty advisor.
    • Project option (MS CHE) (3 + 6 credits)
    • Design option (MS BME) (9 credits)

Students must achieve at least a 3.00 grade-point average to graduate. Thesis students must submit a thesis to their graduate committee following the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guidelines available from the Graduate College Office, Fenn Tower, Room 1111. Acceptance of the thesis by the graduate committee and passing an oral defense of the thesis are required. Non-thesis students must prepare and present a formal report of their research.

Specific Requirements:

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Duration of Study

The graduate program in chemical engineering provides advanced training in core areas and allows the student to take courses on an advanced level in specific areas of interest. The Masters Programs in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering are designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students. They provide an opportunity for students to hold full-time employment and further their education on a part-time basis. The program smeet the needs of students planning to continue their studies at the doctoral level as well as students terminating their formal studies at the MS level.

The load for a full-time graduate student is 12 credits per term. A minimum of 30 credits is required for MS (either MS CHE or MS BME) degrees. Students typically take 2 years to complete the Plan of Study.

Research activities of the faculty provide many opportunities for students to select projects applicable to Thesis (CHE 699), Project (CHE 698), or in applications covered in the Design Track of the MS BME. Research areas include reaction and metabolic engineering, process modeling and control, tribology and surface phenomena, environmental engineering, biochemical and biomedical engineering, material synthesis and processing, combustion, adsorption and diffusion in zeolites, transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, separation processes, thermodynamics, and management of technology. The department has a particular interest in materials science and biomedical engineering.