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Chemical & Biological Engineering (MS)
Curriculum & Requirements

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The number of courses you are required to take to earn the master of science in chemical and biological engineering depends on whether you will defend a thesis.

Thesis & NON-THESIS OptionS

The thesis option requirements include completing of a minimum of seven courses plus at least three units of research that result in the oral defense of a satisfactory thesis.

The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 10 courses. Students who follow the non-thesis option normally complete their studies in nine to 15 months. The distribution requirements for courses in chemical engineering are listed below.

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Departmental coursework

In order to fulfill The Graduate School and departmental requirements you must complete 10 courses according to the following specifications:

Core Courses

Three courses in the areas of transport processes and chemical process principles (kinetics and thermodynamics), with at least one course in each of the two areas.

Transport phenomena courses

Choose one or two from:

  • CHEM ENG 421 Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEM ENG 422 Heat and Mass Transfer
  • CHEM ENG 462 Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems

Chemical process principles courses

Choose one or two from:

  • CHEM ENG 408 Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • CHEM ENG 409 Advanced Reactor Design
  • CHEM ENG 410 Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • CHEM ENG 463 Polymerization Reaction Engineering
  • CHEM ENG 404 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • CHEM ENG 406 Selected Topics in Thermodynamics

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Departmental Electives

One elective must be taken within the chemical and biological engineering department if the thesis option is selected. Three electives must be taken within the department if the non-thesis option is selected.

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Additional Electives

Three additional graduate-level electives must be taken if the thesis option is selected. Four additional electives must be taken if the non-thesis option is selected. These electives can be chosen from courses available in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, another engineering department, or a science or math department. These courses must be 300, 400, or 500-level classes listed as graduate level courses by The Graduate School.

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Thesis-Option Students

If following the thesis option, enroll in at least 3 credits of CHEM ENG 499 Independent Study.

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Additional Information

For more information about the master of science in chemical and biological engineering, download the following PDF:

Master of science in chemical and biological handbook