Programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered with research emphasis in the areas of electronic and advanced carbon materials, corrosion and flow in multiphase systems, batteries and fuel cells, energy and pollution control, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, and biomedical and biochemical engineering. Active collaborations exist with biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, and civil and mechanical engineering.
The basic requirement for admission to the M.S. program is a B.S. in chemical engineering. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international students, and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of any student seeking financial aid. Special programs of study leading to the M.S. in chemical engineering are possible for students who have received a bachelor’s degree in another scientific or engineering field. These special programs require completion of some portion of undergraduate chemical engineering courses and are generally available only to exceptionally well qualified students. Inquiries are invited.
An M.S. in chemical engineering or an appropriate related area is required for candidacy in the Ph.D. program in most cases. If you are working toward the M.S., you must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of graded coursework. The following courses must be included in the chemical engineering area: 600, 601, 604, and 642. You also must complete a thesis requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours of work. All graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in departmental courses.
A nonthesis option is available for students having proven research competence. This program requires a minimum of 45 credit hours of graded coursework. A special topic investigation extending over two or more quarters is required of all nonthesis participants. The special project requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of work.
You are encouraged to take coursework outside the department in other engineering disciplines and in related areas such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics. All graduate students are required to participate in departmental graduate seminars when offered.
If you are working toward a Ph.D., you will take courses and appropriate work as required to fulfill a program of study determined by you and your advisory committee and acceptable to the departmental graduate committee. A minimum of three 700-level courses are required. The Ph.D. qualifying examination, normally given twice a year, is a prerequisite for unconditional admission to the doctoral program. No student will be allowed to attempt the exam more than twice. After you have completed your coursework, you will be required to take a comprehensive examination consisting of the oral and written presentation of a research proposal in an area unrelated to your dissertation topic.