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Master of Science Degree Program Descriptions - Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering - Thesis Option (thirty [30] semester hours)

The thesis-type master's degree is awarded upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Twelve (12) semester hours of chemical engineering graduate core courses (see below)
  2. Nine (9) semester hours of approved electives
  3. Nine (9) semester hours of ECH 5971r, Thesis
  4. Oral defense of the master's thesis - ECH 8976, Thesis Defense (0) (P/F grade only)
  5. Registration and attendance at all departmental seminars - ECH 5935, ChE Seminar (0)

No course with a grade below "C" will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. No more than one course with a grade of "C" will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. The candidate also must complete and defend an original thesis (ECH 8976, Thesis Defense).

All ChE graduate students must attend the required training in the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Workshop to prepare for teaching assistant (TA) duties. This requirement is mandatory regardless of the student's classification as a teaching assistant or research assistant. In addition, all students are required to take required safety training courses as necessary.

Transfer credit from another institution is limited to six (6) semester hours towards the MS degree and only with departmental approval.

Graduate Chemical Engineering Core Courses (twelve [12] semester hours):

  • ECH 5052 - Research Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)
  • ECH 5126 - Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
  • ECH 5261 - Advanced Transport Phenomena I (3)
  • ECH 5840 - Advanced Chemical Engineering Mathematics I (3)

Chemical Engineering Electives (nine [9] semester hours):

Students should consulate major professor to determine the elective courses offered by the department. Additional elective courses may be found in the University Graduate Bulletin.

Thesis Hours (nine [9] semester hours):

  • ECH 5971r - Thesis (1-9) (S/U grade only)

Thesis Defense (zero [0] semester hours):

  • ECH 8976 - Thesis Defense (0) (P/F grade only) - In addition to the thirty (30) semester hours of coursework and thesis, an oral examination in defense of the thesis is required for the master's of science in chemical engineering thesis option.