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Combined BS/MS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

General Description
The purpose of this program is to give outstanding undergraduate students an opportunity to obtain both BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering with relatively little additional time required beyond the BS degree. Students eligible for this program should have substantial room in their senior year schedule projection in order to incorporate the required graduate coursework. Also, interested students should attempt to complete some undergraduate research to get a feel for their interest in graduate work.

General and Specific Educational Goals
The program does not change any existing goals of the BS or MS degree in chemical engineering but streamlines those requirements that substantially overlap, namely, the technical elective program of the BS degree and the "Advanced Courswork” requirement for the MS degree.

Up to 12 credit hours of BS-degree technical elective courses may receive credit toward the MS-degree. In order to be eligible for graduate credit, the courses must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be taken at OSU.
  • No ChBE courses lower than 5000 level may be included.
  • CBE 4998, 4998H, 4999 undergraduate research credits (up to 4) may only be counted toward the CBE 6999 requirements of the MS program. Crediting 4998, 4998H, or 4999 in this way requires approval of the student's graduate advisor.

Program Admission Requirements and Curriculum
To be admitted to the combined BS/MS program, the applicant must submit documentation that demonstrates satisfactory fulfillment of the following admission criteria:
1. Current registration in the Department.
2. Rank of senior (rank 4).
3. A minimum of 3.5 cumulative point hour ratio in all previous undergraduate work.

Application Procedures
The student should apply to the BS/MS program just as if he/she were applying to the MS program, by first obtaining the required forms from the College of Engineering.  See this website:  Combined BS/MS Degree for more information. Please see the How to Apply page for futher application instructions.

  • The student should be enrolled in the BS/MS program by the time he/she takes the first technical elective course to be credited to the master's degree.
  • Consideration of the application will begin only when the file is complete. Files will be routed to the Graduate Studies Committee and then to Admissions.

Curriculum for Combined BS/MS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
These course requirements match those for the MS degree in CBE.

Course Requirements - The minimum course requirements beyond the Bachelor's degree are classified into the following areas:

Core Courses -  The total core course requirements are 12 credit hours. These courses and the material prerequisite to them must be mastered by all M.S. students.

CBE 8801 (3 cr) – Analysis of CBE Problems
CBE 8808 (3 cr) – Advanced Thermodynamics I
CBE 8812 (3 cr) – Advanced Kinetics I
CBE 8815 (3 cr) – Advanced Transport

Advanced Graduate Courses in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Nine credit hours of CBE elective courses are required.

Additional Electives – The minimum requirement is six credit hours. Graduate level courses in chemical and biomolecular engineering, or other scientific, mathematics, or engineering disciplines are to be selected to fit the candidate’s goals.

Independent Thesis Project and Master’s Examination – Three credits. A short term independent thesis project conducted under supervision of a faculty advisor on a topic of interest to the student. The independent thesis project may be an in-depth study and analysis of technical literature on the topic of interest, or an original project involving experimental, computational, and/or theoretical work. In-career students can complete the thesis project at their work location.

The Master’s Examination will comprise of two components: 1) A written report summarizing the independent thesis project; 2) An oral presentation and defense of the project to the committee. The exam committee is composed of two faculty members. The exam is graded pass/fail.