A Thesis Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering provides a student time to gain a further basis of the field and the opportunity to decide if furthering their education with a Ph.D. would be beneficial. The M.S. program requires 30 credit hours of coursework and thesis research.
There is a six-year time limit for application of credit earned in course work or research toward fulfilling MS-degree requirements. A maximum of six (6) semester credit hours may be accepted for candidates transferring into the MS-degree program.
Course Requirements - The minimum course requirements beyond the Bachelor's degree are classified into the following areas:
Core Courses - The minimum requirement is 15 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
CBE 8808 (3 cr) - Advanced Thermodynamics I
CBE 8812 (3 cr) - Advanced Kinetics I
CBE 8815 (3 cr) - Advanced Transport
CBE 8781 (2 cr) - Research Communications in CBE
Chem 6785 (1 cr) - Laboratory Safety
Advanced Graduate Courses in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - The minimum requirement is 6 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 with the consent of the advisor.
Research Requirements - At least 6 credit hours of research (CBE 6999) are required.
Teaching Experience Requirements - After successful completion of the first year of M.S. coursework, students are required to gain Teaching Experience as an instructional associate (IA) by assisting a faculty member in teaching chemical engineering courses for one semester per year. Each M.S. student must fulfill two IA assingments. If students are required to serve additional terms, they will be hired as a graduate teaching associate (GTA). Prior to starting the IA service, each student must complete the required training and orientations.
The purpose is to experience interactions with students and other responsibilities that may affect career decisions with regard to teaching. When possible, participation in at least two different courses will be required, with the selection made by the Department Graduate Studies Committee Chair or designee in consultation with the student and the student's advisor. Responsibilities include: conducting recitations, holding office hours, grading and possibly presenting a few lectures and/or supervising and grading experiments in laboratory courses.