The graduate degrees in chemical engineering (MS/PhD) are designed to prepare students for careers in research or education.
- Research projects cover a wide area of chemical engineering and include both fundamental and applied topics.
- The major active research areas include pulping and bleaching processes, coating flows, flow in porous media, rheology, advanced materials, surface chemistry, molecular biophysics, advanced imaging and spectroscopic techniques, sensors, nanotechnology, and heterogeneous catalysis.
- Significant recent funding has improved laboratories and supported students to do research on methods to produce fuels and chemicals from biomass.
- The M.S. degree requires 30 semester hours of graduate work which must include two seminars and six term courses in addition to the thesis.
- The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 45 semester hours, beyond the B.S. level, comprising four seminars and at least eight graduate courses (24 credits) in addition to a research thesis.
- Also required to pass a qualifying examination on chemical engineering fundamentals and to present and successfully defend a thesis proposal.
- Required core courses for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are CHE 510, CHE 540, CHE 561 and CHE 580.