Chemical and Biological Engineering Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

Courses Units
Department Courses 3
Transport Processes 1-2
CHEM ENG 421 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM ENG 422 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 462 Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems
Process Principles: 1-2 courses chosen from the following list 1-2
CHEM ENG 408 Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 409 Advanced Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 410 Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis
CHEM ENG 404 Advanced Thermodynamics
CHEM ENG 406 Selected Topics in Thermodynamics
Electives (including optional 3-unit thesis); one elective must be taken within the department if thesis option is selected; three electives must be taken within the department if non-thesis option is selected. 7
Total required units: 10

* For Thesis Masters: at least 4 courses in Chemical and Biological Engineering are required; this includes the 3 required distribution courses.
For Non-Thesis Masters: at least 6 courses in Chemical and Biological Engineering are required; this includes the 3 required distribution courses.

Other MS Degree Requirements:

  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: none specified
  • Master's Thesis: optional (worth three units)
  • Other: none

PhD

Courses Units
Department Courses 6
Transport Processes: 2 courses chosen from the following list 2
CHEM ENG 421 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM ENG 422 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 462 Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems
Reaction Engineering/Kinetics: 1 course chosen from the following list 1
CHEM ENG 408 Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 409 Advanced Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 410 Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis
CHEM ENG 463 Polymerization Reaction Engineering
Thermodynamics: 1 course chosen from the following list 1
CHEM ENG 404 Advanced Thermodynamics
CHEM ENG 406 Selected Topics in Thermodynamics
Departmental electives 2
Additional Electives
Must be chosen from outside the department 2
May be chosen from within or outside the department 2
Total required units: 10

Other PhD Degree Requirements:

  • Departmental Seminar: 4 quarters of attendance of the research seminar
  • Short courses: Responsible Conduct of Research and Professional Skills
  • Teaching: Four quarters as a teaching assistant or a participant as a Teaching Apprentice
  • Examinations: oral defense of dissertation research proposal during first nine quarters of residency
  • Research/Projects: toward dissertation
  • PhD Dissertation: based on independent, original research
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation