Information for Current Students

This page offers useful information for students currently in the PhD in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering programs, in particular suggestions for elective courses and a semester-by-semester timeline for current students.


Required (Core) Courses

All students pursuing a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering must take the following core courses:

  • CH EN 6353  Graduate Fluid Mechanics (fall)
  • CH EN 6603  Mulitcomponent Mass Transfer (spring)

Students whose undergraduate degree is not in Chemical Engineering must also take the following core courses. (These courses can be taken as electives for students with a previous degree in Chemical Engineering.)

  • CH EN 6853  Graduate Thermodynamics (fall)
  • CH EN 6553  Graduate Chemical Reaction Engineering (spring)

Students should take these core courses during the first year they are in the graduate program.

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, students must take several elective courses. (See the Graduate Handbook for information about the number of elective credit hours you must take, which depends on the degree you are pursuing and your previous degrees.) Graduate electives must be 6000 level or higher. Several graduate electives are offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering:

Fall Semester

  • CH EN 6153  Fundamentals of Combustion
  • CH EN 6158  Energy and Society
  • CH EN 6310  Renewable Energy
  • CH EN 6400  Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • CH EN 6853  Graduate Thermodynamics (for those not required to take this as a core course)
  • CH EN 7703  Modeling/Validation UQ
  • Other 6000+ Engineering Courses (see below)

Spring Semester

  • CH EN 6103  Biochemical Engineering
  • CH EN 6203  State Space Control
  • CH EN 6305  Air Pollution Control
  • CH EN 6553  Graduate Chemical Reaction Engineering (for those not required to take this as a core coure)
  • CH EN 6810  Nanoscience
  • Other 6000- or 7000-level Engineering Courses (see below)

In addition to graduate-level courses offered through the Department of Chemical Engineering, graduate students can consider taking 6000- or 7000-level courses offered through other engineering departments and programs, including Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Materials Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Students planning to take non-Chemical Engineering graduate courses for elective credit must have approval from their faculty advisor or supervisory committee.

Semester-by-Semester Timeline

Students should strive to meet the milestones outlined below during the semester indicated.

(currently being updated)


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