Degree Programs

MS Chemical Engineering

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS ChE) program aims to educate and train competent engineers, scientists, and educators in the field of chemical engineering. Courses shall be taught in a manner that shall strengthen the students’ creativity and analytic ability, as well as impart a critical attitude. The program shall prepare them for research and development, and chemical engineering education.

Program Requirements

Thesis Option

Non-thesis Option

Required Major Courses (ChE 220, 229/231, 241)



Other Major Courses (ChE 2xx)



Electives(ChE 297, ChE 298, or any 3-unit graduate course from other units subject to the recommendation of the adviser and the approval of the Graduate Program Committee of the Department)



Applied Mathematics/Statistics(any graduate applied mathematics and/or statistics course subject to the recommendation of the adviser and the approval of the Graduate Program Committee of the Department)








Comprehensive Exam(for non-thesis option)






Courses Offered:

  • 202 Biotechnology for Engineers. Fundamentals and applications of biotechnology in engineering and industry, large-scale processes and products. 3 u.
  • 205 Advanced Chemical Engineering Laboratory. Study of research methods. Design of chemical engineering experiments and laboratories, equipment in unit operations, and chemical reactors. Computer-aided design. 2 u.
  • 211 Optimization Methods in Chemical Engineering. Application of linear, non-linear programming and other optimization methods to chemical engineering problems. 3 u.
  • 220 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I. Thermodynamics of solutions. Multicomponent phase and reaction equilibria. 3 u.
  • 221 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II. Application of thermodynamic principles to complex systems. Statistical thermodynamics. Introduction to non-equilibrium thermodynamics. 3 u.
  • 224 Electrochemical Engineering. Application of basic concepts of electrochemistry to problems in industrial processes. Design of continuous feed galvanic cells. 3 u.
  • 229 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering I. Design of non-ideal reactors for homogeneous reactions. 3 u.
  • 231 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering II. Design of non-ideal reactors for heterogeneous reactions. 3 u.
  • 233 Biochemical Reaction Design. Design of various types o fermenters and biological reactors. 3 u.
  • 237 Properties of Biological Materials. Rheological, elastic, thermal, diffusive and chemical properties of biological materials in relation to biochemical reactor design. Property measurements. 3 u.
  • 241 Transport Phenomena.  Momentum, heat and mass transport in solid, fluid and multi-phase systems. Laminar and turbulent flow of Newtonian fluids. Solution of the equations of continuity, motion, energy and mass transfer. 3 u.
  • 242 Advanced Heat Transmission. Conductive and convective heat transfer in single and multi-phase systems. Energy transport in macroscopic flow systems. Radiant heat transfer. 3 u.
  • 244 High Temperature Processes. Solidification, homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, dendritic growth, topochemical gas-solid reactions, and other high temperature processes. 3 u.
  • 245 Heat Transmission Laboratory. Experiments illustrating the principles of heat transfer. 2 u.
  • 246 Cryogenic Engineering. Principles and applications of low temperature processes. 3 u.
  • 247 Advanced Mass Transfer. Diffusion in binary and multi-component systems. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Applications to chemical engineering operations. 3 u.
  • 248 Stagewise Operations. Phase equilibria, distillation and other multistage separation processes. Stage efficiencies. 3 u.
  • 250 Computer-aided Process Equipment Design. Mathematical modelling, simulation and design of chemical process equipment. Use of available software for design. 3 u.
  • 251 Advanced Chemical Process Dynamics and Control. Application of regulation control theory to different chemical engineering operations and processes. Introduction to model analysis. 3 u.
  • 261 Advanced Industrial Pollution Control. Colloid stability. Kinetics of coagulation and flocculation. Design of industrial pollution control equipment. 3 u.
  • 266 Waste Utilization. Utilization of agricultural and industrial wastes. 3 u.
  • 291 Corrosion Engineering. Corrosion theories. Thermodynamics and kinetics of corrosion. Measurement and control. 3 u.
  • 292 Biochemical Engineering. Integration of the principles of chemical engineering, biochemistry and microbiology with application to the analysis of biochemical reaction sequences and related transport phenomena in fermentation operations. 3 u.
  • 293 Enzyme Engineering. Application of biochemical engineering principles to enzyme technology. 3 u.
  • 294 Biochemical Engineering Practice. Biochemical engineering experiments. Enzyme and whole cell immobilization. Pilot plant fermentation experiments. 2 u.
  • 296.1 Seminar in Chemical Engineering. Readings and public presentation on current research, issues and topics in chemical engineering. 1 u.
  • 296.2 Research Seminar in Chemical Engineering. Conceptualization, conduct of research and preparation of scientific manuscripts on a research problem in chemical engineering.
  • 297 Special Topics. 3 u.
  • 298 Special Problems. 3 u.
  • 300 Thesis. 6 u.