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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
M.S. PH.D.
Overall GPA
3.0
Overall GPA
3.0
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
Grades of B or better are required in all chemical engineering courses. Grades of BC or C will be counted in the elective group if balanced by grades of AB or A in other courses from the same group.
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
Grades of B or better are required in all chemical engineering courses.
Probation Policy
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Probation Policy
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Specific Courses
No
Specific Courses
No
Specific Credits
Yes
  • 24 credits are divided into two groups. The professional group: 12 credits of chemical engineering courses; at least 6 of these 12 must be in courses numbered 700 to 899. The elective group: 12 credits; at least 6 of these must be in departments outside chemical engineering. Up to six credits for ChE 300-499 are allowed in the two groups combined.
  • For master's candidates presenting a thesis, not fewer than 5 nor more than 8 credits of research may be counted toward the 24-credit requirement. For the project report option, a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 research credits may be counted toward the total.
Specific Credits
Yes
  • Six courses totaling at least 18 credits in the chemical and biological engineering department. These credits must be in courses numbered 500 to 899, excluding laboratory courses, independent study, and research. Four of the courses must be selected from the following set of core graduate courses and completed by the end of the second semester: CBE 620 Intermediate Transport Phenomena, CBE 660 Intermediate Problems in Chemical Engineering, CBE 710 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, CBE 735 Kinetics and Catalysis, CBE 562 Biological Engineering: Molecules, Cells and Systems.
  • Elective course requirement of at least one course totaling at least 3 credits. B average is required.
Examinations, Time Constraints
Yes, No
Candidates must successfully complete an oral examination before a department examining committee. The candidate may defend a master's thesis or an independent study project report.
Examinations, Time Constraints
Yes, Yes
The preliminary examination written report must be completed by February 15 of the second year of residence in the graduate program, and the oral portion by the end of the same semester. To qualify for the Ph.D. program, a student's GPA in four core courses and grade on the preliminary examination must meet a minimum standard. Students are expected to complete the Ph.D. degree within five years.
Other Assessments
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Other Assessments
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Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
No
Minor Requirements
Yes
The minor program must be approved no later than halfway through the minor course sequence.

Teaching Requirement
Yes
Each Ph.D. student is required to serve as a teaching assistant for two semesters.
Advisor
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Advisor
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Review Policy
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Review Policy
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