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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Chemical Engineering (ECH)

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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.C.H.)
CIP Code: 14.0701
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Vinay Gupta
Phone: 813-974-0851
Email: vkgupta@usf.edu

Website: http://che.eng.usf.edu/graduate/chemEng.htm


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree is usually awarded to a student who has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience.

Major Research Areas:
The Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty research and development interesst cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most majors in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Chemical & Biomedical Engineering research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE required with preferred minimum scores of Verbal >50% percentile, Quantitative > 75th percentile , and Analytical Writing of 3.0 or greater. Applicants who have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam offered by the Society of Professional Engineers will be exempted from the GRE requirement.
  • An undergraduate Bachelors degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering;
  • TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test)
  • Two (2) letters of reference; and
  • Statement of research interests.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:30 hours post-bachelors
Core Requirements 12 hours
Course Requirements 18 hours

This degree requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience. .
A background with undergraduate chemical engineering courses is needed.

Course Requirements 12 hours
ECH 6105 (3) Advanced Thermodynamics OR
ECH 6107 (3) Molecular Thermodynamics
ECH 6285 (3) Advanced Transport Phenomena OR
BME 6634 (3) Biotransport Phenomena
ECH 6515 (3) Reacting Systems OR
ECH 6506 (3) Chemical Engineering Kinetics
ECH 6840 (3) Mathematical Methods for Chemical Engineering OR
ECH 6412 (3) Processes Analysis and Modeling

Additional Course Requirements 18 hours
Other 5000 or 6000 course or ECH 6907 Individual Study (3)
Other 5000 or 6000 course or ECH 6907 Individual Study (3)
Other 5000 or 6000 course or ECH 6907 Individual Study (3)
Additional approved 5000 or 6000 ECH courses(9)

Must have a minimum of 16 hours at 6000 level
Must have a minimum of 12 hours of ECH 6000 level
May include a maximum of 4 hours of independent study

Thesis Option- 6 hours minimum
ECH 6971 Thesis: Masters
At least 2 members of the Thesis committee must be from tenured or tenure track Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty. All thesis option students are required to present a departmental seminar based on their research as part of their oral examination. The examination must be scheduled after the Thesis Supervisory Committee has approved the Thesis. The Graduate Coordinator should be notified so he can coordinate the seminar scheduling. Students in this major are also required to pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination) offered by the Society of Professional Engineers.

Comprehensive Exam
Candidates who have at least one publication in a journal or proceedings or presentation at a conference (based on their M.S. Thesis research) may be exempted from this comprehensive examination requirement.

Students wishing to continue on for a Ph.D. must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies.


Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated BSCH in Chemical Engineering to MSCH in Chemical Engineering

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering will earn an M.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) ECH-prefixed graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental electives as part of the undergraduate Chemical Engineering major.

The B.S.C.H. requires a total of 131 hours and the M.S.C.H. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 155 hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering
M.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/M.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Chemical Engineering undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.C.H. and M.S.C.H. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/M.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
The following courses will satisfy six (6) credit hours of Chemical Engineering elective coursework:
Two (2) ECH courses at the 6000-level to count toward upper-level Chemical Engineering electives

For the full list of Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering (107 credit hours) please see Undergraduate Catalog.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECH6105, ECH6285, BME6634, ECH6515, ECH6840, ECH6112, ECH6971,