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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Chemical Engineering (ECH)
with a Concentration in Biomedical and Biotechnology (BEB)

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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:
Robert Frisina
Phone: 813-974-4013


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program 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 interests 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 programs 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:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • GRE required, Applicants must score >720 (Q), >350 (V) and Analytical of 3.0 or greater.
  • An undergraduate Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total)
  • Two (2) letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

This is a thesis option degree that requires an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.

A background with undergraduate chemical engineering courses is needed.




ECH6285 OR
ECH6840 OR

Advanced Thermodynamics
Advanced Transport
Biotransport Phenomenon
Advanced Reaction Engineering
Math Methods
Process Analysis and Modeling
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)
Other 5000 or 6000 course or ECH 6907 Individual Study (3)


  • 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

Concentration available:

Biomedical and Biotechnology (BEB)





Thesis: Master's


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 program are also required to pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination) offered by the Society of Professional Engineers. 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 Graduate School.






College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


Graduate Course Information

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

ECH6105, ECH6285, BME6634, ECH6230, ECH6515, ECH6840, ECH6112,