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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Engineering Science (5 year program) (EGC)
with a Concentration in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (CHB)

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Master of Science in Engineering Science (M.S.E.S.)
CIP Code: 14.0101
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Dean's Office Department (DEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB 118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Sanjukta Bhanja
Phone: 813-974-4755


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The M.S.E.S degree provides students without a first degree in engineering with the opportunity to earn an advanced degree by combining coursework with an optional research thesis. Students who have a prior bachelor's level degree in engineering can also take advantage of this degree program by pursuing interdisciplinary coursework and research through the academic programs hosted in the College of Engineering.


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

  • An undergraduate Bachelors degree or equivalent in Engineering or Science or closely related field;
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of 143 (Verbal), 152 (Quantitative), 3.0 (Analytical Writing);
  • TOEFL for international students: 213 (computer based total) or 79 (internet based) or 6.5 (IELTS);
  • Two letters of recommendation (3 letters of recommendation for students interested in the Peace Corps Masters International Program);
  • Statement of purpose/research interests and resume;
  • Host Department must be selected on the following form:
Exceptions to above requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credits
Core 1 hour
Concentration or Approved Area of Study 18 hours
Electives 11 hours
A program of study for all students must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator of the host Department.

Core Course Requirement 1 hour
CGN 6945 (1) Graduate Research Methods

Concentration or Area of Study 18 hours
Students select from either one of the following concentrations or an area of study approved by the Graduate Program Director in the host department:

Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (CHB)
Two courses from the following:
ECH 6105 (3) Advanced Thermodynamics
ECH 6285 (3) Advanced Transport Phenomena
ECH 6840 (3) Mathematical Methods for Chemical Engineering
ECH 6515 (3) Reacting Systems
ECH 6412 (3) Process Analysis and Modelling
BME 6634 (3) Biotransport Phenomena

Plus 12 additional credits of coursework in ECH or BME (may include 6 credits of Thesis and 4 credits of Independent Study)

Electrical Engineering (PEE)
Two courses from the following
EGN 5421 (3) Engineering Apps for Vector Analysis
EGN 5422 (3) Engineering Apps of Partial Diff. Eq.
EGN 5423 (3) Mathematics for Comm Eng 3
EGN 5425 (3) Engineering Applications of Complex Analysis
EGN 5425 (3) Matrix Theory
EEL 6545 (3) Random Processes
PHC 6050 (3) Biostatistics I

Plus 12 additional credits - Four courses, two sequences, from one of seven tracks.  Each sequence consists of an entry level graduate course followed by a more advanced course that has the first course as a pre-requisite.
Some examples are: 
EEL 5250 Power Systems Analysis EEL 6936 Power Systems II
EEL 5935 Energy Delivery Systems EEL 6936 Electrical Energy Distribution Systems
EEL 6502 Digital Signal Processing I EEL 6752 Digital Signal Processing II
EEL 6426 RF/Microwave Circuits I EEL 6427 RF/Microwave Circuits 2
Further examples may be found at:

Environmental Engineering (EVE)
ENV 6002 (3) Physical Chemical Principles
EES 6107 (3) Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
ENV 6666 (3) Aquatic Chemistry

Plus one course from the following:
CGN 6933 (3) Green Engineering for Sustainability or
CGN 6933 (3) Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities or
ENV 6510 (3) Sustainable Development Engineering

And six additional credits of coursework in Environmental Engineering or related areas (may include up to 6 credits of thesis).

Transportation Engineering (TPE)
TTE 5205 (3) Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 (3) Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 (3) Travel Demand Modeling

And nine additional credits of coursework in Transportation Engineering or related areas (may include up to 6 credits of thesis and 4 credits of independent study).

Electives 11 credit hours
11 additional credits of coursework may be taken either inside or outside the host department, with approval from the graduate program director of the host department.

Comprehensive Exam
Students in this program are required to meet a comprehensive exam requirement for graduation. This exam requirement can be met through one of the following, with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator of the host Department:

  1. approval of a written thesis of a research project and successful oral defense of the thesis,
  2. a comprehensive evaluation of a student portfolio of scholarly work (publications, major projects, etc.) or
  3. successful completion of the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination) offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.


Thesis Option
Students enroll in the thesis course that corresponds with the Concentration or Area of Study they are in.
CGN 6971 (6) Thesis (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
CIS 6971 (6) Thesis (Computer Science and Engineering)
ECH 6971 (6) Thesis (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering)
EEL 6971 (6) Thesis (Electrical Engineering)
EIN 6971 (6) Thesis (Industrial and Management Systems Engineering)
EML 6971 (6) Thesis (Mechanical Engineering)

College Degree Requirements

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


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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.


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