Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program—National Research Council

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Graduate Studies Coordinator
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Houston
S222 Engineering Bldg 1,
Houston, TX 77204-4004
phone: 713-743-4311
email: grad-che [at] uh [dot] edu
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Research-Based M.S. and Ph.D. Programs

Master of Science

The major focus of this program is advanced engineering fundamentals and, for full-time students, research. Recipients of the Master of Science (M.S.) degree are broadly qualified for employment in industry or continued studies towards the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

  • M.S. with Thesis

    Eighteen semester hours of coursework are needed for completion of the M.S. degree, 12 of which are the four required courses indicated below. In addition, a research project and masters thesis must be completed, providing an additional 12 credit hours.
    The thesis must be presented and satisfactorily defended in a public oral examination. Candidates with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical engineering can complete all requirements in 12 to 18 months. Students with degrees in related fields, such as chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, or material science, may need 9 to 18 hours of preparatory coursework.

  • Part-Time M.S.

    The M.S. degree may also be obtained through coursework only. This is a part-time program, intended for students with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering who are working in the industry. Thirty semester hours of coursework are required, consisting of the four required courses indicated plus six elective courses. The part time M.S. program has the entrance requirements as listed for the fulltime MS/PhD programs.


Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to continued study of a broad range of engineering fundamentals, candidates for the doctoral degree enjoy intensive exposure to a specific field of engineering research. Individual research is the major focal point for these students, who are expected to expand the frontiers of knowledge in their area of endeavor. Moreover, candidates learn and experience the general philosophy, methods, and concepts of research and scholarly inquiry, so that they may contribute after graduation to substantive issues completely unrelated to their doctoral research. Acceptance into the full-time Ph.D. program is generally accompanied by departmental financial support.

Ph.D. candidates must complete at least 36 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, or 21 semester hours beyond the master's degree. Of these, 18 semester hours must consist of the six required courses specified, whereas the rest are elective courses in chemical engineering or related fields. Electives from other departments are approved on a case-by-case basis. A research project and doctoral dissertation must be completed, providing at least 36 additional credit hours towards the doctoral degree. The dissertation is presented and defended in a public oral examination and should contain a significant new contribution to knowledge in chemical engineering.


Entrance Requirements

A student must pass the doctoral qualifying examination to be formally accepted as a doctoral candidate. The exam is usually offered just after the spring semester. To be eligible to take the qualifying examination, a student must have completed the six required Ph.D. courses indicated with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0. There is no foreign language requirement.

Accepted students typically are in the top 10% of their graduating class, have a TOEFL score over 550, and have a total GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative) of 1200. An application package can be obtained by contacting us at the address indicated. 


Graduate Courses

A distinctive and significant feature of the graduate program in chemical engineering at the University of Houston is the regular availability of a large number of graduate courses.

As can be seen from the list below, these courses span a wide spectrum of subjects in chemical engineering fundamentals and in special topics. The department views these courses as an integral part of the graduate program as well as a necessary educational complement to students experiences in their research studies.

Course Description
CHEE 6331, 6332 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering I, II
CHEE 6333, 6334 Transport Processes I, II
CHEE 6335 Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics I
CHEE 6337 Advanced Reaction Engineering
CHEE 6360 Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals
CHEE 6365 Fundamentals of Catalysis
CHEE 6367 Advanced Process Control
CHEE 6375 Chemical Processing for Microelectronics
CHEE 6386 Air Pollution Problems and Control
CHEE 6387 Air-Quality Measurement and Detection
CHEE 6388 Catalytic Processes
CHEE 7350 Applied Nonlinear Methods for Engineers
CHEE 6397, 7197, 7297, 7397  
Other Courses
* Biochemical Separations
* Tissue Engineering
* Energy and the Environment
* Applied Bifurcation Theory
* Numerical Methods In Chemical Engineering
* Environmental Remediation
* Environmental Problems In Chemical Processes
* Applied Stochastics For Engineers
* Topics in Colloidal, Interfacial and Surfactant Processes
* Reaction Kinetics for Industrial Processes
* Fluid/Particle Separation
* Stability of Reactions and Transport Processes