GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

This non-thesis master of science in Chemical Engineering is designed for those working in various sectors of chemical process industry who want to expand their engineering expertise and advance their engineering careers. It is a 30-credit program that can be completed in one year or more depending on the students’ schedules and plans. It consists of three core courses that will help the students deepen their understanding of the main chemical engineering principles, and three in-department elective courses that will broaden their knowledge in technological areas of their interest. In addition, the students can chose two courses from a list of recommended ones offered by other engineering disciplines to expand their perspectives.

For those completing this degree via distance learning, a short summer project proposed by industry and jointly supervised by a Missouri S&T faculty member and an industry advisor will be pursued and result in a written report which is an option to fulfill the communication component of the program student outcomes.

This accelerated, intensive program is ideal for engineers with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering by giving them not only the tools to succeed in industrial careers but also the preparation to switch to thesis option or PhD program.  It is also suitable, through selected remedial courses, to engineers without a B.S. degree in chemical engineering who wish to find or advance their career path in chemical process industry. Opportunities also exist for students interested in pursuing this degree via distance education as online, self-paced study is also available. 

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of courses available for distance students.

Doctorate Degree: Interested students should contact the academic department for details.

  • BS degree in chemical or biochemical engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, or an overall GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in chemical engineering related fields.
  • Exceptional individuals with a BS degree in a related engineering disciplines or with a lower GPA but longer work experience will also be considered.
  • Some evidence about work experience related to chemical engineering is needed for admission consideration.

The program of study consists of thirty credit hours. Twenty four of those hours are course work and six credit hours consist of an industry-driven project to be done during the summer. There are three mandatory classes:

  1. Intermediate Reactor Design (ChE 5110)a
  2. Intermediate Engineering Thermodynamics (ChE 5xxx)b
  3. Intermediate Transport Phenomena. (ChE 5100)a

The remaining fifteen credit hours in course work must be chosen from the following sets.

Set 1 (Chemical Engineering Classes): Chose 3 (must include at least one 6xxx)

  • Biochemical Process Safety (ChE 6xxx)a
  • Intermediate Biochemical Reactors (ChE 5210)a
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (ChE 6xxx)a
  • Physical Properties Estimation (ChE 5170)a
  • Intermediate Chemical Process Safety.(ChE 5140)c
  • Risk Assessment and Reduction (ChE 5130)c
  • Plant-Wide Process Control (ChE 5190)c

Set 2 (Non-Chemical Engineering Classes): choose 2

  • ·               Biological Operations in Environmental Engineering Systems (Civ. Eng. 6612)c
  • ·               Regression Analysis (Comp. Sci. 5204)c
  • ·               Advanced Risk Assessment and Reduction (Eng. Mgt. 5312)c
  • ·               Design for Six Sigma (Eng. Mgt. 6710)c
  • ·               Design and Analysis of Experiments (Statistics 6344)c
  • ·               Safety Engineering Management (Eng. Mgt. 5316)c
  • ·               Six Sigma (Eng. Mgt. 5710)c

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

CHEM ENG 5100 Intermediate Transport Phenomena
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
The similarities of flow of momentum, heat and mass transfer and the applications of these underlying principles are stressed. Course is primarily for seniors and beginning graduate students.

CHEM ENG 5110 Intermediate Reactor Design
(LEC 3.0, offered every Fall semester)
A study of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyzed and noncatalyzed reaction kinetics for flow and batch chemical reactors. Application to reactor design is stressed.

CHEM ENG 5130 Risk Assessment and Reduction 
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester) 
Safe, secure manufacturing facilities protect the health of employees and the public, preserve the environment, and increase profitability. Methods for systematically identifying hazards and estimating risk improve the safety performance and security of manufacturing facilities.

CHEM ENG 5140 Intermediate Chemical Process Safety
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester) 
The identification and quantification of risks involved in the processing of hazardous and/or toxic materials are studied.  Methods to design safety systems or alter the chemical process to reduce or eliminate the risks are covered.

CHEM ENG 5170 Physical Properties Estimation
(LEC 3.0, offered every Fall semester)
Study of techniques for estimating and correlating thermodynamic and transport properties of gases and liquids.

CHEM ENG 5190 Plant wide Process Control
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester) 
Synthesis of control schemes for continuous and batch chemical plants from concept to implementation. Multiloop control, RGA, SVD, constraint control, multivariable model predictive control, control sequence descriptions. Design project involving a moderately complicated multivariable control problem.

CHEM ENG 5210 Intermediate Biochemical Reactors
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)  
Application of chemical engineering principles to biochemical reactors. Emphasis on cells as chemical reactors, enzyme catalysis and biological transport phenomena. Projects on special topics and presentations related to the course materials will be included.

CHEM ENG 5220 Intermediate Engineering Thermodynamics
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
Review thermodynamic principles for pure fluids and mixtures. Emphasis on applications for the chemical industry and use of fundamental relations and equations of state. 

CHEM ENG 5241 Intermediate Process Safety in the Chemical and Biochemical Industries
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring Semester) 
This course covers risk assessment, biohazard containment and inactivation practices, and other biosafety issues relevant to industrial bioprocessing. Considerations relating to the release of genetically modified organisms are also discussed.

CHEM ENG 6xxx Computational Fluid Dynamics (LEC 3.0)

CHEM ENG 6612 Biological Operations in Environmental Engineering Systems
(LEC 3.0, offered every Fall semester)
Course covers biological operations and design in water, wastewater and aqueous hazardous waste treatment systems including modeling of biological treatment processes; and design of activated sludge systems, trickling filters, rotating biological contractors, lagoons, nitrification and denitrification, and digestion process.

COMP SCI 5204 Regression Analysis
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
Simple linear regression, multiple regression, regression diagnostics, multicollinearity, measures of influence and leverage, model selection techniques, polynomial models, regression with autocorrelated errors, introduction to non-linear regression.

ENG MGT 5312 Advanced Risk Assessment and Reduction
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
Safe, secure manufacturing facilities protect the health of employees and the public, preserve the environment, and increase profitability. Methods for systematically identifying hazards and estimating risk improve the safety performance and security of manufacturing facilities.

ENG MGT 5316 Safety Engineering Management
(LEC 3.0, offered every Fall semester)
This course is an introduction to the principles of safety engineering applied to industrial situations. Job safety analysis, reduction of accident rates, protective equipment, safety rules and regulations, environmental hazards, health hazards, and ergonomic hazards are covered.

ENG MGT 5710 Six Sigma
(LEC 3, offered every Fall semester)
This course is an introduction to the principles of implementing the Six Sigma philosophy and methodology. Topics include tools and methods including process flow diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, failure mode and effects analysis, gage R&R, capability studies, design of experiments and strategy for organizing six sigma techniques in industry.

ENG MGT 6710 Design for Six Sigma
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
Principles of Design for Six Sigma for product development. Topics include tools and methods including quality function deployment, concept generation, concept selection, product modeling, process development, DFX strategies, failure mode and effects analysis, design of experiments, TRIZ, and robust design.

STAT 6344 Design and Analysis of Experiments
(LEC 3.0, offered every Spring semester)
Experimental designs and their statistical analysis. Includes completely randomized designs, complete and incomplete blocking designs, factorial and fractional factorial experiments, multiple comparisons, response surface analysis.

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