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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Chemical Engineering (CHE)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degrees Offered: M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers the M.Eng. degree, M.S. degree, and the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering. All levels include research opportunities in biofuels, biomedical engineering, biochemical engineering, electrochemical engineering, tissue engineering, advanced materials, reaction engineering, energy, and environmental engineering.


M.Eng. Admission Requirements

An applicant to the master of engineering program will have completed a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering. Students with good undergraduate records but with deficiencies in certain areas may be admitted on condition that they complete specified courses without credit to make up for their deficiencies. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. International students are required to submit TOEFL test scores. IELTS scores are accepted on a case-by-case basis, and students must have a minimum score of 6.5.


M.Eng. Degree Requirements

A master of engineering degree is a professional degree for chemical engineers. A minimum of 30 credits, which must include Advanced Fluid Mechanics (CHE 913), Heat Transfer (CHE 915), Diffusive Mass Transfer (CHE 916), Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CHE 923), and Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics (CHE 932), is required for the master of engineering degree. An additional 12 credits of coursework is required. These 12 credits can be made up of electives offered by the department or by the college. In addition, courses taken by the UNH School of Law and the Paul College of Business and Economics can apply with approval.  The remaining 3 credits will be for faculty supervised projects.


M.S. Admission Requirements

An applicant is expected to have completed a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering. Students with good undergraduate records but with deficiencies in certain areas may be admitted on condition that they complete specified courses without credit to make up for their deficiencies. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. International students are required to submit TOEFL test scores. IELTS scores are accepted on a case-by-case basis, and students must have a minimum score of 6.5.


M.S. Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits, which must include Advanced Fluid Mechanics (CHE 913), Heat Transfer (CHE 915), Diffusive Mass Transfer (CHE 916), Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CHE 923), and Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics (CHE 932), is required for the master of science in chemical engineering. These five core courses constitute 15 credits. The remaining 9 course credits can be made up of electives offered by the department or by the college. Students take electives after consulting with their adviser. A thesis is required, for which a minimum of 6 credits will be allowed, unless the candidate is specifically exempted by the faculty because of previous research experience.


Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program normally have a master's degree in chemical engineering. Exceptional students with a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering are eligible for admission to the program. To be admitted, students must present evidence that they have a strong foundation in chemical engineering. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. International students are required to submit TOEFL test scores. IELTS scores are accepted on a case-by-case basis, and students must have a minimum score of 6.5.


Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Following entrance into the program, the Ph.D. student's adviser assists the student in outlining his/her program and may specify individual coursework requirements in addition to the required core courses. The core courses are fluid dynamics, mass transfer, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics. Each doctoral student must complete 39 course credit hours or eleven courses (whichever comes first) beyond the bachelor's degree with five of those courses specified as core at the 900 level. The remaining courses (totaling 24 credits) may be at the 800- or 900-level, and can be 3- or 4-credit courses. Students entering with a master's degree from an other university will be required to take a minimum of 15 credits or five courses at the 800- or 900-level at UNH. These students may be required to take or repeat some or all of the required core courses depending upon their credentials and preparation. This will be determined by the department's Graduate Committee.

The graduate coordinator also conducts an annual in-depth review of the student's progress and, following completion of the student's coursework (the five core courses), administers the written qualifying examination in each of the core courses. All coursework, including electives, should normally be completed by the end of the second year of full-time graduate study and must be completed before the student can be advanced to candidacy.

The student must prepare a research proposal, which is different from his/her Ph.D. dissertation research, and defend the proposal in an oral examination before a committee. Upon the successful completion of the oral qualifying examination, the student is advanced to candidacy and, upon the recommendation of the graduate coordinator, a doctoral committee is appointed by the dean of the Graduate School. The doctoral committee conducts an annual review of the student's progress, supervises and approves the doctoral dissertation, and administers the final dissertation defense.

There is no language requirement.