The following courses are acceptable electives for graduate students. Other courses may potentially be acceptable with permission of the Graduate Program Director.
Electives for MS and PhD Students
All graduate students are required to take electives within the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
16:155:513 Fundamentals of Nanoscale Thermodynamics and Transport
Fundamentals of Nanoscale Thermodynamics and Transport (3) Theoretical and multiscale simulation methods bridging macroscopic thermodynamics and continuum transport theories with atomistic quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics. Key theoretical topics include statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of naophases and nanostructured materials, Monte Carlo simulation of nanoscale systems, density functional theory of confined fluids, coarse-grained molecular dynamics and dissipative particle dynamics. The applications include nanoparaticles and nanocomposites, porous materials, nanostructured colloids and surfaces, self-assembled surfactant and polymeric systems, lipid bilayers and cell membranes.
16:155:520 Multiscale Materials Modeling
The course will cover computational models and methods for simulating the structural and dynamical characteristics of hard and soft materials at different spatiotemporal scales. Topics will include accurate first principles quantum-based methods, atomistic, molecular modeling, multi-scale approaches and continuum techniques. Emerging computational methods related to diverse aspects of materials modeling will also be covered. The discussion of the various topics will be accompanied by case studies from research papers.
16:155:531 Biochemical Engineering
Integration of the principles of chemical engineering, biochemistry, and microbiology. Development and application of biochemical engineering principles. Analysis of biochemical and microbial reactions.
Fundamental problems of separation processes important to the recovery of products from biological processes. Topics include membrane filtration centrifugation, chromatography, extraction, electrokinetic methods. Emphasis on protein separations.
16:155:544 Pharmaceutical Organic Nanotechnology (Drug Delivery)
Applications to designing and optimizing pharmaceutical processes and products. Production, characterization, and usage of pharmaceutical materials. The relationship between pharmaceutical materials and pharmaceutical products.
16:155:555 Chemical Engineering of Advanced Materials
Students will learn advanced materials encountered in chemical engineering. First, structures of traditional materials, i.e., metals and ceramics, will be explained. Then, more recently developed materials, such as polymers, composites, nanomaterials, and advanced carbon materials, will be covered. Properties are understood in terms of the microstructure of materials. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure (controlled by processing methods) and the properties of advanced materials that are important for chemical engineers.
16:155:571 Sustainable, Renewable & Clean Energy
This course is intended to give mainly but not exclusively an engineering and scientific perspective about conventional energy resources, energy challenges and our endeavors on the development of future, sustainable, clean and renewable energy sources. This course will start by offering an introduction and basic fundamental knowledge and science about available energy resources and fossil fuels. It will follow with the challenges we face related to energy; the current state-of-the-art in energy production; various energy resources and how they work; sustainable methods being developed for generation of various clean and renewable energy sources;and the design and optimization of materials, biomass, chemical products and processes that enable energy conservations. The course will also provide information on new materials/nanomaterials, engineering concepts, and thermochemical, photochemical and electrochemical devices for energy applications. The course will examine the relationship between materials, material designs, energy systems and energy resourcesto address sustainability and clean energy challenges, by providing special emphasis on fundamental roles played by chemical engineering and basic scientific principles.
16:155:589/588 Special Problems in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor in a specific area of chemical or biochemical engineering. Up to 3 credits may be applied towards a non-thesis M.S. degree. Thesis and Dissertation research should enroll in 16:155:701/702 instead.
16:155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering
16:155:545 Synthesis, Separations, and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry
16:155:546 Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
16:155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations
16:155:549 Advanced Engineering Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Transport Processes (Pharmaceutical Development, Administration, and Adsorption)
Technical electives are meant to supplement the student’s core knowledge with flexibility for the student to tailor the courses to one’s own educational objectives. Most graduate classes in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering, including those offered in CBE qualify. Approval from the Graduate Program Director may be requested to confirm eligibility.
Electives for ME Students
Approved electives for the ME degree can be found at the following link: