Course Descriptions for Electives

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

CBE Electives

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.

16:155:531 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.

16:155:532 Topics in Biochemical Engineering
Advanced course devoted to current topics of interest in biochemical and enzyme engineering. Topics include production, isolation, and purification of enzymes; downstream processing; design and analysis of bioreactors; bioprocess economics; modeling, optimization, and scale-up of biochemical systems. Content and format may vary from year to year.

16:155:533 Bioseparations
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.

16:155:548 Pharmaceutical Regulations and GMP Manufacturing 
This course studies the drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry from discovery through FDA marketing approval, reviewing the overall process and the interrelationships linking various Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) disciplines. It introduces students to regulations governing the process, including interactions with the FDA, ICH, and other regulatory agencies. This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the major challenges facing the global pharmaceutical industry with emphasis on CMC issues. Students will learn various aspects of manufacturing pharmaceutical products under current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), and the government regulations required for obtaining approvals for both investigational and marketing applications of new products. The class emphasizes basic understanding of the pharmaceutical business models, global health authority regulations, and long term planning for manufacturing of products to support both clinical studies and commercialization. 

16:155:549 Advanced Engineering Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Processes (Pharmaceutical Development, Administration and Absorption)

This course discusses the application of engineering science principles to drug product development, drug administration to patients, and drug absorption and elimination in the body. The course discusses challenges in drug product development, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacologic activity, drug-target concepts and transport processes in the body. Concepts include routes of administration; fundamentals of drug delivery; kinetics of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; clearance concepts; and compartmental and physiological models. Students learn how to apply engineering science principles to model pharmacokinetic processes and interpret pharmacokinetic experiments.

16:155:551 Polymer Science and Engineering l
An introduction to polymers from synthesis to basic properties to structure/properties relationships. Understanding the implications of long chain molecular structures on their often unique set of properties. 
16:155:561 Applied Surface Chemsitry ( Emulsion and Nanoemulsion Engineering) 
An introduction to emulsion and nanoemulsion principles and their industrial applications. This course covers aspects of emulsion and nanoemulsion physical chemistry, process engineering, characterization techniques, principles of stability and stabilization, and rheology. Manufacturing processes currently used in the food, beverage, and personal care industries will be explored in detail and illustrated through hands-on laboratory experiments.
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 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.

Technical Electives

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: