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Master of Science in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

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M.S. Degree Requirements

For an M.S. in chemical engineering, the undergraduate prerequisite courses are C&PE 511, C&PE 512, C&PE 521, C&PE 523, and C&PE 524. For an M.S. in petroleum engineering, the undergraduate prerequisite courses are C&PE 511, C&PE 521, C&PE 527, and C&PE 618. Depending on a student’s academic background and proposed Plan of Study, additional undergraduate prerequisite courses may be required. Up to 3 credit hours of the undergraduate prerequisite courses (numbered 500 or above) may be counted toward the M.S. degree as elective hours.

Before the end of the first semester of M.S. study, each student, with the help of the graduate adviser and the research director, must submit a Plan of Study to the associate dean for research and graduate programs.

2 degree options are available for the M.S. degree in chemical engineering:

Option A requires a minimum of 30 credit hours including the graduate core (15 hours) and submission and successful oral defense of a research thesis for 6 hours of credit. Students admitted to this option are considered for research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.

Option B requires a minimum of 33 credit hours including the graduate core (15 hours). This option does not require a thesis but does require a written report on a 3-hour special project. Students are not eligible for research assistantships and fellowships. They may be considered for teaching assistantships, but priority is given to students in Option A.

Once admitted, students are not allowed to change from one option to the other without faculty approval. A 3.0 grade-point average at the end of each semester of residence is required to maintain regular student status and for graduation. Only the first 6 hours of enrollment in C&PE 803 meet degree requirements.

The following tables represent typical plans of study that might be established by a student and adviser. Only rarely are exceptions in C&PE course work allowed. It is recommended that part of the elective hours be from other departments. For petroleum engineering, if a student has not completed an advanced-level, reservoir-related course in geology as an undergraduate, such a course must be taken as one of the electives. GEOL 535 Petroleum and Subsurface Geology is recommended.

M.S. in Chemical Engineering: Option A

Chemical Engineering Graduate Core Courses (15 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 721 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 732 Advanced Transport Phenomena II 3

Research (9 hours)

C&PE 800 Seminar 3
C&PE 803 Research
6

Thesis

Oral Examination

Electives (6 hours)

M.S. in Chemical Engineering: Option B

Chemical Engineering Graduate Core Courses (15 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 721 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 732 Advanced Transport Phenomena II 3

Electives (15 hours)

No more than 2 courses numbered below 700.
No more than 3 courses in Engineering Management or Business or both
15

Research (3 hours)

C&PE 825 Graduate Problems in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 3

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering Graduate Core Courses (12 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 771 Advanced Reservoir Engineering 3
C&PE 795 Enhanced Petroleum Recovery 3

Research (9 hours)

C&PE 800 Seminar 3
C&PE 803 Research
6

Thesis

Oral Examination

Electives (9 hours)

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