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Chemical and life science engineering track

Yadavalli, Dr. Vamsi
Director, Graduate Programs in Chemical and Life Science Engineering
(804) 828-0587

Concentration component – CLSE course work 12
Track electives – engineering or science course work 12
Directed research – CLSE 697 6
Total (minimum) 30

Core courses, seminar and directed research

CLSE 654 Equilibrium Analysis in Chemical and Biological Systems
CLSE 655 Nonequilibrium Analysis in Chemical and Life Science Engineering
CLSE 656 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
CLSE 690 Research Seminar in Chemical and Life Science Engineering
CLSE 697 Directed Research in Chemical and Life Science Engineering


There are three components of each M.S. in Engineering track:

Concentration (track-specific) component. This component allows the student to pursue a series of courses that focus on a specific field of engineering and serve as the student’s primary engineering discipline.

Track electives component. This component allows the student to take courses in either engineering or science with approval of the student’s adviser.

Directed research component. This component emphasizes research directed toward completion of degree requirements under the direction of an adviser and advisory committee.

The track can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Students seeking to take course work and conduct their research in the chemical and life science engineering track should contact the graduate program coordinator or department chair of Chemical and Life Science Engineering for detailed information about that track.

Degree requirements

Students seeking the M.S. degree are required to take a minimum of 30 semester credits of approved graduate courses (including research). Each student must complete 12 semester credits in concentration course work, 12 semester credits in track electives course work and six semester credits in thesis research. The student’s adviser must review and approve all course work and thesis research credits. The total of all credits must be at least 30. No elective courses may be used for both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. At least half of the credits required in the student’s program must be those designated as exclusively for graduate students, that is those at the 600 level or above.

Each student must conduct an original investigation under the supervision of the permanent adviser and prepare a thesis reporting the results of this research and analyzing its significance in relation to existing scientific knowledge. This study is reported in a thesis prepared in acceptable form and style. Upon approval of the thesis by the adviser, the student submits a copy to each member of the advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee members examine the thesis and decide upon its acceptability. Each committee member reports to the student’s adviser when the thesis is acceptable for defense. The thesis is approved for defense only if accepted unanimously. Upon approval of the thesis, the student appears for a final oral examination administered by the student’s advisory committee. This examination of an M.S. candidate includes the subject matter of course work as well as the thesis.

Admission requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the Graduate School and the School of Engineering, applicants to the chemical and life science engineering track must have a B.S. degree in chemical and life science engineering or a closely related discipline.


Students may begin a course of study in either the fall or spring semesters for the engineering programs, although a start in the fall semester is preferred.



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