Jul 21, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemical Engineering

Pedro E. Arce, Chairperson

Departmental Graduate Faculty: Pedro E. Arce, Joseph J. Biernacki, J. Robby Sanders, Holly A. Stretz.


Chemical Engineering Website

Departmental Overview

The Master of Science degree program in the Department of Chemical Engineering is available to individuals who have completed a BS degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely allied field. The MS program’s technical content and research component prepares the individual to enter the profession with advanced engineering skills.

Graduate students pursuing the MS degree develop a program of study tailored to their objectives and complete a master’s thesis. Research topics in the areas of electric field-based processes and systems, biological engineering processes and systems, molecularly-based engineered materials and interfacial systems, and computational mathematics are among those available.

The faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering actively participates in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Engineering. Admission to the doctoral program is open to individuals with outstanding academic records and potential for original research. The departmental faculty and graduate students work cooperatively with the three State funded Centers of Excellence: two within the College of Engineering and one under the Office of Research & Economic Development.

BS/MS Fast Track – Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Fast-track Master of Science (MS) program is designed to enable Tennessee Technological University ChE undergraduates to take up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework during the student’s junior/senior year which can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. ChE Fast-track MS students receiving their bachelor’s degrees at the end of the Spring semester will be expected to complete the MS by the end of the Summer term of the following year.

The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Fast-track program are:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate ChE student at TTU with at least Junior standing
  • Have at least an overall GPA of 3.25 and have at least a 3.25 GPA in ChE
  • The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their M.S. program of study and to continue in the Fast Track program. Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course during their senior year (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.
  • In addition to the requirements for admission to the ChE Fast-track MS program, all requirements for admission to the ChE graduate program must also be met upon graduation. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum admission requirements must apply to the Department for admission to the Fast Track program. The department’s graduate committee will review the application and make a decision for approval.

Participation in the ChE Fast-track MS program does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate degree. All students in the MS program take 30 credit hours: 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research and thesis.




Master of Science