Degree Requirements

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Program Coursework

Degree Requirements

Below are the required courses to meet the degree requirements for a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Leadership, including the courses that comprise the program's technical core, management, and leadership core. 

  • A minimum of 20 credit hours taken from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign program.
  • A minimum of twelve 500-level credit hours. 
  • No courses used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the "Credit/No Credit" option.

Technical Core

20 credits

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE

4

CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena or CHBE 523: Heat and Mass Transfer

4

CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis or CHBE 516: Reactor Process Engineering

4

Technical Electives

8

Business and Leadership Core

10 credits

BADM 508: Leadership and Teams

4

ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting

4

CHBE 594: ChBE Special Topics – Engineering Leadership (taken twice for 1 credit hour each)

2

Professional Development Core

4 credits

ENG 572: Professional Practicum or ENG 573: Capstone Project or Professional Elective

4

Total Coursework 

34 credits

*Students are encouraged to take either ENG 572 or ENG 573 to apply the skills that they have gained in the program to an opportunity provided by an industry client or an employer.  If this is not feasible, and with the approval of the advisor, students can take additional courses as listed.

 

  • CHBE 471   Biochemical Engineering   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.
    Applications of chemical engineering principles to biological processes. Topics include enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, bioreactor design, cellular growth and metabolism, fermentation, and bioseparations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior, senior, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
  • CHBE 473   Biomolecular Engineering   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.
    Fundamental principles of biomolecular engineering and its applications in pharmaceutical, agriculture, chemical and food industries. Topics include gene discovery, rational design, directed evolution, pathway engineering, and functional genomics and proteomics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.
  • CHBE 475   Tissue Engineering   credit: 3 Hours.
    Principles and practices of Chemical Engineering will be applied to the topic of tissue engineering. Topics include: methods for employing selected cells, biomaterial scaffolds, soluble regulators or their genes, and mechanical loading and culture conditions for regenerative repair of tissues and organs in vitro and in vivo; understanding intrinsic wound healing processes; quantifying cell behaviors/phenotypes; regulatory compliance and clinical translation. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisites: CHBE 421 and CHBE 422, or consent of instructor.
  • CHBE 516   Reactor Process Engineering   credit: 4 Hours.
    Through a series of lectures centered around the study of chemical reactions, we will explore how thermodynamics, fluids mechanics, and kinetic principles impact the energy and mass balance of specific processes. Theoretical derivation describing chemical processes will be completed with simulation-based processes using commercial packages. Ultimately the students will learn to converge all the core scientific principles that are characteristic of the chemical engineering curriculum (Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Fluid Mechanics). 4 graduate hours. 4 professional hours. Prerequisite: Courses in mathematics application in engineering, thermodynamics, reactor engineering, heat transfer and process control, such as CHBE 424CHBE 321CHBE 421CHBE 440MATH 284 or MATH 285 or MATH 286, or comparable level courses in other disciplines. Consent of instructor required.
  • CHBE 522   Fluid Dynamics   credit: 4 Hours.
    Basic concepts in fluid dynamics with special emphasis on topics of interest to chemical and biomolecular engineers. Derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations; solutions for creeping flow, perfect fluids, and boundary layers; non-Newtonian fluids; turbulence. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • CHBE 525   Statistical Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers   credit: 4 Hours.
    Fundamentals and applications of both macroscopic thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The formalism of statistical mechanics is introduced, in particular the development and calculation of partition functions, as well as its connections to thermodynamic equations of state and material properties. These concepts will be applied to problems relevant to chemical engineering, such as solution theory, electrolytes, adsorption, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, chemical reactions, molecular simulation, and dispersive interactions. 3 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: CHBE 321. Graduate standing required.
  • CHBE 551   Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis   credit: 4 Hours.
    Rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, treatment of data, steady state and unsteady behavior predictions of mechanisms, prediction of rate constants and activation barriers. Introduction to catalysis. Catalysis by solvents, metals, organometallics, acids, enzymes, semiconductors. Same as CHEM 582. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in chemical kinetics.

  • CHBE 594   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.
    Various advanced topics; generally taken during the second year of graduate study. Typical topics include turbulence, hydrodynamic instability, process dynamics, interfacial phenomena, reactor design, cellular bioengineering, properties of matter at high pressure, and phase transitions. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Graduate-level enriched versions of the following courses: 

  • CHBE 455   Polymers Synthesis and Industrial Applications   credit: 3 Hours.
    Explores the fundamentals of polymer production by providing a broad overview of several topics within the field. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationships between polymer composition, synthesis, and processing, all of which ultimately determine bulk polymer properties. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Credit is not given for both CHBE 455 and MSE 457.
  • CHBE 458   Synthetic Nanomaterials   credit: 3 Hours.
    Study of the concepts related to the fundamentals and practical methods for the preparation of nanostructured materials. Classical nucleation and growth, interfacial science, crystal structures, and characterization techniques are among some of the topics covered. The emphasis will be placed on the processing controls of size, shape (dot, wire, and two-dimensional materials), facet, composition, and hierarchical structure. Students will also be exposed to related current topics, including the applications of nanoparticles in energy, sustainability, and biotechnology. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 102 and CHEM 104 or equivalents.
  • CHBE 476   Biotransport   credit: 3 Hours.
    Investigates the critical roles the transports of mass, energy and momentum play in the function of living systems at varied levels (e.g., cells , tissues, and organs) and time scales. Transport phenomena are also central to the design and operation of devices for biological research, imaging, biochemical processes, and therapeutic interventions including drug delivery, gene therapy and tissue engineering. Students will explore conservation laws of mass, energy, and momentum to mathematically describe cell and molecular biology, immunology, physiology and biomedical engineering systems. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisites: CHBE 421 and CHBE 422 or consent of instructor.

  • CHBE 478   Bioenergy Technology   credit: 3 Hours.
    Introduction to emerging bioenergy technologies including: world energy consumption and greenhouse gas concerns; fundamental biochemistry of biomass conversion; structural chemistry of lignocelluloses; pretreatment of biomass; enzymatic deconstruction; bioethanol production and fermentation; metabolic engineering for improved biofuels production; feedstock development; industrial fermentation and fermentor design; economics of bioethanol; alternative biofuels, including biodiesel, syngas, Fischer-Tropsch diesel, butanol, ABE fermentation and biohydrogen; anaerobic microbiology; and the biorefinery concept. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisites: CHBE 321MCB 450.

 

  • BADM 544   Strategic Management   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.
    An integrative examination of executive-level decisions and policies that drive company survival and performance. Combines theoretical and practical learning through strategic management tools, frameworks, examples and case studies. Provides a top management view of companies and organizations that is essential learning for any leader. 2 or 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Credit is not given for both BADM 544 and BADM 339. Prerequisite: BADM 509BADM 520, and BADM 567FIN 520, or equivalent.
  • TE 450   Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Contracts, & Intellectual Property   credit: 3 Hours.
    Explores how legal tools may be used in the construction and successful operation of your company to deliver the next great product to market. Topics covered in the class include: issues with business formation, funding, intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, and other corporate legal issues particularly impacting startups. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.
  • TE 460   Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship   credit: 1 Hour.
    Fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship and commercialization of new technology in new and existing engineering and high-tech businesses. Guest speaker topics vary, but typically include: evaluation of technologies and business ideas in general; commercializing new technologies; financing through private and public sources; legal issues; product development; marketing; international business issues. 1 undergraduate hour. 1 graduate hour. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 2 hours, if topics vary; instructor approval required. Credit is not given for both TE 360 and TE 460.

  • TE 461   Technology Entrepreneurship   credit: 3 Hours.
    Critical factors affecting technology-based ventures: opportunity assessment; the entrepreneurial process; founders and team building; preparation of a business plan including market research, marketing and sales, finance, and manufacturing considerations. Students must have an idea for a new venture to participate in the course, and must be prepared to develop this new venture idea as part of the course. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.
  • TE 466   High-Tech Venture Marketing   credit: 2 Hours.
    Cornerstone marketing concepts for innovators and engineers to enable analysis of products and technologies from a marketing perspective: engineering product development and adoption life cycle; objectives and strategies; marketing management; communication skills; sales process and tactics; special considerations for new high-tech engineering products and innovations. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both TE 466 and BADM 365.

  • TE 560   Managing Advanced Technol I   credit: 1 Hour.
    Business perspective of managing advanced technology in industry: strategic context of advanced technology; analytical financial tools used to estimate its potential value; legal concepts important in its management; interpersonal issues related to leading and advocating on behalf of advanced technology groups. 1 graduate hour. No professional credit.

  • TE 565   Technol Innovation & Strategy   credit: 2 Hours.
    Concepts and frameworks for analyzing how firms can create, commercialize and capture value from technology-based products and services. Business, commercialization, and management aspects of technology. Emphasis on reasons that existing firms or startups which have successfully commercialized products or services fail to sustain their success as technology changes and evolves. 2 graduate hours. No professional credit.

*Additional courses may count with advisor approval.

Students without a chemical engineering bachelor's degree are highly encouraged to take three additional core courses (11 hours) to gain the fundamentals necessary to be successful in our M.Eng. program. 

Technical Core Courses

11 Credits

CHBE 421: Momentum and Heat Transfer

4

CHBE 422: Mass Transfer Operations

4

CHBE 424: Chemical Reaction Engineering

3
 

*Technical Core courses are highly encouraged for students without a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. 

Curriculum Sequence Scenarios

Here are several examples of how students may want to map out their courses to fulfill the degree requirements. These outlines are a tool to help students select courses to take each semester; consult your academic advisor for more information and to discuss your individual goals and needs.

Full-time students: 

Semester Course Credit Hours
Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4
4
1

Spring

CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena
Technical Elective
ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

4
4
4
1

Summer

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
CHBE Elective

4
4

Total Credits 34 

Semester Course Credit Hours
Spring

ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
Technical Elective
Technical Elective
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

4
4
4
1

 

Summer

None

 

Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4
4
1

Spring

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena

 

4
4

Total Credits 34 

Semester Course Credit Hours

Summer

ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
Technical Elective

4
4

Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4
4
1

 

Spring

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena
Technical Elective
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

 

4
4
4
1

 

Total Credits 34 

 

Part-Time Students:

Semester Course Credit Hours
Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

4
4
1

Spring

CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena
ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership  

4
4
1

Summer

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
Technical Elective

4
4

Fall

CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
Technical Elective

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4

Total Credits 34 

Semester Course Credit Hours
Spring

Technical Elective
ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

4
4
1

 

Summer

None

 

Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership  

4
4
4
1

Spring

CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4

Summer

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
Technical Elective

4
4

Total Credits 34 

Semester Course Credit Hours

Summer

ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
Technical Elective

4
4

Fall

CHBE 521: Applied Mathematics in ChBE
BADM 508: Everyday Leadership
ChBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

4
4
1

Spring

CHBE 551: Chemical Kinetics & Catalysis*
CHBE 513: Advanced Transport Phenomena
CHBE 594: Special Topics - Leadership 

*Course available Fall 2024.

4
4
1

Summer

ENG 572/573: Capstone Course
Technical Elective

4
4

Total Credits 34