Combined Bachelors - Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering

Combined Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program

The combined Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program allows students to earn a BSChE and an MEChE (non-thesis master’s degree) in five years. Students complete the regular coursework for the BSChE degree with the exception that 5000-level courses are taken for the Advanced Science Elective and the Advanced Engineering Elective. Degree requirements for the combined MEChE degree are the same as for the usual MEChE degree, with the two 5000-level courses taken as undergraduate electives counting toward the MEChE degree as well as the BSChE. Students may pass the Master's comprehensive exam during the final semester of the combined program instead of completing the ME project course (ChE 7913).

Admission

Current TU undergraduate students must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the discipline as follows: completed 96 hours toward the BSChE degree, including ChE 3084 (Mass Transfer) and ChE 3084’s prerequisites, with a GPA of 3.5.

Interested students should contact the graduate advisor for chemical engineering as early as possible.

Curriculum Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering:
Same requirements as the regular Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, except:

  • Advanced Science Elective must be a 5000-level science course
  • Advanced Engineering Elective must be a 5000-level engineering course

Non-thesis option leading to the Master of Engineering degree:
Same requirements as the regular Master of Engineering degree, except:

  • The two 5000-level courses taken as advanced science and engineering electives for the BSChE count toward the 30 hours required for the ME degree.
  • Students may pass the Master's comprehensive exam during the final semester of the combined program instead of completing the ME project course (ChE 7913). This comprehensive exam is equally weighted towards material in the four core classes. It is based on a subset of the PhD qualifying exam. 

Typical Schedule

Freshman and Sophomore years
Identical to the BS program

Junior year
Identical to the BS program except:

  • Substitute 5000-level chemistry or other science elective for the Advanced Science Elective
  • Math (Partial Differential Equations) is highly recommended for the math elective

Senior year
Identical to the BS program except:

  • Substitute 5000-level engineering course for the Advanced Engineering Elective. ChE 5023 (Thermodynamics) or ChE 5043 (Heat and Mass Transfer) is highly recommended.

Fifth year

Summer semester:

  • ChE 7913 (Master’s Project), for project option students

Fall semester:

  • ChE 7003 (Fluid Dynamics)
  • ChE 7033 (Kinetics)
  • Six hours of 6000- or 7000-level engineering, math, or science electives

Spring semester:

  • ChE 7023 and/or ChE 7043 (both are required but may have been taken at the 5000-level)
  • Six or nine hours of 6000- or 7000-level engineering, math, or science electives
  • MS comprehensive exam for those students not choosing the project option

Student Profile

Christina Bishop
Christina BishopPhD Student, Chemical Engineering, 2012
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