Chemical Engineering

Dr. Sasidhar Varanasi
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Richard Carbonaro                                                                                              Director, Graduate Program


The chemical engineering graduate degree program is designed to offer engineers and scientists the opportunity to acquire the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on practice-oriented knowledge of analysis and design.


The objectives of this program are to:

  • Expand the students' understanding of the basic fundamentals and principles of chemical engineering;
  • Expose students to contemporary advances in the areas of separations, alternative energy, water purification, green engineering, pollution prevention and process safety, engineering management, cosmetic engineering, petroleum engineering, and advanced computer skills;
  • Provide opportunities for students to conduct fundamental or applied research, and to improve their oral and written communication skills.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess

  1. a baccalaureate degree in a chemical engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., or from a recognized foreign institution; or
  2. a baccalaureate degree in another area of engineering or chemistry.  Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in chemistry or another engineering program will be considered for admission if they present satisfactory grades in calculus I, II and III, differential equations, chemistry I and II, physics I and II, organic chemistry I and II, and physical chemistry II. These students can expect to be admitted and matriculate when they have completed the following bridge courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 with no grade lower than C:
First Year
CHML 207: Process Calculations3CHML 208: Principles I (Fluids)3
CHML 305: Principles II (Heat Transfer)3CHML 209 (Chemical Thermodynamics)3
CHML 306: Separation Process Design I3CHML 316: Computer Simulations & Design3
CHEM 319/323: Organic I Lecture/Lab15CHML 321: Chemical Reaction Engineering3
MATH 286: DIfferential Equations1,23MATH 286: Differential Equations1,23
 17 15
Total Credits: 32



Required only if not completed as part of student's undergraduate degree.


This course is offered fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions.  It should be taken as early as possible in the bridge program.

The order in which these courses are taken will be determined by the graduate director on a case by case basis. These courses will not satisfy any requirements for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. Generally, students must complete prerequisite courses before they are permitted to register for graduate courses. Exceptions require the recommendation of the chair and the approval of the dean of engineering.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete a minimum of thirty credit hours of graduate course work.  This includes six courses (18 credit hours) of core courses and four courses (12 credit hours) of engineering electives.  The core courses are only offered once per year during the semester specified in the table below.  The engineering electives may be chosen from any of the graduate courses offered by any of the engineering disciplines within the school of engineering for which the prerequisites have been completed.  The elective courses may also be used to complete either the cosmetic engineering option or the petroleum engineering option offered by the department of chemical engineering.

Required Courses-Fall

CHMG 713: Reactor Design3
CHMG 710: Advanced Transport Phenomena3
CHMG 739: Introduction to Design3
CHMG/ENGG: Engineering Elective3
CHMG/ENGG: Engineering Elective3
Total Credits15

Required Courses-Spring

CHMG 707: Process Thermodynamics3
CHMG 714: Modern Separation Processes3
CHMG 740: Design Project3
CHMG/ENGG: Engineering Elective3
CHMG/ENGG Engineering Elective3
Total Credits15


  • Students may replace 2 electives with a research project
  • The student would be required to:
    1. Complete 2 semesters of research.
    2. Begin work on a research project during the summer prior to the start of the 5th year (summer, fall, spring) to ensure that he/she completes the requirements for the degree in one year.
    3. Present a written report/thesis at the end of the 2 semesters.

Cosmetic Engineering Electives

The Chemical Engineering department offers a concentration in cosmetic engineering which can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The program covers topics of significant interest to engineers in the food, pharmaceutical, advanced coatings industries, and most leading industries that engage in regulated manufacturing which uses new technologies above and beyond basic chemical engineering training. In addition to the six required chemical engineering core courses, students are required to complete the following set of cosmetic engineering electives:

CHMG 750Emulsion Technology3
CHMG 751Industrial Regulations and Quality3
CHMG 752Advanced Processing Theory3
CHMG 753Advanced Processing Techniques3
Total Credits12

Petroleum Engineering Electives

The Chemical Engineering department offers a concentration in petroleum engineering which can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level.  This option covers topics of interest to engineers in the refining, fuels, natural gas mining and processing, and petrochemical industries.  The focus is on the production of gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons, the physical chemistry of these hydrocarbon resources and the downstream processing to provide valuable products and intermediates.  In addition to the six required chemical engineering core courses, students are required to complete the following set of petroleum engineering electives:

CHMG 748Petroleum Refinery Processing I3
CHMG 749Natural Gas Processing I3
Pick 2 of the following three courses:6
CHMG 754Petroleum Refinery Processing II3
CHMG 755Natural Gas Processing II3
CHMG 756Oxidative Conversion of Shale Gas Components3

Total Credits                                                                                                                      12


CHMG 510. Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering. 3 Credits.

Introductory polymer science and engineering course with in-depth coverage of the structure-property-performance relationship of polymer solutions and melts. Topics to be covered will include- synthesis, and polymerization kinetics,characterization of molecular weight, morphology, microstructure & rheology. Polymer processing technologies and development of commercial products based on optimization of structure-property-performance relationships will additionally be covered. A thorough understanding of polymer concepts and definitions, characterization techniques and instrumentation,and equations to calculate properties will be developed through this course. Spring: Pre-requisites: ENGS 201, ENGS 202.

CHMG 512. Industrial Practice in Pharmaceutical Industry. 3 Credits.

Advanced study of the principles used for pharmaceuticals production with an emphasis on physiochemical processes governing development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical agents and drugs. Technologies covered include aseptic, vaccines, injectables, ophthalmics, ingestible and Oncology. Analysis of quality control processes in conformance with government oversight and regulations, especially the FDA. Pre-requisite: Approval of Graduate Director.

CHMG 529. Fuel Cell Systems and Technology. 3 Credits.

This course will review the technical and design aspects associated with various stationary and transportation fuel cell applications. Course material will focus on electrochemical kinetics, electrode catalysis, system thermodynamics, fuel processing, and H2 storage. Topics to be covered will include basic electronchemical principles of a unitized electrode assembly the combination of multiple unitized assemblies into a cell stack assembly, the design of fuel and oxidizer supply systems, and safety issues related to the design and operation of fuel cell power plants. Prerequisite: Mass and energy balances, general electrochemistry and basic transport phenomena (momentum, heat and mass transfer).

CHMG 539. Industrial Catalysis. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals and application of catalysts used in the chemical, petroleum and environmental industries. Students will learn: the application of chemistry, materials, surface science, kinetics, reactor design and general engineering as applied to making everyday products; how catalysts allow the effective production of transportation fuels, modern catalytic converters for automobiles, bulk chemicals, polymers, foods, fertilizers, etc. Industrially-oriented course for engineers and chemists. Prerequisite: Physical Chemistry.

CHMG 549. Advanced Combustion and Fuel Process Technology. 3 Credits.

Advances in combustion and fuel process technologies. The course will cover fundamentals and advances in flame theory, combustion, fuels, and oxidizers;experimentation, simulation and modeling;emission controls, toxicology, clean fuel conversions and alternative fuels.

CHMG 575. Contemporary Food Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course examines the application of chemical engineering unit operations to food manufacturing. Topics include heating, cooling and freezing of foods; mass transfer in foods; reaction kinetics; chemical, microbiological and biochemical aspects of food engineering; dehydration, thermal and non-thermal processing; food handling, public health and sanitation; green and sustainable technologies in food processing; food packaging, transport, storage and shelf-life. Prerequisites: CHML 208, 305, 306, 321.

CHMG 611. Environmental Impact Assess.. 3 Credits.

Environmental Impacts and other Legal Aspects of Engineering (3 cr). An examination of the various impacts that engineering projects may have on the environment. Areas of study include water resources as well as alternatives and mitigation measures.. Relevant laws and regulations (with a specific focus on NEPA, SEQRA, CEQR and ULURP), as well as case studies are considered. In the second half of the course, products liability with a focus on pharmaceuticals and bioengoineering devices will be addressed as well as Intellectual Property with a particular focus on Patent Law. 3 Credits.

CHMG 707. Process Thermodynamics. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on the application of thermodynamics to process design; development and use of thermodynamic principles in single-phase and multi-phase processes; applications in reactor design. Prerequisite: CHML 209 or equivalent.

CHMG 708. Advanced Heat Transfer Applications. 3 Credits.

This course will cover heat transfer mechanisms and models for unsteady state and transient conduction, convection, and radiation in engineering systems. Applications include novel thermal and fluidic components and heat-exchange systems in the areas of alternative energy, green materials, food technology and bio-processing. Prerequisite: Undergraduate heat transfer course. Three credits. Prerequisite: CHML 305 or equivalent.

CHMG 710. Advanced Transport Phenomena. 3 Credits.

Topics include continuum and molecular theories of matter; non-dimensionalization; velocity, temperature and concentration distributions in flow; boundary layer analysis; simultaneous momentum, energy and mass transport; mathematical analogies; simultaneous diffusion and chemical reaction. Prerequisite: CHML 411 or equivalent.

CHMG 712. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Credits.

Development of the mass, energy and momentum transport equations as they relate to biomedical systems such as natural and artificial organs. Flow characteristics of blood are studies and compared to conventional Non-Newtonian flouids. The use of traditional transport equations, modified for biomedical systems are covered and applied to the body and associated biomedical machinery. Three lectures. Senior year offered. Prerequisites: CHML 208,CHML 305,CHML 306, MATH 286.

CHMG 713. Chemical Reactor Design. 3 Credits.

Application of engineering analysis, computer design and optimization of chemical reactor systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate reaction engineering course.

CHMG 714. Modern Separation Processes. 3 Credits.

Mass transfer principles and design techniques applied to absorption and adsorption systems; gas-liquid, gas-solid and liquid-solid separation processes; mass transfer with chemical reaction; thermal effects; multi-component transfer. Prerequisite: CHML 339 or equivalent.

CHMG 717. Process Simulation and Design. 3 Credits.

Applications of contemporary computer software to increase speed, improve comprehension, and enhance presentation; of results when analyzing, modeling and solving a wide variety of process design problems. Topics include design of fired heaters, bubble column reactors, generalized shell-and-tube exchangers, and multi-component condensers; FUG calculations for sloppy splits; and plate-to-plate calculations.

CHMG 726. Separation and Recovery Processes. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on non-thermal separation and recovery processes used primarily for solid-liquid separations. Topics include crystallization, precipitation, sedimentation, centrifugation, particle filtration, and microfiltration. Applications in chemical processing, industrial wastewater treatment and biological processing. Prerequisite: CHML 339 or equivalent.

CHMG 727. Air Pollution Control Design. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on particulate control. Industrial sources and regulatory codes for particulate emissions; review of fine particle technology; development of performance equations and design procedures for gravity settlers, cyclone-electrostatic precipitators, baghouse and venturi scrubbers; atmosphere dispersion adn stack design; overview of gaseous control equipment.

CHMG 729. Hazardous Waste Incineration. 3 Credits.

Stoichiometric and thermochemical calculations; legislation, permitting adn siting; other options; incineration of solid waste, sludge, liquid waste, and gases; land-based and ship-borne incineration; design of incinerators, quenchers, waste heat boilers, fans and gaseous control equipment; design project application.

CHMG 735. Independent Project Or Thesis. 3 Credits.

Chemical engineering project or thesis on selected topics, involving experimental research, process design, computer simulation, and/or authoring technical papers. Written report or publication, and oral presentation are required. Topic to be selected by the student with approval of a faculty advisor and the Chair.

CHMG 736. Independent Project or Thesis. 3 Credits.

Chemical engineering project or thesis on selected topics, involving experimental research, process design, computer simulation, and/or authoring technical papers. Written report or publication, and oral presentation are required. Topic to be selected by the student with approval of a faculty advisor and the Chair.

CHMG 739. Introduction to Design Project. 3 Credits.

Reaction path screening; exploratory technical and economic process evaluations; process synthesis; preliminary process flow diagram; material and energy balances; quick sizing design techniques and factored cost estimate; material selection. Written report or publication and oral presentation are required. Prerequiste: CHML 406 or equivalent.

CHMG 740. Design Project. 3 Credits.

Preliminary equipment design techniques; computer-aided process optimization studies; hazards and safety evaluation; site location and layout studies; detailed economic evaluation. Written report or publication and oral presentation are required. Prerequisite: CHMG 739.

CHMG 741. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

Special topics of current interest to graduate students; subject matter will be announced in advance of semester offering. Written report or publication and oral presentation are required.

CHMG 742. Seminar in Selected Chemical Engineering Topics. 3 Credits.

Seminar course in specialized and contemporary topics not covered in regular chemical engineering classes with an emphasis on written and oral communication skills. Topic examples are nanotechnology, genetic engineering, carbon trading, climate change, water and disease, financial engineering.

CHMG 743. Advanced Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

A course focused on differential equations of motion for incompressible fluids. Major topics include tensor notation and vector calculus, linear and angular momentum conservation, scaling, Stokes flow, inviscid flow, boundary layer, vorticity, potential flow and lubrication. Prerequisites: MATH 286, CHML 208 or equivalent.

CHMG 746. Advanced Chemical Processes for Water Purification. 3 Credits.

Advanced study of the processes used for water treatment and purification with an emphasis on design principles and process modeling. Processes covered include carbon adsorption, ion exchange, chemical oxidation of inorganic and organic chemicals, disinfection using chlorine, ozone and ultraviolet light, strategies for control of disinfection byproducts, and chemical precipitation Spring: Prerequisite CHML 321.

CHMG 748. Petroleum Refinery Processing I. 3 Credits.

Overview of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery:feedstock properties, product slate, and processes used to convert crude and intermediate streams into desirable products. Topics include hydrocarbon chemistry, crude oil properties, fuel product quality, impacts of worldwide environmental legislation, and overall operability and economic performance of refineries. Three lectures.Fall. Pre-requisite: CHEM320. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CHML405.

CHMG 749. Natural Gas Processing I. 3 Credits.

Overview of natural gas industry with emphasis on gas plant operations. Students will develop a working knowledge of the major processes for gas compression, dehydration, acid gas removal and tail gas cleanup, sulfur recovery, cryogenic extraction of natural gas liquids (NGL), as well as LNG production, storage, and transportation. Three lectures. Pre-requisite: CHEM320. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CHML405.

CHMG 750. Emulsion Technology. 3 Credits.

Investigation of the following topics as applied in an engineering context: suspensions, emulsions and dispersion; stability, surfactants, and micelles; characterization; thickening and formulation. Applications include cosmetics, personal care products, adhesives, food technology, pharmaceutical and advanced coating formulations. Prerequisites: CHEM 310, 320; CHML 308 Three credits.

CHMG 751. Industrial Regulations and Quality. 3 Credits.

This class expands on core unit operations taught in traditional chemical engineering programs. Topics covered include: Drying Homogenization Peristaltic and diaphragm-driven flow (pulsatile and non-pulsatile flow) Atomization Mixing phenomena Multiphase flow.

CHMG 752. Advanced Processing Theory. 3 Credits.

The theory of multiphase and reactive flow processes, including: non-newtonian and time-dependent flow, heat transfer at boundaries, powder and solids processing, surface forces, phase transitions, ripening and sintering, flow with chemical transformations. Applications include cosmetics, personal care products, adhesives, food technology, pharmaceutical and advanced coating formulations. Prerequisite: CHML 411 or CHMG 710.

CHMG 753. Advanced Processing Techniques. 3 Credits.

Applications of advanced processing techniques for multiphase processes, including: multiphase flow, pumping, mixing, homogenization, atomization, drying. Applications include cosmetics, personal care products, adhesives, food technology, pharmaceutical and advanced coating formulations. Prerequisite: CHML 403, CHML 404 or equivalent.

CHMG 754. Petroleum Refinery Processing II. 3 Credits.

Continued discussion of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery: topics include energy audits, environmental aspects, societal impacts. Topics also include linear programming, dynamic modeling and control of refinery processes using general process simulators. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisite: CHMG 748.

CHMG 755. Natural Gas Processing II. 3 Credits.

Continued discussion of the natural gas industry with emphasis on mining and pretreatment of natural gas and its components, environmental and societal impacts, novel conversion chemistry, including gas-to-liquids processes and dynamic modeling. Three lectures. Spring. Prerequisite: CHMG 749.

CHMG 756. Oxidative Conversion of Shale Gas Components. 3 Credits.

Methane and ethane from shale gas reserves may prove to be an attractive alternative feedstocks for the production of hydrocarbon intermediates and liquid fuels. In this course all of the oxidative conversion technologies will be developed, modeled and evaluated. Special focus will be on the calculation and study of the production economies and sustainability indices as compared to conventional technology. Fall. Prerequisite: Senior Status and approval by department chair.

CHMG 757. Topics in Biomolecular Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the function of select biomolecules in vivo, from both an isolated and systems perspective. Fundamental cellular and molecular biology concepts will be reviewed to provide a foundation for engineers. Example topics include cell adhesion, platelet thrombosis, blood and blodd substitutes, and RNA/DNA engineering. Three hours a week. Fall.

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