OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (CHBE)
Department Chair: Professor
Christopher Brazel, Office: 3472 SEC
The department offers programs leading to the doctor of philosophy
and the master of science in chemical engineering. The graduate
program in chemical and biological engineering is designed to
provide a balance between engineering science and practical
applications. Faculty members work closely with students in
coursework and in research.
Specific admission requirements for the programs in chemical and
biological engineering coincide with those of the
Graduate School and the
College of Engineering as detailed earlier in this catalog.
Admission is also contingent upon approval by the graduate faculty
of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Special
opportunities are available for students with undergraduate degrees
in fields other than chemical engineering.
M.S. Degree Requirements
All graduate students in chemical and biological engineering are
required to pass the following core graduate courses:
• CHE 551 Advanced Thermodynamics I
• CHE 552 Transport Phenomena
• CHE 553 Computation in Chemical Engineering
• CHE 554 Chemical Reaction Engineering
MASTER OF SCIENCE–THESIS OPTION (PLAN I): 30 CREDIT HOURS
Candidates for the master’s degree under Plan I must earn a minimum
of 24 semester hours of credit in coursework and write a thesis (a
minimum of 6 semester hours of thesis research required).
• A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework is required.
• A minimum of 6 hours of thesis research is required.
• A student’s curriculum and thesis must be approved by the
student’s graduate advisory committee. The student must pass a final
comprehensive examination, which is typically a presentation and
defense of the thesis. In addition, the student must satisfy all
University requirements defined in the current edition of The
University of Alabama Graduate Catalog.
MASTER OF SCIENCE–NON-THESIS OPTION (PLAN II): 30 CREDIT HOURS
Candidates for the master’s degree under Plan II must earn a minimum
of 30 semester hours of credit and complete a culminating or
“capstone experience” as described below.
• A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework is required.
• A student’s curriculum must be approved by the student’s graduate
advisory committee. The graduate advisory committee must also
approve the submission of a manuscript, a conference proceeding, or
a graduate seminar presentation. This activity shall constitute The
University of Alabama Graduate School culminating experience
requirement for a MS Plan II degree in chemical and biological
For additional information about chemical engineering graduate
programs, contact Dr. Heath Turner.
Doctor of Philosophy degree requirements. Study in the
doctoral program is contingent upon satisfactory performance on the
qualifying examination described above. The department requires that
students take and pass CHE 695 Seminar during the first part of the
doctoral program of study and CHE 696 Seminar in the latter part of
the program. These two hours of seminar are in addition to the
course hours needed for graduation.
A prospectus examination is
required of all candidates for the doctor of philosophy degree. This
examination is given after two full years of graduate study have
been completed and the supervisory committee deems the student to
have adequate preparation. The examination consists of a written
proposal describing the student's research activities and an oral
presentation and defense of the proposal before the student's
supervisory committee. The examination must be completed at least
one year prior to the final dissertation defense.
Plan of Study must be submitted to the Graduate School by
the time the student completes 30 hours of UA and/or transfer for
the doctorate. The
PhD Plan of Study
is available at the Graduate School website.
Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the
Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive
(preliminary) examination. See the online Graduate Catalog (Sec.
for details on plan of study, admission to candidacy, and all other
degree requirements. The College of
PhD Degree requirements are detailed in earlier sections of this
Advanced Undergraduate/Entry Graduate-Level Courses
CHE 512 Polymer Materials Engineering. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CH 102.
Introduction to the manufacture, processing, and applications of
organic polymeric materials. This course covers the chemistry of
polymer manufacture, the molecular structures of polymers, and the
structure-property relationships for thermoplastic and thermosetting
CHE 524 Air Pollution. Three hours. Same as CE 525.
Prerequisite: CE 420 or CHE 304.
Introduction to the sources, characteristics, and effects of air
pollution and to air pollution control technology and design.
CHE 525 Polymer Processing and Rheology. Three hours.
Basic and advanced concepts in rheology and polymer processing.
Polymer properties and morphology, rheology of non-Newtonian fluids,
polymer processing, and polymer processing design.
CHE 535 Chemodynamics. Three hours.
Prerequisites: CH 102, MATH 253, GES 126 (or CS 226), CHE 304, AEM
311, or permission of the instructor.
A study of the movement and fate of man-made chemicals in the
CHE 538 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Principles. Three
Prerequisite: MATH 238
Study of the processing tools and unit operations used in
semiconductor device fabrication. Topics include semiconductor
fundamentals, semiconductor device fabrication processes,
interconnections and contacts, integrated circuit packaging, and
CHE 545 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CH 231
Study of biological processes, application of chemical engineering
skills to areas including enzyme kinetics, fermentation, cell
growth, and metabolic processes.
Graduate Core Courses
CHE 551 Advanced Thermodynamics I. Three hours.
Application of thermodynamic principles to chemical and phase
CHE 552 Transport Phenomena. Three hours.
Development of the analogy between momentum, energy, and mass
transport, with applications.
CHE 553 Computation in Chemical Engineering. Three hours.
Chemical-engineering applications of advanced calculus, numerical
methods, and digital computer techniques, with emphasis on
expressing physical situations in mathematical language.
CHE 554 Chemical Reaction Engineering. Three hours.
Chemical kinetics theory and experimental techniques. Industrial
reactor design by advanced methods.
Other Graduate Courses
CHE 591:592 Special Problems (Area). One to three hours.
Open to properly qualified graduate students. Advanced work of a
research nature. Credit is based on the amount of work completed.
CHE 595:596 Seminar. One hour (each).
Discussion of current advances and research in chemical engineering,
presented by graduate students and other speakers.
CHE 598 Research Not Related to Thesis. One to six hours.
CHE 599 Master's Thesis Research. One to twelve hours. Pass/fail.
Advanced Graduate Courses
CHE 602 Advanced Fluid Mechanics. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 552.
Theory of viscosity; differential equations of continuity and
motion; turbulence; non-Newtonian fluids; gas-liquid, liquid-liquid,
and solid-liquid flow; flow in pipe networks.
CHE 603 Advanced Heat Transfer. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 522.
Use of the energy balance in heat-transfer equipment design.
Transient solution of the energy balance, advanced condenser design,
and computer-implemented heat-exchange equipment design.
CHE 611 Process Dynamics and Control. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 493 or permission of the instructor.
Advanced process control design and analysis. Control of
distributed-parameter systems and nonlinear processes; self-adapting
and self-tuning controllers; optimal control; distributed
CHE 621 Diffusional Operations. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 552.
The latest experimental and theoretical studies in several areas
involving diffusion. Includes simultaneous heat and mass transfer
and mass transfer with chemical reaction.
CHE 625 Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 552 or permission of the instructor.
Advanced study of the mechanics of viscoelastic and nonlinear fluids
including polymeric liquids, suspensions, foams, and emulsions.
Emphasis on the formulation of appropriate constitutive equations
and solution of the equations of change.
CHE 626 Advanced Stagewise Operations.
Prerequisite: CHE 552.
An advanced treatment of stagewise operations such as distillation,
absorption, and extraction, with emphasis on multicomponent systems.
CHE 651 Advanced Thermodynamics II. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 553.
Computational techniques and theoretical methods for atomic and
molecular modeling of chemical processes. Covers applied quantum and
statistical mechanics, Monte Carlo methods, molecular dynamics, and
mesoscale simulation methods.
CHE 691:692 Special Problems (Area). One to three hours.
Problems of current research.
CHE 695:696 Seminar. One hour (each).
Presentations of dissertation research.
CHE 698 Research Not Related to Dissertation. One to six hours.
CHE 699 Doctoral Dissertation Research. Three to twelve hours.