Chemical and Biological Engineering

MS with Thesis

Chemical & Biological Engineering is a discipline that integrates chemistry and biology at the molecular level and uses this broad foundation along with engineering fundamentals to study the synthesis of new processes and products. Our graduate program in Chemical and Biological Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that combines chemical engineering fundamentals and systems biology to meet the research challenges of the future.

Degree Requirements

Chemical and Biological Engineering master with thesis program consists of at least 7 courses of at least 21 credits and seminar courses and thesis studies.

Students are required to take at least seven (7) required and elective courses according to their interests and complete at least twenty-one (21) credits and seminar courses by the end of the 4th semester at the latest. Unless stated otherwise, courses are 3 credits. With the approval of their advisors, students can take a maximum of 2 undergraduate courses to provide a basis for graduate courses, and these undergraduate courses can be used to complete the course and credit requirements of the master with thesis program.

In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; CHBI 595 – Master Thesis, CHBI 590 – Seminar, ETHR 500 – Scientific Research Methods and Research and Publication Ethics, ENGL 500 – Academic Writing, TEAC 500 – Teaching Experience, KOLT 500 -Teaching in Higher Education and LIBR 500 – Library Researcher Development.


Required core courses (3 credit each):
CHBI 501 Transport Phenomena
CHBI 502 Reaction Engineering 
CHBI 503 Thermodynamics 
Elective courses (3 credit each): 
CHBI 504 Advanced Thermodynamics 
CHBI 505 Polymer Engineering 
CHBI 506 Bioinformatics 
CHBI 507 Advanced Mass transfer 
CHBI 509 Fundamentals of Environmental Technologies 
CHBI 510 Industrial Microbiology 
CHBI 511 Sustainable Energy 
CHBI 516 Biotechnology 
CHBI 521/MECH 521 Advanced Fluid Dynamics 
CHBI 522/MECH 522 Computational Fluid Dynamics 
CHBI 530 Systems Biology 
CHBI 584 Tissue Engineering 
CMSE 520 Biomolecular Structure, Function and Dynamics 
ENGR 500 Applied Optimal Control 
INDR 501 Optimization Models and Algorithms 
MASE 501 Structure of Materials (1,5 credits) 
MASE 502 Electrical & Optical Properties of Materials (1,5 credits) 
MASE 504 Thermal Properties of Materials (1,5 credits) 
MASE 505 Mechanical Properties of Materials (1,5 credits) 
MASE 506 Synthesis, Characterization & Processing of Materials 
MASE 538 Intermolecular and Surface Forces 
MASE 540 Surface & Interface Properties of Materials 
MASE 542 Biomaterials 
MASE 570 Micro and Nanofabrication 
MATH 503 Applied Mathematics 
Courses are selected by the students from the above list and from other courses not listed here in accordance with their areas of specialization and subject to the approval of their advisors. 

Students who do not have a formal degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering are encouraged to apply. Once they are admitted, their course program is designed to make up for any lack of background. These students will attend our undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, if they have not taken such courses earlier. With this additional course work they will be able to take the graduate required courses and obtain a strong educational background. For these students the course schedule will be tailored but a typical coarse load includes: YEAR 1 Fall Semester CHBI 301 Fluid Mechanics MATH 503 Applied Math CHBI 503 Thermodynamics Spring Semester CHBI 302 Heat and Mass Transfer Graduate Electives (1 or 2) YEAR 2 Fall Semester CHBI 501 Transport Phenomena Graduate Electives (1 or none)