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Chemical Engineering Minor

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 151 Amundson Hall, 421 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-0382; fax: 612-626-7246)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Research activities in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) Department focus on the development of renewable energy technologies, the solution of important medical and biological engineering challenges, the development of advanced materials, and the application of sophisticated mathematical and theoretical models. Graduate courses offered cover core areas of chemical engineering (fluid mechanics, applied mathematics: linear and nonlinear analysis, transport, chemical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics and kinetics, and analysis of chemical reactors). In addition, several specialized topics are offered, including biochemical engineering, biological transport processes, food processing technology, colloids, principles of mass transfer in engineering and biological engineering, rheology, coating process fundamentals, process control, finite elements methods of computer-aided analysis, ceramics, polymers, materials design and performance, materials processing, corrosion, introduction to polymer chemistry, polymer laboratory, contact and fracture properties of materials, electron microscopy, thin films and interfaces, composites, electrochemical engineering, physical chemistry of polymers, solid state reaction kinetics, electronic structure of materials, electronic properties and applications of organic materials, electronic ceramics, dislocations and interfaces, epitaxial thin film growth, and science of porous media.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Minor programs must be approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
Core Courses
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics I: Change, Deformation, Equations of Flow (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8201 - Applied Mathematics I: Linear Analysis (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8301 - Physical Rate Processes I: Transport (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8401 - Physical and Chemical Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8402 - Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8501 - Chemical Rate Processes: Analysis of Chemical Reactors (3.0 cr)
Masters
Core Courses
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics I: Change, Deformation, Equations of Flow (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8201 - Applied Mathematics I: Linear Analysis (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8301 - Physical Rate Processes I: Transport (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8401 - Physical and Chemical Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8402 - Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3.0 cr)
· CHEN 8501 - Chemical Rate Processes: Analysis of Chemical Reactors (3.0 cr)
 
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CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics I: Change, Deformation, Equations of Flow
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Equations of change of mass, momentum, angular momentum. Kinematics of deformation, convective transport. Applications to fluid statics/dynamics of Newtonian fluids. Examples of exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equations, useful simplifications. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8201 - Applied Mathematics I: Linear Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ChEn 4701/8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Integrated approach to solving linear mathematical problems. Linear algebraic equations. Linear ordinary and partial differential equations using theoretical/numerical analysis based on linear operator theory. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8301 - Physical Rate Processes I: Transport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of mass transfer, dilute, and concentrated diffusion. Brownian motion. Diffusion coefficients in polymers, of electrolytes, and at critical points. Multicomponent diffusion. Mass transfer correlations/predictions. Mass transfer coupled with chemical reaction.
CHEN 8401 - Physical and Chemical Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00488 - ChEn 4706/8401
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of thermodynamics with emphasis on solving problems encountered in chemical engineering and materials science. An organized exposition of fundamental concepts that will help students understand and analyze the systems they are likely to encounter while conducting original research. This course is for students who seek a much deeper understanding than a typical undergraduate course provides. prereq: Undergraduate engineering course or chemistry course in thermodynamics, Chemical Engineering graduate student, or instructor consent.
CHEN 8402 - Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to statistical mechanical description of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of matter. Emphasizes fluids, classical statistical mechanics. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8501 - Chemical Rate Processes: Analysis of Chemical Reactors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design of reactors for heat management and with catalytic processes. Steady state and transient behavior. Polymerization, combustion, solids processing, and environmental modeling. Design of multiphase reactors. prereq: [Course in chemical reactor engineering, chemical engineering grad student] or instr consent
CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics I: Change, Deformation, Equations of Flow
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Equations of change of mass, momentum, angular momentum. Kinematics of deformation, convective transport. Applications to fluid statics/dynamics of Newtonian fluids. Examples of exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equations, useful simplifications. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8201 - Applied Mathematics I: Linear Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ChEn 4701/8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Integrated approach to solving linear mathematical problems. Linear algebraic equations. Linear ordinary and partial differential equations using theoretical/numerical analysis based on linear operator theory. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8301 - Physical Rate Processes I: Transport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of mass transfer, dilute, and concentrated diffusion. Brownian motion. Diffusion coefficients in polymers, of electrolytes, and at critical points. Multicomponent diffusion. Mass transfer correlations/predictions. Mass transfer coupled with chemical reaction.
CHEN 8401 - Physical and Chemical Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00488 - ChEn 4706/8401
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of thermodynamics with emphasis on solving problems encountered in chemical engineering and materials science. An organized exposition of fundamental concepts that will help students understand and analyze the systems they are likely to encounter while conducting original research. This course is for students who seek a much deeper understanding than a typical undergraduate course provides. prereq: Undergraduate engineering course or chemistry course in thermodynamics, Chemical Engineering graduate student, or instructor consent.
CHEN 8402 - Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to statistical mechanical description of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of matter. Emphasizes fluids, classical statistical mechanics. prereq: Chemical engineering grad student or instr consent
CHEN 8501 - Chemical Rate Processes: Analysis of Chemical Reactors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design of reactors for heat management and with catalytic processes. Steady state and transient behavior. Polymerization, combustion, solids processing, and environmental modeling. Design of multiphase reactors. prereq: [Course in chemical reactor engineering, chemical engineering grad student] or instr consent