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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 2022
  • 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 in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) Department spans all aspects of chemical and materials engineering ranging from fluid mechanics, transport, catalysis, and reactor design to bioengineering, renewable energy, polymer synthesis and processing, and advanced semiconductor growth and characterization. A strong tradition in mathematical modeling and computation complements experimental efforts. The research of CEMS core faculty and affiliated graduate faculty is organized into 14 themes: applied and computational mathematics; biological engineering; catalysis, separations and reaction engineering; electrochemical materials and devices; electronic, magnetic and photonic materials; electron microscopy; energy; materials processing; materials theory; nanomaterials and nanotechnology; nanomechanics and plasticity; polymer science and engineering; systems engineering; and transport and fluid mechanics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Chemical Engineering director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
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 Chemical Engineering director of graduate studies. Courses must be taken on the A-F grade basis, unless only offered S/N, with a minimum grade of B- earned for each course. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.00.
Minor Courses (6-12 credits)
Master's students select a minimum of 6 credits, and doctoral students select a minimum of 12 credits in consultation with the Chemical Engineering director of graduate studies.
CHEN 8001 - Structure and Symmetry of Materials (3.0 cr)
CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics (3.0 cr)
CHEN 8201 - Applied Math (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)
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.
Masters
Doctoral
 
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CHEN 8001 - Structure and Symmetry of Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive description of structure of materials, including metals, semiconductors, organic crystals, polymers, and liquid crystals. Atomic and molecular ordering, influence of intermolecular forces on symmetry and structure. Principles of scattering and use of X-ray, neutron, and electron diffraction.
CHEN 8101 - Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
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 Math
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ChEn 4701/ChEn 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: ChEn 4706/ChEn 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