Degrees in Chemical Engineering
The primary task of Chemical Engineers is the mastery of the industrial processes which chemically transform various natural resources into more useful and valuable products. These products range from paper and gasoline to medicines and computer microchips. The Chemical Engineer is constantly concerned with improving these processes to best conserve resources (including capital) while preserving and protecting the environment.
The education of the chemical engineer covers advanced chemistry, physics, mathematics, general engineering, computer applications, material balances, energy balances, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design, unit operations and transport processes, and process control, with laboratories emphasizing these areas along with oral and written communication skills.
In order to meet current career interests and opportunities, elective courses are offered in nuclear applications and safety, industrial waste treatment, specialized computer techniques (including artificial intelligence), polymer engineering, pulp and paper processes, biochemical engineering, and fire and process safety. The curriculum in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
All requirements listed in the General Information section of the University Bulletin apply. In addition, a student majoring in a program in the College of Engineering must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in courses bearing the specific rubric of the major program (e.g., computer science, civil engineering, etc.) when computed on all attempts for which a final grade was received (excluding 'W plus' grades). In order to graduate from a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering, a student must complete 27 of the last 36 hours in the curriculum while enrolled in the College of Engineering.
M.S. in Engineering, Chemical Engineering Concentration
An official GRE score is required for admission. A minimum score of 300 total in the Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) sections of the GRE is used as a guideline for all student admissions, and is especially important for international students. U.S. students with a lower GRE score may also be admitted if they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 from an ABET-accredited Engineering program.
International students must also submit an official TOEFL score-- minimum of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) -- to qualify for admission. Additional information for international students is available at the Graduate School's International Requirements & English Language Proficiency page.
Areas of Concentration
The M.S. in Engineering at Louisiana Tech offers students the opportunity to specialize in certain areas of Engineering by taking a certain number of courses in that area and by conducting research leading to a thesis or a practicum in that area. The available areas of concentration and the Coordinators for those areas are as follows.
Chemical Engineering is the study of chemical systems. The formation of reaction systems within operational plants, process design and transport phenomena such as fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and mass transfer are all a focus of chemical engineering. Chemical engineers are found in everything to energy production to computer chip manufacturing to waste management.
Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor Eric Sherer
Ph.D. in Engineering
The Ph.D. Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree with a strong research emphasis, preparing graduates for academic and industrial careers. The program prepares its graduates to respond to the needs and challenges of the ever-changing world and provide them the knowledge, skills, ethics, creativity and critical thinking skills necessary for professional competence and life-long learning. Currently, five concentrations are available within the program:
Cyberspace Engineering - apply a fusion of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, along with the humanities, to handle political and social issues in cyberspace.
Engineering Education - learn to teach future professional engineers.
Engineering Physics - use the combined disciplines of physics, mathematics and engineering to apply, design and develop new solutions in engineering.
Micro/Nanoscale Systems - design, develop and characterize materials, devices and systems in the range of 1-100 nanometers, and integrate these devices and systems with macroscale devices and systems.
Materials and Infrastructure Systems - partake in one-of-a-kind research at the Louisiana Tech Trenchless Technology Center facility, discovering advanced technologies for urban infrastructure installation, inspection and rehabilitation.
The core curriculum for each concentration consists of 9 credit hours of general core courses that include statistics, mathematics, and engineering problems. In addition to the general core courses, a student is expected to complete 9-18 credit hours of core courses in their chosen discipline and 12-21 credit hours of electives.
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