Graduate Division

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering MS

Section 1

Overview

Chemical engineering uses the knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, and social sciences to solve societal problems such as energy, health, environment, food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. It serves a variety of processing industries whose vast array of products include chemicals, petroleum products, plastics, pharmaceuticals, foods, semiconductors, textiles, fuels, consumer products, and electronic and cryogenic materials. It also serves society to improve the environment by reducing and eliminating pollution. Chemical engineering is an engineering discipline that has its strongest ties with the molecular sciences. This is an important asset since sciences such as chemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine, and solid-state physics are providing the seeds for future technologies. Chemical engineering has a bright future as the discipline which will bridge science with engineering in multidisciplinary environments.

Biochemical Engineering is concerned with the processing of biological materials and processes that use biological agents such as living cells, enzymes, or antibodies. Biochemical Engineering, with integrated knowledge of the principles of biology and chemical engineering, plays a major engineering role in the rapidly developing area of biotechnology. Career opportunities in Biochemical Engineering are available in a variety of industries such as biotechnology, chemical, environmental, food, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

The principal objectives of the graduate curriculum in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are to develop and expand students’ abilities to solve new and more challenging engineering problems and to promote their skills in independent thinking and learning in preparation for careers in manufacturing, research, or teaching. These objectives are reached through a program of course work and research designed by each student with the assistance, advice, and approval of a primary faculty advisor and a faculty advisory committee. Programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are offered.

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Quick Facts

Program Type

Academic Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Thesis or Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants will need to submit the following:

1. Completed Online Application: Please note that a completed online application includes paying the Application Fee


2. Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts: Applicants must submit one set of official transcripts from all institutions they attended prior to graduating with a B.S. degree


3. Master’s Degree Transcripts (if applicable): Applicants must submit one set of transcripts for any graduate-level work completed


4. Official GRE General Test Scores: Applicants are not required to take GRE subject tests


5. Official TOEFL or ILETS scores (if applicable): Applicants who are international students or permanent residents who earned a degree outside of the U.S. are required to submit a TOEFL or ILETS test scores


6.Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: We recommend that at least two letters be from academia. The third could be another letter from academia, a supervisor, a mentor, etc.

It is strongly recommended that students have background and training in core Chemical Engineering topics (transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics) as well as a strong background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. A student who enters the program without undergraduate preparation in chemical engineering is required to take three to five additional prerequisite courses (MATH 3A and MATH 3D, and CBEMS 45B-CBEMS 45C, CBEMS 110, CBEMS 112, and CBEMS 125A).

Financial Support

What documents do I need to submit to be considered for funding?

All domestic students should fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) to become eligible for fellowships and to become eligible for loans, if necessary. Aside from the FAFSA, there are no separate aid applications required and all applicants will be reviewed for any available funding at the time of their admission review. This review includes all fellowships, teaching assistant positions, research positions, etc.


Do you offer funding for M.S. students?

While funding offers are not guaranteed, we certainly make every effort to fund as many of our incoming students as possible. Funding for M.S. students is limited and competitive, but M.S. students can receive funding in the form of fellowships, graduate student researcher appointments, teaching assistant positions, reader/grader positions, or CODE mentor fellowship.

Do you offer funding for international students?

While funding offers are not guaranteed, we certainly make every effort to fund as many of our incoming students as possible. International students are eligible for the same funding that non-international students are eligible for.

How do I contact a professor to be considered for funding and for a place in his or her lab?

While it is not mandatory that you contact any faculty members prior to applying to our programs, the best way is to begin with emails and perhaps phone calls. Introduce yourself and let him or her know that you would be interested in working with the professor because the research is aligned with your goals. If you are domestic and able to visit, it would be a good idea to get familiar with the labs, tour the campus, and/or meet some current students and professors. If you are an international student, the best strategy would be to contact faculty by email.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Vasan Venugopalan, ScD
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Department Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Surgery
Research Interests: laser-induced thermal, mechanical and radiative transport processes for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, biotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
Email: vvenugop@uci.edu


Tayloria Adams, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: dielectrophoresis, microfluidic devices, stem cells, biomarker development, cell membrane biophysics, cell sorting
Email: tayloria@uci.edu


Plamen Atanassov, Ph.D.
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Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes; bio-electrocatalysis and energy harvesting systems
Email: plamen.atanassov@uci.edu


Nancy Da Silva, Ph.D.
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Professor of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: molecular biotechnology, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, eukaryotic expression systems, biorenewable chemicals
Email: ndasilva@uci.edu


Alon Gorodetsky, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: cephalopods, adaptive materials, camouflage, bioelectronics
Email: alon.gorodetsky@uci.edu
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Daniel Knight, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: engineering pedagogy
Email: dwknight@uci.edu


Han Li, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: molecular biotechnology
Email: han.li@uci.edu
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Ali Mohraz, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: colloid science, complex fluids and soft matter engineering, self-assembly of microstructured materials for energy and health care applications
Email: mohraz@uci.edu
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Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: actinide chemistry, solvent extraction fundamental chemistry and process development, extraction and detection equipment development, radiolysis and phase composition of organic solvent
Email: nilssonm@uci.edu
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Elizabeth Read, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: dynamics of complex biochemical systems, regulation of immune responses
E-mail: elread@uci.edu
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Frank Shi, Ph.D.
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Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: optoelectronic devices and materials, optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging
Email: fgshi@uci.edu


Szu-Wen Wang, Ph.D.
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Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: combining principles of self-assembly with nature-inspired macromolecular systems to engineer new materials and therapeutic strategies
Email: wangsw@uci.edu
Research Lab


Albert Fan Yee, Ph.D.
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Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry
Research Interests: materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology)
Email: afyee@uci.edu
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Iryna Zenyuk, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center
Research Interests: renewable energy, fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, X-ray imaging techniques, multi-scale modeling, transport phenomena
Email: iryna.zenyuk@uci.edu

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