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Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Master's Graduate Program Guidelines

All incoming M.S. Plan A students who have not been assigned to an advisor are required to meet with all the faculty members (and obtain their signatures) in their program to get information regarding their research projects and evaluate the possibility of joining one of the research groups.

All incoming M.S. Plan B students must have an adviser. The student is responsible for contacting faculty members in order to find an adviser.

Expectations of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Students

Students who graduate with an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming will:

  • have experience conducting original research.

  • develop skills which foster professionalism as related to their chosen fields.

Course Requirements

All Chemical and Biomedical Engineering graduate students must take the following Chemical Engineering Core courses:

  1. Thermodynamics (CHE 5020)

  2. Transport Phenomena (CHE 5010)

  3. Reaction Kinetics (CHE 5030)

  4. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (PETE/CHE 5355)


Credit Hours

Chemical Engineering Core courses (above)                        

- 12 credit hours

CHE/PETE 5960 Thesis Research

- 4 credit hours


- 14 credit hours


- 30 credit hours

Plan B (non-thesis) Master's Students

The coursework requirements are the same as the M.S. Plan A requirements except that Thesis Research (CHE, PETE 5960) is not required. Plan B students take an additional 4 hours of elective course credits (total of 30 hours required).

M.S. Plan B students must write a paper on a topic assigned by the adviser. This paper must be submitted to the student's graduate committee for approval.

M.S. Seminar Requirements

All chemical engineering graduate students must enroll in CHE/PETE 5890, Chemical Engineering Seminar, every semester. All seminars, including the required presentations described below, must be scheduled by the seminar coordinator.

M.S. (Plan A) candidates must present at least one seminar (thesis defense) before they graduate. M.S. (Plan B) candidates are not required to present a seminar.

M.S. Thesis Defense

M.S. Plan A students must orally defend their thesis or dissertation at a public final examination. The defense time and room must be scheduled by the seminar coordinator. A copy of the M.S. thesis must be delivered to each member of the graduate committee at least two weeks before the examination. Thesis students must give a defense announcement to their department. The defense must be advertised by bulletin board postings, e-mail, or other means. The results of the examination are reported on the final examination form. Often, graduate committee members request changes in the thesis, and they may postpone signing the form until they are satisfied that those changes have been made.  

Publication of Thesis

After the defense, an electronic copy (in PDF format) of the thesis must be uploaded in accordance with the Registrar's requirements. This copy will be rejected if the format standards specified by the Dissertation Format Guide are not met. This guide allows for a publication-ready format. If required by the department and/or committee additional copies should be delivered to the University Bookstore for binding. A third, bound copy must be submitted to the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering for the departmental library. Most students will want one or more copies for their own use. Students should consult with their adviser to determine if the adviser wants a copy of the thesis, dissertation, or other research documentation.

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Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

EN 4055

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-2500


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