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The Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department offers graduate degrees leading to M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and engineering science. The professional non-thesis degree, Master of Engineering and Master of Chemical Engineering, are also available. The admission requirements for master's and Ph.D. programs include: GRE, superior undergraduate/graduate performance, and references.

Research in chemical and biomedical engineering covers an exciting blend of traditional and non-traditional research areas. Examples of these research topics include advanced materials, semiconductors, thermodynamics, process systems engineering, supercritical fluid technology, automatic process control, surface science, neuroengineering, auditory processing,and tissue engineering. The new college-wide program in Biomedical Engineering (administered by Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Dept.) focuses on biomechanics, biomedical imaging, biomaterials, biomedical fluids, and prosthetic device development. Strong collaboration with the Morsani College of Medicine and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, as well as, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Industrial, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Communications and Science Disorders Departments makes the graduate programs in chemical engineering truly interdisciplinary. We welcome applicants with background in other engineering disciplines and sciences as well as outstanding chemical engineers to our graduate programs.

Admission Requirements
Apply through the Graduate School and use the application checklist for the items required by the Graduate School for admission.

Specific Requirements for Ph.D. Level Applications

1. An undergraduate bachelor's degree in engineering or science. If applying for chemical engineering the undergraduate degree must also be in chemical engineering.
2. Undergraduate transcripts demonstrating strong academic performance. Usually a G.P.A. above 3.0
3. GRE scores are required. Usually a total score of 1200 (Verbal + Quantitative) and Analytical of 4.0 or greater. Most successful applicants have a Quantitative score that falls between 700 – 800
4. International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (computer – based), 550 (paper – based), or 79 (Internet – based)
5. Official letters of reference from at least 3 people who are familiar with the students credentials
6. Statement of research interests
7. Current resume

For Ph.D. applicants it is imperative to have a research mentor and project. Therefore, applicants need to also contact faculty that match their research interests.


Specific Requirements for Master's Level Applicants

1. An undergraduate bachelor's degree in engineering or science. If applying for chemical engineering the undergraduate degree must also be in chemical engineering.
2. Undergraduate transcripts displaying strong academic performance. Successful applicants usually have a G.P.A. above 3.0.
3. GRE scores are required. Students recommended for admissions usually have a total score of 1200 (Verbal + Quantitative) and an Analytical score of 3.0 or greater. Most successful applicants have a Quantitative score that falls between 700 – 800.
4. International applicants must take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 213 (computer – based), 550 (paper – based), or 79 (Internet – based).
5. Official letters of reference from at least 3 people who are familiar with the students credentials.
6. Statements of research interests for students who want to pursue a thesis option only.
7. Current resume

Letter of Reference

Specific Requirements for Non-Engineering BME Applicants

USF's BME graduate program welcomes applications from qualified candidates without an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. Students can pursue BME areas such as neuroengineering, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials, prosthetic devices, cardiovascular engineering, biomedical product development, and molecular/cellular/tissue engineering. However, students interested in medical imaging would normally have an undergraduate degree in either electrical engineering or computer science. It is expected that the applicant has an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or related disciplines. Students from other majors such as one of the liberal arts may also be admitted, but the remedial course requirements may be more extensive than those described below. In general, non-engineering applicants must still meet the general requirements for admission into any engineering graduate program such as GRE and GPA expectations. Non-engineering degree applicants are admitted to the M.S. degree only; those interested in a Ph.D. degree must complete an M.S. degree prior to admission to the Ph.D. program.

The following requirements outline a basic remedial program for non-engineering applicants. Students initially pursue the remedial requirements as a special student. During this time, no graduate courses can be taken. Students can be formally admitted into the graduate program upon completion of 12 of the required hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better. However, all of the required remedial courses must be completed prior to awarding of the graduate degree. Also, none of the remedial courses are counted towards any graduate degree requirements.

Mathematics requirement
Students are required to complete a calculus sequence equivalent to the engineering calculus requirements, specifically:
MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III

Students who have completed one year of calculus for math/physics majors and one year of physics with calculus satisfy this requirement. Students who have completed one year of calculus intended for non math/physics majors must complete MAC 2282 and MAC 2283. Students must also provide evidence of the completion of a course equivalent to EGN 3433 Modeling and analysis of engineering systems

Students without such evidence are required to complete this course. In addition, students must have completed a basic course in statistics as part of their undergraduate requirements. Those students without any statistics background can take PHC 6050 Biostatistics I as preparation for the BME graduate biostatistics requirements; however, PHC 6050 will not be counted towards any graduate degree requirements.

Finally, students are expected to have a working knowledge of a spreadsheet program (i.e., Excel) and be able to employ a computational program such as MATLAB to solve basic engineering problems.

Engineering Science Requirement

Students must complete 12 hours minimum from the following courses:

EGN 3311 Statics
EGN 3321 Dynamics
EGN 3331 Mechanics of Materials
EGN 3359 Fluid Mechanics
EGN 3365 Materials Engineering I
EGN 3373 Electrical Systems I
ECH 3702 Instrument Systems I

Students should note that EGN 3311 is a prerequisite for several of the listed courses. Students with a degree in physics may have the engineering science requirement reduced.

Deadlines
Please check here for semester by semester deadlines for applications.

More Information
For more information about the graduate programs at USF please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
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