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Chemical and Environmental Engineering: Graduate Programs

Overview: 
The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering offers the following graduate programs in Chemical Engineering (CIP 14.0701) and Environmental Engineering (CIP 14.1401):
 
1. MS in Chemical Engineering.
2. MS in Environmental Engineering.
3. PhD in Chemical Engineering.
4. PhD in Environmental Engineering.
 
The PhD degree focuses heavily on research whereas the MS degree has two options: a regular MS that includes a research thesis and a non-thesis MS with a higher emphasis on coursework, but that requires a one-semester project that can be either research or engineering development work.
 
Both MS degrees offer Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) options, which were implemented in 2011. The AMPs are programs designed to enable advanced UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science degree and the Master of Science degree in a total of 5 years. The Chemical Engineering AMP program is available only for undergraduate students in chemical engineering at the University of Arizona. The Environmental Engineering AMP program is available only for undergraduate students in chemical engineering, civil engineering, or soil, water and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona.
 
Research areas in the program include:
 
- Environmental aspects of semiconductor processing
- Surface chemistry and nanomaterials
- Biofuels
- Fuel cells
- Biochemical engineering
- Atmospheric chemistry and air pollution control
- Water and wastewater

 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

MS in Chemical or Environmental Engineering

By completing the MS program in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, students will:

1)      Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the discipline.

  • Chemical Engineering: Students will demonstrate knowledge in the areas of transport processes, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, and applied mathematics.
     
  • Environmental Engineering: Students will demonstrate knowledge in the areas of transport phenomena, microbiological and physicochemical environmental processes, unit operations for water treatment, engineering economics and design, hazardous waste management and environmental regulations. 

2)      Solve problems in chemical or environmental engineering applications in a safe and ethical manner.

3)      Demonstrate the ability to communicate problem solutions to an engineering audience.

PhD in Chemical or Environmental Engineering

By completing the PhD program in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, students will:

1)      Demonstrate attainment of a thorough knowledge and background of the discipline and associated areas.

2)      Prove their ability to formulate and solve problems in discipline applications.

  • Chemical Engineering – Emphases include transport processes, thermodynamics, separations, reaction engineering, and applied mathematics.
     
  • Environmental Engineering – Emphases include transport phenomena, microbiological and physicochemical environmental processes, unit operations for water treatment, engineering economics and design, hazardous waste management and environmental regulations, and associated areas.

3)      Demonstrate the ability to formulate and conduct research independently in a safe and ethical manner, and        generate ideas for research in the discipline.

4)      Show evidence of their ability to communicate and publish original research in the field.

5)      Display the capacity to teach general chemical or environmental engineering knowledge to undergraduates in the field.

 

Assessment Activities: 

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering has developed specific assessment activities that provide direct measures of the expected learning outcomes for the various MS and PhD programs offered by the Department, as outlined below.  These assessment activities will be used to obtain learning assessment data as shown in Tables 1 and 2.

Rubric forms were developed by the faculty to assess each of the listed student outcomes. A copy of the various rubric assessment forms is provided at the end of this section. These forms are to be completed by each faculty committee member involved in the evaluation of a given assessment activity.  The faculty chair of the graduate committee submits the scored rubrics to the program coordinator in the department.  Once each year, at a last spring or early summer faculty meeting, the summarized data are reviewed by the faculty.  The tables below (Tables 5-6, Assessment Findings) show the summary that will be completed with average scores after our annual faculty discussions.  The department will begin to gather the rubric data in Fall 2014 and first year results will be available by Fall 2015.

MS in Chemical or Environmental Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, the students must:

i)        Thesis MS:

      1.      Submit the research thesis to a faculty committee.

      2.      Defend the thesis in an oral presentation in front of a faculty committee. Environmental Engineering Thesis MS students are also required to present their research to a university audience in the Environmental Engineering graduate seminar, an event often organized weekly.

ii)      Non-Thesis MS:

     1.      Submit a research or engineering report to a faculty committee.

     2.      Present the findings or their work either to the faculty committee or to a university audience at a departmental symposium. 

Table 1. Assessment activities utilized to measure learning outcomes in the Chemical  and Environmental Engineering MS programs.

 

Assessment Activities

Outcome 1

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the discipline

Outcome 2

Solve problems in chemical  or environmental engineering applications

Outcome 3

Demonstrate the ability to communicate problem solutions to an engineering audience

 

1- Research thesis and oral thesis presentation

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

2- Thesis defense

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

PhD in Chemical or Environmental Engineering

As part of the degree requirements, the students must:

1.   Take a Qualifying Examination during their first year of residence. The purpose of this examination is to evaluate the student’s background in chemical or environmental engineering and judge if the student is ready for PhD-level research. This requirement is waived for Environmental Engineering students only if the student has completed an MS degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona.

2.   Submit a formal dissertation research proposal that includes preliminary research findings. The proposal must demonstrate that the student has thorough knowledge of the literature pertaining to the research area. The proposal is evaluated by a faculty committee.

3.   Take an Oral Comprehensive Examination in which the student has to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of chemical or environmental engineering and a minor field to a faculty committee.

4.   Present their research to a university audience. Chemical Engineering PhD students present their research to a university audience at a Chemical Engineering Symposium, an event organized twice every year by the department. Environmental Engineering PhD students present their research to a university audience in the Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, an event often organized weekly by the Graduate Engineering program.

5.   Have two publications in peer-reviewed journals accepted for publication or published.

6.   Submit and defend the PhD dissertation in front of a faculty committee.

Table 2. Assessment activities utilized to measure learning outcomes in the Chemical Engineering PhD program.

Assessment Activities

Outcome 1

Demonstrate attainment of a thorough knowledge and background on the discipline and associate areas

Outcome 2

Proven ability to formulate and solve problems in discipline applications

Outcome 3

Demonstrate the ability to formulate and conduct research independently

Outcome 4

Show evidence of the ability to communicate and publish original research in the field.

Outcome 5

Display the capacity to teach general chemical or environmental engineering knowledge to undergraduates in the field.

 

1- Take a Qualifying Examination during their first year of residence.

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

2- Submit a formal dissertation research proposal

 

X

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

3 - Take an Oral Comprehensive Examination

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

4 - Present their research to a university audience

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

5 - Have two publications in peer-reviewed journals accepted for publication or published.

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

6 - Submit and defend the PhD dissertation in front of a faculty committee.

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Rubric Assessment Forms

The rubric forms used to assess student learning outcomes are provided below. The performance of the students in the Qualifying exam will be assessed by recording the grades obtained by the PhD candidates in the various sections of the exam.

Assessment Findings: 

The results of the assessment will be utilized to generate average scores to measure learning outcomes as shown in Tables 3 to 4. 2016-2017 data will be discussed at a CHEE faculty retreat in August 2017, and outcomes will be updated afterwards.

Table 3. Example of presentation of data on findings related to PhD outcomes for academic years. (Chemical and Environmental Engineering). Score reported will be an average of the scores given in the rubrics for the period indicated. 

 

Criterion

Outcomes Measured

Name of Assessment

Average Score (standard deviation) for 2015 - 2016

Average Score (standard deviation) for 2016-2017

A -Demonstrates knowledge of the field and associated areas

#1

Oral seminar

Written/Oral Comp

Dissertation/Defense

 
AVG: 4.85 StD: .36

 

B - Abile to formulate and solve problems in engineering applications

#2

Oral seminar

Written/Oral Comp

Dissertation

 

AVG: 4.71 StD: .45

 

C -Clearly stated problem and analysis of literature

#1, #2, #3. #4

Oral seminar

Written/Oral Comp

Dissertation/Final defense

 

AVG: 4.86 StD: .35

 

D - Appropriate study design

#1, #2, #3

Written Comp

Dissertation/Final defense

 

AVG: 5.00 StD: 0

 

E -Adequate data analysis

#1, #2

Dissertation/Final defense

 

AVG: 5.00 StD: 0

 

F -Well written dissertation

#1, #3, #4

Dissertation

 AVG: 4.57 StD: .73

 

G -Ability to formulate and conduct independent research

 

#2, #3

Written Comp

Dissertation/Final defense

 AVG: 4.92 StD: .26

 

H -Ability to communicate and to publish original research

 

#4

Oral seminar

Written/Oral Comp

Dissertation/Final defense

 

AVG: 4.57 StD: .73

 

Ability to teach general environmental engineering knowledge to undergraduates

 

#5

 

Teaching assistantship

Preceptorship

 

 

 

 

 

Table 4. Example of presentation of data on findings related to MS outcomes for academic years. (Chemical and Environmental Engineering). Score reported will be an average of the scores given in the rubrics for the period indicated.

 

Criterion

Outcomes Measured

Name of Assessment

Average Score (standard deviation) for 2015-16

Average Score (standard deviation) for 2016-17

A -Demonstrates knowledge of the field

#1

Oral seminar

MS Thesis or MS report/Defense

 AVG: 4.39 StD: .82

 

B -Abile to solve problems in engineering applications

#1, #2

Oral seminar

MS Thesis or MS report Defense

 AVG: 4.5 StD: 1.00

 

C - Clearly stated problem and analysis of literature

#1, #2

MS Thesis or

MS report

 AVG: 4.39 StD: .86

 

D -Appropriate study design

#1, #2

Oral seminar

MS Thesis or MS report Defense

AVG: 4.19 StD: 1.00

 

E -Adequate data analysis

#1, #2

Oral seminar

MS Thesis or MS report Defense

AVG: 4.39 StD: .99

 

F -Well written Thesis or MS report

#3

MS Thesis or

MS report

 AVG 4.17 St.D: .79

 

Ability to communicate to an engineering audience

#3

Oral seminar

MS Thesis or MS report Defense

 

 

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

 

Updated date: Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:03