Graduate Education

The faculty members of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences are integrated into many MS and PhD programs across campus, including the following (described below):

Biomedical Engineering Master of Science & PhD

Advisory Council: Drs. Deveaux, Fong, Sinden (Program Director) (CABS); Sookie Bang, Menkhaus (CBE); Christopher (CE); Hoover, Tolle (EE, CENG); Kerk (IE); Weiss (MATH); Muci (ME); Crawford, Kellar (MET); Petukhov (PHYS)

The biomedical engineering (BME) program (offered jointly with the University of South Dakota (USD) is comprised of faculty from the mechanical, materials science and metallurgical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, chemistry and applied biological sciences, and mathematics and computer science departments.  The field is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the delivery of health care.
The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organisms to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health. Both the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are cross-disciplinary degrees. The objective of the MS program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in biomedical industry and further research at the doctoral level. The PhD program will prepare a student for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering with attention to generating new ideas for commercialization.
Current focus areas of faculty activity within the program are

  • biomaterials (nanomaterials, bioadhesives, tissue engineering, etc.)
  • computational biomedical engineering (biomechanics, imaging, advanced modeling/simulations, etc.)
  • assistive /rehabilitation engineering (advanced prosthetics, control, biomimetics, etc.). technology

Chemical Engineering Master of Science

CABS faculty Bang and Sani are associated with this program.
The chemical engineering MS is offered through the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. The thesis option requires a thesis based upon an original investigation, with a total of 30 credits in an approved program of study. For the non-thesis option, a student earns 32 credits in an approved program of study and completes a special project. In the non-thesis program, which is oriented toward industrial needs, students take at least one course in technology management.
Chemical engineers with a MS will have an in-depth understanding of the chemistry, mathematics, and physical laws describing systems at both molecular and macroscopic levels. The chemical engineer can participate in interdisciplinary research, development, and implementation of new and improved technologies in areas such as: biotechnology, catalysis, nanotechnology, chemical technology, energy, and environmental processes, as well as manufacturing of high-performance materials for electronic and structural applications.
See the current SDSM&T catalog for a full description.

Chemical and Biological EngineeringPhD

CABS faculty Bang and Sani are associated with this program.
The chemical and biological engineering PhD program provides a core educational experience in transport phenomena, chemical kinetics, biochemical engineering, chemical thermodynamics, and biotechnology. Graduates are trained for careers in biochemical and petrochemical processing; bio-based energy technologies, including biomass and biofuels; catalysis; bio-based and bio-compatible materials; bioremediation; emerging energy technologies; synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials; and processing of polymers and composite materials.
See the current SDSM&T catalog for a full description.

Materials Engineering and Science Master of Science & PhD

CABS faculty Boyles, Fong, Heglund, and Zhu are associated with this program.
The materials engineering and science MS  involves the broad area of materials. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials synthesis, behavior, and production. Graduates will be able to formulate solutions to materials problems in an area of specialization through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches supported by a broad background in basic materials science and engineering. Two options are available: a thesis or non-thesis option.  The thesis option involves 24 credit hours of courses with a minimum 6 credit hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option requires 32 credit hours of coursework, with a project under the supervision of a faculty member.
The materials engineering and science PhD program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of the science and technology of materials production, behavior, and applications. Candidates will study either a science or engineering emphasis within the MES PhD program.
See the current SDSM&T catalog for a full description.

Nanoscience and Nanoengineering PhD

CABS faculty Boyles, Fong, and Zhu are associated with this program.
The nanoscience and nanoengineering PhD is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the science and engineering of nanomaterials. The goal of nanoscience and nanotechnology is to manipulate matter at the atomic and “nano” length scales (dimensions from a few to 100s of atomic radii), creating new materials.

Students are introduced to contemporary topics in nanoscience and nanotechnology through a cross-disciplinary approach to research and learning. Courses can usually be completed in one or, at most, two years. Students complete a research project and dissertation.
See the current SDSM&T catalog for a full description.