Pharmaceutical Engineering

The Pharmaceutical Engineering program addresses, using a holistic approach, the emerging problems of pharmaceutical production with special emphasis on the purification, formulation and administration of active pharmaceutical products and the development of novel healthcare engineering approaches. It takes from 10 to 15 years to bring a new pharmaceutical product to market at a cost which rapidly approaches $1 billion. Many potential new pharmaceutical products fail because researchers lack reliable information about their behavior and are unable to develop production processes which guarantee consistent product quality, stability and suitable dosage forms and methods. Courses are designed to provide graduates with the skills to be able to design and develop pharmaceutical products and modern manufacturing processes at the systems level, ensure quality of products through design, development and control, increase the technical depth of knowledge in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and products, as well as to communicate, negotiate, and lead within a global pharmaceutical enterprise and manage pharmaceutical organizations and people.


Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

CHE 53600 – Particulate Processes (3 credits)
CHE 55300 – Pharm Process Develop & Design (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Analytical Methods in Healthcare (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – API Manufacturing Processes (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Crystallization Systems in ChE (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Industrial Chemical Technology (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Intro to Pharmaceutical Industry (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Medical Devices Dev & Application (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Particle Design and Processing (3 credits)
CHM 53300 – Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
CHM 53800 – Molecular Biotechnology (3 credits)
IPPH 58300 – Biopharmaceutics (3 credits)
IPPH 58000 – Physical Chemical Principles (3 credits)
IPPH 58700 – Pharmaceutical Solids (3 credits)
ME 50500 – Intermediate Heat Transfer (3 credits)
MSE 51200 – Powder Processing (3 credits)

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)