Biochemical Engineering BSBchE/Biochemical Engineering MS

The completion of a thesis M.S. in Engineering enables the student to gain in-depth expertise through their research and supporting coursework that can launch them into a Ph.D. and accelerate their doctoral work or give them a competitive edge and add experience years for industry employment. Earning an M.S. has been shown to significantly improve total earning potential over the length of a career verses a B.S. alone.

Admission to Program

Student should apply for the B.S./M.S. program on or before the spring semester annual deadline.

To be considered for this dual degree pathway, the student must complete a College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF) and meet the following requirements:

1) Have an overall UGA GPA of 3.0.
2) Students must have a minimum of 63 credit hours completed towards their B.S. degree.
3) Submit a Statement of Purpose indicating their research interests and career goals.
4) Provide three letters of reference. One of the letters must be from a faculty member within the School of CMB indicating that the faculty member will serve as the student’s mentor during the next academic year (senior year in Engineering). In this role, the faculty member will commit their time to helping the student start their graduate program and give them advice on potential coursework, research advisors, and research projects. By agreeing to serve as the student’s mentor, the faculty member does not guarantee funding for the student or continued advisement during their fifth year in the program.
5) Demonstration of research experience is desirable.

During their senior year:
6) Students will be required to work in the faculty mentor's laboratory to gain experience and potentially begin their research program.
7) Students can, but are not required to, participate in the UGA CURO program as part of their research experience.
8) Student will apply for Admission to the Graduate Program.

What Students Need to Apply:
• College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF)
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals)
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Letter of Support from Faculty Member Mentor

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

During the third/fourth year, students should select four courses in the B.S. Biochemical Engineering program to complete at the 6000-level. This includes the two required 6000-level courses and two elective 6000-level courses as listed below:

Required:
• BCHE 6510 Biochemical Engineering (typically spring of third year)
• BCHE 6550 Bioprocess Design & Simulation (typically fall of fourth year)

Electives
• BCHE 6655 Metabolic Engineering & Synthetic Biology
• BIOE 6625 Tissue Engineering
• BIOE 6740 Biomaterials
• BCHE 6490 Renewable Energy Engineering
• BCHE 6520 Design of Biochemical Separations Processes
• BCHE 6710 Bio-electrochemical Engineering
• BIOE 6615 Soft Materials

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Additionally, students must complete the following graduate-only courses:

A) Required Courses
• ENGR 6910 Foundations for Engineering Research
• ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
• BCHE 8970 Bioengineering Seminar (2 semesters)

B) Two of the following courses (Secondary Required Courses):
• BCHE 8150 Heterogeneous Reactor Design & Bio/Catalysis
• ENGR 8160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
• ENGR 8170 Advanced Heat Transfer
• ENGR 8180 Advanced Mass Transfer

C) A minimum of 9 credit hours of research hours (e.g. ENGR 7000/7010), completed during summers between third/fourth years, fourth/fifth years, and after fifth year (if necessary).
D) Three credit hours of ENGR 7300 M.S. Thesis is required
E) Additional courses may be required based on recommendation of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee.

Admission to Graduate Program

The student must apply and be admitted to the UGA graduate school. Their performance during their fourth year and any relevant testing (GRE, TOEFL) will be considered.

• Online Graduate School Application
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals)
• Transcripts
• 3 Letters of Recommendation, including the Letter of Support from the Faculty Advisor who will mentor the student in Master’s Thesis Research

Program Advisor

  • Name: Ramaraja Ramasamy
  • Email: rama@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4101
  • Address: 132 Coverdell Center

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Biochemical Engineering B.S.Bch.E.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Jeremy Wheatley
  • Email: jcwheat@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-6947
  • Address: Driftmier, Room 304

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Biochemical Engineering M.S.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Margaret Sapp
  • Email: mjsapp@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-7503
  • Address: 127 Coverdell