WSU Tri-Cities

Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory

Academics

PhD and M.Sc. in Engineering Science — Bioproducts and Bioenergy

About: this multi-disciplinary graduate program seeks highly motivated individuals to pursue graduate studies in Engineering and Science, within the Field of Bioproducts and Bioenergy.

This Washington State University program, based within BSEL, provides graduate students with the knowledge necessary to produce advanced biofuels, new chemicals and materials from renewable resources. Graduate students have the opportunity to work with world-class scientists within WSU and with its partner, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory operated by Battelle in Richland.

The WSU mission is to foster future leaders in industry, academia and government in developing sustainable clean technology to produce Bioenergy, Biochemicals and Bioproducts.

Program Requirements:

  • BS or M.Sc. degree in any field of engineering or science
  • Good GPA standing (3.0)
  • Standardized test scores: GRE, LSAT, or GMAT (TOFEL or equivalent test for international students)
  • One page statement of interest

 

Course requirements for M.Sc.

  • Green GBiorefinery (court title TBD); Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts:
  • Thermochemical Route (BSysE 519);
  • Biochemical Engineering (ChE 560);
  • ChE 596 or ChE 597;
  • ChE 598 or the equivalent.
  • Thermochemical Conversion Laboratory (539) or the equivalent; Biochemical Conversion Laboratory (ChE 549) or the equivalent.
  • Three (3) additional graded credits to be chosen from ChE 510 or ChE 529.
  • Five (5) additional credits to be chosen from the electives.
  • A minimum of eight (8) credits in ChE 700 or BSysE 700.

 

Course requirements for Ph.D.

  • Green Biorefinery (course title TBD); Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts:
  • Thermochemical Route (BSysE 519);
  • Biochemical Engineering (ChE 560);
  • ChE 596 or ChE 597
  • ChE 598 or the equivalent.
  • Thermochemical Conversion Laboratory (BSysE 539) or the equivalent; Biochemical Conversion Laboratory (ChE 549) or the equivalent
  • Three (3) additional graded credits to be chosen from ChE 510 or ChE 529.
  • A minimum of seventeen (17) credits in ChE 800 or BSysE 800.

 

Until the Bioengineering PhD program is approved, students are encouraged to enroll in disciplinary PhD programs in Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering or Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering.

Certificate in Bioproducts and Bioenergy

For more information, or to apply, contact:

WSU Tri-Cities
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, Washington 99354
www.tricity.wsu.edu

Admissions Office: 509-372-7250 • admissions@tricity.wsu.edu

Dr. Birgitte K. Ahring, Director
bka@wsu.edu

Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Through the Voiland School, students may earn either a Master of Science (MS) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering. Within the Chemical Engineering program, we specialize in the development of sustainable energy solutions, understanding environmental systems and developing systems and devices to improve the health of individuals everywhere. Students may receive chemical engineering degrees working with faculty in Pullman or on the Tri-Cities campus, including adjunct faculty whose primary appointment is elsewhere. If you would like further information about joining our graduate programs in Chemical Engineering, please contact Dr. Petersen via e-mail (please include your name and a valid return e-mail address) or you can write to us at:

Washington State University
Chemical Engineering Graduate Program
P.O. Box 642710
Pullman, WA 99164-2710

Ph.D. and M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

The scientists in this area research new ways to convert biomass, biological material now mostly classified as waste, into useful products, fuel and fuel additives.

In order to maximize the value of unused biomass, biological systems engineering researchers are incorporating innovative processing and conversion technologies. For example, they are currently developing anaerobic digestion technology for converting animal waste into methane and other useful chemicals.

In addition, researchers have successfully produced valuable chemicals, such as lactic acid, using cull fruits and vegetables.

All Emphasis Areas:

M.S. Program:

BSYSE 512 – Research and Teaching Methods
BSYSE 541 – Instrumentation and Measurements

Ph.D. Program:

BSYSE 512 – Research and Teach Methods
BSYSE 541 – Instrumentation and Measurements
STAT 512 – Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments

Three credits of mathematics beyond Differential Equations. You may choose from:

MATH 540 – Applied Mathematics I
MATH 548 – Numerical Analysis
(or other courses approved by your advisor)

Biomass Processing and Bioproduct Engineering Requirements

Core Courses:

Required for M.S. and Ph.D. students

BSYSE 594 – Advanced Topics in Bioprocessing and Biotreatment
BSYSE 5XX – Biorefinery Process Analysis and Design
BSYSE 5XX – Biochemical, Biofuel and Bioenergy

Suggested Elective Courses:

BSYSE 583 – Food Separation Process Design

ChE 529 – Chemical Engineering Kinetics
ChE 541 – Chemical Engineering Analysis
ChE 546 – Mass Transfer Operations
ChE 552 – Process Optimization
ChE 560 – Biochemical Engineering
ChE 575 – Introduction to Biochemical Engineering

MBIOS 503 – Molecular Biology I
MBIOS 503 – Molecular Biology II
MBIOS 506 – Molecular Techniques in Microbiology
MBIOS 513 – General Biochemistry I
MBIOS 513 – General Biochemistry II

If you would like further information about joining our graduate programs in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, please contact by e-mail:

Dr. Keith Thomsen, Assistant Director
Washington State University Tri-Cities
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA  99354
kdthomsen@tricity.wsu.edu

Dr. Birgitte Ahring, Director and Battelle Distinguished Professor
Washington State University Tri-Cities
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA  99354
bka@wsu.edu