ECUST Program

About the Program

DaviThe Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (MINES) offers cooperative education program (3+1+1 program) for students in East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) have completed three years of undergraduate education in the chemical engineering or equivalent degree seeking program. Participating students will spend two years at MINES to complete their undergraduate degrees conferred by ECUST and obtain the Master of Science degrees conferred by MINES. This program is designed for ECUST students who look to broaden their academic horizons with hands-on learning experience, accessible faculty, and the latest technology at one of the oldest and most distinctive STEM universities in the United States of America.

Admission Requirement for the 3+1+1 Program

  • ECUST students who have completed 3 years in the chemical engineering or equivalent degree seeking program are eligible to apply.
  • English Language Proficiency evidenced by any of the following three tests of English as a foreign language.

TOEFL:  minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) with minimum section scores as listed below:                             


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IELTS:  Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 6.0

PEARSON Test: minimum overall score of 53 with no score below 50

  • Proof of financial support: in addition to tuition, approximately $1300/month for undergraduates (including housing/transportation/books/fees).
  • Recommendation from ECUST.


Admission requirement to the Master of Science program (after completion of 1st year at MINES)

  • GRE score to satisfy minimum standards for admission to the Graduate Programs at MINES
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better in courses taken at MINES
  • Proof of financial support: in addition to tuition, approximately $2000/month for graduate students (including housing/transportation/books/fees).


1st year at Mines: Selected students will take courses (approved by ECUST) at MINES as “Non-degree Students”.  Earned credits from MINES with grade of C or better can be counted to fulfill the requirements for the undergraduate degree at ECUST. Upon satisfactory completion of the undergraduate degree, students in this program will be given preferred consideration for admission to the Master of Science – Non-thesis program at MINES. 

2nd year at Mines: Admitted students will take a list of core and elective courses and obtain the Master of Science degree at MINES. A total of 30 credits is required. If the student earns 400 or higher level credits with a B or better as technical electives during the 1st year at MINES, those credits would be counted towards the MS degree, subject to a maximum of 6 credits.


Students who are interested in applying this program should first discuss with their academic advisors at ECUST. They can also contact Professor Anuj Chauhan, Department Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering (Email: or Professor Ning Wu, Chair of the Graduate Affairs Committee (Email:

Additional Program Information


The programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The enrollment and graduation data for the Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering programs and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Mines Office of Institutional Research.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Mines has two undergraduate degree programs: 1) BS Chemical Engineering and 2) BS Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Students starting at CSM in the Fall of 2017 or later will not be able to select the BS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering degree, as has been discontinued in favor of the BS in Chemical Engineering with Biological Track (the BS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering remains accredited through 2018). After the fall 2018 ABET site visit and program review, the department earned reaccreditation for the BS in chemical engineering (including both track options) through 2024. 

To be accredited, a program must have educational objectives and associated student outcomes that lead to meeting those objectives. Programs must also have a comprehensive assessment methodology in place that provides continuous feedback and demonstrates that the objectives are being met.


For both degree programs, our objectives for our graduates within three to five years of completing their degree are that they will:

  1. be in graduate school or in the workforce utilizing their education in chemical engineering fundamentals; and
  2. be applying their knowledge of and skills in engineering fundamentals in conventional areas of chemical engineering and in contemporary and growing fields; and
  3. have demonstrated both their commitment to continuing to develop personally and professionally, and an appreciation for the ethical and social responsibilities associated with being an engineer and a world citizen.

In addition to the above objectives, our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduates three to five years out will:

  1. be applying their knowledge of and skills in biochemical engineering fundamentals.


Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes for the Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering programs are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Combined Baccalaureate / Master's Degree Program

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers the opportunity to begin work on a master of science degree, either thesis or non-thesis, while completing the requirements of the bachelor’s degree. These combined BS/MS programs are designed to allow undergraduates engaged in research to apply their experience to an advanced degree. It is expected that a student would be able to complete both degrees in five to five and a half years. To take advantage of the combined program, students should be engaged in research and taking graduate coursework during their senior year. For this reason, students are expected to apply to the program at the end of their junior year (by June 1). Students must have a GPA greater than 3.0 to be considered for the program. Interested students are encouraged to get more information from their advisor or the faculty member in charge of graduate affairs. Students may also consult the current graduate catalog.