Elective Course & Credit Overage Request for Graduate Degrees

Elective Courses for graduate degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CENG) & Environmental Engineering (ENEN) can be taken within the Department or from other programs across campus. Master’s S students must receive PRIOR to enrolling in the course.

Credit Overage Request

Graduate students are permitted to enroll in 10 credits each semester. In order to enroll in more than 10 credits, the student must receive permission from the Graduate Program Director (GPD) and the Graduate School. Make sure you have enrolled in at least 9 credits before you complete the form Provide your Campus ID, Course (ex ENEN610) and 4 digit course number. Please submit this form at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

Credit Overage Request

Once the Form is submitted, you can expect a response within 10 business days. If you have any questions, email cbeegrad@umbc.edu.

Elective Approval Process

PhD students: Your advisor must provide you with approval to take an elective. You do NOT need to complete this form.

Master’s students: If you would like to take a course that is not offered by the department (ENEN or ENCH courses) nor listed on the pre-approved course list, you must receive approval before enrolling in the course. Be sure to review the course requirements in the CBEE Graduate Student Handbook before submitting the Elective Approval Form.

Elective Approval Form

Once the Pre-approval Request Form is submitted, you can expect a response within 10 business days. If you have any questions, email cbeegrad@umbc.edu.

Inter-Institutional Enrollment

Students may also explore options for Inter-Institutional Enrollment. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, if you have any questions about this process.

Forms for Inter-Institutional Enrollment (UMBC Registrar)


Pre-approved Courses

The following courses have been approved by the GPD for use in satisfying elective course requirements for graduate degrees Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CENG) & Environmental Engineering (ENEN): 

This list represents recent courses that have been taken by other students, but not everything that can be taken.


  • BIOL 414 (Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics)
  • BIOL 422L (Microscopy and Imaging Techniques)
  • BIOL 430 ( Biological Chemistry)
  • BIOL 434 (Microbial Molecular Genetics)
  • BIOL 456 (Plant Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 625 (Immunology)
  • CHEM 431 (Chemistry of Proteins)
  • CHEM 432 (Advanced Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 433 (Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids)
  • CHEM 435 (Biochemistry of Complex Carbohydrates)
  • CHEM 438 (Comprehensive Biochemistry II)
  • CHEM 441 (Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules)
  • CHEM 442 (Physical Biochemistry)
  • CHEM 443 (Molecular Spectroscopy and Biomacromolecules)
  • CHEM 444 (Molecular Modeling)
  • CHEM 461 (Advanced Instrumental Methods of Analysis)
  • CHEM 470 (Toxicological Chemistry)
  • CMSC 671 (Principles of Artificial Intelligence)
  • CMSC 678 (Introduction to Machine Learning)
  • CMSC 673 (Natural Language Processing)
  • DATA 601 (Introduction to Data Science)
  • ENEE 630 (Solid-State Electronics)
  • ENME 615 (Product Development)
  • ENMG 650 (Project Management Fundamentals)
  • GES 611 (Fluvial Geomorphology)
  • MATH 426 (Introduction to Math Software Packages: MATLAB)
  • MATH 441 (Introduction to Numerical Analysis)
  • MATH 481 (Mathematical Modeling)
  • MATH 627 (Introduction to Parallel Computing)
  • STAT 700 (Applied Statistical Learning and Data Science – Fall only)
  • STAT 432 (Statistical Computer Packages and Their Applications: SAS and R)
  • STAT 710 (Statistical Learning and Data Mining – Spring only)