Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

Chemical engineering applies the sciences of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics in a synergistic way to develop new or improved technologies, products and processes for the benefit of mankind. The chemical engineering B.S. degree provides a strong technical background, from which graduates may enter into professional careers in fields such as petrochemical processing, energy, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, advanced materials, semiconductor processing, biotechnology, environmental control, natural and synthetic rubbers and plastics, surface coatings, food processing, cosmetics, and consumer products. Many chemical engineering undergraduates continue their studies in graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in chemical engineering, or in related disciplines such as materials science and biomedical engineering, in preparation for careers in research and development. Chemical engineering also provides excellent undergraduate preparation for professional programs in medicine (M.D.), law (J.D.), and business (M.B.A.).

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering includes studies in chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as well as an understanding of physical, biological and chemical systems and processes. Engineering science courses cover material and energy balances, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, separation processes, and dynamics, simulation, and control of systems and processes.

To address the diverse career interests of chemical engineering students, our program offers a choice of three integrated study plans for the B.S. degree: product and process engineering, biological engineering, and molecular engineering and nanotechnology.

Admission Requirements: Admission is contingent upon satisfaction of the general undergraduate admission requirements of the University and the bachelor of science programs in the College of Engineering.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 130 credits of coursework, including the University General Education requirements. Forty-eight credits of coursework must be in engineering sciences or engineering design. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Engineering governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Non-engineering entries, cited below by subject rather than individual course number, indicate courses to be selected in fulfillment of the University General Education Requirements. Degree requirements shown in the curricula below are in effect as of the publication date of this Bulletin. Students should consult their advisors for verification of current requirements.
 

Curricular Options

Product and Process Engineering Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
CHM 1225 (PS) General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 (BC) Introductory College Writing 3
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
 Credits14
Second Semester
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
CHM 1240 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 1250 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 (PS) University Physics for Engineers I 4
 Credits16
Second Year
First Semester
BE 1300 Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications 3
BE 1310 Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory 1
BIO 1510 (LS) Basic Life Mechanisms 3-4
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHI 1120 (PL) Professional Ethics 3
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
 Credits18-19
Second Semester
CHM 2225 Organic Chemistry II for Engineers 3
CHE 2800 Material and Energy Balances 4
ECO 2020 (SS) Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 3050 (IC) Technical Communication I: Reports 3
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
Critical Thinking (CT) Exam 0
 Credits17
Third Year
First Semester
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
CHE 3200 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer 4
CHE 3300 Thermodynamics: Chemical Equilibria 4
ENG 3060 (OC) Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
(HS) Historical Studies Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Semester
CHE 3220 Measurements Laboratory 2
CHE 3400 Kinetics and Reactor Design 4
CHE 3800 Mass Transfer and Separation Processes 4
CHE 4260 Chemical Engineering Seminar I 0
CHM 5440
Physical Chemistry II 1
or Survey of Biochemistry
3-4
(AI) American Society and Institutions Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHE 3820 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
CHE 4200 Product and Process Design 3
CHE 4260 Chemical Engineering Seminar I 0
CHE 4600 Process Dynamics and Simulation 3
CHE 4860 Chemical Engineering Seminar II 1
Chemical Engineering Technical Elective 6
 Credits15
Second Semester
Chemical Engineering Technical Electives 4-5
CHE 4800 (WI) Chemical Process Integration 3
CHE 6570 Safety in the Chemical Process Industry 3
(FC) Foreign Culture Elective 3
(VP) Visual and Performing Arts Elective 3
 Credits16-17
 Total Credits129-132
1

Elect either CHM 5440 and 10 Technical Elective Credits, or CHM 5600 and 11 Technical Elective Credits.

Molecular Engineering and Nanotechnology Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
CHM 1225 (PS) General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 (BC) Introductory College Writing 3
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
 Credits14
Second Semester
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
CHM 1240 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 1250 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 (PS) University Physics for Engineers I 4
 Credits16
Second Year
First Semester
BE 1300 Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications 3
BE 1310 Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory 1
BIO 1510 (LS) Basic Life Mechanisms 3-4
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHI 1120 (PL) Professional Ethics 3
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
 Credits18-19
Second Semester
CHE 2800 Material and Energy Balances 4
CHM 2225 Organic Chemistry II for Engineers 3
ECO 2020 (SS) Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
ENG 3050 (IC) Technical Communication I: Reports 3
Critical Thinking (CT) Exam 0
 Credits17
Third Year
First Semester
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
CHE 3200 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer 4
CHE 3300 Thermodynamics: Chemical Equilibria 4
ENG 3060 (OC) Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
(HS) Historical Studies Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Semester
CHE 3220 Measurements Laboratory 2
CHE 3400 Kinetics and Reactor Design 4
CHE 3800 Mass Transfer and Separation Processes 4
CHE 4260 Chemical Engineering Seminar I 0
CHM 5440 Physical Chemistry II 4
MSE 5650 Surface Science 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHE 3820 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
CHE 4200 Product and Process Design 3
CHE 4260 Chemical Engineering Seminar I 0
CHE 4600 Process Dynamics and Simulation 3
CHE 4860 Chemical Engineering Seminar II 1
CHE 5811 Research Preparation II 1
Chemical Engineering Technical Elective 4
 Credits14
Second Semester
CHE 6810 (WI) Chemical Engineering Research Project 4
Chemical Engineering Technical Electives 3
(AI) American Society and Insitutions Elective 3
(FC) Foreign Culture Elective 3
(VP) Visual and Performing Arts Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits129-130

Biological Engineering Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
CHM 1225 (PS) General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 (BC) Introductory College Writing 3
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
 Credits14
Second Semester
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
CHM 1240 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 1250 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 (PS) University Physics for Engineers I 4
 Credits16
Second Year
First Semester
BE 1300 Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications 3
BE 1310 Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory 1
BIO 1510 (LS) Basic Life Mechanisms 3-4
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
PHI 1120 (PL) Professional Ethics 3
 Credits18-19
Second Semester
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
BIO 2600 Introduction to Cell Biology 3
CHM 2225 Organic Chemistry II for Engineers 3
CHE 2800 Material and Energy Balances 4
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
Critical Thinking (CT) Exam 0
 Credits17
Third Year
First Semester
CHE 3200 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer 4
CHE 3300 Thermodynamics: Chemical Equilibria 4
CHM 5600 Survey of Biochemistry 3
ENG 3050 (IC) Technical Communication I: Reports 3
(HS) Historical Studies Elective 3
 Credits17
Second Semester
CHE 3220 Measurements Laboratory 2
CHE 3400 Kinetics and Reactor Design 4
CHE 3800 Mass Transfer and Separation Processes 4
CHE 4260 Chemical Engineering Seminar I 0
ENG 3060 (OC) Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
(AI) American Society and Institutions Elective 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHE 3820 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
CHE 4200 Product and Process Design 3
CHE 4600 Process Dynamics and Simulation 3
CHE 4860 Chemical Engineering Seminar II 1
CHE 5100 Quantitative Physiology 4
CHE 5811 Research Preparation II 1
 Credits14
Second Semester
CHE 6810 (WI) Chemical Engineering Research Project 4
Chemical Engineering Technical Electives 4
ECO 2020 (SS) Principles of Macroeconomics 3
(FC) Foreign Culture Elective 3
(VP) Visual and Performing Arts Elective 3
 Credits17
 Total Credits129-130