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B.S. in Chemical Engineering

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A B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering is a good foundation for many diverse careers. The objectives of the program are to produce graduates who:

  • are able to practice chemical engineering in traditional and emerging fields,
  • are prepared to pursue advanced degrees,
  • develop their knowledge and skills after graduation, and
  • contribute to society and maintain ties to the University.

Chemical engineers deal with many aspects of an industrial society, especially those challenges involving chemistry. Chemical engineers engage in a spectrum of manufacturing, sales, and research activities in a variety of industries ranging from specialty chemicals to semiconductors and food processing. Therefore, it is essential that they master the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science. Courses in these fundamentals constitute most of the first year and sophomore year. Junior-year courses concentrate on the application of mathematics, physics, and chemistry to the physical operations and chemical processes required to obtain a desired product on an industrial scale. The senior year is composed chiefly of capstone design and laboratory courses plus electives, permitting students to concentrate on areas in which they have developed a special interest. In the capstone courses, students work in teams on open-ended projects that illustrate how engineering design concepts, introduced in the sophomore- and junior-year chemical engineering courses, are applied in professional practice.

The basic four-year curriculum prepares graduates for immediate employment in a large number of industrial and government organizations as well as for graduate work in chemical engineering or related fields. The positions traditionally filled by chemical engineers involve the design, construction, and management of chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, biochemical and electronics manufacturing plants; research and development of new processes and products; improvement of existing processes and products; design and development of control systems; economic evaluation of new plants and processes; air and water pollution control; energy conservation and energy resource development; and materials engineering. The student is encouraged to develop a special interest and to take a concentration of courses in that area. Typical chemical engineering elective concentrations .

The chemical engineering curriculum is designed to offer sufficient flexibility to satisfy the interests and needs of many different individuals. The curriculum provides students with a solid background for continuing their education to the M.S., M.Eng. or Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, and other technical areas. By appropriate selection of electives, the student can also use the chemical engineering program as preparation for graduate work in law, management, medicine, or biotechnology. Personal faculty advising is provided to assist students in the selection of electives that best suit their career goals.

 Chemical Engineering Curriculum for Classes of 2011 and 2012

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FIRST YEAR

(See Common First-Year Curriculum in Engineering )

First-year students in chemical engineering may substitute CM103, 104, and 105 for CM131 and 132. This enables them to take chemistry and chemistry laboratories with the first-year students majoring in chemistry.

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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH250  Chemical
  CH272  Phase & Chem.  
  Process Calculations
3
    Equilibria
3
CH271  ChE Thermodynamics
3
  CM372 Physical Chemistry II or
CM371 Physical Chemistry I 
3
  BY160 Cellular & Molecular
MA231 Calculus III 
3
    Biology
3
KA/UC Elective
3
  MA232 Differential Equations
3
   
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  KA/UC Elective
3
   
15
    Elective (ES) 1
3
         
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15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH301 Fluid Mechanics 
3
  CH302  Heat Transfer 
3
CH351  Mass Transfer 
3
  CH310  ChE Lab I 
1
CM241  Organic Chemistry I 
3
  CH485  Process Dynamics
CM244  Organic Chemistry Lab 
3
    & Control
3
EC350  Micro & Engr. Economics 
3
  CM242  Organic Chemistry II 
3
   
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  Math Elective
3
   
15
    Undesignated Elective 1,2
3
         
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16
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH345  Reactor Analysis I
3
  CH481  Design II 
3
CH410  ChE Lab II 
2
    Technical Electives 1  
6
CH480  Design I 
3
    Undesignated
  Elective (ES) 1
3
    Electives 1,2
6
  KA/UC Elective
3
     
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 Chemical Engineering Curriculum for Classes of 2013 and later

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  FIRST YEAR

(See Common First-Year Curriculum in Engineering )

First-year students in chemical engineering may substitute CM103, 104, and 105 for CM131 and 132. This enables them to take chemistry and chemistry laboratories with the first-year students majoring in chemistry.

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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH210 Chemical Engineering
  CH260 Chemical Engineering
  Principles I:
    Principles III:
  Molecular Properties
    Thermodynamics
  & Processes 
    & Energy Balances
3
CH220  Chemical Engineering
  CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
  Principles II
  BY160 Cellular &
  Material Balances
3
    Molecular Biology 
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
  MA232 Differential Equations
3
MA231 Calculus III
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
Elective (ES) 3
3
   
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH320 Applied Phase &
  CH350 Chemical Engineering Lab
1
  Chemical Equilibria
3
  CH360 Chemical Reactor
CH330 Transfer Process
    Analysis I
3
  Fundamentals
3
  CH370 Design of Transfer
CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
3
    Process Equipment
3
EC350 Micro &  Engr.
    Math Elective
3
Economics
3
  Elective (Engineering) 3
3
Elective (Engineering) 3
3
    KA/UC Elective
3
   
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16
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CH410 ChE Lab II
2
  CH460 Process Dynamics
CH420 Process Economics  
    & Control
3
  & Conceptual Design
3
    KA/UC Elective
3
  Elective (ES) 3
3
    Technical Elective 3
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
    Undesignated Electives 2,3
6
  Elective (Engineering) 3
3
   
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1 The seven elective courses must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and must be distributed as follows:
Two courses (each from a different field) among materials science, electrical science, and mechanics; one course in mathematics; two courses in engineering, science, or mathematics; three undesignated electives. An “undesignated elective” is any course that does not contain a significant amount of material already covered in the student’s program.

2 Six credits of Military Science or Aerospace Studies may be used to satisfy the requirement for two of the undesignated electives.

3 The eight elective courses must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and must be distributed as follows:
Two courses (each from a different field) among materials science, electrical science, and mechanics; one course in mathematics; two courses in engineering, one course in engineering, science, or mathematics; two undesignated electives. An “undesignated elective” is any course that does not contain a significant amount of material already covered in the student’s program.

Professional Specializations
Students can develop a specialty by proper selection of electives. One very effective choice is a concentration or a minor in another field such as Biomolecular Engineering , Chemistry , Environmental Health Science , Biomedical Engineering , Sustainable Energy System , Professional Communication , Digitally Mediated Communication , Environmental Engineering , Manufacturing Engineering , Materials Engineering , or Business . Not all courses listed are offered every year. See Professional Concentrations in Engineering .

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM
Chemical engineering students with a GPA of 3.5 or better and aiming for an academic or industrial research career may be admitted to the Honors Program at the end of the sophomore year. Course requirements in addition to the regular curriculum include:

  1. CH490 Transport Phenomena
  2. Two math electives (the present elective plus one more) to be chosen from the following list:

    CH561   Chemical Engineering Analysis
    ES505   Design of Experiments and Analysis of Data
    (only one of the above two may be chosen)
    MA331   Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems
    MA339   Applied Linear Algebra
    MA377   Numerical Methods
    MA381   Probability
    STAT383   Applied Statistics
  3. A minimum of three credits of undergraduate research.

Course Descriptions
Descriptions of all undergraduate and graduate courses will be supplied upon request.

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