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A curriculum with breadth and depth

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Building on the foundation of the Clarkson Common Experience, the chemical engineering curriculum gives students a solid background of the knowledge and skills necessary to practice chemical engineering in traditional and emerging fields or pursue a higher degree.


The chemical engineering curriculum includes a number of mathematics and science courses in addition to required chemical engineering classes and technical electives. The freshman year courses serve to provide a solid background in mathematics and the basic sciences and are common to all freshmen engineering students. Students begin their study of the discipline in the sophomore year.  Sophomores are introduced to chemical engineering through three courses that include molecular properties and processes, material balances, thermodynamics, and energy balances.  In the junior year, students take courses in transfer process fundamentals and design of transfer process equipment.  Also, students take chemical reactor analysis and are introduced to the chemical engineering laboratory through a one-credit course in the spring semester.  Seniors take a two-credit chemical engineering laboratory course, and round off their background in chemical engineering basics by taking courses in process economics and conceptual design and process dynamics and control.


In addition to the 30 credits in required chemical engineering courses, students must take two engineering science electives, one elective in mathematics, and two engineering electives.  Also, they are required to take a technical elective, which can be any science, engineering or mathematics course. Students also take two undesignated electives, which can be satisfied with any course. This curriculum provides students with a solid grounding in chemical engineering principles and gives them some flexibility to pursue minors or concentrations or sample a broad range of different elective courses.  Many students choose to add concentrations in biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, or materials engineering to their chemical engineering major.  Requirements for these concentrations can be found in the catalog, and sample curricula are given in the Handbook.  Several students also pursue other minors, such as in Biomedical or Rehabilitation Engineering or Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering, or perhaps in Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics.  Sample curricula for minors in Biomedical or Rehabilitation Engineering and Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering can be found in the Handbook, and other minor programs are listed in Degree Programs in the University catalog.

Other Requirements

In order to graduate, a student must have a minimum of 120 credit hours and a cumulative total grade point average of at least 2.000. Any student may take up to 19 credit hours per semester. Beyond this, the student's advisor must approve and must inform the Student Administrative Services in writing. An additional tuition fee will be charged per credit hour over 19 credit hours a semester.


Course descriptions can be found on the Student Administrative Services (SAS) website.

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