10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Aerospace Engineering | Applied Mathematics | Biomedical Engineering | Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering | Computer Science | Computer Engineering (Computer Science) | Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering) | Engineering Science | Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Systems Engineering | Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering arose from the need to apply physical, chemical, and engineering principles to the processing of such varied products as fuels, drugs, foods, plastics, metals, and basic chemicals. Undergraduate preparation for this field is therefore especially broad and balanced, drawing on chemistry, mathematics, physics, and in some cases, biology. The graduates of a chemical engineering program are well prepared not only for industrial practice but also for graduate work in such diverse fields as biochemical, biomedical, or nuclear engineering; chemistry; environmental or energy studies; materials science; medicine; business administration; and law. Indeed, we seek to educate the future leaders of our technological society.

Many chemical engineers serve in the traditional chemical process industries of petroleum, natural gas, chemicals, paper, and plastics. Some develop new products or processes through research, while others carry out the pilot studies and design work to bring innovations from the laboratory into manufacturing operations. Many are engaged in the operation and management of process plants. Others are in marketing, developing new applications for, or solving problems arising from, the use of these products. Often a chemical engineer moves from one of these functions to the next as an idea develops into a full-scale production facility. Chemical engineers have long aided in energy and materials production from oil, gas, coal, and high-energy chemicals. They are involved in the research, development, and production of energy from alternative energy resources. Similarly, their chemical expertise and broad knowledge of processes are valuable in the identification and control of environmental effects from one's use of natural resources, in health care and pharmaceuticals, and in areas such as electronic materials production. A chemical engineer's career path is varied and rewarding, allowing individual talents to grow and be fully utilized.

The chemical engineering curriculum progresses from basic sciences and mathematics (with a strong emphasis on chemistry) through the engineering sciences to applications in chemical process analysis culminating in a capstone design project. Computer methods, laboratory techniques, open-ended problem solving, team approaches, and effective written and oral communication are emphasized throughout the program of study. Elective courses permit emphasis on various interest areas. Studies in the humanities and liberal arts help prepare the student to address the ethical, environmental, and economic impacts of technological activities.

First-Year And Second-Year Program   Students interested in chemical engineering take a two-semester sequence of general chemistry with the standard first-year program. Because of individual long term goals and the various options available for students in the chemical engineering program, early consultation with an advisor from the department is strongly recommended for program planning. For example, a student planning on medical school would schedule a full year of organic chemistry as well as biology courses.

Minor   A minor in chemical engineering consists of the following courses: CHE 215, CHE 316, CHE 318, CHE 321 and CHE 322.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

First Semester
APMA 101Calculus I 4
CHEM 151Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151LIntroductory Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
ENGR 160Engineering Concepts 3
ENGR 164Engineering Design 3
TCC 101Language Communication and the Technological Society3
Total17
Second Semester
APMA 102 Calculus II 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 3
Science elective[1]4
General Education elective3
Total18
Third Semester
APMA 205 Calculus III 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Laboratory I1
ENGR 202Thermodynamics 3
CHE 215 Material and Energy Balances3
General Education elective3
Total17
Fourth Semester
APMA 206 Differential Equations I4
Science elective II[2]4
E/S elective[3]3
CHE 216 Computer Modelling and Simulation in Chemical Engineering3
TCC 2__ TCC elective3
Total17
Fifth Semester
CHE 316Chemical Thermodynamics 3
CHE 321Transport Processes I 4
CHEM 361Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 371Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
General Education elective3
Total16
Sixth Semester
CHE 318Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 322Transport Processes II 4
CHE 398LChemical Engineering Laboratory I 3
Technical elective[4]3
General Education elective3
Total16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
CHE 491L Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 3
CHE 438 Process Modeling, Dynamics and Control 3
Technical elective[4]3
Advanced elective[5]3
Total18
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
CHE 476 Chemical Engineering Design 4
Technical elective[4]3
Technical elective[4]3
Advanced elective[5]3
Total16
135 credits - minimum required for graduation.

[1]Science elective I: CHEM 153/CHEM 152L is required.
[2]Science elective II: CHEM 212/CHEM 212L. For those taking two semesters of organic chemistry, CHEM 241/CHEM 241L counts as Science elective II.
[3]E/S elective: Choose from ENGR 2XX (ENGR 209 recommended).
[4]Technical elective: Upper-level science, math or engineering courses chosen in conjunction with advisor. One technical elective must be selected from CHE 442, CHE 447, CHE 449, or CHE 625. Two electives must be in the area of advanced chemistry (see list in department) or another natural science, but at least one of the electives must be an advanced chemistry course.
[5]Course at the 300 level or above, or one approved by the department.


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