2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 22, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, B.S.

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Program Coordinator: Arthur S. Gow III, Ph.D.

The B.S. program in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET, www.abet.org . The Chemical Engineering program is challenging, but for those genuinely interested, it develops the depth of knowledge required to embark on a fascinating and satisfying professional career in industry or government or to continue study at the graduate level.

The freshman year in chemical engineering is like that of the other engineering disciplines (see the section "Multidisciplinary Foundation for Engineering Programs "). Chemical Engineering students take EASC 1120 , Chemistry with Application to Biosystems, during the freshman year.

The first chemical engineering course, taken in the sophomore year, is the beginning of a well-integrated sequence that builds on the multidisciplinary foundation. Each chemical engineering course contributes uniquely to the development of skills in problem solving, communication, computer usage, and engineering design. Several common themes weave throughout these courses, including safety, concern for the environment, and practical application of knowledge to real-world problems. A comprehensive laboratory experience is integrated into most of the chemical engineering courses and culminates with the chemical engineering laboratory course during the senior year. This laboratory experience contributes to these educational objectives through the use of modern, industrial-type data acquisition and control instruments and computers on pilot-scale process equipment. Comprehensive design projects in the senior year enable the student to synthesize and focus on the entire curriculum. Several engineering or science electives allow flexibility in the program, to include areas of special interest.

Students in the Chemical Engineering program satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements through specified courses and electives. University Core Curriculum categories are indicated in the list below for such electives.

Required Courses

(130 credits total)

Chemistry or Science Elective - Tier II: a 3 or 4 credit course chosen from the following:

Senior Year

Engineering or Science Electives

Upper-level courses (usually 3xxx level or higher) chosen from engineering, natural sciences, or mathematics.  Courses in elective Tiers I and II above will satisfy this requirement.  The chemical engineering department maintains a list of current courses which satisfy this requirement.  Consult  your advisor for details.

Elective Clusters

Students who wish to concentrate in a particular area should select a cluster of elective courses that matches their interests. Following are examples of popular clusters:


In some cases, students may wish to take courses beyond those required for the degree, to gain depth in an area of interest.

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