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Program: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
ChBE Undergraduate Programs
Chemical engineering is concerned with the design, development and management of facilities that convert raw materials into useful products. The engineer must assume responsibility for the economical use of the raw materials, preservation of the environment, and profitability of the operation. The chemical engineering program has been designed to provide both the engineering competence and the professional skills necessary to succeed in this endeavor. In order to achieve this objective, the curriculum incorporates coursework in both of these areas throughout the four-year duration of the program.
The undergraduate program in chemical engineering provides students with an excellent foundation in chemical and biological engineering fundamentals that allows them to prepare for careers in professional practice and/or for advanced studies. We expect our graduates to meet the challenges associated with their individual career paths and possess the skills necessary for success in the workplace. The educational objectives of our undergraduate program are to produce graduates who will:
- Employ their technical, problem solving, analytical thinking, and communication skills to contribute to society in any field where they are professionally active.
- Act with a strong commitment to the safe and ethical practice of their profession by being aware of the technical, environmental, societal, and economic impact of their work.
- Effectively communicate (through both oral and written communication) with other professionals and the general public.
- Constantly innovate throughout their careers to add value to our economy, environment and society by addressing key challenges that confront us.
- Facilitate collaborative team building and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
- Provide effective leadership to the profession and community.
The chemical engineering curriculum emphasizes basic knowledge and applications of transport processes, thermodynamics and kinetics of processes, automatic control, and design, as well as fundamental sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences. Design experience is spread across the curriculum, beginning with the Introduction to the Profession courses. Equipment design is emphasized in courses such as Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass-Transfer Operations, Thermodynamics, and Chemical Reaction Engineering. Control-system design is practiced in the Process Control course. Process modeling, simulations and optimization are discussed and practiced in Transport Phenomena, Process Modeling and System Theory, Numerical and Data Analysis, Statistical Tools for Engineering, and Process Control courses. The capstone design courses (Chemical Process Design and Process Design IPRO) integrate these design concepts and practice process design and optimization. In addition to engineering competence, the program also examines the economic, environmental and societal implications of chemical engineering.
In addition to the core curriculum, special programs exist to accommodate students who want to develop more extensive background in related areas. With their exposure to a wide range of industrial applications and problems, students are better equipped to make a decision to explore an area of interest in depth. Professional specializations are available in:
- Energy/Environment/Economics (E3)
- Environmental Engineering
- Polymer Science and Engineering
- Process Design and Operation
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
|Major Courses |
Chemical Engineering Requirements
|Mathematics Requirements |
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252
|Physics Requirements |
PHYS 123, 221
|Chemistry Requirements |
CHEM 125, 237, 239, 343, 344*
|Computer Science Requirement |
|Electrical and Computer Engineering Requirement |
ECE 211 or 218
|Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements |
See general education requirements
|Technical Electives|| |
|Interprofessional Projects |
CHE/IPRO 296, CHE/IPRO 496, IPRO 497
|Total Credit Hours|| |
*Students have the option of replacing CHEM 344 with BIOL 403.