The Major

The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program is focused on the achievement of a set of educational objectives: a) to prepare B.S. graduates for careers in the professional practice of chemical engineering and allied professions; b) to prepare qualified students interested in further study for graduate and professional schools; and c) to maintain and develop a faculty with active, high-quality research programs linked to the undergraduate curriculum for its continued improvement. The curriculum is organized around a set of expected program outcomes. Graduates are expected to be able to: apply knowledge of mathematics, science (particularly chemistry), and chemical engineering; design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data; synthesize, design, and optimize systems, components, and processes; function on multidisciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems; communicate effectively in writing and orally, and use the techniques, skills, and modern science and engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice. Students acquire a broad education necessary to understand the impact of chemical engineering systems in a global and societal context; an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; a knowledge of contemporary issues in chemical engineering; and a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.

To be admitted to the major, students are required to have earned grades of C (2.0) or better in each of the following courses:  CHEM 111, CHEM 112, MATH 131, MATH 132, ENGIN 110 (or 111 or 112 or 113), PHYSICS 151, Chem-Eng 120 and ENGLWRIT 112. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of C (2.000) in the core Chemical Engineering courses to remain in good standing, and to graduate.

The curriculum is designed to afford flexibility in the senior year for elective courses and the opportunity to do an internship. The courses of the last two semesters may be taken interchangeably.

No course taken on a pass/fail basis may be applied to General Education, major or PR-ENGIN requirements.


ENGLWRIT 112 College Writing
MATH 131 Calculus I
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
ENGIN 110 or 111 or 112 or 113
Social World Elective #1
MATH 132 Calculus II
CHEM 112 General Chemistry
PHYSICS 151 General Physics I

PHYSICS 152 General Physics II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry for Non-majors I
CHEM-ENG 291A Professional Development Seminar
CHEM-ENG 220 ChE Principles of Biological Systems or BIOLOGY 151 Introductory Biology I
MATH 233 Multivariable Calculus 1
CHEM-ENG 226 Thermodynamics I
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II for Non- majors
CHEM 269 Organic Lab for Non-majors
MATH 331 Ordinary Differential Equations
Social World Elective #2

CHEM-ENG 325 Thermodynamics II
CHEM-ENG 330 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM-ENG 475 OR CHEM 475 Physical Chemistry
CHEM-ENG 391A Professional Development Seminar
CHEM-ENG 320 Kinetics and Reactor Design
ENGIN 351 Writing in Engineering
Technical Elective
CHEM-ENG 333 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM-ENG 338 Separations
Advanced Chemistry Elective
CHEM-ENG 361 Mathematical Modeling

CHEM-ENG 401 Chemical Engineering Lab I
CHEM-ENG 444 Chemical Process Design I
CHEM-ENG 446 Chemical Process Control
Technical Elective
Social World Elective #3
CHEM-ENG 491A Professional Development Seminar
CHEM-ENG 402 Chemical Engineering Lab II
or 590A Bioprocessing Engineering Lab
Two Technical Electives
Social World Elective #4

In addition to fulfilling course requirements, all seniors must complete a survey, before graduation, that assesses their undergraduate education.

1. Mathematics sequence
MATH 131, 132, 233, 331 may be replaced by MATH 135, 136, 245, 246.
2. Chemistry sequence
CHEM 111 and 112 may be replaced by CHEM 121H and 122H. CHEM 261, 262 and 269 may be replaced by CHEM 265, 266, 267, and 268.

Writing Requirement

The successful completion of the Writing requirement will require: Completion of ENGLWRIT 112 with a C or better and completion of ENGIN 351.

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