Department of Chemical Engineering
The Department of Chemical Engineering offers an ABET accredited program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S. Ch.E.) degree.
Chemical Engineering is the application of the principles of chemistry, physics and mathematics to the economic conversion of raw materials into useful products. The curriculum provides a thorough grounding in basic and advanced chemistry, mathematics through differential equations, and engineering physics. These courses are a firm foundation for engineering courses that include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, separations, reactor design, process control and pollution prevention. Additional courses in economics, communication skills, humanities, social sciences and various engineering electives broaden the curriculum and are capped by comprehensive chemical engineering design experiences.
The goal of the chemical engineering program is to prepare graduates for professional careers in chemical engineering and/or graduate study. Through carefully selected electives, the student can choose to specialize in one of several areas of chemical engineering, including environmental engineering and polymer science and engineering. Chemical engineering graduates are in demand in many new and challenging fields. Chemical engineers are well suited to solve problems in many areas including environmental engineering, polymers and materials engineering, nuclear power, petrochemicals, fertilizers, new food sources, pharmaceuticals, improved refining and chemical processes, computer simulation, mathematical modeling and bioengineering. Many students go on to graduate work in engineering, law, business and medicine.
Three hours of free electives are required within the program. Free electives are any courses at the university that broaden your background in an area of interest. Courses that are considered remedial for engineering students may not be used to satisfy this requirement. If you have questions on this requirement, check with your academic adviser for details.
Twelve hours of engineering electives are required. Students must take either CIVE1150 Engineering Mechanics: Statics (3 hrs) or EECS2340 Circuits for Non-Majors (3 hrs), and one elective (3 hrs) from the Chemical Engineering department. An additional 6 hours may be chosen from engineering courses offered within the College of Engineering. Recommended courses include CIVE1160 Strength of Materials, CIVE3620 Air Pollution Engineering I, CIVE3680 Environmental Law, or any 4000-level Chemical Engineering elective course. Students should check this list of current courses, and consult their advisers before selecting engineering electives.
Advanced Science Electives
Nine hours of advanced chemistry and science electives are required. Students must choose one 3000/4000 level course from the following departments: Chemistry, Physics, Biological Science, and Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Sciences. At least 6 hours of advanced chemistry coursework is required. Students should select courses from recommended science sequences such as: