Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering
Hours102.5 - 104.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Due to the complex prerequisite relationships and limited scheduling of these courses, students should consult with the department about their course scheduling.
requirement 4 Complete 4 options
Complete technical electives (12 hours minimum) satisfying the following requirements:
option 4.1 Complete 2.0 hours from the following course(s)
A. Chemistry laboratory:
option 4.2
B. Complete 6 hours of approved advanced engineering course work. In general, these courses are 300-level or above from any of the following departments: Chemical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or the School of Technology. For details and exceptions, see the department webpage.
option 4.3
C. Complete 4 hours of approved advanced course work from an engineering, math, science, or business (EMSB) department. In general, these courses are 300-level or above from any of the following colleges: College of Engineering & Technology, College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, and the Marriott School of Management. For details and exceptions, see the department webpage.
option 4.4
D. At least 1 hour, but no more than 4 hours, of the technical electives must be from a course or courses that provide significant experiential or project-centered learning, or focus on creativity and innovation skills. Applicable courses include Ch En 199R (Internship), Ch En 400 (Creativity), Ch En 498R (Mentored Research), and Eng T 497R (Global Engineering Outreach). For a full list of approved courses, see the department webpage. A course taken under this requirement will count toward either the advanced engineering or EMSB requirement above, depending on the department in which it is listed.
requirement 5
Pass a basic competency exam (L3 exam) administered by the Chemical Engineering Department. All students in the chemical engineering program must pass a competency exam based on the foundational principles of chemical engineering that are taught in the program courses. The exam will be administered during the senior year with the specific dates announced each year by the Chemical Engineering Department. Each fall, the department will supply written rules, guidelines, and reference material to help students prepare to take the exam.
Program Outcomes

Chemical Engineering Design

Graduates will have experience and demonstrated competency in applying chemical engineering fundamentals and "higher-level" problem solving skills (see Outcome 6) to the design of process units and multiple-unit, multiple-operation processes within given constraints.


Students should gain an understanding of the chemical engineering field, including the types of jobs, challenges, and opportunities that they will experience as chemical engineers. Students should understand the specific curricular requirements to graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Students will also be familiar with technical, political, and social issues that may have an impact on professional activities.

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Graduates will have developed competency in the core subjects in Chemical Engineering including: material and energy balances; heat, mass, and momentum transfer; thermodynamics; chemical reaction kinetics; process control; and properties of materials.

Ethical, Professional, and Personal Responsibilities

Graduates will practice sound ethical principles in engineering problem solving. They will act with integrity, consideration for the welfare of community and society, and loyalty to institutional missions. Graduates will value differences and diversity and exhibit appropriate professional behavior when interacting with others.

Problem Solving

Students should be familiar with problem solving strategies and have experience applying those strategies to a wide variety of engineering problems. In doing so, students should be able to think critically, creatively, and innovatively.

Practical Experience

Students/graduates will gain experience handling chemicals, performing simple chemical analyses, making process measurements, and operating process equipment. They will also be able to conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.

Continuing Pursuit of Excellence

Graduates will understand the importance of the pursuit of all truth and the balanced development of the total person. Graduates will be capable of meeting personal challenge and change and of bringing strength to others in the tasks of home and family life, social relationships, civic duty, and service to mankind.

Effective Communication

Students should be able to express ideas clearly and concisely in an organized manner both orally and in writing. They should be familiar with the current elements of written and oral presentations such as effective visual aids. Students should be proficient readers and listeners.

Mathematics and Science

Graduates will have a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

The Impact of Engineering

Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in both a societal (within a group of people) and global (across global boundaries) context. Graduates will also be dedicated to safety and environmental responsibility.

Engineering Tools

When faced with an engineering problem, students/graduates should be able to select and use appropriate tools needed to solve the problem. These tools include spreadsheets, advanced math packages, process simulators, and computer-based information tools.

Working with others

Graduates will possess the capabilities and understand the benefits of working with other people and their differing cultures, skills, and knowledge to help accomplish tasks.