Chemical Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering Major

General Requirements For Chemical Engineering Curriculum

1. The student is required to take six (6) three credit general education courses as follows:

  • Three three-credit courses in the Arts and Humanities. Either Introduction to Ethics (45.203) or Engineering and Ethics (45.334) must be used to satisfy one of the Arts and Humanities course requirements.
  • Three three-credit courses in the Social Sciences. Either Economics I (49.201) or Economics II (49.202) must be used to satisfy one of the Social Science course requirements.
  • A General Education course that fulfills the Diversity requirement must be taken.
  • No more than two General Education courses can be taken from the same department. 

2. The student in the General Chemical Engineering curriculum must take three chemical engineering technical electives, one other approved technical elective and an approved advanced chemistry elective or equivalent.   

3. The student in the Biological Engineering option must take one Chemical Engineering technical elective and one technical elective from the recommended list of courses.

4. The student in the Nanomaterials option must take two chemical engineering technical electives from a recommended list of courses, one other approved technical elective and an approved advanced chemistry elective or equivalent.

5. The student in the Nuclear Engineering option must take one Nuclear Engineering technical elective from a recommended list of courses.

6. The student in the Paper Engineering option must take three chemical engineering technical electives from the recommended list of courses, another approved technical elective and an approved advanced chemistry elective or equivalent.

7. The following 12 “core” courses have been identified for special tracking: 

10.201 Material Balances
10.202 Energy Balances and Intro to Thermo
10.303 Fluid Mechanics
10.304 Heat Transfer
10.308 Intro to Mat. Sci. & Eng.
10.310 Separation Processes w/Mass Transfer
10.311 Thermodynamics
10.317 Applied Problem Solving w/Matlab
10.403 Chemical Reaction Eng.
10.409  Engineering Economics
10.410  Plant Design
10.413  Process Dynamics & Control

A student must obtain a grade of C– or higher in the 12 “core” courses and an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher in those courses.  Also, the student must have and overall GPA of 2.000 or higher in “core” courses listed as prerequisites in order to enroll in the senior capstone design course sequence: 10.409 Engineering Economics and Process Analysis and 10.410 Plant Design.  In addition, a student is permitted only 3 attempts including withdrawals (except for medical reasons), to obtain a C– or higher grade in the “core” courses.  If a student fails to earn a minimum grade after 3 attempts, the student will be “dismissed” from the program for one semester in which the student will not be allowed to enroll in any courses offered by the department.  The student may apply for reinstatement into the program for the semester following the “dismissal” at which time the student will be allowed to enroll only in the department “core” course that caused the “dismissal” from the program as well as any other non-departmental courses to achieve full-time student status.  The student must earn a grade of C- or better on the fourth attempt in order to continue in the program; otherwise the student will be permanently dismissed from the program. The student must also satisfy the University requirement of an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher to graduate.

Course of Study

View the complete courses of study for students entering the Chemical Engineering program before Fall 2011:

View the complete courses of study for students entering the Chemical Engineering program for Fall 2011 and beyond: