Programs of Study

General Requirements for Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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  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 Basic Chemical Engineering curriculum must take three chemical engineering technical electives, two other approved technical electives and an approved advanced chemistry elective or equivalent. 
  3. The student in the Biological Engineering option must take one technical elective from the recommended list of courses.
  4. The student in the Nanomaterials option must take three chemical engineering technical electives from the 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 technical elective from the recommended list of courses, another approved technical elective and an approved advanced chemistry elective or equivalent.
  6. The student in the Paper Engineering option must take four 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

10.311    Thermodynamcis

10.202    Energy Balances & Intro to Thermo

10.317    Applied Problem Solving w/Matlab

10.303    Fluid Mechanics

10.403    Chemical Reaction Engineering

10.304    Heat Transfer   

10.409    Engineering Economics

10.308    Intro to Mat. Sci. & Eng.

10.410    Plant Design

10.310    Separation Processes w/Mass Transfer

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 the “core” courses to enroll in the senior capstone design course, 10.410 Plant Design.  In addition, a student will be 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 whereby the student will not be allowed to enroll in courses offered by the department.  The student may apply for reinstatement into the program for the semester following “dismissal” in which the student will be allowed to enroll only in the department 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.