Programs of Study

Technical Electives for Options and Concentrations

The Department offers the chemical engineering student a traditional program as well as formal options in Biological Engineering, Nanomaterials Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Paper Engineering and concentrations in Engineered Materials and Computer-Aided-Process Design and Controls. A student who wishes to obtain a minor in chemistry would have to take only one additional advanced chemistry course.

For the latest course information, please consult the UMass Lowell online Catalog.

Biological Engineering Option

Nanomaterials Engineering Option

Nuclear Engineering Option

Paper Engineering Option


Biological Engineering Option

The biological engineering option is designed to prepare the student for work in the biopharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. One technical elective is required and must be selected from the following list of courses.

Elective Courses (choose one)
10.584Process Analytical Technology & Quality by Design for Biopharmaceuticals3
10.555Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance3
10.586Bioprocessing Projects Laboratory3
81.476Cell Culture3
22.575Industrial Design of Experiments3                                
                                    XX.XXX         Approved Technical Elective                                 3

Nanomaterials Engineering Option
The nanomaterials engineering option is designed to prepare the student to work in a materials related industry. One technical electives are required and must be selected from the following list of courses.
Elective Courses (choose four)
10.450Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices3
10.523Nanodevices and Electronic Materials3
10.524Self-assembly and Nanotechnology3
10.541Nanocharacterization by SEM, TEM and AFM
16.710Selected Topics: Nanoeletcronics3
25.550Introduction to Nanotechnology3
22.553MEMS & Microsystems3
22.570/26.589Polymer Nanocomposites3
XX.XXXApproved Technical Elective3

Nuclear Engineering Option 

The nuclear engineering option consists of a sequence of four courses that are specifically designed to give a traditional chemical engineer concentrated training in a variety of nuclear technologies. The course selection integrates the key nuclear-related subjects usually taken as part of an undergraduate degree program in nuclear engineering. The four-course sequence is designed to be taken during the junior and senior years, one course per semester. These courses satisfy the technical and chemical engineering elective requirements in the curriculum. One technical elective is required and must be selected from the following list of courses.

Elective Courses (choose one)
24.435/496Undergraduate Directed Studies3
24.505Reactor Physics3
24.506Special Topics in Reactor Physics3
24.507Reactor Engineering and Safety3
24.514Chemical and Nuclear Waste3
98.514MCNP for Radiological Sciences3
XX.XXXApproved Technical Electrive3

Paper Engineering Option 
The Paper Engineering Option consists of four courses that are designed to give chemical engineers training in the processing and testing of paper and paper-like materials in order to prepare them for work in the paper industry.  The courses   required for the option are to be selected from the areas of advanced chemistry, materials or materials characterization or environmental sciences.  The choice of electives should be directed towards materials or processes that are used in the paper industry. Course selection must be approved by the Paper Engineering program coordinator.