The chemical engineering curriculum provides a thorough grounding in chemistry and an understanding of chemical processing. While the undergraduate program maintains its traditional role to educate students for employment in the chemical industry and to prepare them for advanced study in chemical or a related field, the curriculum provides students with a unique opportunity to specialize in areas of individual interest. Options in Biological Engineering, Nanomaterials Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Paper Engineering or concentrations in Engineered Materials and Computer-Aided Process Design and Control are offered.
The students are constantly made aware that chemical engineering is a dynamic profession and that there are frontiers with exciting opportunities in traditional areas as well as in the new fields such as biotechnology and nanomaterials. The faculty highlight new applications as well as the fundamentals in the curriculum, and students are given the tools to play a role in commercializing new technologies.
The curriculum requires a series of courses in basic science and mathematics. These provide a firm understanding of fundamentals, help the student to develop analytical techniques, and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses. Another component of the curriculum consists of courses that serve as an introduction to engineering, link the basic sciences and engineering, and introduce engineering analysis, synthesis and design. Woven throughout the curriculum are courses in the arts and humanities and the social sciences. These courses broaden perspectives, maintain and improve communication skills, and expose the engineering students to concepts of values and ethics. The curriculum emphasizes the study of advanced problems and topics in engineering design. The purpose is to develop skills in the use of science, sensitivity in the application of ethical considerations, sensibility in economic matters, and creativity in solving engineering problems. Laboratory work and computer applications are extensive in the program.
Students seeking admission into chemical engineering should be familiar with the admission and retention requirements of the College of Engineering. The curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). All undergraduate students are assigned a faculty advisor and are encouraged to meet with their advisor during each semester or whenever there is some matter of concern. Students must meet with their advisor at least once each semester during the advising and registration period.