The chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum provides a thorough grounding in chemistry and chemical processing while allowing students to specialize.
The curriculum requires a series of courses in basic science and mathematics. These provide a firm understanding of fundamentals, help students develop analytical techniques, and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses. 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, which broaden perspectives, maintain and improve communication skills, and expose the engineering students to concepts of values and ethics.
Advanced problems and topics in engineering design are also emphasized in the curriculum. 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.
The chemical engineering curriculum and the nuclear engineering option are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology ABET, http://www.abet.org. All undergraduate students are assigned a faculty advisor and are required to meet with their advisor during the advising and registration period and whenever the need arises.
After graduation, students are well prepared for careers in either traditional or emerging fields or may pursue advanced study. The faculty highlights 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 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 Undergraduate Catalog.
The biological engineering option is designed to prepare the student for work in the bio-pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. One technical elective is required.
The nanomaterials engineering option is designed to prepare the student to work in a materials related industry. One technical electives are required.
The nuclear engineering option consists of a sequence 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 sequence is designed to be taken during the junior and senior years. These courses satisfy the technical and chemical engineering elective requirements in the curriculum. One technical elective is required.
The Paper Engineering Option consists of 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.
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For the latest requirements, course descriptions and more please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog.
To encourage outstanding undergraduate students to continue their studies toward an advanced degree, the College of Engineering and Graduate Admissions offer a program of accelerated study leading to the dual degrees of a bachelor of science in engineering and a master of science in engineering. Students taking full advantage of the combined program ordinarily finish the master of science in engineering degree at the end of the fifth year of study.
To be eligible to enter this course of study, students must file a formal Graduate School application in the junior or senior year. Applicants for this program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or pay an application fee. Upon the recommendation of their advisor and with the approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Admissions Committee and the dean of the Graduate School, students may be admitted as provisional graduate students during the second semester of the senior year.
Undergraduates may take up to two courses (6 credits) during the senior year that may be used to satisfy both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.
Students in this program may be eligible for financial assistance, i.e. fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, during the fifth year of study. Acceptance of this assistance and the attendant responsibilities may delay the completion of the program beyond the five years.