As has been done since we awarded the nation’s first degree in chemical engineering in 1889, the undergraduate program in chemical engineering undertakes to prepare individuals for careers in the chemical process industries. These include all industries in which chemical and energy changes are an important part of the manufacturing process, such as the petroleum, rubber, plastics, synthetic fiber, pulp and paper, fermentation, soap and detergents, glass, ceramic, photographic and organic and inorganic chemical industries. In view of the dynamic nature of this technology, the course of study stresses fundamental principles rather than technical details. It prepares the student either for advanced study at the graduate level or for immediate entrance into industry. Opportunities in the process industries are found in a variety of activities, including design, development, management, production, research, technical marketing, technical service, or engineering.

Mission: To provide an excellent chemical engineering education through a combination of theory and practice that prepares students for productive professional careers and advanced graduate studies.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve in three to five years.

  • Apply a strong academic foundation to make early career contributions to the profession.
  • Work in teams to tackle diverse, open-ended problems and to effectively communicate their findings.
  • Apply skills for a long-term, productive career in an ever changing global environment.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

  1. Apply skills and knowledge to formulate and solve chemical engineering problems.
  2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  3. Define project specifications and design a process or system to meet those specifications.
  4. Work effectively in teams.
  5. Communicate effectively in presentations and reports.
  6. Make appropriate use of computer-based tools, such as process simulators and numerical analysis packages.
  7. Understand the ethical and professional responsibilities of a chemical engineer.
  8. Understand how chemical engineering impacts the global society.
  9. Be prepared to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Understand how the chemical engineering profession is related to contemporary issues.

Curriculum

The curriculum covers a breadth of fundamental principles so that the chemical engineering graduates have a working knowledge of advanced chemistry, material and energy balances applied to chemical processes; thermodynamics; heat, mass, and momentum transfer; chemical reaction engineering; separation operations, process design and control. The program provides students with appropriate modern experimental and computing techniques in unit operation laboratory and requires them to work in teams and submit written and oral reports on their laboratory projects. A capstone experience in senior year gives students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge. Also included is the study of health, safety, environmental and ethical issues in the chemical engineering profession.

Graduate work leading to the degree of Master of Science in chemical engineering provides a more thorough understanding of the discipline and enhances a student's ability to handle complex problems. A thesis is required, but that requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Most recent graduate students have chosen research topics in biotechnology, polymers, or automatic control, but other specialties also are possible.

Area Minor in Chemical Engineering

The area minor in chemical engineering is designed to introduce principles of chemical engineering to students majoring in other disciplines. Participation in this area minor will help students to understand chemical engineering aspects of industrial processes and enter a graduate program in chemical engineering if they desire.

Students who complete the area minor in chemical engineering during their sophomore and junior years open the possibility of taking some chemical engineering electives during their senior years.

The area minor in chemical engineering has the following requirements:

  • CHE 201  Conservation Principles and Balances or equivalent
  • CHE 202  Basic Chemical Process Calculations
  • CHE 301  Fluid Mechanics or equivalent
  • CHE 303  Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics or equivalent
  • CHE 304  Multi-Component Thermodynamics
  • CHE 325  Mass Transfer
  • CHE 314  Heat Transfer or equivalent

Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses with prefix CHE at 300 level or above is required toward the minor. Students interested in the CHE area minor should consult the CHE Department Head and receive approval for equivalent courses to be considered.

Area Minor in Biochemical Engineering

The biochemical engineering minor is designed to allow students to concentrate in an area of study that will give them a solid foundation for further work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology process industry.

To successfully complete a minor in Biochemical Engineering, a student must take six courses as follows:

Four required courses:

  • AB110 - Cell Structure and Function
  • CHEM330 - Biochemistry
  • CHE545 - Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CHE 546 - Bioseparations

And then take 8 credit hours from the following list of electives (the courses cannot also be used towards another minor or second major):

  • AB210 - Mendelian and Molecular Genetics
  • AB220 - Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology or
    AB230 - Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology
  • AB411 - Genetic Engineering
  • AB421 - Applied Microbiology
  • AB431 - Genomics and Proteomics
  • CHEM430 - Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM433 - Biochemistry Lab (recommended but not required)

Interested students should obtain a form from the Chemical Engineering Department secretary

Chemical Engineering

Approximately one-half of the students will follow schedule A1, and one-half will follow schedule A2. Depending on the students’ schedules, elective courses may be taken in terms other than the ones designated.

   
Freshman Year (A1 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I*........... 4
CLSK 100 College & Life Skills ......... 1
EM 104 Graphical Communications. 2
RH 131 Rhetoric & Composition ..... 4
MA 111 Calculus I ........................... 5
     


16

        
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 113 General Chemistry II*......... 4
PH 111 Physics I.............................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
MA 112 Calculus II .......................... 5
     


17

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 110 Programming &  
       Computation for  
       Chemical Engineers...... 2
CHEM 115 General Chemistry III......... 4
EM 103 Introduction to Design ..... 2
MA 113 Calculus III.......................... 5
PH 112 Physics II............................. 4
     


17

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Freshman Year (A2 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I........... 4
CLSK 100 College & Life Skill .......... 1
EM 104 Graphical Communications. 2
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition . 4
MA 111 Calculus I ........................... 5
     


16

        
Winter Term

Credit

CHEM 113 General Chemistry II........... 4
PH 111 Physics I.............................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
MA 112 Calculus II........................... 5
     


17

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 110 Programming &  
       Computation for  
       Chemical Engineers...... 2
CHEM 115 General Chemistry III* ........ 4
EM 103 Introduction to Design ..... 2
MA 113 Calculus III.......................... 5
PH 112 Physics II............................. 4
     


17

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Sophomore Year (A1 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 200 Career Preparation I........... 0
CHE 201 Conservation Principles  
       and Balances.................... 4
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I .......... 4
MA 211 Differential Equations  ..... 4
EM  101 Statics I .............................. 2
     


14

        
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 202 Basic Chemical Process  
        Calculations .................... 4
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II ......... 4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations.....
4
HSS   Elective ............................... 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 301 Fluid Mechanics................. 4
CHE 303 Chemical Engineering  
        Thermodynamics............ 4
    Elective (Approved) .......... 4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
     


16

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Sophomore Year (A2 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 200 Career Preparation I........... 0
CHE 201 Conservation Principles  
        and Balances................... 4
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I .......... 4
MA 211 Differential Equations  .... 4
EM  101 Statics I ................................ 2
     


14

        
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 202 Basic Chemical Process  
        Calculations .................... 4
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II ......... 4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations.....
4
HSS   Elective ............................... 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

MA 223 Engineering Statistics I...... 4
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry I....... 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
CHE  315 Materials Science ................. 4
     


16

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Junior Year (A1 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 300 Career Preparation II ......... 0
CHE 304 Multi-Component  
        Thermodynamics .......... 4
CHE 314 Heat Transfer...................... 4
CHE 315 Materials Science .............. 4
CHEM 225 Analytical Chemistry I....... 4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 325 Mass Transfer.................... 4
CHEM 360 Intro Physical Chemistry... 4
MA 223 Engineering Statistics I...... 4
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 404 Kinetics & Reactor Design 4
CHE 411 Chemical Engineering Lab I.. 3
ECE 206 Elements of Electrical  
        Engineering ................... 4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
     


15

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Junior Year (A2 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 300 Career Preparation II ......... 0
CHE 301 Fluid Mechanics................. 4
CHE 303 Chemical Engineering  
         Thermodynamics .......... 4
    Elective (approved).............. 4
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication 4
     


16

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 304 Multi-Component  
        Thermodynamics........... 4
CHE 314 Heat Transfer...................... 4
ECE 206 Elements of Electrical  
         Engineering ................ 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


16

        
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 325 Mass Transfer..................... 4
CHE 411 Chemical Engineering Lab I. 3
CHEM 360 Intro Physical Chemistry... 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


15

Summer Intern/Co-op  
Senior Year (A1 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 409 Professional Practice ......... 1
CHE 412 Chemical Engineering Lab II 4
CHE 416 Design I .............................. 4
    Elective (Free)..................... 4
    Elective (CHE) ....... 4
     


17

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 413 Chemical Eng. Lab III ........ 4
CHE 417 Design II ............................. 4
CHE 440 Process Control.................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 418 Design III............................. 2
HSS   Elective................................. 4
HSS   Elective................................. 4
    Elective (Approved) .......... 4
    Elective (CHE)...................... 4
     


18

  
   

Total credits required:  194

Senior Year (A2 Schedule)
Fall Term

Credit

CHE 404 Kinetics & Reactor Design. 4
CHE 409 Professional Practice ......... 1
CHE 412 Chemical Engineering Lab II 4
CHE 416 Design I .............................. 4
    Elective (Free)..................... 4
     


17

       
Winter Term

Credit

CHE 413 Chemical Eng. Lab III ........ 4
CHE 417 Design II ............................. 4
CHE 440 Process Control.................. 4
HSS   Elective................................ 4
     


16

       
Spring Term

Credit

CHE 418 Design III............................. 2
HSS   Elective................................ 4
    Elective (CHE)...................... 4
    Elective (CHE)....... 4
    Elective (Approved) ......... 4
     


18

  
   

Total credits required:  194

 *Rose students who have changed their major to chemical engineering or students who have transferred to Rose and have credit for CHEM 105 and CHEM 107 (formerly CHEM 201 and CHEM 202) do not need to take CHEM 111 and CHEM 113, but must take CHEM 115.

Electives

Chemical Engineering students must complete 28 credits of electives in humanities and social sciences in addition to RH 131 and RH 330. They are also required to take 20 credits of electives (8 credits of CHE electives, 8 credits of approved electives and 4 credits of free electives) in addition to the humanities and social sciences mentioned above. The courses listed below qualify as a CHE elective. In very specific circumstances, independent projects or other courses may qualify as a CHE elective if approved by the department.

  • CHE 310 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers 
  • CHE 419 Advanced MEMS: Modeling and Packaging
  • CHE 441 Polymer Engineering
  • CHE 450 Air Pollution Control
  • CHE 461 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering
  • CHE 465 Energy and the Environment
  • CHE 470 Safety, Health, and Loss Prevention
  • CHE 502 Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 504 Advanced Reactor Design
  • CHE 512 Petrochemical Processes
  • CHE 513 Advanced Thermodynamics 
  • CHE 540 Advanced Process Control
  • CHE 545 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CHE 546 Bioseparations

A minimum of eight credits, designated as approved electives, must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Approved electives can be chosen from economics, engineering, engineering management, mathematics, or science courses. Students are encouraged to use their electives to focus their studies in an area of concentration. Some areas of concentration are Engineering Analysis (for students who would like to pursue a graduate degree), Chemistry and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Material Science, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation, Computer Applications, Semiconductor Materials and Devices, and Environmental Management.

The chemical engineering profession is rapidly changing and knowledge of specialty areas has become essential in the real world. Technical elective courses are intended to provide an opportunity to introduce students to a specialty area in science and engineering and help them to expand their knowledge and expertise in new areas of chemical engineering. Although a minimum of eight credit hours are recommended in an area of concentration, students are encouraged to take all the 20 credit hours of electives in an area of concentration. In many cases students can use their electives to take a package of courses toward an area minor such as, biochemical engineering, applied biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, environmental engineering or toward a certificate in semiconductor materials and devices.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on a research project under the guidance of one of the departmental faculty members. Students who are interested in learning about research should talk to members of the faculty to define a project of mutual interest and then enroll in CHE499, Directed Research. Credit hours of CHE499 can count toward a technical elective.