Bachelor of Science
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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is primarily the application of chemical principles to industrial processes and environmental problems to effect a change in the composition and properties of matter to benefit society and the environment. The chemical engineering major has the basic training to solve problems in transport and separation processes, process dynamics and control, energy production, food and petrochemical processing, materials synthesis and processing, and chemical equipment and plant design.

The freshman and sophomore years emphasize basic mathematics, science and communication skills; the junior year, fundamentals of chemical engineering; and the senior year, integration of those fundamentals in capstone design courses. Elective coursework also allows students to broaden their knowledge in other technical fields, deepen their understanding in an area of specialization or participate in a technical research project under the direction of an individual faculty member.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the chemical engineering major are to provide graduates with the technical, communication and teamwork skills to allow them within a few years of graduation to: demonstrate professional competence through career advancement or progress toward obtaining professional registration or certification in chemical engineering, an allied field such as environmental or materials engineering or a nontraditional field such as business or medicine; successfully complete a graduate degree in chemical engineering or a related field; volunteer their services to the profession through involvement with professional societies such as AICHE or to their respective communities through involvement with government agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission should have one year of high school biology, chemistry and physics, in addition to at least three years of mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering requires a minimum of 135 credit hours as specified below. Because general chemistry and mathematics are critically important foundations for all chemical engineering courses, chemical engineering majors must pass CHM 1101, CHM 1102, MTH 1001 and MTH 1002 with grades of at least C before taking any 2000-level chemical engineering courses.

Chemical engineering majors must successfully complete all courses listed for the freshman year before registering for CHE 3101. Students must successfully complete all courses listed for the sophomore year before registering for CHE 4181.

Freshman Year

ASC 1000 University Experience 1
BUS 1301 Basic Economics 3
CHE 1101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1 2
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4


CHE 1102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 2 1
CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 4
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1

Sophomore Year

CHE 2101 Chemical Process Principles 1 3
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 2
MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra 4
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1


CHE 2102 Chemical Process Principles 2 3
CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering 3
CHE 3265 Materials Lab 1
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4

Junior Year

CHE 3101 Transport Processes 3
CHE 3170 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CHE 4240 Advanced Computational Methods for Engineering Applications 3
CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1 3
CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Lab 1 2
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3


CHE 3103 Heat Transfer Processes 3
CHE 3104 Mass Transfer Processes 3
CHE 3110 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 4122 Chemical Process Control 4
   Humanities Core Course* 3

  Senior Year

CHE 3115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 1 2
CHE 4131 Separation Processes 3
CHE 4151 Chemical Engineering Reactor Design 3
CHE 4181 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 1 (Q) 3
   Humanities Elective 3
   Restricted Elective (Advanced Chemistry) 3


CHE 4115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 2 2
CHE 4182 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 2 (Q) 3
   Free Elective 3
   Restricted Elective (CHE) 3
   Technical Electives** 6


*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.

**BUS 3xxx may be taken in place of three credit hours of Technical Elective. CWE 3003 may be taken as the Free Elective; CWE 2001 may be taken in place of three credit hours of Technical Elective.


The Restricted Elective (Advanced Chemistry) should be satisfied by completion of one of the following courses:

BIO 2010 Microbiology
BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
CHM 4222 Environmental Chemistry
CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry

A list of other recommended electives is available in the chemical engineering department office.

Areas of Emphasis

A wide variety of career paths are open to chemical engineering graduates. Many students, however, are interested in a specific area of chemical engineering and choose electives related to that area. The department office maintains lists of electives appropriate for students interested in alternative energy engineering, biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, nuclear technology, petroleum engineering and systems engineering. Students may also select as electives courses required for graduate study in business, law or medicine.


It is the policy of the College of Engineering not to offer minors in areas of engineering. Students may elect, however, to pursue minors in other areas such as computational mathematics, biology, chemistry or environmental science.

Five-Year Master's Degree Program

More than one-third of all chemical engineering graduates choose to continue their education beyond the bachelor's degree. A program has been developed within the department that allows students to complete a master's degree in one calendar year following completion of requirements for the bachelor's degree. The program includes the opportunity to work with a departmental faculty member on an undergraduate research project that may be expanded into a master's thesis topic. To qualify, students must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above following his or her junior year. Additional information concerning the program may be obtained by contacting the department head.  

Dual-degree Option in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

This option requires approximately one additional year of study and allows the student to complete bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering.