Chemical Engineering Major

7033
Bachelor of Science
Classroom, Blended Online
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7033 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Blended Online Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

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 program are to provide graduates with the technical, communication and professional skills, the thorough understanding of ethical and social responsibility, and the ability to participate in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams, 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 another discipline; 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.

Freshman Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 1101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 1102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 2101 Chemical Process Principles 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 2102 Chemical Process Principles 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3265 Materials Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 0
Junior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 3101 Transport Processes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3170 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4240 Advanced Computational Methods for Engineering Applications
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CHE 3103 Heat Transfer Processes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3104 Mass Transfer Processes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3110 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4122 Chemical Process Control
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 3115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4131 Separation Processes
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4151 Chemical Engineering Reactor Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4181 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Advanced Chemistry) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • CHE 4115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4182 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CHE) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 6*
Total Credits Required: 135

*BUS 3xxx may be taken in place of three credit hours of Technical Elective.
CWE 3003 may be taken in place of three credit hours of Technical Elective.

Electives

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

  • BIO 2010 Microbiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 4222 Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 4563 Materials Characterization Lab
    (restricted to students pursuing the nanoscience/nanotechnology minor)
    Credit Hours: 0

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