Chemical Engineering Major

7033
Bachelor of Science
Classroom, Blended Online
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7033 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, blended online Location/s: main campus

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 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.

Freshman Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces basic macro- and microeconomic concepts. Includes the economic role of government, business and individuals. Seeks to acquaint the student with sufficient material to understand major concepts and terminology used in our economy and the global community.
    Requirement(s):
    College of Business majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CHE 1101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces the chemical engineering profession. Discusses the role of an engineer as a problem solver dealing with multiple constraints. Covers process flowsheets, and piping and instrumentation diagrams in Microsoft® PowerPoint.®
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 1102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Applies the skills learned in  to a design problem presented in oral and written form. Presents statistics, plotting and spreadsheeting in Microsoft® Excel, ® and curve fitting using Oakdale Engineering DataFit.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 2101 Chemical Process Principles 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Basic principles and calculations in chemical engineering; application of physical and chemical principles to solutions of elementary engineering problems; steady- and unsteady-state material and energy balances; heats of formation, reaction and mixing; equilibrium process models.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 2102 Chemical Process Principles 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Basic principles and calculations in chemical engineering; application of physical and chemical principles to solutions of elementary engineering problems; steady- and unsteady-state material and energy balances; heats of formation, reaction and mixing; equilibrium process models.
  • CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the relationships between materials processing, composition and structure, properties and performance. Includes electrical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and composites, as well as coating and protection materials.
  • CHE 3265 Materials Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Complements . Illustrates materials processing, measurement and analysis of materials properties.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
Junior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 3101 Transport Processes
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes models for molecular-level transport mechanisms; bulk transport of momentum; pipe flow and pipeline design and optimization; rheologic behavior and viscometry; compressible flow; pressure and flow measurement; flow through fixed and fluidized beds; two-phase flow; pumping; boundary-layer theory.
  • CHE 3170 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of environmental engineering that emphasizes the interrelationships among air, water and land pollution and the effect of ecological, economic and sociological constraints on the solution of environmental problems.
  • CHE 4240 Advanced Computational Methods for Engineering Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces numerical methods applied to engineering problems. Includes the use of selected mathematical software.
  • CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes fundamental principles of chemical phenomena; thermodynamics, equilibria and states of matter; and chemical kinetics.
  • CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in .
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 3103 Heat Transfer Processes
    Credit Hours: 3
    Theory and applications of heat transfer; conduction, convection, radiation, condensation and evaporation; heat transfer in reaction vessels; humidification and water cooling; thermowell and heat exchanger design and optimization.
  • CHE 3104 Mass Transfer Processes
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes fundamental principles and applications of mass transfer and separation processes; diffusion and stagnant-layer approximation; two-film theory and surface renewal; flash and batch differential distillation; continuous binary and multicomponent rectification; and batch fractionation.
  • CHE 3110 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the thermodynamics of chemical solutions and reactions. Includes ideal and non-ideal solutions, phase equilibria, single- and two-phase reaction equilibria.
  • CHE 4122 Chemical Process Control
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies dynamic modeling and control of chemical processes. Includes transfer function development, synthesis and tuning of feedback controllers, closed-loop stability analysis, frequency response and advanced control techniques.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 3115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Includes experimental demonstration of theory covered in ,  and .
  • CHE 4131 Separation Processes
    Credit Hours: 3
    Fundamental principles and design of separation processes; batch and continuous flow, concurrent and countercurrent cascade; plate and packed towers; distillation, absorption, extraction; distillation column design and optimization.
  • CHE 4151 Chemical Engineering Reactor Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the modeling and design of chemical reactors including development of rate expressions for chemical reactions and analysis of experimental kinetic data. Emphasizes the modeling of ideal mixed-flow and plug-flow reactors.
  • CHE 4181 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Technical and economic analyses leading to the design of complete facilities for chemical production. Investigates process flow sheet and process integration, along with material and energy balances; process equipment selection and plant layout; use of computer-aided design software for process analysis; cost analysis; and a design report.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Advanced Chemistry) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 4115 Chemical Engineering Processes Lab 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Demonstrates the theory covered in ,  and . Includes the design of experiments.
  • CHE 4182 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Technical and economic analyses leading to the design of complete facilities for chemical production. Process flow sheets and process integration are investigated, along with material and energy balances; process equipment selection and plant layout; use of computer-aided design software for process analysis; cost analysis; and a design report.
  • 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: 4
    Covers the fundamentals of microbiology. Examines the structure, classification, metabolism and pathogenicity of prokaryotes, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses. Labs cover aspects of isolation, culture, enumeration, identification and control of microorganisms.
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues . Includes chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, atomic structures, chemical bonding and spectroscopy.
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • CHM 4222 Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry to natural systems. Includes applications of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric chemistry.
  • CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces classes of polymers, their general patterns of behavior, polymer synthesis, physics of the solid state, polymer characterization, polymer rheology and polymer processing.
  • CHE 4563 Materials Characterization Lab
    (restricted to students pursuing the nanoscience/nanotechnology minor)
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes characterization of nanomaterials using STM, AFM, SEM, TEM, confocal laser scanning microscopy, Raman spectroscopy/microscopy, pore size analysis and a variety of particle size distribution methods.

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