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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

In addition to the fundamentals of science, math, and engineering, the chemical engineering curriculum emphasizes applications of transport processes, thermodynamics and kinetics, automatic control, and design. The degree program emphasizes coursework in equipment design, control-system design, fluid mechanics and heat-transfer operations, mass-transfer operations, and chemical reaction engineering. The capstone design courses integrate these design concepts and practice process design and optimization.

Chemical engineering is concerned with the design, development and management of facilities that convert raw materials into useful products. The engineer must assume responsibility for the economical use of the raw materials, preservation of the environment, and profitability of the operation. The chemical engineering program has been designed to provide both the engineering competence and the professional skills necessary to succeed in this endeavor. In order to achieve this objective, the curriculum incorporates coursework in both of these areas throughout the four-year duration of the program.

Student Enrollment and Graduation

The department has seen significant growth over the past 6 years both in enrollment and graduation. The following is a list of ChE undergraduate enrollment numbers and the numbers of ChE undergraduate students that have graduated from 2013 to 2008:

Year

Enrollment

Graduated

2013

141

29

2012

124

29

2011

120

29

2010

123

25

2009

124

16

2008

108

19


Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering provides students with an excellent foundation in chemical and biological engineering fundamentals that allows them to prepare for careers in professional practice and/or for advanced studies. We expect our graduates to meet the challenges associated with their individual career paths and possess the skills necessary for success in the workplace. The educational objectives of our undergraduate program are:

  1. Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of chemical engineers
  2. Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire
  3. Graduates will assume / undertake leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.

Based on these objectives, the expected program outcomes aim at developing individuals who:

  1. possess fundamental knowledge of mathematics, the basic sciences and engineering.
  2. possess fundamental knowledge of chemical engineering.
  3. possess the necessary skills to design processes that are safe, economic, technically sound and environmentally benign.
  4. have been trained to fully utilize recent advances in computational technologies in their work.
  5. possess a good familiarity with experimental and analytical methods and techniques.
  6. have been trained to fully utilize modern communication technologies and who communicate effectively.
  7. possess the ability to work in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams and possess leadership skills.
  8. have an understanding and respect for professional ethics and possess an awareness of the present-day societal issues of relevance to chemical engineers.
  9. have the ability and desire to further their education through the process of “Life Long Learning” and possess the necessary skills to be involved in research and development activities, if they so desire.

Coursework

The chemical engineering curriculum emphasizes basic knowledge and applications of transport processes, thermodynamics and kinetics of processes, automatic control, and design, as well as fundamental sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences. Design experience is spread across the curriculum, beginning with the Introduction to the Profession courses. Equipment design is emphasized in courses such as Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass-Transfer Operations, Thermodynamics, and Chemical Reaction Engineering. Control-system design is practiced in the Process Control course. Process modeling, simulations and optimization are discussed and practiced in Transport Phenomena, Process Modeling and System Theory, Numerical and Data Analysis, Statistical Tools for Engineering, and Process Control courses. The capstone design courses (Chemical Process Design and Process Design IPRO) integrate these design concepts and practice process design and optimization. In addition to engineering competence, the program also examines the economic, environmental and societal implications of chemical engineering.

Specialization

In addition to the core curriculum, special programs exist to accommodate students who want to develop more extensive background in related areas. With their exposure to a wide range of industrial applications and problems, students are better equipped to make a decision to explore an area of interest in depth. Professional specializations are available in:

  1. Energy/Environment/Economics (E3)
  2. Environmental Engineering
  3. Polymer Science and Engineering
  4. Bioengineering
  5. Process Design and Operation

Curriculum

Required Courses Credit Hours
Major Courses

Chemical Engineering Requirements
CHE 100, 101, 202, 301, 302, 311, 317, 351, 406, 418, 423, 433, 435, 439, 451, 494

43

Mathematics Requirements

MATH 151, 152, 251, 252

18

Physics Requirements

PHYS 123, 221

8

Chemistry Requirements

CHEM 125, 237, 239, 343, 344*

18

Computer Science Requirement

CS 105

2

Electrical and Computer Engineering Requirement

ECE 211 or 218

3

Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements

See general education requirements

21

Technical Electives

12

Interprofessional Projects

CHE/IPRO 296, CHE/IPRO 496, IPRO 497

6

Total Credit Hours

131

*Students have the option of replacing CHEM 344 with BIOL 403.