The BS in Chemical Engineering degree program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in chemical engineering fundamentals and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The mission of the department is to teach chemical engineering principles and their application in an inspiring learning environment and to prepare students for engineering careers by developing the skills of critical thinking, analytical abilities and communication proficiency, and by instilling a sense of professional ethics and societal responsibility.
Graduates who are employed in chemical process and related industries will perform tasks related to plant operation, control, engineering decision making, and process and product design. Other graduates who are not employed in chemical process and related industries will be employed in diverse professions including other engineering fields, management, consulting, etc., using their engineering and analytical backgrounds. All will engage in activities that promote professional growth and fulfillment.
Graduates pursuing doctoral studies or other professional degrees will make reasonable progress toward completing the degree requirements and will engage in activities that promote professional development and fulfillment.
The department takes pride in the mentoring of undergraduate students. Each student who declares chemical engineering as a (potential) major is assigned an academic adviser from the full-time department faculty. Typically, the same adviser follows the student's academic progress and serves as a mentor from the freshman year through graduation.
Graduates of the BSCHE program are expected to know or have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data;
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- An ability to communicate effectively;
- Ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- Have knowledge of contemporary issues; and an ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The BSChE degree program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in chemical engineering fundamentals. This degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Program objectives are stated in the overview. The BSChE degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 units as indicated in Table 1. From the courses listed in Table 1, the humanities and social sciences courses (except Engr 450X courses) may be taken pass/fail. A sample year-by-year BSChE curriculum is shown in Table 2.
The program of study consists of 26 units of physical and biological sciences (i.e., biology, chemistry and physics); 21 units of mathematics and engineering computing; 40 units of core chemical engineering courses; 21 units of humanities, social sciences and technical writing; and 18 units of chemical engineering electives. The chemical engineering electives permit students to tailor their studies toward specific goals such as obtaining more depth in a chemical engineering subdiscipline (e.g., materials) or increasing breadth by choosing courses from different subdisciplines. Some of these 18 units may be taken in other engineering departments or in the natural sciences or physical sciences. Students in collaboration with their advisers design a course of study (subject to certain requirements) for the chemical engineering electives.
The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore areas of interest within chemical engineering. In addition to the accredited BS degree in Chemical Engineering, another choice is to pursue the course of study leading to the BS degree in Applied Science with a major in chemical engineering.
Chemical Engineering Electives
The 18 units of chemical engineering electives permit students to tailor their studies toward specific goals such as obtaining more depth in a chemical engineering sub discipline (e.g., materials) or increasing breadth by choosing courses from different sub disciplines. Some of these 18 units may be taken in other engineering departments or in the natural sciences or physical sciences. Students in collaboration with their advisers design a course of study (subject to certain requirements) for the chemical engineering electives. A draft plan is developed as early as possible and formally reviewed each semester by the student and adviser. Specific requirements for the chemical engineering electives are:
- all courses must be at the advanced level (300-or-higher) and must be in engineering or the physical sciences;
- at least one advanced (300-or-higher) laboratory course in engineering or physical sciences (the most common choices are EECE 425, EECE 424, or EECE 421);
- at least 9 units from 300 or higher level courses in Chemical Engineering (EECE courses) which can include the advanced laboratory course
- There is no restriction on the number of Engineering Topics units that must be earned from the Chemical Engineering Electives. However, all students must earn a total of 48 Engineering Topics units across all courses. In almost all cases this requirement can be satisfied by meeting all of the BSCHE degree requirements including at least 9 of the 18 Chemical Engineering Electives being EECE courses. Exceptions might be students using a large number of EECE 400 and EECE 499 credits to meet the Chemical Engineering electives requirement because these credits currently do not carry Engineering Topics credit. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure they accumulate 48 Engineering Topics units. Engineering Topics units are denoted by the designation EN/TU in the course listings book. For example, EECE 311 (Green Engineering) has designation EN/TU 3 which means it carries three units of Engineering Topics.
Up to six (6) units of EECE 400 (Independent Study) and/or EECE 499 (Senior Thesis) can be counted towards the chemical engineering electives requirement. Engineering Topics are assigned to EECE 400 and EECE 499 based on a review of the project scope and content. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units from other departments must be approved by the EECE Undergraduate Committee and will be subject to the overall cap of six units. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units cannot be used to fulfill the requirement for an advanced laboratory in engineering or the physical sciences.
Below is a list of courses currently approved as chemical engineering electives. Students interested in counting a course towards the chemical engineering electives that is not on this list should first discuss with their academic advisor and then petition the EECE Undergraduate Committee though Professor Yinjie Tang
All 300-or-higher level courses in EECE (E44)
All 300-or-higer level courses in BME (E62), CSE (E81), ESE (E35), and MEMS (E37, E64)
All 300-or-higher level courses in Chemistry (L07)
All 300-or-higher level courses in Mathematics (L24)
Biol 381 (Introduction to Ecology)
EPSc 323 (Biogeochemistry)
EPSc 413 (Introduction to Soil Science)
EPSc 444 (Environmental Geochemistry)
The following 200-level courses are also permitted:
ESE 230 (Intro to Electrical and Electronic Circuits)
MEMS 253 and 254 (Engineering Mechanics I and II)
Biol 2970 (Principles of Biology II)
Chem 262 (Organic Chemistry II)