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Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Engineering | School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) offers three undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering (CHE), Bioengineering (BIOE), and Environmental Engineering (ENVE). Each program is separately accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

About the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program (CHE):

Chemical engineering is the engineering discipline that focuses on the science and engineering of processes to convert raw materials into valued chemicals and products at a manufacturing scale. These include products found in everyday life such as transportation and heating fuels, plastics, pharmaceuticals, household and paper products (soaps, cosmetics, health care and cleaning products, etc.), as well as more advanced products like solar cells, computer chips, and advanced composites for jet aircraft.

Chemical engineers find employment in traditional chemical industries such as pulp and paper manufacturing and petroleum refining, high-tech industries such as semiconductor device manufacturing, biopharmaceutical production, aerospace, and emerging industries, particularly in sustainable energy.

Alumni of the Chemical Engineering program will be work-ready engineers, problem solvers, responsible professionals, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Specifically, based on the needs of the program’s constituencies, within a few years of graduation chemical engineering alumni will have:

  1. Obtained professional employment in a company, institute or agency within the chemical or related industries, entered a graduate program in chemical engineering or a related field or gained admission to a professional program such as medicine, law or business.
  2. Created value by applying appropriate modern chemical engineering tools to the analysis, design, and control of chemical, physical, and/or biological processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.
  3. Continued to develop their skills and knowledge through professional activities including FE/PE certifications, memberships in professional organizations and continuing education courses in order to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities though lifelong learning.
  4. Demonstrated good communication skills and worked effectively in cross-functional team environments comprised of a diverse set of members with varying organizational backgrounds, positions, and geographic locations.

The chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum is designed to meet these objectives through relevant course content, hands-on laboratory and design experiences at the first year through senior levels, and structured, collaborative learning experiences. The school has a core curriculum where students from all three programs housed within the school (CHE, BIOE, ENVE) take common courses in the areas of first-year engineering, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and senior year laboratory.

Chemical engineering students have opportunities to obtain internships offered through the School of CBEE, and through the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) program. Many scholarships are also available on a competitive basis for chemical engineering undergraduate students.

Pre-Professional Chemical Engineering

First Year

CBEE 101. Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Orientation (3)
CBEE 102. Engineering Problem Solving and Computations (3)E
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)E
   and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)E
CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4)
   and CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232, 233 (1,1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)E
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)E
Biological science baccalaureate core lab course (4)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)1
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)1 or any PAC course (1–2)

Second Year

CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)
CBEE 211. Material Balances and Stoichiometry (3)
CBEE 212. Energy Balances (3)
CBEE 213. Process Data Analysis (4)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)E
    or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)E
ENGR 201. Electrical Fundamentals I (3)E
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)E
MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)E
PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4)E
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Professional Chemical Engineering

Third Year

CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)2
CHE 311. Thermodynamics (3)
CHE 312. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
CHE 320. Safety, Engineering Ethics and Professionalism (3)
CHE 331. Transport Phenomena I (4)
CHE 332. Transport Phenomena II (3)
CHE 333. Transport Phenomena III (3)
CHE 334. Transport Phenomena Laboratory (2)
CHE 361. Chemical Process Dynamics and Simulation (3)
CHE 461. Process Control (3)
Perspectives (9)1
Option courses (6)

Fourth Year

CHE 411. Mass Transfer Operations (4)
CBEE 414. ^Process Engineering Lab (3)
CHE 415. Chemical Engineering Lab I (3)
CHE 431, CHE 432. Chemical Plant Design I, II (3,3)
CHE 443. Chemical Reaction Engineering (4)
Electives (7)
Option courses (9)
Perspectives (6)1
Synthesis (6)1

Total Credits=192


E Required for entry into the professional program.
1 Must be selected to satisfy the requirements of the baccalaureate core
2 CH 440 is not required for students completing an option.
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC) that satisfies baccalaureate core requirements

Pre-Chemical Engineering Major Code: 333

Major Code: 303

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