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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog

Chemical Engineering, BSCHE

About the Program

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Chemical Engineering remains a premier source of well-educated, well-prepared chemical engineers, educating students using innovative technologies and fostering an environment that inspires leading-edge research.

Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries with worldwide impact. Applications include energy; pharmaceuticals and biological materials; the nutritional value of food; environmental protection and restoration; materials for computing, sensing, and communications; personal care, home care, and home health products; and system and data management.

Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science - particularly chemistry - to overcome technical problems in industry and society. While the chemist studies basic chemical reactions, the chemical engineer applies the results of chemical research and transforms laboratory processes into efficient, full-scale processes or facilities. With their strong problem-solving skills and fundamental background in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, chemical engineers can seize opportunities to translate industrial problems into competitive advantages. Currently, chemical engineers demand among the highest salaries for college graduates with a bachelor’s degree.

Research here is currently being conducted with polymers and materials, nanoscale science and engineering, fluid mechanics, catalyst design and engineering, sensors, biotechnology, and many others.

Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

130 Credits Required

Other Departmental/Program Requirements (87-97 credits)

First-Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

 If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, CHM 11600 General Chemistry is required to graduate, but not required to complete the First-Year Engineering program.

Click here for First-Year Engineering  requirements.

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

Other Departmental Courses (36-40 credits)

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • General Education I (Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Sciences) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science for core)
  • General Education II (Human Cultures: Humanities) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core)
  • General Education III (Science, Technology & Society) - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00 (satisfies Science, Technology, & Society for core)
  • General Education IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education V (Upper level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education VI (Upper level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
    • General Education IV = complete any course from the approved subjects below provided the course is open to students in the offering department and the student qualifies to take the course.
    • General Education V and VI (Upper level) = complete courses from the approved subjects below at the 30000+level courses or courses with required pre-requisite in the same department.

Approved subjects in College of Liberal Arts, School of Management, and/or Honors College include:  


Additional Requirements

Click here for Chemical Engineering Supplemental Information  

Electives - Credit Hours: 0.00-12.00

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 0.00-12.00 

(Electives may be needed to complete 130 credits based on courses taken and requirements that they fulfill) -see notes

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Chemical Engineering Program Requirements

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15-18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Chemical Engineering Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Selective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education V (Upper level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education VI (Upper level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00 or more
  • (Electives may be needed to complete 130 credits based on courses taken and requirements that they fulfill)

16 Credits


  • 130 credits required for graduation
  • 2.0 overall and major (Chemical Engineering Core) GPA required for Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree.  
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in CHE 20500  to enroll in any other CHE course.
  • Students must earn a “C-” or better in all other CHE Major Required Courses (Chemical Engineering Core).  
  • Students may take the ChE General Education Selective Core courses for a letter grade or pass/ no pass option.
  • 3 credits of CHE 41100 , CHE 41200 , CHE 49800 , or CHE 49900  may be used to complete the Chemical Engineering Selective. 
  • 3 credits of CHE 41100, 41200, 49800, or 49800 may be used to complete the Engineering or Technical Selective.
  • Students may not earn credit in the following courses: ABE 20100, ABE 21000, ABE 30800, ABE 37000, IE 23000, IE 33000, ME 30900 and ME 31500.
  • Electives may need to be taken to reach 130 credits for the degree if STS course is taken that also completes Engineering Selective or Technical Elective.
  • Electives may need to be taken to reach 130 credits for the degree if HUM/BSS/STS course also fulfills General Education Upper-level Selective.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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