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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, BSCHE

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About the Program

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.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Chemical Engineering  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

130 Credits for Graduation
Students must have a graduation index of a 2.0

Other Departmental Courses (89 credits)

Program Requirements

14 Credits

17 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

18 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

17 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

16 Credits


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 CHE 21100 , CHE 30600 , CHE 32000 , CHE 34800 , CHE 37700 , CHE 37800  to enroll in upper level CHE courses.

130 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Students may take General Education Elective IV, V, and VI for a letter grade or pass/ no pass option.

3 credits of CHE 41100, 41200, 49800, or 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.

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Free Electives (0 - 5 credits)

  • Free Elective (for students who complete ENGL 10800 ) - Credit Hours: 1.00
  • Free Elective (for students who complete MA 26500  for Math Selective I) - Credit Hours: 1.00
  • Free Elective (for students who complete a course that fulfills both Science, Technology, & Society and Technical Elective) - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures/Humanities - General Education Elective I
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science - General Education Elective II
  • Information Literacy - ENGR 13100
  • Science Selective - CHM 11500
  • Science Selective - PHYS 17200
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective - General Education Elective III
  • Written Communication - ENGL 10600
  • Oarl Communication - COM 11400
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MA 16500

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