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2018-2019 University Catalog 
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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.

Degree Requirements

130 Credits Required

Other Departmental Courses (89 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

13 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits

18 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

17 Credits

Fall 4th Year

17 Credits

Spring 4th Year

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 General Education Elective IV, V, and VI 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.

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