Chemical engineering is a discipline that focuses on discovery, design and manufacturing of wide range of products spanning multiple industrial sectors-chemicals, foods, sustainable energy, consumer goods, pharma, nanotechnology, health and life sciences. The curriculum covers  fundamental engineering subjects of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and the sciences-chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Relevant components of other engineering disciplines like materials science, computer science, and biomedical, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering also are integrated into the curriculum, The discipline sits at an unique interface between molecular sciences and engineering. Chemical engineers find employment in industry, government, consulting and education.

The BS in Chemical Engineering is a unique and modern undergraduate program that builds upon the strong fundamental multidisciplinary nature of chemical engineering through combining core chemical engineering fundamentals in thermodynamics, process analysis, fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer with concentrations in evolving industrial sectors such as sustainable energy, aerosols, nanotechnology, advanced materials, environmental engineering and pre-med.

Curriculum Requirements

Engineering Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering
Global Challenges Addressed by Engineering and Technology
Computing and Digital Solutions for the future
CET 200Engineering Analysis of Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Systems3
CET 330Fluid Mechanics3
CET 350Chemical Reaction Engineering Kinetics3
CET 351Mass Transfer Operations3
CET 403Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 13
CET 404Senior Design Project II – Integrated Engineering Documents 13
CET 450Process Dynamics and Control3
CET 455Unit Operations Laboratory1
ECE 118Introduction to Programming3
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
MAE 301Engineering Materials Science3
MAE 303Thermodynamics3
MAE 310Heat Transfer3
ISE 351Safety and Ethics in Engineering3
ISE 380Engineering Economic Analysis3
Technical Electives6
Optional Concentration (or Additional Electives)9
Pre-Med Concentration (all 16 credits are required)
Chemical Dynamics Laboratory
Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory
Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences
Organic Reactions and Synthesis
Evolution and Biodiversity
Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
Aerosol Science and Nanoparticle Technology Concentration (choose from the courses below)(9 credits required)
Aerosol Science and Technology
Scanning Electron Microscopy for Engineers
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
Sustainable Energy Concentration (choose from the courses below)(9 credits required)
Affordable and Sustainable Batteris
EGN 232
Building Mechanical Systems I: Hvac Fundamentals
Building Mechanical Systems II: HVAC Systems
Fundamentals of Solar Energy Utilization
Fuel Cells
Energy Conversion
Advanced Materials Concentration (choose from the courses below)(9 credits required)
Soft Matter Colloids
Chemical Product Design
Advanced Biomaterials
Introduction to Composite Materials
Scientific and Engineering Foundations of Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing of Engineering Materials
Environmental Engineering Concentration (choose from the courses below)(9 credits required)
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Environmental Laboratory and Analysis
Water-Resources Engineering I
Water Quality Control Systems
Water Resources Engineering II
Water-Quality Control in Natural Systems
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Engineering Microbiology
Air Pollution Control Engineering
Math and Science Courses
ISE 311Applied Probability and Statistics3
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
Select one from the following two3
Engineering Mathematics II
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
Quantitative Skills (3 credits) (fulfilled thru MTH 151)
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate (9 credits) (fulfilled through the major)
Total Credit Hours124

These courses fulfill the Advanced Writing and Communication Skills requirement for the BSCHE degree.

Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
EGN 114 Global Challenges Addressed by Engineering and Technology 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
 Credit Hours14
EGN 123 Computing and Digital Solutions for the future 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
PS Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
CET 200 Engineering Analysis of Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Systems 3
EGN 319 or MTH 311 Engineering Mathematics II
or Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
 Credit Hours17
CET 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
MAE 303 Thermodynamics 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
CET 450 Process Dynamics and Control 3
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science 3
MAE 310 Heat Transfer 3
ISE 311 Applied Probability and Statistics 3
AH Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
CET 350 Chemical Reaction Engineering Kinetics 3
AH Cognate 3
PS Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
CET 351 Mass Transfer Operations 3
CET 403 Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 3
CET 455 Unit Operations Laboratory 1
ISE 380 Engineering Economic Analysis 3
ISE 351 Safety and Ethics in Engineering 3
 Credit Hours16
CET 404 Senior Design Project II – Integrated Engineering Documents 3
AH Cognate 3
PS Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours124

PS Cognate: 9 Credit Hours

AH Cognate 9 Credit Hours

STEM Cognate: 9 Credit Hours-fulfilled through major

Students will need to take 9 credit hours of prescribed electives to obtain specific concentration of choice, except the pre-Med Concentration that requires all 6 courses (16 credits).  If students choose not to take a concentration area, they will get a general chemical engineering degree.  Students will also take 6 credit hours of technical electives, where a Technical Elective is any engineering course 200-level or higher.  CET 395, Undergraduate Research, can also be used as a Technical Elective.  Pre-Med students should discuss with their pre-Med advisor if additional courses are needed for the medical school they intend to apply, such as Foundations of Behavior for Pre-health Professions Cognate. 


The  mission of the chemical engineering program is to prepare future leaders in chemical engineering who are motivated to create a positive impact on chemical engineering education and research in academia and/or on wide ranging industrial sectors covering chemicals, environment, nanotechnology, materials, energy,  human health, medicine, consumer products.

Upon graduation, the graduates of the Department of Chemical Engineering will be:

  • Working as professionals in industry, research, entrepreneurship with high ethical standards.
  • Building careers across disciplinary boundaries while promoting a culture of inclusion.
  • Engaging in their self-development through professional development activities or the pursuit of post-graduate education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Students will be able to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Students will be able to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Students will be able to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Students will be able to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Students will be able to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.