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Offered by: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

226 Olin Hall, 255.1489,

Program Objectives

Our objectives are designed to meet the needs of our constituents: our students, our graduates, the employers of our graduates, the graduate programs that our graduates enter, the chemical engineering professional community, and society in general.

  • Objective 1. To teach our students to analyze and design chemical processes that span molecular to macroscopic scales.
  • Objective 2. To teach our students interpersonal skills necessary in a professional environment.
  • Objective 3. To provide a liberal education in humanities and history.
  • Objective 4. To create scholars and professionals.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2190: Mass and Energy Balances (required)
  • CHEM 3890: Honors Physical Chemistry I (recommended)b

Required Major Courses

  • CHEM 2510: Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 2900: Introductory Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciencesg
  • CHEM 3900: Honors Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEME 3010: Career Perspectives
  • CHEME 3130: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHEME 3230: Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEME 3240: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • CHEME 3320: Analysis of Separation Processes
  • CHEME 3720: Introduction to Process Dynamics and Control
  • CHEME 3900: Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • CHEME 4320: Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • CHEME 4620: Chemical Process Design


Six credits of advanced chemical engineering electives chosen from:

  • CHEME 4010: Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • CHEME 4020: Cellular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • CHEME 4130: Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • CHEME 4700: Process Control Strategies
  • CHEME 4810: Biomedical Engineering
  • CHEME 4840: Microchemical and Microfluidic Systems
  • CHEME 5201: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • CHEME 5204: Turbomachinery Applications
  • CHEME 5205: Industrial Applications of Fluid Dynamics
  • CHEME 5207: Hydrocarbon Resources
  • CHEME 5208: Renewable Resources from Agriculture
  • CHEME 5430: Bioprocess Engineering
  • CHEME 5440: Systems Biology in Biotechnology and Medicine
  • CHEME 6240/MAE 5240: Physics of Micro- and Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • CHEME 6310: Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
  • CHEME 6400: Polymeric Materials
  • CHEME 6440: Aerosols and Colloids
  • CHEME 6560: Membrane Separations
  • CHEME 6610: Air Pollution Control
  • CHEME 6640: Energy Economics
  • CHEME 6650: Energy Engineering
  • CHEME 6660: Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems
  • CHEME 6661: Bioenergy and Biofuels Module
  • CHEME 6662: Solar Energy Module
  • CHEME 6663: Geothermal Energy Module
  • CHEME 6664: Wind Energy Module
  • CHEME 6665: Geological Carbon Sequestration Module
  • CHEME 6666: Unconventional Natural Gas Development from Shale Formations Module
  • EAS/CHEME 6668: Earth System Behavior and Resources Module
  • EAS/CHEME 6669: Earth Energy Science and Engineering Module

Four Major-approved electivese (includes the biology electivef)

Two Approved electivese (includes CHEM 2080)



  1. CHEM 2080 (2150) usually fulfills one of the two approved electives.
  2. CHEM 3890 is required by the Major, and it is recommended that this course be counted as an engineering distribution course. In this case, the fourth credit may apply as an approved elective credit.
  3. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course (CHEME 4320: Chemical Engineering Laboratory satisfies this requirement).
  4. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major. These are satisfied by courses in chemistry.
  5. Electives can be taken in semester 7 and 8. Major-approved electives must be approved by your CHEME faculty advisor. Students with a biomolecular focus may use the following courses as electives: CHEME 4010 and CHEME 4020 as advanced CHEME Electives; BIOMG 3300 and CHEME 5430 or CHEME 4810 as a Major-approved elective.
  6. The biology elective can be taken in semester 4 or later. Each student must complete one of the seven following options for the biology elective:
    1. Advanced Placement—a score of 5 on the CEEB AP exam or a score of 7 on the IB Higher Level exam.
    2. CHEME 2880: Biomolecular Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications (fall, 3 credits).
    3. CHEME 5430: Bioprocess Engineering (fall, 3 credits).
    4. Eight credits of a pre-med biology sequence; BIOG 1500: Investigative Laboratory (2 credits) and BIOG 1350: Principles of Cell Developmental Biology (3 credits) and BIOG 1440: Introduction to Comparative Physiology (3 credits) or BIOG 1610: Ecology and the Environment (3 credits); BIOG 1105: Introductory Biology (4 credits) and BIOG 1106: Introductory Biology (4 credits); BIOG 1107: General Biology (summer, 3 credits) and BIOG 1108: General Biology (summer, 3 credits) and BIOG 1500: Investigative Laboratory (2 credits).
    5. Three credits of microbiology—BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures (fall, spring, or six-week summer session, 3 credits).
    6. Four credits of biochemistry—BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction (fall or spring, 4 credits) or BIOMG 3330: Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (six-week summer session, 4 credits) or BIOMG 3350: Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (spring, 4 credits).
    7. Five credits of biochemistry—BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (fall, 3 credits) and BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology (spring, 2 credits)
  7. Premed students need 8 credits of organic chemistry.

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