Skip to main content

Curriculum and Courses

in this section

The field program in chemical engineering begins with a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. These fundamentals are used to develop the analytical tools of chemical engineering - fluid mechanics, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics - in the sophomore and junior years. The units of chemical processes - such as chemical reactors, bio-reactors, distillation columns, and heat exchangers - are analyzed with these tools, beginning in the junior year. In the senior year you design chemical processes by integrating process units with regard to economics, safety, and environmental impact. This program will prepare you for professional practice in traditional areas of chemical engineering - chemicals, polymers, petroleum, utilities, pharmaceuticals, and foods - as well as emerging areas of biotechnology and electronic materials.

The chemical engineering curriculum requires much more chemistry than any other engineering program. Prospective majors must plan their program carefully so that they will complete two years of chemistry before entering the junior year. If you are unsure whether you will major in chemical engineering, you are advised to take the required chemistry. Otherwise you may have to take chemistry during the summer to obtain a chemical engineering degree in four years. Chemistry in excess of that required by the College of Engineering can be used to satisfy requirements for electives in other field programs.

Learn More