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Department of Chemical Engineering

BS in Chemical Engineering

Minor in Chemical Engineering


216 Chemical Engineering Building (CEB)
(312) 996-3424
kmilla@uic.edu
http://www.che.uic.edu
Administration:
Head, Dr. Sohail Murad
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Ludwig C. Nitsche, lcn@uic.edu
Student Services: Graduate/Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Karen Milla, kmilla@uic.edu
Academic Advisors: Professors Akpa, Liu, Meyer, Murad, Nitsche, Regalbuto, Turian, and Wedgewood

 


 

BS in Chemical Engineering

In the Chemical Engineering curriculum, students learn to apply chemistry, physics, and mathematics to the industrial-scale production of chemicals, including petroleum products, polymers, pharmaceuticals, electronic devices, and foods. This program also explores chemical engineering applications in environmental protection, waste treatment, the creation of alternative energy sources, and other frontiers, such as microelectronic materials and nanotechnology.

The BS in Chemical Engineering program offers expertise in a wide variety of areas, including thermodynamics, separation processes, transport phenomena, reactor design, combustion, and process control. Students may use elective courses to specialize in these and other areas. The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers in industry or government, and for further study at the graduate level. As the only chemical engineering department at a public university in the Chicago metropolitan area, this program provides unique opportunities for students to interact with world-class industries through research projects and internship programs.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Chemical Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BS in Chemical Engineering Degree Requirements Hours
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements 74
Required in the College of Engineering 48
Technical Elective 3*
Electives outside the Major Rubric 3*
Total Hours—BS in Chemical Engineering 128

* Students in the Biochemical Engineering Concentration take a minimum of 8 hours of electives and 130 hours for the degree; see below.

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Courses Hours
ENGL 160— Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161— Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Exploring World Cultures coursea 3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursea 3
Understanding the Past coursea 3
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea 3
MATH 180—Calculus Ib 5
MATH 181—Calculus IIb 5
MATH 210—Calculus IIIb 3
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations I 3
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics)b 4
PHYS 142—General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)b 4
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry Ib 5
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry IIb 5
CHEM 222—Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 233—Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 234—Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 342—Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 346—Physical Chemistry II 3
Total Hours—Nonengineering and General Education Requirements 74

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

Required in the College of Engineering

Courses Hours
ENGR 100—Orientationa 0a
CHE 201—Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
CHE 205—Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CHE 210—Material and Energy Balances 4
CHE 301—Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 311—Transport Phenomena I 3
CHE 312—Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313—Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321—Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
CHE 341—Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 381—Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 382—Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 396—Senior Design I 4
CHE 397—Senior Design II 3
CME 260—Properties of Materials 3
ECE 210—Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
CHE 499—Professional Development Seminar 0
CS 109—C/C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
 Total Hours—Required in the College of Engineering 48

a ENGR 100 is one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.


Technical Elective

Courses Hours
One technical elective to be chosen from the following list of design-oriented courses:a 3
CHE 392—Undergraduate Research (3)b  
CHE 410—Transport Phenomena (3)  
CHE 413—Introduction to Flow in Porous Media (3)  
CHE 421—Combustion Engineering (3)  
CHE 422—Biochemical Engineering (3)  
CHE 423—Catalytic Reaction Engineering (3)  
CHE 431—Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)  
CHE 433—Process Simulation with Aspen Plus (3)  
CHE 438—Computational Molecular Modeling (3)  
CHE 440—Non-Newtonian Fluids (3)  
CHE 441—Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering (3)  
CHE 445—Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)  
CHE 450—Air Pollution Engineering (4)  
CHE 456—Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes (3)  
CHE 494—Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering (3)  
Total Hours—Technical Elective 3

a Possible technical elective credit for a 400-level CHE course not listed above will require departmental approval by petition to the Undergraduate Committee.
b An appropriate design-related research project may be selected with the approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Electives outside the Major Rubric

Courses Hours
Electives outside the CHE rubric 3
Total Hours—Electives outside the Major Rubric 3


Sample Course Schedule


Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I 5
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
CS 109—C/C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
ENGR 100—Orientationa 0a
Total Hours 16

a ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

   
Second Semester Hours
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry II 5
Total Hours 17
   
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
MATH 210—Calculus III 3
PHYS 142—General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 201—Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 17
   
Second Semester Hours
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 234—Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 233—Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHE 210—Material and Energy Balances     4
CHE 205—Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CME 260—Properties of Materials 3
Total Hours 18
   
Junior Year
First Semester Hours
ECE 210—Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
CHE 311—Transport Phenomena I 3
CHE 301—Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 222—Analytical Chemistry 4
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 16
   
Second Semester Hours
CHEM 342—Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 312—Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313—Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321—Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 15
   
Senior Year
First Semester Hours
CHE 381—Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 396—Senior Design I 4
CHE design elective—Selected from CHE 410, 413, 421, 422, 423, 431, 433, 438, 440, 441, 445, 450, 456, 494, or 392 (departmental approval is required for CHE 392) 3
CHEM 346—Physical Chemistry II 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 15
   
Second Semester Hours
CHE 382—Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 341—Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 397—Senior Design II 3
CHE 499—Professional Development Seminar 0
Elective outside the Major Rubric 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 14

 

BS in Chemical Engineering—Biochemical Engineering Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses—Biochemical Engineering Option Hours
   
One technical elective from Chemical Engineering:  
CHE 422—Biochemical Engineering 3
   
Two electives in nonmajor rubric category from among the following: 5–7
BIOS 350—General Microbiology (3)  
BIOS 351—Microbiology Laboratory (2)  
CHEM 352—Introductory Biochemistry (3)  
CHEM 452—Biochemistry I (4)  
Total Hours—Required Courses Biochemical Engineering Concentrationa 8–10

a Due to structure of the concentration and the prerequisites required for some of the courses, students in the concentration will be required to take a minimum of 130 semester hours for the degree.

Minor in Chemical Engineering

For the minor, 16–18 semester hours are required, excluding prerequisite courses. Students outside the Department of Chemical Engineering who wish to minor in Chemical Engineering must complete the following:


Prerequisite Courses—Chemical Engineering Minor Hours
Choose one of the following courses: 5
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I (5)  
CHEM 116—Honors General Chemistry I (5)  
   
CHEM 342—Physical Chemistry I 3
CS 109—C/C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
MATH 210—Calculus III 3
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
PHYS 142—General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
Total Hours—Prerequisites for Chemical Engineering Minor 35
   
Required Courses—Chemical Engineering Minor Hours
CHE 210—Material and Energy Balances 4
CHE 301—Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 321—Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
   
Choose one of the following courses: 3–4
CHE 311—Transport Phenomena I (3)  
ME 211—Fluid Mechanics I (4)  
   
Choose one of the following courses: 3–4
CHE 312—Transport Phenomena II (3)  
ME 321—Heat Transfer (4)  
CHE 313—Transport Phenomena III (3)  
Total Hours—Required Courses for Chemical
Engineering Minor
16–18