Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Students seeking the BSChE degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits. This includes 62 credits in Math & Sciences/Humanities & Social Sciences; 52 credits in Engineering; 3 credits in Engineering Elective, and 3 credits in a Science/Engineering elective course. See the B.S. Ch.E. Program Handbook for more information.

Educational Emphasis

The Department of Chemical Engineering, through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, gives students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and (iii) Nanotechnology. Descriptions follow.

(i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment: Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to leach hazardous chemicals from landfills and use micro- organisms and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction devices to convert air and water pollutants to harmless compounds.

(ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine: Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex bioproducts such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural biochemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prostheses.

(iii) Nanotechnology: Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres, includes the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.. Chemical Engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices, and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and Engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.


Assistant Professor Patrick Ymele-Leki Mentors Postdoctoral Researcher and 2018 Research Week Winner

Fri, April 20, 2018

Chemical Engineering postdoctoral researcher Jyothirmai Simhadri was announced as the Post Doc/Resident/Fellow/Research Associate winner in the Physical Sciences and Engineering category for her research submission titled: Development of Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1 Biofilms for Iodate Reduction in Groundwater. Read More >>

Howard, Bajracharya & Shakya Win 2017 ExxonMobil/AIChE-NCS Award

Tue, April 3, 2018

Seniors April Howard, Diwash Bajracharya, and Preety Shakya (pictured left to right) were the 2017 recipients of the ExxonMobil/AIChE-NCS Award.Read More >>


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