Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, B.S.

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A foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics is required for the study of chemical engineering. Fundamental principles related to the transformation of matter and energy are developed in subjects including thermodynamics, fluid flow, separations, heat and mass transfer, reactor design, and chemical process design. Undergraduate electives are available in biopharmaceutical engineering, energy and fuels, environmental engineering, and materials engineering and nanotechnology. A program is also available to fulfill pre-medical requirements simultaneously with requirements for the B.S. in chemical engineering.

The chemical engineering program educational objectives (PEOs) are that our graduates will:

  • Excel in their chosen career pathways, as practicing chemical engineers or through the pursuit of advanced technical or professional degrees.
  • Impact their profession through effective leadership that promotes diversity and inclusion, communication, teamwork, and creative solution strategies to address global and societal issues.
  • Apply their engineering training to contribute to health, safety, equity, and the environmental and economic well-being of their communities.
  • Be professionally responsible, ethical, and seek out continuing education, professional development and career advancement opportunities to positively impact society.

Degree Requirements

The following curriculum meets requirements for the B.S. in chemical engineering, provided the student satisfies the graduation requirements listed earlier.

Each student must complete the following:

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements.  The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

Subtotal: Premajor Requirements: 43

Subtotal: Major hours: 58

In addition to the premajor and major requirements, students must complete the following:

Engineering/Science Electives

Totaling three or more credit hours for each course.

Students must select four courses, as follows:

  1. One chemical engineering elective: (CME 395 *, CME 404G , CME 505 , CME 515 , CME 523 , CME 542 , CME 552 , CME 554 , CME 556 , CME 570 , CME 573 , CME 580 , CME 599 .)
  2. One science/math elective (totaling 3 or more credit hours**) that is not a more elementary version of a required course.
    1. Math (MA 321 , MA 322 , MA 416G , MA 432G , MA 433G , MA 471G , MA 481G )
    2. Chemistry (CHE 226 , CHE 250 , CHE 510  and above)
    3. Biology (BIO 148  and above)
    4. Physics (PHY 241  and above)
    5. Other courses by approval of Director of Undergraduate Studies
  3. One engineering elective (level 300 and above) that does not significantly duplicate content in a core chemical engineering course (e.g., ME 330 ) or a CME elective (CME 395  and above).
  4. One chemical engineering elective (CME 395  and above) or one engineering elective (level 300 and above) or one science/math elective as described above.

*CME 395  (3 credits) can be used to satisfy only one elective requirement.

** Students may combine multiple qualifying courses that total 3 credits (e.g. pre-medical students may wish to combine PHY 241 , PHY 242  and CHE 233 ).

Subtotal: Engineering/Science Electives: 12

Total Hours: 128


§ Transfer students will take  EGR 215 - INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS , in place of EGR 101  and EGR 103 .

Δ Students must complete both EGR 101  and EGR 103  to fulfill the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement. Transfer students may satisfy the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement by taking EGR 215 .

*Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course.

Freshman Year

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Junior Year

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