Emphases in Chemical Engineering

Alternative to the Individualized Emphasis in Chemical Engineering (defined below), a student may choose to obtain a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with one or more of the following four emphases: Biotechnology, Environmental, Materials, and Manufacturing (in collaboration with the Center for Manufacturing Excellence). The same General Education and Course Requires (defined above) apply to all emphases in Chemical Engineering. The taking of specific Advanced Chemistry and elective courses satisfy an Emphasis requirement as defined below.

The following are common statements for all of the Ch E emphases:

  • Students will choose to take either Statics (ENGR 309) or Computer Science (CSCI 251). The exception would be students in the Materials Emphasis who must take Statics and Biomedical Engineering who must take Computer Science.
  • With the exception of the Intro. Biology course series, all Technical Electives must be 300 level or higher.
Individualized Emphasis
Any Approved Advanced Chemistry 3 credits
Technical Electives and/or ChE R&D Experience (ChE 330) 9 credits
B.S.Ch.E. with Biomedical Engineering (BME) Emphasis

Note: Students in the B.S.Ch.E. BME emphasis must choose to take CSCI 251.
The following Advanced Chemistry and technical electives are required for a Biomedical Engineering emphasis: CHEM 334, Biophysical Chemistry; EL E 313 - Biomedical Physiology; EL E 413 - Biomedical Signal Processing; and 3-credits of Technical Elective. The technology elective may be fulfilled using ChE 330, ChE R&D Experience.



B.S.Ch.E. with Biotechnology Emphasis

The following Advanced Chemistry and technical electives are required for a Biotechnology Emphasis: Chem 334, Biophysical Chemistry; Phar 331, Basic Pharmaceutics, ChE 520, Biochemical Engineering and 3-credits of Technical Elective. The technical elective may be fulfilled using ChE 330, ChE R&D Experience.



B.S.Ch.E. with Environmental Emphasis

The following courses are required for an Environmental Emphasis:

  • CE 471, Environmental Eng. I
  • Technical Elective or ChE R&D Experience (ChE 330)
  • Choice of one of the following Environ. Tech. Electives:
    • Engr 537 - Environmental Eng. II
    • Engr 573 - Environmental Remediation
    • Engr 571 - Service Learning in Water Treatment
  • Choice of one of the following advanced chemistries:
    • GE 503 - Environmental Geochemistry
    • Engr 540 - Environmental Organic Chemistry Transport/Separation
B.S.Ch.E. with Materials Emphasis

Note: Students in Materials Must Choose to take ENGR 309.
The following courses are required for a Materials Emphasis:

  • ChE 545, Physical Chem. Surfaces
  • Engr 312, Mechanics of Materials
  • Technical Elective or ChE R&D Experience (ChE 330)
  • Choice of one of the following Materials Electives:
    • ME 527 - Material Processing
    • ME 528 - Polymer Processing
    • ME 530 - Physical Metallurgy
    • ME 531 - Mechanical Behavior of Engr. Materials
    • ME 532 - Glass and Ceramics
    • ME/EL E 533 Electronic Properties of Materials
B.S.Ch.E. with Manufacturing Emphasis

The following Advanced Chemistry and Technical Electives are required for a Manufacturing Emphasis: Manf 150, 251, 252, 253, 254, 350, ChE 460, 461, and Bus 250. Manf 250 recommended but not required.



B.S.Ch.E. with a Pre-Med Pathway

The following recommended pathway allows a student to meet the entrance requirements of Medical Schools while pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering:

  • Advanced Chemistry, Chem 471 - Biochemistry I
  • Technical Elective 1, Chem 473 - Biochemistry II
  • Technical Elective 2, Bisc 160/161 and 162/163 Biological Sciences
  • Technical Elective 3, Technical Elective or ChE R&D Experience (ChE 330)

We also recommend that students applying to Med Schools take Chem 226, Organic Chem. Lab II, which is not required in Chemical Engineering, may be required for Med. School entrance.