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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is one of the most broadly based engineering disciplines. Its field of practice covers the development, design, and control of processes and products that involve molecular change, both chemical and biological, and the operation of such processes. Since many of the products that sustain and improve life are produced by carefully designed and controlled molecular changes, the chemical engineer serves in a wide variety of industries. These industries range from chemical and energy companies to producers of all types of consumer and specialty products, pharmaceuticals, textiles, polymers, advanced materials, and solid-state devices.

Careers are available in industry, government, consulting, and education. Areas of professional work include research and development, operations, technical service, product development, process and plant design, market analysis and development, process control, and pollution abatement.

The objective of the chemical engineering degree program is to prepare students for professional practice in chemically related careers after the bachelor's degree or an advanced degree. Chemical engineering graduates are expected to apply fundamentals of science and engineering to solve problems of analysis and design of components, systems, and processes important in chemical engineering practice and research; demonstrate interpersonal skills required to lead and/or participate effectively in interdisciplinary projects; recognize the importance of lifelong learning in meeting professional and personal goals so they can be successful in their chosen profession, including graduate school; exhibit effectiveness in communication skills; and articulate and practice professional, ethical, environmental, and societal responsibilities, and value different global and cultural perspectives. To meet the program objective, the faculty has designed a rigorous, demanding, state-of-the-art curriculum that integrates lectures and laboratory experience in basic science, mathematics, engineering science, engineering design, and the liberal arts.

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Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the chemical engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements, are listed in this chapter.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemical Engineering 210, 317, Chemistry 302, 204, 118K, 318M, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Writing 306 37
Major Sequence Courses
  Chemical Engineering 322, 333T, 348, 350, 353, 253K, 253M, 354, 360, 363, 264, 372, 473K 37
  Approved area electives in chemical engineering 6
Other Required Courses
  Biology 311C, Chemistry 118L, 318N, 353, 153K, Electrical Engineering 331, English 316K 17
  Chemistry elective with a laboratory experience chosen from Chemistry 431, 354 and 154K, 154K and 354L, and 455; or Chemical Engineering 179 and Chemistry 339K, 354, or 369 [5] 4
  Approved advanced mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology elective 3
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved area electives 6
MINIMUM REQUIRED 128

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Honors Program

Chemical engineering students who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 may take the honors research course, Chemical Engineering 679H. In this course the student performs research over two consecutive semesters under the supervision of a faculty member, makes two oral presentations, and writes a thesis. Chemical Engineering 679H may be used to fulfill either the approved area electives requirement or the approved area electives in chemical engineering requirement.

Technical Area Options

Because of the broad training received by the chemical engineer in natural sciences and engineering, opportunities are provided for students also to develop particular talents and interests in one or two areas of emphasis. Each student must complete twelve semester hours in one of the following areas or six semester hours in each of two areas, including at least two chemical engineering courses. The technical area courses should be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser and must be approved by the department chair. The courses listed in each area do not constitute an exclusive list of technical area courses but illustrate the types of courses that are generally suitable for a given area.

Students with a grade point average of at least 3.00 who are interested in seeking an advanced degree in chemical engineering are encouraged to discuss their plans with the graduate adviser or another faculty member. These students are encouraged to take at least one advanced mathematics course among their electives. They should also inquire about undergraduate research positions in the department.

For all areas, Chemical Engineering 325L and 377K may be counted as chemical engineering electives only with the approval of the student's academic adviser. Chemical Engineering 377K may be counted only once toward the degree.

Area 1, Process Analysis and Control

The chemical process industry is one of the most advanced in the applications of modern control techniques and computer technology. These rapidly developing techniques are of great utility to the practicing engineer.

  • Chemical Engineering 341, Design for Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 342, Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis
  • Chemical Engineering 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Electrical Engineering 370K, Computer Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering 379K, Topic: Statistical Quality Control
  • Mechanical Engineering 335, Engineering Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering 348D, Introduction to Mechatronics II
  • Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models
  • Upper-division mathematics course

Area 2, Polymer and materials engineering

Polymers and related special products make possible many of the conveniences of modern life. Chemical engineers continue to be major contributors in this area.

  • Chemical Engineering 322M, Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering 339P, Introduction to Biological Physics
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Chemistry 367L, Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering 336, Materials Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering 378C, Electroceramics
  • Mechanical Engineering 378K, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering 378P, Properties and Applications of Polymers
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Area 3, Electronic Materials Engineering

Electronic equipment of all types requires devices produced by carefully controlled chemical processes. Chemical engineers can assume a creative role in this technology when provided with the appropriate fundamentals and applications background.

  • Chemical Engineering 322M, Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering 323, Chemical Engineering for Microelectronics
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Chemistry 431, Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 455, Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering 339, Solid-State Electronic Devices
  • Mechanical Engineering 349, Corrosion Engineering
  • Physics 338K, Electronic Techniques

Area 4, Environmental Engineering

Chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to contribute to the solution of environmental problems and to design processes and products that minimize environmental hazards.

  • Biology 311D, Introductory Biology II
  • Biology 226R, General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics
  • Biology 339, Metabolism and Biochemistry of Microorganisms
  • Chemical Engineering 322M, Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering 339P, Introduction to Biological Physics
  • Chemical Engineering 341, Design for Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Civil Engineering 341, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 346K, Hazardous Waste Management
  • Civil Engineering 364, Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities
  • Civil Engineering 369L, Air Pollution Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 370K, Environmental Sampling and Analysis
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Area 5, Process Engineering

The design and operation of processes is a major function of chemical engineers that is essential to any successful product. Competence in design, economics, fault detection, optimization, control, and simulation is essential.

  • Architectural Engineering 323K, Project Management and Economics
  • Chemical Engineering 341, Design for Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 342, Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Mechanical Engineering 335, Engineering Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering 353, Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Physics 338K, Electronic Techniques

Area 6, Product Engineering

Chemical engineers are frequently involved in the development of new consumer and specialty products, an assignment that requires not only technical skills but also an understanding of the principles of successful marketing and quality control.

  • Chemical Engineering 341, Design for Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 342, Chemical Engineering Economics and Business Analysis
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • International Business 378, International Business Operations
  • Marketing 320F, Foundations of Marketing
  • Marketing 460, Information and Analysis
  • Mechanical Engineering 335, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering 353, Engineering Finance
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Area 7, Biomedical Engineering and Premedical/Predental Program

The biomedical option is designed for students who have an interest in the life sciences in addition to the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Courses included under this plan are applicable to the entrance requirements for most medical schools, dental schools, and graduate programs in biomedical engineering. For additional information, see the departmental biomedical adviser.

  • Biology 311D, Introductory Biology II
  • Biology 320, Cell Biology
  • Biology 325, Genetics
  • Biology 226R, General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics
  • Biology 365R, Vertebrate Physiology I
  • Biology 365S, Vertebrate Physiology II
  • Biomedical Engineering 352, Advanced Engineering Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering 353, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering 365R, Quantitative Engineering Physiology I
  • Chemical Engineering 322M, Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering 339P, Introduction to Biological Physics
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Chemistry 339K, Biochemistry I
  • Electrical Engineering 374K, Biomedical Electronics
  • Mechanical Engineering 354, Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering

Area 8, Biotechnology

The discoveries in the biological sciences that placed large areas of these sciences on a molecular basis provide great potential for new products to improve living standards and health. Those with proper training in the basics of chemical engineering and in application techniques will make major contributions to commercial development of such products.

  • Biology 311D, Introductory Biology II
  • Biology 325, Genetics
  • Biology 226R, General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics
  • Biomedical Engineering 352, Advanced Engineering Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering 353, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering 365R, Quantitative Engineering Physiology I
  • Chemical Engineering 322M, Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering 339P, Introduction to Biological Physics
  • Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymers
  • Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
  • Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
  • Chemistry 339K, Biochemistry I
  • Chemistry 339L, Biochemistry II
  • Chemistry 370, Physical Methods for Biochemistry
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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
  CHE 102, Introduction to Chemical Engineering [6] 1
  CHE 210, Introduction to Computing 2
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
  Social science elective 3
TOTAL 15 or 16 [6]
First Year — Spring Semester
  BIO 311C, Introductory Biology I 3
  CH 204, Introduction to Chemical Practice 2
  M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
  PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
  PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
  American government 3
TOTAL 16
Second Year — Fall Semester
  CH 118K, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  CH 318M, Organic Chemistry I 3
  CHE 317, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 3
  M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
  PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
  PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
TOTAL 15
Second Year — Spring Semester
  CH 118L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  CH 318N, Organic Chemistry II 3
  CH 353, Physical Chemistry I 3
  CHE 348, Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering and Problem Solving 3
  CHE 353, Transport Phenomena 3
  E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
TOTAL 16
Third Year — Fall Semester
  CH 153K, Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
  CHE 322, Thermodynamics 3
  CHE 333T, Engineering Communication 3
  CHE 253K, Applied Statistics 2
  CHE 354, Transport Processes 3
  Chemistry elective 4
TOTAL 16
Third Year — Spring Semester
  CHE 253M, Measurement, Control, and Data Analysis Laboratory 2
  CHE 363, Separation Processes and Mass Transfer 3
  E E 331, Electrical Circuits, Electronics, and Machinery 3
  American history 3
  Approved technical area course 3
  Fine arts/humanities elective 3
TOTAL 17
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  CHE 350, Chemical Engineering Materials 3
  CHE 264, Chemical Engineering Process and Projects Laboratory 2
  CHE 372, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design 3
  Approved chemical engineering area course 3
  American government 3
  Approved advanced mathematics, physics, chemistry, or biology elective 3
TOTAL 17
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  CHE 360, Process Control 3
  CHE 473K, Process Design and Operations 4
  American history 3
  Approved chemical engineering area course 3
  Approved technical area course 3
TOTAL 16

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