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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 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, and polymers. In recent years, the scope of chemical engineering has been further broadened as discoveries in molecular biology, specialized polymers, and solid-state devices are adapted to commercial use.

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

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.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
Chemical Engineering 317, Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 618A, 118K, English 306, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Mechanical Engineering 210, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N 40

Major Sequence Courses
Chemical Engineering 322, 333T, 448, 350, 353, 353M, 354, 360, 363, 264, 372, 473K 37
Approved area electives in chemical engineering 6

Other Required Courses
Chemistry 618B, 118L, 353, 153K, Electrical Engineering 331 or 331K,[1] Engineering Mechanics 314 or 306S, English 316K 17
Chemistry elective chosen from Chemistry 431, 354 and 154K, 354L and 154K, 455 4
Approved mathematics or chemistry 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 131

Honors Curriculum

Chemical engineering students who complete the Freshman Engineering Honors Program and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 are eligible to participate in the Chemical Engineering Honors Curriculum. Other chemical engineering students who have achieved outstanding scholastic records at the University are also eligible. Honors recitation sections of selected chemical engineering courses are offered each year. These sections cover the same material as other sections, but provide a stimulating environment conducive to higher-level discussion. They are identified in the Course Schedule. For further information, see the departmental honors adviser.

Honors students may also 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 chairman. The courses listed in each area do not constitute an exclusive list of 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 I, 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 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
Chemical Engineering 376, Process Analysis and Simulation
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Electrical Engineering 370K, Computer Control Systems
Electrical Engineering 379K, Topic: Statistical Quality Control
Mechanical Engineering 335, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Mechanical Engineering 348, Introduction to Mechatronics
Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models
Upper-division mathematics course

Area II, Polymer 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 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemical Engineering 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
Chemical Engineering 363K, Polymer Processing
Chemical Engineering 376, Process Analysis and Simulation
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemistry 367L, Macromolecular Chemistry
Mechanical Engineering 370K, Structure and Properties of Materials

Area III, 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 323, Chemical Engineering for Microelectronics
Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
Chemical Engineering 363K, Polymer Processing
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemistry 431, Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry 455, Analytical Chemistry
Electrical Engineering 339, Solid-State Electronic Devices

Area IV, 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 302, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology 304, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
Chemical Engineering 376, Process Analysis and Simulation
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemical Engineering 379, Topic 1, Design for Environment
Civil Engineering 341, Environmental Pollution Engineering
Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
Civil Engineering 346K, Hazardous Waste Management
Civil Engineering 364, Design of Pollution Control Systems
Civil Engineering 369L, Air Pollution Engineering
Civil Engineering 370K, Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Meteorology 320, General Meteorology
Microbiology 319, General Microbiology, and 119K, General Microbiology Laboratory
Microbiology 362, Metabolism and Biochemistry of Microorganisms

Area V, 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 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemical Engineering 356, Optimization: Theory and Practice
Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
Chemical Engineering 363K, Polymer Processing
Chemical Engineering 376, Process Analysis and Simulation
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemical Engineering 379, Topic 1, Design for Environment
Mechanical Engineering 335, Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Mechanical Engineering 353, Engineering Economic Analysis

Area VI, 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 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemical Engineering 357, Technology and Its Impact on the Environment
Chemical Engineering 363K, Polymer Processing
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemical Engineering 379, Topic 1, Design for Environment
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 Economic Analysis

Area VII, 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 302, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology 303, Structure and Function of Organisms
Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemical Engineering 376, Process Analysis and Simulation
Chemical Engineering 376K, Process Evaluation and Quality Control
Chemistry 339K, Biochemistry I
Electrical Engineering 374K, Biomedical Electronics
Mechanical Engineering 354, Biomedical Engineering
Microbiology 319, General Microbiology, and 119K, General Microbiology Laboratory
Zoology 320, Cell Biology
Zoology 325, Genetics
Zoology 365L, Vertebrate Physiology
Zoology 365N, Vertebrate Physiology

Area VIII, 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 302, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering 339, Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering 355, Introduction to Polymer Engineering
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
Microbiology 319, General Microbiology, and 119K, General Microbiology Laboratory

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHE 102, Introduction to Chemical Engineering[2] 1
E 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
M E 210, Engineering Design Graphics 2
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
Total 15 or 16[2]
First Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 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

Courses Semester Hours

CH 618A, Organic Chemistry 3
CH 118K, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE 317, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
Total 18
Second Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CH 618B, Organic Chemistry 3
CH 118L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CH 353, Physical Chemistry 3
CHE 448, Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering 4
CHE 353, Transport Phenomena 3
E M 314, Mechanics, or E M 306S, Statics and Dynamics 3
Total 17
Third Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CH 153K, Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE 322, Thermodynamics 3
CHE 333T, Technical Communication 3
CHE 354, Unit Operations I: Transport Processes 3
E E 331, Electrical Circuits, Electronics, and Machinery, or E E 331K, Electric Circuits and Electronics 3
American government 3
Total 16
Third Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CHE 350, Chemical Engineering Materials 3
CHE 353M, Measurement, Control, and Data Analysis Laboratory 3
CHE 363, Unit Operations II: Separation Processes 3
Chemistry elective 4
Approved technical area course 3
Total 16
Fourth Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

CHE 264, Chemical Engineering Process and Projects Laboratory 2
CHE 372, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design 3
American history 3
Approved chemical engineering area course 3
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
Approved mathematics or chemistry elective 3
Total 17
Fourth Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

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

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Engineering is the application of scientific principles and technical knowledge to real-world problems. Civil engineering is the segment of the engineering profession that strives to provide for the basic needs of humanity. The civil engineer is involved with the physical environment through the planning, design, construction, and operation of building and housing systems, transportation systems, and systems for the protection and use of air and water resources.

The civil engineering student has the opportunity to obtain a broad background in mathematics and the physical sciences and their applications to all areas of civil engineering. This flexible curriculum allows the student to elect twenty semester hours of approved technical coursework to emphasize the areas of civil engineering of most interest to the student. In addition, courses in the humanities and social sciences are included.

To excel as a civil engineer, a student should have an aptitude for mathematics and science, an interest in the practical application of technical knowledge to societal problems, the motivation to study and prepare for engineering practice, and the desire to be a professional. Civil engineering graduates of the University may seek a wide variety of positions in planning, design, and construction with government agencies, industry, and private consulting firms. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in engineering, or in other professions such as business, medicine, law, or journalism, have an excellent base on which to build.

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 civil engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
Chemistry 301, 302, Civil Engineering 301, 311K, 311S, 314K, 319F, Engineering Mechanics 306S, 319, English 306, 316K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N 49

Major Sequence Courses
Base level courses: Architectural Engineering 323K, Civil Engineering 321, 329, 341, 356, 357 18
Civil Engineering 333T 3
Level I electives 12
Level II elective 3

Other Required Courses
Mathematics 427K 4
American government, including Texas government 6
American history 6
Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
Approved social science elective 3
Approved thermodynamics elective 3
Approved electrical circuits elective 3
Approved technical electives 6
Approved natural science elective 3
Approved mathematics elective 3

Minimum Required 125

Technical Electives

The civil engineering curriculum does not require the student to declare a specific technical area option. However, for the guidance of students with particular interests, level I electives in civil engineering are listed in areas of specialization. The twelve semester hours of level I electives must be chosen from the following civil engineering and architectural engineering courses; in special cases, with the written permission of the chairman, this requirement may be relaxed, provided the student demonstrates in advance that the courses to be substituted for civil engineering or architectural engineering courses are part of a consistent educational plan. To provide a broad general background, at least one technical elective from each of two different areas of specialization must be included in each student's program.

To provide the student with a background in design, at least one technical area option level II elective must be taken. Level II electives may be substituted for technical area option level I electives, but the requirement of at least one technical elective from each of two different areas of specialization still applies.

The following lists reflect current course offerings and are subject to change by the faculty. Current lists are available in the departmental undergraduate office.

Level I Electives

Construction Engineering and Project Management
Architectural Engineering 358, Construction Cost Estimating
Architectural Engineering 366, Contracts, Liability, and Ethics
Civil Engineering 352, Civil Engineering Measurements
Civil Engineering 373, Professional Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
Civil Engineering 345, Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Civil Engineering 346, Solid Waste Engineering
Civil Engineering 346K, Hazardous Waste Management
Civil Engineering 369L, Air Pollution Engineering
Civil Engineering 370K, Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering 375, Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
Structures
Architectural Engineering 345K, Masonry Engineering
Architectural Engineering 362L, Wood Engineering Design
Civil Engineering 331, Reinforced Concrete Design
Civil Engineering 335, Elements of Steel Design
Civil Engineering 363, Advanced Structural Analysis
Mechanics and Materials
Civil Engineering 351, Construction Materials
Civil Engineering 366K, Design of Bituminous Mixtures
Civil Engineering 366M, Modern Pavement Materials
Transportation
Civil Engineering 367M, Public Transportation Systems
Civil Engineering 367P, Pavement Design and Performance
Civil Engineering 367S, Systems Engineering Applications in Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering 367T, Traffic Engineering
Water Resources
Civil Engineering 358, Introductory Ocean Engineering
Civil Engineering 374K, Hydrology
Civil Engineering 374L, Groundwater Hydraulics

Level II Electives (Design)

Civil Engineering 378D, Integrated Design
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering 364, Design of Pollution Control Systems
Geotechnical Engineering
Civil Engineering 360K, Foundation Engineering
Structures
Civil Engineering 362M, Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Civil Engineering 362N, Advanced Steel Design
Civil Engineering 362P, Prestressed Concrete Design
Transportation
Civil Engineering 367, Highway Engineering
Civil Engineering 376, Airport Design
Water Resources
Civil Engineering 365K, Hydraulic Engineering Design

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

C E 301, Civil Engineering Systems 3
CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
E 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
Total 16
First Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

C E 311K, Introduction to Computer Methods 3
CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
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 17
Second Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

C E 311S, Elementary Statistics for Civil Engineers 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
E M 306S, Statics and Dynamics 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
Total 17
Second Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

C E 314K, Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
C E 319F, Elementary Mechanics of Fluids 3
E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
American government 3
Approved mathematics elective 3
Total 15
Third Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

C E 333T, Technical Communication 3
Base level courses[3] 9
Approved natural science elective 3
Total 15
Third Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

Base level courses[3] 9
Approved thermodynamics elective 3
American history 3
Total 15
Fourth Year--Fall Semester

Courses Semester Hours

Level I electives 9
American history 3
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
Total 15
Fourth Year--Spring Semester

Courses Semester Hours

Level I elective 3
Level II elective 3
Approved electrical circuits elective 3
Approved technical electives 6
Total 15

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