B.S. in Chemical Engineering
The primary task of Chemical Engineers is the mastery of the industrial processes which chemically transform various natural resources into more useful and valuable products. These products range from paper and gasoline to medicines and computer microchips. The Chemical Engineer is constantly concerned with improving these processes to best conserve resources (including capital) while preserving and protecting the environment.
The education of the chemical engineer covers advanced chemistry, physics, mathematics, general engineering, computer applications, material balances, energy balances, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design, unit operations and transport processes, and process control, with laboratories emphasizing these areas along with oral and written communication skills.
In order to meet current career interests and opportunities, elective courses are offered in nuclear applications and safety, industrial waste treatment, specialized computer techniques (including artificial intelligence), polymer engineering, pulp and paper processes, biochemical engineering, and fire and process safety. The curriculum in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
All requirements listed in the General Information section of the University Bulletin apply. In addition, a student majoring in a program in the College of Engineering must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in courses bearing the specific rubric of the major program (e.g., computer science, civil engineering, etc.) when computed on all attempts for which a final grade was received (excluding 'W plus' grades). In order to graduate from a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering, a student must complete 27 of the last 36 hours in the curriculum while enrolled in the College of Engineering.