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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Faculty

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Chair

Julia M. Ross

Professors

Douglas D. Frey
Theresa Good
Mark R. Marten
Antonio R. Moreira
Govind Rao

Professor of the Practice

Taryn Bayles

Assistant Professors

Mariajose Castellanos
Jennie B. Leach

Courses in this program are listed under ENCH.

The undergraduate program in chemical and biochemical engineering emphasizes the application of basic engineering principles and the basic sciences - mathematics, physics and chemistry - to process industries concerned with the chemical transformation of matter. The program prepares students for graduate study or immediate industrial employment in such varied fields as chemical processing, food processing, metallurgy, energy conversion, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical production. Recent graduates of the department have obtained employment as chemical engineers at W.R. Grace, DuPont, Corning, Exxon, Merck, FMC, International Paper and many other major companies. Additional opportunities are presented by the research and development activities of many public and private research institutes and allied agencies.

The biotechnology and bioengineering track in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is a specialized program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. The program is designed to integrate the life sciences into each year of the curriculum. The track is intended for students who are interested in working in the biotechnology industry, pursuing graduate work in biochemical or biomedical engineering or going to medical school. In choosing senior-year electives, students may concentrate in biomedical or biochemical engineering or explore both areas. The research interests of the chemical and biochemical engineering faculty are exclusively focused in biotechnology and bioengineering and cover a wide range of areas. Students in this track are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects by utilizing the under-graduate research elective.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

The following is a sample schedule for a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in the traditional track of chemical engineering.

Freshman Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • CHEM 101: Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102: Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 102L: Introductory Chemistry Lab I
  • PHYS 121: Introductory Physics I
  • MATH 151, 152: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, II
  • ENES 101, ENME 110: Introductory Engineering Science, Statics

Sophomore Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • CHEM 351: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 351L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • ENCH 215: Chemical Engineering Analysis
  • MATH 251: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 225: Differential Equations
  • PHYS 122: Introductory Physics II
  • Advanced Science Elective
  • ENCH 225: Chem. Eng. Problem Solving and Exp. Design

Junior Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • CHEM 301: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 302: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311L: Advanced Laboratory I
  • ENCH 300: Chemical Process Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 425: Transport I: Fluids
  • ENCH 427: Transport II: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ENCH 440: Chemical Engineering Kinetics
  • ENCH 442: Chemical Engineering Systems Analysis
  • ENGL 393: Technical Writing

Senior Year
  • ENCH 437L: Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • ENCH 444: Process Engineering Economics and Design
  • ENCH 445: Separation Processes
  • ENCH 446: Process Engineering Economics and Design II
  • Chemical Engineering Technical Electives
  • General Education Requirements

* Advanced mathematics and natural science elective. Other courses that satisfy this elective course requirement include CHEM 300, CHEM 3352, BIOL 302, MATH 221, MATH 301, MATH 404 and STAT 355. A complete list of electives in this category is available from the chemical and biochemical engineering department.


Curriculum for the Chemical Engineering Degree - Biotechnology

The following is a sample four-year program leading to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in the biotechnology and bioengineering track of chemical engineering.

Freshman Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • BIOL 141: Introduction to Biology I
  • CHEM 101, 102: Principles of Chemistry I, II
  • CHEM 102L: Introductory Chemistry Lab I
  • MATH 151, 152: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, II
  • PHYS 121: Introductory Physics I
  • ENES 101: Engineering Science: Introductory Engineering Science

Sophomore Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • BIOL 302: Molecular and General Genetics
  • BIOL 303: Cell Biology
  • CHEM 351, 352: Organic Chemistry I, II
  • MATH 251: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 225: Differential Equations
  • ENCH 215: Chemical Engineering Analysis
  • PHYS 122: Introductory Physics II
  • ENCH 225: Chem. Eng. Problem Solving and Exp. Design

Junior Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • CHEM 437: Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 303: Physical Chemistry for Biochemists
  • ENCH 300: Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 425, 427: Transport Processes I, II
  • ENCH 440: Chemical Engineering Kinetics
  • ENCH 442: Chemical Engineering Systems Analysis
  • ENGL 393: Technical Writing

Senior Year
  • General Education Requirements
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering Electives*
  • ENCH 444, 446: Process Engineering Economics and Design I, II
  • ENCH 445: Separation Processes
  • ENCH 482: Biochemical Engineering
  • ENCH 485L: Biochemical Engineering Laboratory

*Biotechnology and bioengineering electives include ENCH 456: Biomaterials, ENCH 468: Undergraduate Research, ENCH 484: Biomedical Engineering. A list of additional courses in this category is available from the chemical and biochemical engineering department.