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Undergraduate Catalog 2012

Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering

Faculty

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Chair

Julia M. Ross

Professors

Douglas D. Frey
Theresa Good
Mark R. Marten
Antonio R. Moreira
Govind Rao
Brian Reed
Julia M. Ross
Claire Welty

Professor of the Practice

Taryn M. Bayles

Associate Professor

Upal Ghosh
Jennie B. Leach

Assistant Professors

Lee Blaney
Mariajose Castellanos

Lecturer

Joshua Enszer

Courses in this program are listed under ENCH .

The undergraduate program in Chemical 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, environmental engineering, 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, ExxonMobil, 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, Biochemical and Environmental 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 many of the department faculty are 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.

The Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering also offers a second track in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. The track emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for students interested in both chemical and environmental engineering. Students graduating from this track will be well-equipped to seek employment with traditional chemical engineering companies as well as environmental engineering firms and graduate programs. Current departmental research in environmental engineering focuses on water sustainability, storm water management, contaminant fate and transport, water/wastewater treatment, and environmental remediation.

Academic Advising

Lower-division students are advised by professional staff advisors in the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Upper-division students majoring in chemical engineering are assigned a permanent advisor, chosen from the faculty of the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering. Students are required to meet with their assigned advisor before registering for an upcoming semester’s courses.

Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (Five Cs) are to develop in students:

  • Competency in the discipline of chemical engineering
  • Critical thinking ability that will enable them to solve complex problems
  • Ability to work in Cooperation with teammates
  • Ability to Communicate effectively
  • Capacity for lifelong learning

Admission Requirements

Freshmen

Applicants who meet the admission requirements to the university and are prepared, by virtue of their high school background and as indicated by their placement tests, to enroll in ENGL 100, MATH 151, ENES 101 and CHEM 101 may designate chemical engineering as their major.

Once students have passed all four of the above courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and with an overall GPA of 2.5 in all four courses, they may continue with chemical engineering as their major. Students are not allowed to take any other engineering courses until this requirement is fulfilled.

Past experience has shown that for students to pursue an engineering education successfully immediately upon graduation from high school, should have taken three years of high school mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry; one year of physics and one year of chemistry. Students also should have obtained a SAT score of 1200 (critical reading and mathematics) with a minimum of 600 on the mathematics test.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be admitted into chemical engineering upon completion of 28 transferable college credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the core courses equivalents to ENGL 100; ENES 101; MATH 151; CHEM 101 and all physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering courses that are included for transfer credit.

Program Regulations

1. The responsibility for proper registration and for satisfying prerequisites for any course rests with the student, as does the responsibility for proper achievement in courses in which the student is enrolled. Each student should be familiar with the provisions of this catalog, including the academic regulations.

2. It is strongly recommended that every chemical engineering student satisfy the mathematics, chemistry and physics requirements as early as possible in his or her program.

3. To be eligible for a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, a student must have an overall average of at least a “C” (2.0) and a grade of “C” or better in all engineering and required courses. Responsibility for knowing and meeting all degree requirements for graduation rests with the student.

4. The Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Department publishes a handbook that gives the detailed regulations and policies in the department. Students are urged to obtain this handbook to aid their planning of a chemical engineering education at UMBC.

General Education Requirements

Engineering students graduating from UMBC must take 30credits of General Education Requirements, as described elsewhere in this catalog, including ENGL 393: Technical Writing. Note that because ENGL 393 is required for the engineering program, it is not counted as an arts/humanities requirement for engineering students.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

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

Freshman Year

  • 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
  • General Education Requirements

Sophomore Year

  • 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: Chemical Engineering Problem Solving and Experimental Design
  • General Education Requirements

Junior Year

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

Senior Year

  • ENCH 437L: Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • ENCH 444: Process Engineering Economics and Design I
  • 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. Courses that satisfy this elective course requirement include CHEM 300, CHEM 352, BIOL 302, MATH 221, MATH 301, MATH 404 and STAT 355. A complete list of electives in this category is available from the Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering department.

Chemical Engineering Technical Electives Guidelines for the Traditional Track

Nine credits of technical electives, selected from the courses listed below, are required in the traditional chemical engineering track. It is recommended that they be taken during the senior year. The course ENCH 468: Research Projects can be used as a substitute for one of these courses with written approval of the Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering department. Elective courses in this category are as follows:

  • ENCH 450 Chemical Process Development
  • ENCH 456 Polymeric Materials
  • ENCH 459 Statistical Design of Experiments
  • ENCH 482 Biochemical Engineering
  • ENCH 484 Biomedical Engineering
  • ENCH 489 Biological Treatment Processes
  • ENCH 489 Physicochemical Treatment Processes
  • ENCH 489 Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation
  • ENCH 489 Air Pollution

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

The following is a sample schedule for a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering via the biotechnology and bioengineering track.

Freshman Year

  • BIOL 141: Foundations in 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: Introductory Engineering Science
  • General Education Requirements

Sophomore Year

  • 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: Chemical Engineering Problem Solving and Experimental Design
  • General Education Requirements

Junior Year

  • CHEM 437: Comprehensive Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 303: Physical Chemistry for Biochemical Sciences
  • ENCH 300: Chemical Process Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 425: Transport Processes I: Fluids
  • ENCH 427: Transport Processes II: Heat & Mass Transfer
  • ENCH 440: Chemical Engineering Kinetics
  • ENCH 442: Chemical Engineering Systems Analysis
  • ENGL 393: Technical Writing
  • General Education Requirements

Senior Year

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

* 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.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

The following is a sample schedule for a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering via the environmental engineering and sustainability track.

Freshman Year

  • 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, ENME 110: Introductory Engineering Science, Statics
  • General Education Requirements

Sophomore Year

  • 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: Chemical Engineering Problem Solving and Experimental Design
  • Advanced Science elective or ENCH 210: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • General Education Requirements

Junior Year

  • CHEM 303: Physical Chemistry for Biochemical Sciences
  • ENCH 300: Chemical Process Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 425: Transport Processes I: Fluids
  • ENCH 427: Transport Processes II: Heat & Mass Transfer
  • ENCH 440: Chemical Engineering Kinetics
  • ENCH 442: Chemical Engineering Systems Analysis
  • ENCH 310: Environmental Chemistry and Biology
  • ENCH 412: Environmental Physicochemical Processes
  • ENGL 393: Technical Writing
  • General Education Requirements

Senior Year

  • ENCH 444: Process Engineering Economics and Design I
  • ENCH 445: Separation Processes
  • ENCH 446: Process Engineering Economics and Design II
  • ENCH 414: Environmental Biological Processes
  • ENCH 437L: Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • Engineering Electives*
  • General Education Requirements

* Engineering electives include (but are not limited to):

  • ENCH 450: Chemical Process Development
  • ENCH 456: Polymeric Materials
  • ENCH 459: Statistical Design of Experiments
  • ENCH 482: Biochemical Engineering
  • ENCH 484: Biomedical Engineering
  • ENCH 489: Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation
  • ENCH 489: Air Pollution
  • ENCH 456: Biomaterials
  • ENCH 468: Undergraduate Research

A list of additional courses in this category is available from the Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering department.

Special Opportunities

Chemical engineering faculty members strive to make research opportunities available to all students. Many students take advantage of these opportunities by enrolling in ENCH 468: Research Projects for course credit or by working as a research assistant in the laboratory of a faculty member. Research of this type is especially valuable for students intending to enroll in graduate school.