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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


BSChE Degree

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

The B.S.Ch.E. requires successful completion of 132 credit hours. Of these, 96 - 100 credits are specified by the department. Electives may be chosen from the Course Catalog to satisfy the additional department requirements for breadth or focus area. The General Announcements identify the University Distribution Requirements.

NOTE: The official degree and course requirements are those found in the General Announcements. Students having questions or concerns about their requirements and course selections should seek advice from their Chemical Engineering Faculty Advisor 

Click HERE for B.S.Ch.E. degree requirements.

Focus Areas

Students have the option of choosing one of five areas of specialization OR they may choose the multidisciplinary breadth option.
Through careful selection of other engineering and science courses, a student can specialize in any of the following five areas:

Alternatively, students can opt for the multidisciplinary breadth option.

Students following the breadth option are required to take an additional basic science course and one course from each of three different disciplines for a total of 12 credit hours. Students who select this option will be required to take course electives in other engineering disciplines to satisfy this requirement. Click HERE to see approved courses for this option.

The undergraduate curriculum is designed so that outstanding students interested in careers in research and teaching may enter graduate school after earning either bachelor's degree.
Upon completion of the B.S.Ch.E. program, a student is eligible to apply for a fifth year of specialized study leading to the degree of Master of Chemical Engineering (M.Ch.E.). Speak to your academic advisor for details. 

Enrollments and degrees awarded for degree programs in the Engineering School are available HERE

CHBE undergraduate students are recognized for exceptional independent research and engineering design through the award: Distinction in Research and Creative Works.