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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 
 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts program is flexible and allows a student to pursue other areas of interest with or without a double major. This degree requires successful completion of 132 credit hours. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering requires 72 credits in General Math and Science courses and Chemical Engineering Core courses. Humanities and Social Science courses, along with free electives make up the remainder of the credit requirements. Electives may be chosen from the Course Catalog to satisfy the additional requirements. The General Announcements identify the University Distribution Requirements.

Detailed course descriptions and prerequisites for each class are available through the online course schedule. Students should pay particular attention to the co-requisites and prerequisites for each course to ensure that these are met prior to attempting to register for courses.

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  


General Math and Science Courses

Chemistry (18 hours required)

CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I with Laboratory
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II with Laboratory
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry

CHEM 215 - Organic Chemistry Lab OR
CHEM 217 - Organic Chemistry Lab for Engineers 

Students must select two of the following:

CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry II OR
CHEM 310 - Physical Chemistry OR
CHEM 330 - Analytical Chemistry OR
CHEM 360 - Inorganic Chemistry

Math (15 hours required)

MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 102 - Single Variable Calculus II
MATH 211- Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
MATH 212 - Multivariable Calculus

MATH 381 - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations OR
CAAM 336 - Differential Equations in Science and Engineering

Physics (7 hours required)

PHYS 101 OR PHYS 111 - Mechanics with Laboratory
PHYS 102 OR PHYS 112 - Electricity and Magnetism with Laboratory

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Core Courses

Students must complete the following core courses. (31 hours required)

CHBE 301 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
CHBE 303 - Computer Programming in Chemical Engineering
CHBE 305 - Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering
CHBE 310 - Fundamentals of Biomolecular Engineering
CHBE 343 - Chemical Engineering Lab I
CHBE 350 - Process Safety
CHBE 390 - Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHBE 401 - Transport Phenomena I
CHBE 402 - Transport Phenomena II
CHBE 403 - Design Fundamentals
CHBE 411 - Thermodynamics I
CHBE 412 - Thermodynamics II