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Chemical Engineering Coursework

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Chemical Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

CodeTitleHours
73
49
a3
a3
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

CodeTitleHours
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
a3
a3
a3
a3
a3
MATH 180Calculus I b4
MATH 181Calculus II b4
MATH 210Calculus III b3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) b4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b4
CHEM 122
& CHEM 123
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory Ib
5
or CHEM 116 Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 124
& CHEM 125
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory IIb
5
or CHEM 118 Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 222Analytical Chemistry c4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 346Physical Chemistry II3
Total Hours73

Required in the College of Engineering

CodeTitleHours
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
CHE 201Introduction To Thermodynamics3
CHE 205Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 210Material and Energy Balances4
CHE 301Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 311Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 312Transport Phenomena II3
CHE 313Transport Phenomena III3
CHE 321Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 341Chemical Process Control3
CHE 381Chemical Engineering Laboratory I2
CHE 382Chemical Engineering Laboratory II2
CHE 396Senior Design I4
CHE 397Senior Design II4
CME 260Properties of Materials3
ECE 210Electrical Circuit Analysis3
CHE 499Professional Development Seminar0
CS 109C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
Total Hours49

Technical Elective

CodeTitleHours
a3

CHE 392

Undergraduate Research b

CHE 410

Transport Phenomena

CHE 413

Introduction to Flow in Porous Media

CHE 421

Combustion Engineering

CHE 422

Biochemical Engineering

CHE 423

Catalytic Reaction Engineering

CHE 425

Nanotechnology for Pharmaceutical Applications

CHE 431

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

CHE 433

Process Simulation With Aspen Plus

CHE 438

Computational Molecular Modeling

CHE 440

Non-Newtonian Fluids

CHE 441

Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering

CHE 445

Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering

CHE 450

Air Pollution Engineering

CHE 451

Renewable Energy Technologies

CHE 456

Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes

CHE 494

Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
Total Hours3

Electives outside the Major Rubric

CodeTitleHours
3
Total Hours3

BS in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

CodeTitleHours
CHE 422Biochemical Engineering3
5-7

BIOS 350

General Microbiology

BIOS 351

Microbiology Laboratory

CHEM 352

Introductory Biochemistry

CHEM 452

Biochemistry I
Total Hours8-10

Sample Course Schedule

Freshman Year
First Semester
MATH 180Calculus I 4
CHEM 122
& CHEM 123

or CHEM 116

General Chemistry I Lecture

or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I

5
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
CS 109C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
Hours15
Second Semester
MATH 181Calculus II 4
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CHEM 124
& CHEM 125

or CHEM 118

General Chemistry II Lecture

or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II

5
Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MATH 210Calculus III 3
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 201Introduction To Thermodynamics 3
General Education Core course 3
Hours17
Second Semester
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 210Material and Energy Balances 4
CHE 205Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
Hours16
Junior Year
First Semester
ECE 210Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
CHE 311Transport Phenomena I 3
CHE 301Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 222Analytical Chemistry 4
General Education Core course 3
Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 312Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
General Education Core course 3
CME 260Properties of Materials 3
Hours18
Senior Year
First Semester
CHE 381Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 396Senior Design I 4
CHEM 346Physical Chemistry II 3
General Education Core course 3
CHE Technical Elective 3

Select one of the following:

CHE 410

Transport Phenomena

CHE 413

Introduction to Flow in Porous Media

CHE 421

Combustion Engineering

CHE 422

Biochemical Engineering

CHE 423

Catalytic Reaction Engineering

CHE 431

Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering

CHE 433

Process Simulation With Aspen Plus

CHE 438

Computational Molecular Modeling

CHE 440

Non-Newtonian Fluids

CHE 441

Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering

CHE 445

Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering

CHE 450

Air Pollution Engineering

CHE 456

Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes

CHE 494

Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering

CHE 392

Undergraduate Research (departmental approval is required for CHE 392)
CHE 499Professional Development Seminar 0
Hours15
Second Semester
CHE 382Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 341Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 397Senior Design II 4
Elective outside the Major Rubric 3
General Education Core course 3
Hours15
Total Hours128

Chemical engineers are distinguished from other engineers by their knowledge of chemistry and life sciences. All chemical engineers are expected to supplement the one semester of chemistry with advanced chemistry and molecular biology. All chemical engineering majors must complete a full year of General Chemistry, at least one semester of Organic Chemistry, and one semester of Molecular Biology.  Also, two separate approved advanced courses are required, one with advanced chemistry content and one with advanced chemical engineering content.

Students must take one advanced chemistry course from any 300/400/500-level CHM courses (excluding independent work courses, and student elected PDF courses).  ABET (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) requires chemical engineering students to display a working knowledge of advanced topics in chemistry.  This is satisfied by taking one advanced chemistry course.

Students must take one advanced chemical engineering course from any 300/400/500-level CBE courses (excluding independent work courses, and student elected PDF courses). 

Many processes in chemical engineering are described by differential equations. All students in Chemical and Biological Engineering must complete a course in differential equations (MAE 305 or MAT 427) by the end of the fall term of the junior year.

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