Chemical Engineering (BS): Honors Concentration

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The Honors Program allows students to gain a deeper understanding of chemical engineering principles than would be acquired by completing the standard CHE curriculum. Admission to the program requires students to have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles and CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis. An honors thesis based on a supervised research experience and completion of at least one semester of faculty-supervised research are required for completion of the Honors Program.

Plan Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1
or General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 102
General Chemistry Laboratory 1
or General Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 2 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 2 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CH 201
Chemistry - A Quantitative Science 2
or General Chemistry II for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 202
Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory 2
or General Chemistry Laboratory II for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
Select one of the following Economics Courses: 3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 221
Organic Chemistry I 2
or Organic Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 222
Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
or Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles 2 4
MA 242 Calculus III 2 4
 Hours12
Spring Semester
CH 223
Organic Chemistry II
or Organic Chemistry II for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 224
Organic Chemistry II Lab
or Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 2 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 2 3
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
CH 315
CH 316
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
4
CHE 311 Transport Processes I 2 3
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 2 3
Select one of the following Mathematics Electives: 3
Applied Differential Equations II  
Mathematics of Scientific Computing  
Introduction to Linear Algebra  
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I  
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I  
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours14
Spring Semester
Select one of the following Chemistry Electives: 4
Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory  
General Biochemistry  
Principles of Biochemistry  
Physical Chemistry for Engineers  
Special Topics In Chemistry  
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology  
Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials  
CHE 312 Transport Processes II 3
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
ENG 333 Communication for Science and Research 3
 Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
CHE 497 Chemical Engineering Projects I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Chemical Engineering Process Modeling  
Thermodynamics I  
Transport Phenomena  
Chemical Reaction Engineering  
 Hours12
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
Honors Elective 3
CHE 495 Honors Thesis Preparation 1
 Hours10
 Total Hours110
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours17

Honors Electives

CHE 460/560Chemical Processing of Electronic Materials3
CHE 461Polymer Sciences and Technology3
CHE 462/562Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
CHE 463/563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
CHE 465Colloidal and Nanoscale Engineering3
CHE 467Polymer Rheology3
CHE 468/568Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems3
CHE 475/575Advances in Pollution Prevention: Environmental Management for the Future3
CHE 488Animal Cell Culture Engineering2
CHE 495Honors Thesis Preparation1
CHE 497Chemical Engineering Projects I3
CHE 498Chemical Engineering Projects II1-3
CHE 525Process System Analysis and Control3
CHE 543Polymer Science and Technology3
CHE 546Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors3
CHE 551Biochemical Engineering3
CHE 577Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis3
CHE 596Special Topics in Chemical Engineering1-3
CHE 597Chemical Engineering Projects1-3
CHE 711Chemical Engineering Process Modeling3
CHE 713Thermodynamics I3
CHE 715Transport Phenomena3
CHE 717Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 718Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 719Electrochemical Systems Analysis3
CHE 752Separation Processes For Biological Materials3
CHE 761Polymer Blends and Alloys3
CHE 796Special Topics In Chemical Engineering1-6
CHE 797Chemical Engineering Projects1-3
CHE 798Advanced Chemical Engineering Projects1-3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory 1,2
4
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 3 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 3 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CH 201
CH 202
Chemistry - A Quantitative Science
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory 2,3
4
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
 Hours18
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 221
CH 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab 3,4
4
CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles 3 4
MA 242 Calculus III 3 4
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CH 223
CH 224
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab 4
4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 3 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
CH 315
CHE 316
Quantitative Analysis
and Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria
4
CHE 311 Transport Processes I  
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 3
Select one of the following Mathematics Electives: 3
Applied Differential Equations II  
Mathematics of Scientific Computing  
Introduction to Linear Algebra  
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I  
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I  
GEP Requirement 3
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours14
Spring Semester
Select one of the following Chemistry Electives: 4
Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory  
General Biochemistry  
Principles of Biochemistry  
Physical Chemistry for Engineers  
Special Topics In Chemistry  
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology  
Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials  
CHE 312 Transport Processes II  
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
ENG 333 Communication for Science and Research 3
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 497 Chemical Engineering Projects I 3
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
Select one of the following CHE Electives: 3
Chemical Engineering Process Modeling  
Thermodynamics I  
Transport Phenomena  
Chemical Reaction Engineering  
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
Honors Elective 5 3
GEP Requirement 3
CHE 495 Honors Thesis Preparation 6 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours121

Career Opportunities

Careers in chemical engineering are sometimes exciting, always demanding, and ultimately provide a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Graduates find employment in sub-disciplines such as production, technical service, sales, management and administration; research and development; and consulting and teaching. Students desiring careers in teaching, research, or consulting are encouraged to continue their education and pursue a graduate degree (consult the Graduate Catalog). The undergraduate curriculum also provides strong preparation for graduate study in a wide range of professional specialties, and chemical engineering graduates often pursue careers in the medical sciences, business management, and law.