Chemical Engineering (BS): Nanoscience Concentration

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The Nanoscience Concentration develops students’ understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the design and manufacture of patterns and devices with features and advanced functionality on the nanometer scale.

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
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
 Hours16
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
MSE 201 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials 3
 Hours13
Third Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following Chemistry Electives: 4
Chemistry of Polymeric Materials
and Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory
 
Principles of Biochemistry  
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
 
Physical Chemistry for Engineers  
Special Topics In Chemistry  
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology  
Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials  
CHE 311 Transport Processes I 2 3
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 2 3
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours11
Spring Semester
CH 437 Physical Chemistry for Engineers 4
CHE 312 Transport Processes II 3
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 331 Chemical Engineering Lab II 2
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
Nanosciences Elective 3
 Hours11
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
Nanosciences Elective 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours105
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)
Free Electives
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt) 13
Total Hours20

Nanosciences Electives

BEC 462Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
BEC 562Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
CHE 460Chemical Processing of Electronic Materials3
CHE 461Polymer Sciences and Technology3
CHE 462Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
CHE 465Colloidal and Nanoscale Engineering3
CHE 467Polymer Rheology3
CHE 562Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
E 304Introduction to Nano Science and Technology3
ECE 331Principles of Electrical Engineering3
MSE 355Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials3
MSE 455Polymer Technology and Engineering3
MSE 460Microelectronic Materials3
PY 407Introduction to Modern Physics3

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 Organic Chemistry I 3,4 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 4 1
CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles 3 4
MA 242 Calculus III 3 4
PY 208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II 3
PY 209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CH 223
CH 224
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab 4
4
CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 3 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3 3
MSE 201 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following Chemistry Electives: 4
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
 
Chemistry of Polymeric Materials
and Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory
 
Principles of Biochemistry  
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology  
Special Topics In Chemistry  
Chemistry of Food and Bioprocessed Materials  
CHE 311 Transport Processes I 3 3
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 3 3
GEP Requirement 3
GEP Requirement 3
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours17
Spring Semester
CH 437 Physical Chemistry for Engineers 4
CHE 312 Transport Processes II 3
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
Free Elective 3
 Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 331 Chemical Engineering Lab II 2
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
Nanosciences Elective 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
Nanosciences Elective 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours125

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.