Advice for Freshmen


A great deal of advice for freshmen is on the Undergraduate FAQ

In addition, we encourage you to look through the other materials that describe the requirements to complete a degree in chemical engineering at BYU under the Undergraduate tab. While looking at the requirements, pay particular attention to the following requirements:

  1. Make sure that you are starting into the Chemistry series (Chem 105 or 111) and the Math series (Math 112) as soon as possible, because if you don't start those right away, you will be behind in your chemical engineering program. If, however, you have AP credit for chemistry and/or math courses, you won't need to take them. Your advisor will help you evaluate your AP scores and choose the appropriate follow-on courses. He also will help you use such AP credit wisely to reduce your credit-hour load throughout your program.
  2. Make sure that you are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in ChE 191 if required. New freshmen are required to take this course, while transfer students from another engineering program are not. The course is one-half credit and meets Thursdays, 11:00-11:50am, 256 CB. On the second Thursday of the fall and winter semesters, the class will include a free ice-cream social, so you don't want to miss it!
  3. Make sure that you are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in ChE 170. This class is an Introduction to Chemical Engineering and will give you some hands-on experience with a variety of chemical engineering tools woven together into an overview of the field. The goal is to help you decide if chemical engineering is the right major for you, so we recommend that you take it early in your academic career (i.e., your first or second semester at BYU).