Technical Electives


General Requirements

Within the requirements for a BS in chemical engineering are 12 elective credit hours. These hours are designed to allow students to personalize their education towards future goals.

For all but the 2007-2008 catalog year, the requirements are:

  1. Obtain departmental approval of proposed technical electives
  2. Complete 2 hours of Chemistry Laboratory
  3. Complete 6 hrs. of advanced (>300 level) engineering coursework.
  4. Complete 4 hrs. of advanced (> 300 level) course work from an engineering, math, science, or business (EMSB) department.
  5. Beginning in Fall 2009, at least one hour of the technical elective must be from a course involving a significant learning experience in creativity and/or innovation.

For the 2007-2008 catalog year, there are no EMSB electives and the engineering electives are increased to 10 hours

For more information on the requirements from different catalog years, click here.

Example Electives

Several example electives are shown below. Students are not restricted to these, and may design their own electives as long as it meets the general requirements listed above and as found in the catalog year of interest. The electives must be submitted for department approval as part of the professional program application.

Notes:

  • In the tables below, many classes are given for each category. Students are not expected to take each course listed but design their electives in accordance with the requirements given above.
  • Please consult the current timetable for the official scheduling of courses.
  • Although prerequisites are listed, many instructors outside of engineering will allow students to take courses without the listed prerequisites. Please contact the instructor if you are interested in receiving consent to take a course without the listed prerequisites.

Energy/Environment Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Chem 352(concurrent)

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 412 Intro to Nuclear Engineering 3 Math 303 or 334, Chem 106 or 112
ChEn 433 Energy Engineering* 3 ChEn 373, 376
CEEN 551 Water Treatment Facilities 3 CEEn 351or ChEn 311
MeEn 541 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 ME 340 or ChEn 376
Geol 330 Geology for Engineers 3 None
ChEn 400 Creativity 1 None
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Semiconductor Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1-2 Chem 352(concurrent)
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChE 493R Introduction to Semiconductor Processing 2 Instructor's Consent
ECE 452 Experiments in Integrated Circuit Development(to be taken with ChE 493R or ECE 450) 1 ECE 450 or Concurrent Enrollment
ECE 450 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices 3 ECE 340
Physics 281 Principles of Solid-state Physics 3 PHSCS 220; PHSCS 121 or equivalent
Study Abroad 1-3 None

 

Nuclear Engineering Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 412 Intro to Nuclear Engineering 3 Math 303 or 334, Chem 106 or 112
ChEn 433 Energy Engineering* 3 ChEn 373, 376
CEEN 540 Geoenvironmental Eng. 1-3 CEEN 341, 351 (can be negotiated)
CEEN 594R Health Physics 2 None
Study Abroad 1 None
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Kinetics/Catalysis Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 535 Kinetics and Catalysis* 3 Math 303 or 334, Chem 106 or 112
ChEn 528 Industrial Catalytic Processes* 2 ChEn 386
ChEn 513 Molecular Modelling 3 None
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
ChEn 400 Creative Skills in Chem. Engineer. 1 None
Chem 462 Physical Chemistry 3 None
Chem 463 Physical Chemistry 3 None
Chem 514 Inorganic Chemistry 3 Chem 463
Chem 563 Reaction Kinetics 3 Chem 462, 463
Chem 521 Instrumental Analysis 2 Chem 463
Chem 522 Insturmental Analysis Lab 3 Chem 521
The 2-course P-chem sequence is prerequisite for these courses. -- --
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Thermodynamics/Thermophysical Properties Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 513 Molecular Modelling 3 None
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
ChEn 531 Thermo of Multicomp.Systems* 3 ChEn 373
ChEn 631 Applied Statistical Mechanics 3 Chem 467 or 463; ChEn 531 or equiv.
Chem 567 Statistical Mechanics 3 Chem 463 or 467
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Bioengineering Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1-2 Chem 352(concurrent)
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 400 Creative Skills in Chem. Engineer. 1 None
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
ChEn 518 Biomedical Engineering* 3 ChEn 374, 376
ChEn 519 Biochemical Engineering* 3 ChEn 386
ChEn 578 Polymer Science 3 ChEn 378
ChEn 533 Transport Phenomena 3 ChEn 476
PDBio 360 Cell Biology 2 MMBio 240
PDBio 362 Advanced Physiology 3 Biol 24; Phys 106 or 220
PDBio 363 Advanced Physiology Lab 3 PDBio 362(concurrent)
Chem 481 Biochemistry 1 3 Chem 352
Chem 482 Biochemistry 2 3 Chem 481
MMBio 430 Advanced Cell Biology 3 PDBio 360
MMBio 461 Advanced Bacterial Physiology 3 Chem 481, MMBio 151
NDFS 355 Food Process Engineering 4 Chem 105, Math113
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Modelling/Numerical Methods Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1-2 Chem 352(concurrent)
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 513 Molecular Modelling 3 ChEn 373
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
ChEn 541 Computer Design Methods* 3 Math 303 or 334, ChEn 376
MeEn 541 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 ME 340 or ChEn 376
CeEn/MeEn575 Optimization Techniques in Engineering 3 Math 302 or 313, 314; programming ability
Math 410 Introduction to Numerical Methods 3 Math 302 or 314
Math 411 Numerical Methods 3 Math 303 or 334; 410
Math 447 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 3 Math 303 or 334
*Highly Recommended -- --

 

Graduate School Emphasis

Chemistry Lab
CourseHoursPrerequisites
Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1-2 Chem 352(concurrent)
Chem 464 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 1 Chem 462 or 467
Chem 465 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2 1 Chem 462 or 467

 

Advanced Engineering & EMSB
CourseHoursPrerequisites
ChEn 513 Molecular Modelling 3 ChEn 373
ChEn 498R Undergraduate Research 1-3 None
ChEn 541 Computer Design Methods* 3 Math 303 or 334, ChEn 376
ChEn 531 Thermo of Multicomp.Systems 3 ChEn 373
ChEn 533 Transport Phenomena 3 ChEn 476
ChEn 535 Kinetics & Catalysis 3 ChEn 386
ChEn 578 Polymer Science 3 ChEn 378
Stat 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 3 Stat 121 or 332
Stat 512 Statistical Methods for Research 2 3 Stat 511
Chem 565 Intro to Quantum Chemistry 3 Chem 462, 463; or 467
Chem 567 Statistical Mechanics 3 Chem 362, 463; or 467
Math 447 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 3 Math 303 or 334