The minimum number of credits required for a B.S.Ch.E degree is 180. Some courses cannot be counted toward degree requirements. Students should consult with a departmental advisor to determine whether a particular course can be counted. Among those that cannot be counted are chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses at a lower level than those required by the Department.
For a sample four-year plan, please see the Plan of Study page.
General Education Requirements
Written and Oral Communication (8 credits)
3 credits ENGR 231: Intro to Technical Writing
VLPA and I&S (24 credits)
Natural World (65 credits)
|*CHEM 143 and CHEM 153, the accelerated chemistry series, may subsitute for CHEM 142, 152, 162|
Major Requirements (74 credits):
Engineering Fundamentals (4 credits)
|CSE 142 (4): Computer Programming for Engineers|
|OR||any programming course approved by the Department|
Chemical Engineering Core Courses (54 credits)
Engineering Electives (16 credits)
Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) option: The Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option in the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is a transcriptable option focusing on nanoscale principles in molecular engineering that provides hands-on experience and stresses the interdisciplinary nature of the field. To declare the NME option, students must complete NME 220 and CHEM E 310 and earn minimum of 3.0 GPA while also completing NME 221. Students may indicate their plan to apply for the NME option in their Chemical Engineering application and discuss their interests and background in the essay. and must take NME 220 and NME 221 during the spring of the sophomore year to be on track for completing the option. For more information about the NME option for the B.S. ChemE, please see our NME Option page.
Optional Specialty Areas: Students may choose to complete an optional specialty area. These specialty areas are not listed on the transcript. In each area, students may substitute a maximum of 3 credits of applicable ChemE 499 for any optional course in the area. Many courses that count for the specialty areas also count as engineering electives. For a list of specialty areas, please see our Optional Speciality Area page.
Unspecified Electives (9 credits):
The total number of credits needed for graduation is 180. If students earn only the minimum number of credits in the above categories, they will need 9 additional (elective) credits. The electives may be used to pursue areas of interest outside chemical engineering, or to deepen professional training. Students are urged to include as many upper division courses as possible among the electives they choose.