Chemical engineers have the responsibility to discover and implement new products and processes that are useful and economical.

The chemical engineering profession has evolved in concert with the technological landmarks of the last century – from petroleum refining at the beginning of the last century to the biotechnology and biomedical developments, innovations in digital communications and microelectronics, to nanotechnology. These changes have driven chemical engineering from macroscopic to microscopic to nano-scale and eventually toward molecular dimensions.

Although chemical engineers remain actively engaged in the synthesis of known knowledge into large scale processes-traditionally referred to as “scale-up” – the new revolutions in processing and products are involving them in the creation of new technologies at increasingly shrinking dimensions – “scaling down.” The need for exploitation of new energy and raw materials sources and the increased emphasis on the life sciences offers new opportunities for chemical engineers in diverse industries such as biological, medical, and pharmaceutical firms, and presents new challenges.

At Lafayette, students are exposed to a combination of rigorous engineering fundamentals and hands-on learning experiences, equipping them to handle these challenges.


Graduation Requirements

The following are the requirements for graduation. Students are responsible for determining that they have satisfied all requirements.

  • Completion of the Common Course of Study (CCS)
  • An overall GPA of 2.00
  • A GPA of 2.00 in the major
  • Completion of 36 course credits
  • Completion of all major requirements

Students are also required to pass the following courses:

  • MATH 161     Calculus I
  • MATH 162     Calculus II
  • MATH 263     Calculus III
  • MATH 264     Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
  • CHEM 121      General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 122      General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221      Organic Chemistry I
  • An approved Chemistry elective
  • PHYS 131       Physics I: Mechanics or       PHYS 151       Accelerated Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • ES 101            Introduction to Engineering
  • An approved engineering/engineering science elective
  • CHE 211         Material and Energy Balances
  • CHE 222         Thermodynamics or ES 254            Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHE 311         Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 312         Experimental Design I
  • CHE 321         Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • CHE 322         Experimental Design II
  • CHE 324         Process Control
  • CHE 411         Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
  • CHE 412         Integrated Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 413         Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • CHE 415         Design Analysis
  • CHE 422         Design Synthesis