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.

Lafayette chemical engineers are well-suited to take on these challenges.


A typical Chemical Engineering sequence is shown below.

Fall Spring

Year 1

(8 courses)

ES 101 – Intro to Engineering PHYS 131 – Mechanics
CHEM 121 – General Chemistry I CHEM 122 – General Chemistry II
MATH 161 – Calculus I MATH 162 – Calculus II
FYS – First Year Seminar CCS Elective

Year 2

(10 courses)

CHE 211 – Material and Energy Balances(F/S) CHE 222 – Thermodynamics(F/S)
CHEM 221 – Organic Chemistry I MATH 264 – Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
MATH 263 – Calculus III Chemistry Elective
CCS Elective CCS Elective
ES Elective Free Elective

Year 3

(10 courses)

CHE 311 – Transport Phenomena CHE 321 – Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
CHE 312 – Experimental Design I CHE 322 – Experimental Design II
CHE 323 – Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
Chemical Engineering Elective(F/S) Chemical Engeinering Elective(F/S)
CCS Elective Free Elective

Year 4

(8 courses)

CHE 412 – Integrated Chemical Engineering CHE 324 – Process Control
CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design CHE 422 – Design Synthesis
CHE 415 – Design Analysis Free Elective
CCS Elective Free Elective

(F/S) – Course is offered both Fall and Spring semesters.