Chemical Engineering Core Classes


Course Code Course Name Pre/Corequisites
CHE 211 Material and Energy Balances CHEM 121, CHEM 122
CHE 222 Thermodynamics CHEM 121, CHEM 122, MATH 263
CHE 311 Transport Phenomena CHEM 121, CHEM 122, MATH 264
CHE 312 Experimental Design I CHE 311
CHE 321 Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer CHE 311
CHE 322 Experimental Design II CHE 321
CHE 323 Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria CHE 222
CHE 324 Process Control CHE 211, MATH 264
CHE 411 Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations CHE 321, CHE 323
CHE 412 Integrated Chemical Engineering CHE 411, CHE 413
CHE 413 Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design CHE 323
CHE 415 Design Analysis CHE 324, CHE 411, CHE 413
CHE 416 Green Design Analysis CHE 324, CHE 411, CHE 413
CHE 422 Design Synthesis CHE 411, CHE 413, CHE 415/416

Chemical Engineering Elective Classes


Course Code Course Name Prerequisites
CHE 314 Chemical Engineering Computing CHE 211
CHE 331 Polymers ES 231
CHE 334 Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering Instructor Permission
CHE 337 Biochemical Engineering CHEM 221
CHE 341 Green Engineering CHEM 121/122
CHE 344 Interfacial Phenomena for Nanotechnology MATH 161, CHEM 121
CHE 347 Micro and Nanofabrication MATH 162, CHEM 121, PHYS 131
CHE 360 Drug Delivery MATH 161
CHE 370 Alternative Energy Sources Instructor Permission
CHE 372 Biomolecular Engineering Instructor Permission
CHE 386 Composites MATH 264
CHE 496 Honors Thesis Instructor Permission

Honors Thesis and Independent Research

Students may register for CHE 390/391 – Independent Research, and CHE 495/496 – Honors Thesis, as an opportunity to participate in research with professors within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Note that only CHE 496 is applicable as a Chemical Engineering Elective.


Full Course Descriptions


CHE 211 – Material and Energy Balances

Fall and Spring Semesters.

Mathematical analysis of steady-state flow processes including those with chemical reactions. Emphasis on general principles and techniques used in problem solving. Material and enthalpy balances as applied to physical and chemical systems. Heats of reaction. Recycle and purging. Digital and graphical procedures. Lecture/recitation.

  • Prerequisites:
    • CHEM 121 – General Chemistry I
  • Co/prerequisite:
    • CHEM 122 – General Chemistry II

CHE 222 – Thermodynamics

Fall and Spring Semesters.

Fundamental thermodynamic relationships and their application to non-reactive chemical engineering systems. Equations of state involving ideal and non-ideal behavior. Estimation and use of thermodynamic properties. Analysis of open systems. Lecture/Problem solving.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHEM 121 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 122 – General Chemistry II
    • MATH 263 – Calculus III

 

CHE 311 – Transport Phenomena

Fall Semester only.

Unified treatment of continuum descriptions of momentum, heat, and mass transfer and analogies among the three. Evaluation and use of transport coefficients. Shell balances and equations of change. Molecular (laminar) transport and introduction to convective transport. Lecture/Problem Solving.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHEM 121 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 122 – General Chemistry II
    • MATH 264 – Differential Equations

 

CHE 312 – Experimental Design I

Fall Semester only.

Statistical analysis of data from laboratory experiments that illustrate the basic principles of thermodynamic and transport properties. Emphasis on laboratory safety, statistical analysis of data, and technical writing. Lecture/laboratory.

  • CHE 312 is a Laboratory Course.
  • CHE 312 qualifies as a Writing [W] Course.
  • Corequisite:
    • CHE 311 – Transport Phenomena

 

CHE 321 – Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Spring Semester only.

  • Analysis of fluid flow in applied systems such as pumps and mixing
  • Applications of conduction, convection and heat exchange
  • Applications of integrated fluid flow and heat transfer processes.
  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 311 – Transport Phenomena

 

CHE 322 – Experimental Design II

Spring Semester only.

Statistical design of laboratory experiments that illustrate the principles of fluid flow and heat transfer culminating in integrated separations processes in pilot-scale equipment. Emphasis on statistical experimental design and analysis of data, instrumental analysis, technical writing, and oral presentations. Lecture/Laboratory.

  • CHE 322 is a Laboratory Course.
  • Corequisite:
    • CHE 321 – Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

 

CHE 323 – Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria

Fall Semester only.

Application of fundamental thermodynamic relationships to phase and reaction equilibria in chemical and biological systems. Solution thermodynamics; solid, liquid, vapor equilibria for ideal and nonideal systems; prediction of equilibrium data; chemical reaction equilibria for ideal and non-ideal systems. Lecture/Problem solving.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 222 – Thermodynamics

 

CHE 324 – Process Control

Spring Semester only.

Analysis of dynamic process and control systems including controllers, measuring elements, control elements, and system components. Design of controlled systems. Analytical and experimental evaluation of process dynamics. Dynamic simulation and stability analysis. Lecture/problem period.

  • Corequisite:
    • MATH 364 – Differential Equations
  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 211 – Material and Energy Balances

 

CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations

Spring Semester only.

Unit operations of chemical engineering pertaining to mass transfer and separations processes. Staged and continuous equilibrium separations including multi-component distillation, gas absorption/stripping, and liquid extraction. Rate-based separations such as chromatography and membrane systems. Lecture/Problem Solving.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 321 – Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
    • CHE 323 – Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria

 

CHE 412 – Integrated Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester only.

Principles of separation processes, mass transfer, and reaction kinetics in developed and emerging applications illustrated by multi-scale laboratory experiments. Emphasis on analysis of safe practices, hazards analysis, kinetic data, computer simulation, technical writing, and oral presentation. Lecture/Laboratory.

  • CHE 412 is a Laboratory Course.
  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
  • Corequisite:
    • CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design

 

CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design

Fall Semester only.

The kinetics of reacting systems and the design of chemical reactors. Analysis of rate data; multi-step reaction mechanisms, enzymatic reactions, catalysis and heterogeneous processes; design of single-phase isothermal reactors, multiple-phase reactors, non-isothermal reactors, and nonideal reactors. Lecture/recitation.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 323 – Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria

 

CHE 415 – Design Analysis

Fall Semester only.

Quantitative study of current processes. Analysis and flowsheet layout of typical systems; safety, health, environmental, quality control, and ethical concerns in design; economic factors in estimation, design, construction, and operation of process equipment. Lecture/recitation.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 324 – Process Control
    • CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
  • Corequisite:
    • CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design

 

CHE 416 – Green Design Analysis

Fall Semester only.

One of the central roles of chemical engineers is to design and operate chemical processes yielding chemical products that meet customer specifications. Metrics for success include profit, but increasingly also incorporates sustainability. This course provides students with the fundamental tools needed for process design and practicing the principles of green engineering. Specific topics will include regulations and safety, heuristics, simulation software, economics, impact assessment, and life cycle analysis.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 324 – Process Control
    • CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
  • Corequisite:
    • CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design

 

CHE 422 – Design Synthesis

Spring Semester only.

This capstone design course provides opportunities for the application of all prior course work in the resolution of an industrially realistic or derived chemical process design problem in a team format. Teams demonstrate a practical ability to define the required technical challenge, develop relevant criteria to evaluate alternatives, and present the resolution of the technical challenge in both oral and written formats.

  • CHE 422 qualifies as a Writing [W] Course.
  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
    • CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design
    • CHE 415 – Design Analysis or CHE 416 – Green Design Analysis

 

CHE 314 – Chemical Engineering Computing

Scheduling TBD.

Applications of high-level computer languages, spreadsheets, software, and computer operating systems as tools for engineering problem solving. Lecture/ laboratory.

  • Prerequisite:
    • CHE 211 – Material and Energy Balances

CHE 360 – Drug Delivery

Fall Semester only.

Mathematical analysis of transport phenomena in biological systems, including pharmacokinetic modeling, diffusion and kinetics of biochemical reactions. Analysis of current drug delivery systems through problem solving, discussion of peer-reviewed literature, and laboratory experiences. Lecture/recitation/laboratory.

  • Prerequisite:
    • MATH 161 – Calculus I

CHE 386 – Composites

Fall Semester only.

This course introduces students to the structure, properties, and processing of engineering composite materials. The emphasis is on the modeling and understanding the behavior of fiber reinforced materials. Topics to be discussed include: selection of fiber and matrix materials, strength and stiffness of fiber reinforced composites, elastic stress-strain relationships, laminated composites, fatigue and impact properties, composite-environment interactions, and the experimental characterization of composites.

  • Prerequisite:
    • MATH 264 – Differential Equations

CHE 370 – Alternative Energy

Spring Semester only.

This course will set a framework by which to analyze and compare the engineering challenges associated with various energy technologies.   The course will first review fundamental thermodynamics associated with energy production followed by the introduction of theory and technology for fossil based (coal, crude oil, natural gas, shale) and alternative energy systems (including biofuels and solar energy). Biomass extractions and conversions for the production of biocrude, biogas, and biodiesel will be studied in the context of a biorefinery. Both conventional and alternative energy resources will be compared considering economics, viability, and environmental consequences of production. An introduction to carbon dioxide capture and storage will also be provided as a means for sustaining the fossil fuel option. Through this structure, students will also lead explorations into other alternative energy options.