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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Recommended enrollments for the first 2 years are as follows:

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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Degree Requirements

Following are descriptions of the General Program, the Biomedical concentration, the Petroleum concentration, the Premedical concentration, and the Environmental concentration, as well as the Co-Op program.

  1. A student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in required C&PE courses taken at KU through the junior year before being admitted to senior-level courses.
  2. A student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in C&PE courses taken at KU for graduation with a B.S. degree in chemical or petroleum engineering.
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General Program

A total of 131 hours is required:

Chemical Engineering Science (17 hours)

C&PE 111 Introduction to the Chemical Engineering Profession 2
C&PE 121 Introduction to Computers in Engineering 3
C&PE 211 Material and Energy Balances 3
C&PE 221 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 511 Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 521 Heat Transfer 3

Chemical Engineering Sciences and Design (13 hours)

C&PE 512 Process Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 523 Mass Transfer 4
C&PE 524 Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design 3
C&PE 615 Introduction to Process Dynamics and Control 3

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Design and Integrating Courses (17 hours)

C&PE 522 Economic Appraisal of Chemical and Petroleum Projects 2
C&PE 613 Chemical Engineering Design I 4
C&PE 616 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 3
C&PE 623 Chemical Engineering Design II 2
C&PE 624 Plant and Environmental Safety 3
C&PE 626 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 3

Engineering Science/Design Electives (12 hours). 7 hours of engineering science are required from any field of engineering. The remaining 5 hours may be engineering science or design. At least 5 elective hours must be in engineering areas outside the department, and 3 hours must be in chemical and petroleum engineering. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken in chemical engineering. All electives must be selected from an approved list available in the department.

Basic Sciences (18 hours)

CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I
5
CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II 5
PHSX 211 General Physics I
4
PHSX 212 General Physics II 4

Advanced Chemistry (15 hours)

CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 646 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 648 Physical Chemistry II 4
Chemistry or biochemistry electives, selected from courses numbered 500 and above or approved natural science courses 3

Mathematics (15-18 hours)

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
One of the following options: 5-8
Option A (8 hours):
MATH 223 Vector Calculus (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
MATH 320 Elementary Differential Equations (3)
 
Option B (5-8 hours):
MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
Elective: Mathematics (selected from courses numbered above MATH 124, except MATH 320),
science, engineering, humanities, or social sciences elective (3)
 

General Education Component (15 hours)

Advanced English (ENGL 203 or any advanced English course designated H except ENGL 361 and ENGL 362) 3
Humanities and social sciences courses
9
Contemporary issues elective 3

English (6 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition
3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
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Biomedical Concentration

The student in the biomedical concentration takes the same courses specified for the General Program, with the following substitutions:

Mathematics (15 hours, Option B)

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
Option B (5 hours):
MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
Elective: Mathematics (selected from courses numbered above MATH 124, except MATH 320),
science, engineering, humanities, or social sciences elective (3)
5

Advanced Chemistry (16 hours) including:

CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 646 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 648 Physical Chemistry II 4
BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures 4

Basic Sciences (Add 6 hours in restricted electives)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3

Engineering Science/Design Electives (11 hours). 7 hours of engineering science are required from any engineering field. The remaining 4 hours may be engineering science or design. At least 5 elective hours must be taken from engineering areas outside the department, and 3 hours must be taken in chemical and petroleum engineering. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken from chemical and petroleum engineering. Electives, in all cases, must be selected from an approved list available in the department.

C&PE 651 Undergraduate Problems (recommended, not required) 3
C&PE 656 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 3
5 hours of engineering science/design electives subject to requirements above 5
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Petroleum Engineering Concentration

The petroleum engineering concentration in chemical engineering is distinct from the B.S. in petroleum engineering degree (see below). A total of 131 credit hours is required for this concentration. The student takes the same courses specified for the General Program, with the following modifications:

Mathematics (15 hours, Option B)

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
Option B (5 hours):
MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
Elective: Mathematics (selected from courses numbered above MATH 124, except MATH 320),
science, engineering, humanities, or social sciences elective (3)
5

Advanced Chemistry (12 hours)

CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 646 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 648 Physical Chemistry II 4

Geology (5 hours)

GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3) and
GEOL 103 Geology Fundamentals Laboratory (2)
5

Engineering Science (recommended instead of C&PE 111)

C&PE 117 Energy in the Modern World
1
C&PE 127 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Profession II 1

Engineering Science/Design Electives (14 hours) including:

C&PE 517 Reservoir Engineering I 4
C&PE 527 Reservoir Engineering II 4
Petroleum engineering elective 3
Engineering elective 3
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Premedical Concentration

A total of 137 credit hours is required for a B.S. in chemical engineering for students who plan to apply for admission to medical school. Additional hours are recommended (see Biological Science below). Premedical students take the same courses specified for the general program with the following substitutions:

Engineering Science/Design Electives (11 hours). 7 hours of engineering science are required from any field of engineering. The remaining 4 hours may be engineering science or design. At least 5 elective hours must be in engineering areas outside the department, and 3 hours must be in chemical and petroleum engineering. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken in chemical engineering. All electives must be selected from an approved list available in the department.

Basic Sciences (18 hours)

CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I
5
CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II 5
PHSX 211 General Physics I
4
PHSX 212 General Physics II 4

Mathematics (15 hours, Option B)

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
Option B (5-8 hours):
MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
Elective: Mathematics (selected from courses numbered above MATH 124, except MATH 320),
science, engineering, humanities, or social sciences elective (3)
5

In addition, the following are required:

Advanced Chemistry (17 hours)

CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 626 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 627 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
2
CHEM 646 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 648 Physical Chemistry II 4

Biological Science (8 hours minimum)

BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology 4
The following courses are recommended but not required:
BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3)
BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (4) and BIOL 647 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory (2) or
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3) and BIOL 247 Human Physiology Laboratory (2)
 
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Environmental Concentration

The student in the environmental concentration takes the same courses specified for the General Program, with the following restricted electives:

Mathematics (15-18 hours)

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
Option B (5-8 hours):
MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (2)
Elective: Mathematics (selected from courses numbered above MATH 124, except MATH 320),
science, engineering, humanities, or social sciences elective (3)
5-8

Engineering Science/Design Electives (12 hours)

CE 477 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science 3
6 hours from the following principles courses:
CE 570/CE 770 Concepts of Environmental Chemistry (2)
CE 571/CE 771 Environmental Chemical Analysis (1)
CE 772 Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering Processes (3)
CE 573/CE 773 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (3)
CE 774 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering Processes (3)
6
3 hours from other environmental elective courses or any course chosen in consultation with the adviser 3
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Co-Op Program

The Co-Op Program is essentially the same as the General Program with the timing modified to include Co-Op employment.

Credit for ROTC Courses

Only ROTC courses qualifying as engineering electives and humanities/social sciences may be used.

Credit for Foreign Language

Foreign language courses listed as H or WH count toward the humanities requirement. Courses listed as S or WS count toward the social science requirement. A maximum of 6 hours listed as U count toward the humanities requirement if the student is not a native speaker of that language.

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