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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it comprises knowledge used in processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers hold key roles in the design, development, production, and purification of materials that are considered essential to human life and well-being, such as food products, fuels and lubricants, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, microelectronic components, and plastics. Chemical engineers are involved in reducing the use of energy to make these products in safe and sustainable ways. They are responsible for minimizing environmental effects of chemical production on the environment.

Petroleum engineering is concerned with the drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum engineers use knowledge of fluid and rock properties in subsurface environments with methods of producing oil and gas safely and economically. At KU, the focus is on reservoir engineering, improving production from oil and gas reservoirs. Reservoir engineers use geological detection with computerized mathematical analysis to produce these valuable raw materials. Through such techniques, petroleum engineers continue to extract oil and gas from reservoirs that were considered uneconomical only a few years ago. Petroleum engineering is uniquely challenging in that the raw product must be recovered far from physical observation.

Mission

The overall mission of the B.S. degree program is to prepare students for the practice of chemical or petroleum engineering with engineering science and its practical application to problem solving and design. Graduates are prepared for professional practice in industry or government and graduate training in engineering, medicine, law, and the sciences. In addition to math, the sciences, and engineering, the B.S. degrees provide a broad education in written and oral communication, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and petroleum engineering.

The B.S. program in chemical engineering offers a General Program, a Biomedical concentration, a Petroleum concentration, a Premedical concentration, and an Environmental concentration, as well as a Co-Op program.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it comprises knowledge used in processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers hold key roles in the design, development, production, and purification of materials that are considered essential to human life and well-being, such as food products, fuels and lubricants, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, microelectronic components, and plastics. Chemical engineers are involved in reducing the use of energy to make these products in safe and sustainable ways. They are responsible for minimizing environmental effects of chemical production on the environment.

Petroleum engineering is concerned with the drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum engineers use knowledge of fluid and rock properties in subsurface environments with methods of producing oil and gas safely and economically. At KU, the focus is on reservoir engineering, improving production from oil and gas reservoirs. Reservoir engineers use geological detection with computerized mathematical analysis to produce these valuable raw materials. Through such techniques, petroleum engineers continue to extract oil and gas from reservoirs that were considered uneconomical only a few years ago. Petroleum engineering is uniquely challenging in that the raw product must be recovered far from physical observation.

Mission

The overall mission of the B.S. degree program is to prepare students for the practice of chemical or petroleum engineering with engineering science and its practical application to problem solving and design. Graduates are prepared for professional practice in industry or government and graduate training in engineering, medicine, law, and the sciences. In addition to math, the sciences, and engineering, the B.S. degrees provide a broad education in written and oral communication, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Graduate Programs

C&PE graduate programs provide an in-depth academic understanding of chemical engineering and petroleum engineering for students who plan careers in academia, research, or development. The department offers the M.S. degree in chemical engineering and petroleum engineering and the Ph.D. degree in chemical and petroleum engineering. See the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for requirements for admission and degrees.

In the master’s programs, the primary emphasis is on formal course work in engineering and related subjects. Students take a sequence of core courses in heat, mass and momentum transport, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, applied mathematics, reservoir engineering, and petroleum recovery.

In the doctoral program, the student completes an independent and novel research project in a significant engineering area. Specific Ph.D. course work depends on the research area and the specific education needed by the student for the project The general research area reflects the research interests of the faculty. In addition to specialized courses in the department, advanced courses in mathematics and computer science, life sciences, physical sciences, and other branches of engineering may be used to prepare the Ph.D. student for the research project.

These guidelines include departmental requirements and are intended to assist the student and advisory committee in preparing a Plan of Study for the graduate degree.

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