Chemical Engineering

Sc.B. in Chemical Engineering

The traditional role of a chemical engineer is to design and operate large-scale processes for producing chemicals. While this remains a cornerstone of the discipline, advances in nanotechnology (the ability to control matter at molecular scales) have transformed the role of the chemical engineer. Today, chemical engineers work on inter-disciplinary teams to design pharmaceuticals, artificial organs, biomedical devices, chemical sensors, and drug delivery systems. They work on energy technologies, such as batteries, fuel and solar cells. They are at the forefront of sustainable design and manufacturing.

The concentration has the following structure:

  • The interdisciplinary core program for the Sc.B., taken primarily in the first four semesters
  • Five upper level engineering courses, one of which is the required capstone design course for Chemical Engineering
  • Organic chemistry and one approved upper level chemistry elective
  • One approved, upper level elective course in the natural sciences
  • Four approved humanities or social science courses 

Students may also elect to take specialized courses focusing on

  • Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Computer Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Electronics Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Energy Production and Conversion
  • Environmental Issues and Pollution Prevention
  • Materials Processing and Synthesis 

For complete requirements, please see the University Bulletin.

I ENGN 0030 or ENGN 0031 Introduction to Engineering or Honors Introduction to Engineering
  MATH 0190 AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
  CHEM 0330 Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
  Elective †  
II ENGN 0040 Dynamics and Vibrations
  MATH 0200 Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
  BIOL 0200 The Foundation of Living Systems
III APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
  ENGN 0510 Electricity and Magnetism
  ENGN 0410 Materials Science
IV APMA 0340 Methods of Applied Mathematics II
  ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
  ENGN 0520 Electrical Circuits and Signals
V ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
  ENGN 1130*  Phase and Chemical Equilibria
  Chemical Engineering Elective **  
VI ENGN 1710 Heat and Mass Transfer
  ENGN 1110 Transport and Biotransport Processes
VII ENGN 1120*  Chemical and Biochemical Reactor Design
  Chemical Engineering Elective  
VIII ENGN 1140 Chemical Process Design
  Chemical Engineering Elective  
† A minimum of four electives must be in the humanities and social sciences.
* ENGN 1120 and ENGN 1130 are offered in the fall semester in alternate years.
** Of the listed electives, one must be an advanced chemistry course, one must be an upper level natural science course, and one must be either BIOL 0200 or CHEM 0350 (whichever was not taken in freshman year). In certain instances, some students elect to defer the ENGN 0510/0520 sequence until junior year (semesters V and VI) such that they may take the organic chemistry sequence CHEM 0350/0360 in semesters II and III; if you are considering this option, it should be discussed with your advisor.