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Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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The Chemical Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

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Enrollment

Fall 2023 - 332
Fall 2022 – 385
Fall 2021 – 422
Fall 2020 – 499
Fall 2019 – 531

Degrees awarded

2022 - 2023 - 102
2021-2022 - 93
2020-2021 - 98
2019-2020 - 114
2018-2019 - 132


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Courses

1. University Requirements: (23 credit (cr))

  • Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures (WRA) 4 cr
  • Integrative Studies in Humanities, IAH 201-210 and IAH 211 or> 8 cr
  • Integrative Studies in Social Sciences, ISS 2XX and ISS 3XX 8 cr
  • Bioscience: BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr

 

2. College Requirements: (30 cr)

  • *CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4 cr
  • *EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 2 cr
  • *EGR 102 Introduction to Engineering Modeling 2 cr
  • *MTH 132 Calculus I 3 cr
  • *MTH 133 Calculus II 4 cr
  • MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4 cr
  • MTH 235 Differential Equations 3 cr
  • *PHY 183 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I 4 cr
  • PHY 184 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II 4 cr

*College Admission Requirement

 

3. Major Requirements: (67-69 cr)

a. Complete all of the following courses: (51 cr)

  • CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3 cr
  • CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr
  • CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr
  • CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
  • CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
  • CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I 2 cr
  • CHE 201 Material and Energy Balances 3 cr
  • CHE 210 Modeling and Analysis of Transport Phenomena 3 cr
  • CHE 301 Chemical Engineering as a Profession 1 cr
  • CHE 311 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • CHE 312 Mass Transfer and Separations 4 cr
  • CHE 316 Lab Practice and Statistical Analysis (W) 4 cr
  • CHE 321 Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering 4 cr
  • CHE 431 Chemical Reaction Engineering 4 cr
  • CHE 432 Process Analysis and Control 3 cr
  • CHE 433 Process Design and Optimization I (W) 4 cr
  • CHE 434 Process Design and Optimization II 2 cr
  • CHE 473 Chemical Engineering Principles in Polymers & Materials Systems 3 cr

b. One of the following groups: (4-6 cr)

  • Group 1
    • BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4 cr
  • Group 2
    • BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 cr
    • BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3 cr

c. Select one of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3 cr
  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr

d. Select one of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CEM 483 Quantum Chemistry 3 cr
  • CEM 484 Molecular Thermodynamics 3 cr

e. Technical Electives: (6 cr)

Students must complete at least 6 credits in courses selected from a list of approved technical electives available from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Technical elective courses must include at least 3 credits of engineering topics, denoted with an ‘e’ next to the course number on the CHE technical elective list.

NOTE: BMB 462 is taken to fulfill requirement 3. b. and will count as a technical elective credit in item 3. e., not as an engineering ‘e’ topics course.

Concentrations in Chemical Engineering

In response to increasing interest in the application of chemical engineering principles to related fields, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers concentrations in biochemical engineering, bioenergy, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, food science, and polymer science and engineering to students wishing an area of concentration in the degree. Concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemical Engineering. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

NOTE: Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in ChemicalEngineering with a concentration may require more than 128 credits. For any concentration, up to 3 credits of Independent Study (CHE 490) related to the subject area may be applied with approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.



Biochemical Engineering Concentration: (18-21 cr)

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a biochemical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., and 3.d., above and the following:

All of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr

One of the following tracks: (11-13 cr)

Track 1 (12-13 credits)

The following course: (4 cr)

  • BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 3 cr

Three of the following courses: (8-9 credits)

  • BMB 805 Protein Structure, Design, and Mechanism 3 cr
  • BMB 829 Methods of Macromolecular Analysis and Synthesis 2 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3 cr
  • MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3 cr

 

Biochemical Engineering Concentration Continued:
Track 2 (11-12 credits)
Both of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 cr
  • BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3 cr

Two of the following courses: (5-6 credits)

  • BMB 805 Protein Structure, Design, and Mechanism 3 cr
  • BMB 829 Methods of Macromolecular Analysis and Synthesis 2 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3 cr
  • MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3 cr

 

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Concentration: (15 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a bioenergy and bioproducts concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d.,above and the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • CHE 468 Biomass Conversion in Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CSS 467 Bioenergy Feedstock Production 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • BE 469 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems 3 cr
  • BE 869 Life Cycle Assessment for Bioenergy and Bioproduct Systems 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • AFRE 829 Economics of Environ Resources 3 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3 cr
  • MC 450 International Environmental Law and Policy 3 cr

 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration: (16-17 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a biomedical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d., above and the following:

All of the following courses: (10 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • PSL 431 Human Physiology I 4 cr

 

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3 cr

 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration Continued:
One of the following courses not taken above: (3-4 cr)

  • BMB 471 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4 cr
  • ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3 cr

 

Environmental Concentration: (15 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with an environmental concentration, the student must complete
requirements 1., 2., and 3. a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the
following:

Both of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • ENE 280 Principles of Environmental Eng & Science 3 cr

Three of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • AFRE 265 Ecological Economics 3 cr
  • AFRE 360 Environmental Economics 3 cr
  • AFRE 465 Corporate Environmental Management (W) 3 cr
  • CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3 cr
  • ENE 481 Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts 3 cr
  • ENE 483 Water and Wastewater Engineering 3 cr
  • ENE 489 Air Pollution: Science and Engineering 3 cr
  • IBIO 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3 cr

 

Food Science Concentration: (12 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a food science concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3. a., 3. b., 3.c., and 3.d., above and all of the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • FSC 401 Food Chemistry 3 cr
  • FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3 cr
  • MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • BE 477 Food Engineering: Fluids 3 cr
  • BE 478 Food Engineering: Solids 3 cr
  • FSC 325 Food Processing: Unit Operations 3 cr
  • FSC 455 Food and Nutrition Laboratory 3 cr
  • FSC 470 Integrated Approaches to Food Product Dev 3 cr

 

Polymer Science and Engineering Concentration: (15-16 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a polymer science and engineering concentration, students must
complete requirements 1., 2., 3. a., 3. b., 3.d., above and all of the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • CE 221 Statics 3 cr
  • CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3 cr
  • ME 222 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3 cr

Two of the following courses: (6-7 cr)

  • CHE 871 Materials Surfaces and Interfaces 3 cr
  • CHE 872 Polymers & Cmposites: Mfg, Strc & Prfrmnce 3 cr
  • MSE 370 Synthesis and Processing of Materials 3 cr
  • MSE 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3 cr
  • PKG 323 Packaging with Plastics 4 cr

Other Electives for Degree (Variable)

Total Credits Required for Degree 128

These requirements are effective for students admitted to the Chemical Engineering major beginning Fall 2022. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science constantly reviews program requirements and reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Consequently, each student is strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor to obtain assistance in planning an appropriate schedule of courses.

Some courses may have prerequisites, which are not otherwise required in the program. Students should check course descriptions to ensure they are aware of prerequisites.

Last Revised May 2023


Sample

First Year

Fall Credits Spring  Credits 
CEM 161 CEM 162 
CEM 151 CEM 152 
EGR 100  EGR 102 
MTH 132  Elective 
ISS 2XX  MTH 133 
    WRA 101
Total  14  Total  15 

 

Sophomore Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
CEM 351 CEM 352 
BS 161  CEM 355 
CHE 201 3 CHE 301
MTH 234  CHE 210 
PHY 183  MTH 235
 
 PHY 184
     Elective
Total 17 Total 18

 

Junior Year

Fall Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHE 311 CHE 321 4
CHE 431 CHE 316 4
CEM 483(FS) OR CEM 484(SS) CHE 312 4
Elective 2

BMB 401

OR BMB

461 and 462

4

OR

6

 IAH 201-210 4  
Total  16 Total  16-18

 

Senior Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits 
CHE 433 CHE 473
CHE 432 CHE 434 
Tech Elective  Tech Elective 
CHE 472 OR 481 Elective 
ISS 3XX IAH 211 or > 
Total  17 Total  15

Program Objectives

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering at Michigan State University has a strong focus on the integration of engineering science and process design with complementary areas of study in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, fuels and energy, materials, and food engineering. Graduates are prepared for life-long opportunities to participate in diverse sectors of the economy and to assume leadership roles throughout their professional careers.

The graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program are expected to

  • succeed in the practice of chemical engineering or in advanced studies in engineering, scientific, or complementary disciplines;
  • assume leadership roles in industry and/or in technological fields;
  • contribute to the socio-economic environment of their communities; and
  • further develop career skills through life-long learning.

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Objectives and outcomes

The Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University has adopted the outcome requirements of Criterion 3 of the ABET Engineering Criteria, but has revised them to specifically describe the chemical engineering graduate. Their achievement by the graduates of our program plays a major role in accomplishing our Program Education Objectives and is supportive of the mission of Michigan State University and of the College of Engineering.

Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University will have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in writing
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences orally
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations
  • an ability to make informed judgments, which consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation
  • an ability to analyze and interpret data using engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed using appropriate learning strategies


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Degree Options in Chemical Engineering

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Bioenergy and bioproducts
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Environmental
  • Food science
  • Polymer science and engineering

Completing a Bachelor of Science degree with an option may require more than 128 credits. Upon completion of the required courses for an option, certification of the option will appear on a student's official transcript. Concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in chemical engineering.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science constantly reviews program requirements and reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Consequently, each student is strongly encouraged to consult with their adviser to obtain assistance in planning an appropriate schedule of courses.

Some courses may have prerequisites, which are not otherwise required in the program. Students should check course descriptions to ensure they are aware of prerequisites.

Chemical Engineering Technical Electives

Students must complete at least six credits of technically oriented subject-related courses approved by his or her advisor. Acceptable subjects include but are not limited to: composites processing or biochemical engineering, electronic materials, environment, advanced mathematics, transport phenomena, advanced chemistry, food, legal and regulatory issues, advanced materials, advanced biology, statistics, biomedical engineering, and polymers.


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Technical Electives

Students must complete at least 6 credits of technically oriented subject-related courses.

Students may replace one technical elective with 3 credits of EGR X (internship/co-op course).

Beverage Science

  • CEM 482, Science and Technology of Wine Production (p: CEM 351; must be 21 yrs; override required) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • FSC 481, Fermented Beverages, (p: must be 21 yrs.; override required) F
  • ME 494, Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (p: CHE 311 or cc) F

Biological Sciences

  • ANTR 350, Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals (p: BS 161) F/S/Su
  • BE 440, Entrepreneurial Engr. for Innovation in Health/Safety (p: MTH 132; recc: BS 161; jr/sr standing) S/Su
  • BE 444, Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics (p: BS 161; CEM 151; ECE 345 or approval of dept.) S
  • BMB 462, Advanced Biochemistry II (p: BMB 461 or BMB 401; BS 161; BS 162 or cc; CEM 352) F/S
  • *CHE 481, Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 431; BMB 401 or BMB 461 & BMB 462) F
  • CHE 882, Advanced Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of EVEN yrs.
  • CHE 883, Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Lab (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of ODD yrs.
  • CSS 350, Introduction to Plant Genetics (p: BS 161 or PLB 105) S
  • IBIO 341, Fundamental Genetics (p: BS 161; BS 162) F/S/Su
  • ME 495, Tissue Mechanics (p: ME 222) S
  • MMG 301, Introductory Microbiology (p: BS 161; CEM 351 or cc) F/S
  • MMG 409, Eukaryotic Cell Biology (p: BS 161; BMB 401 or cc or BMB 462 or cc) S
  • MMG 413, Virology (p: BMB 401 or BMB 462 or cc) S
  • MMG 421, Prokaryotic Cell Physiology (p: MMG 301; BMB 461 or cc or BMB 401 or cc) F
  • MMG 425, Microbial Ecology (Recc: MMG 301) S
  • MMG 431, Microbial Genetics (p: BMB 461 or cc or BMB 401 or cc) F
  • MMG 445, Microbial Biotechnology (p: MMG 301 or BMB 461 or BMB 401; WRA) F/Su
  • MMG 451, Immunology (p: BS 161; BMB 401 or cc or BMB 461 or cc) F
  • MSE 425, Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (p: MSE 250 or approval of dept.) F
  • PHM 350, Introductory Human Pharmacology (p: PSL 250 or PSL 310 or PSL 431 & PSL 432) F/S/Su
  • PSL 250, Introductory Physiology F/S/Su
  • PSL 425, Physiological Biophysics (p. PSL 250 or PSL 310 or PSL 431 & PSL 432) F/S
  • PSL 431, Human Physiology I (p: BS 161; CEM 152) F
  • PSL 432, Human Physiology II (p: PSL 431; BS 161; CEM 152) S

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 468, Biomass Conversion Engineering (p: CHE 321; CHE 431) F
  • *CHE 472, Composite Materials Processing (p: CHE 311) F
  • *CHE 481, Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 431; BMB 401 or BMB 461 & BMB 462) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • CHE 490, Independent Study (p: approval of dept.)
  • CHE 882, Advanced Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of EVEN yrs.
  • CHE 883, Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Lab (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of ODD yrs.

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Mechanical Engineering

  • CE 221, Statics (p: PHY 183; MTH 234 or cc) F/S/Su
  • ME 413, Cryogenic-Thermal Systems (p: approval of department) S
  • ME 414, Mechanical Design of Cryogenic Systems (p: approval of department) F
  • ME 222, Mechanics of Deformable Solids (p: CE 221; MTH 234) F/S/Su
  • ME 361, Dynamics (p: CE 221; MTH 235) F/S
  • ME 495, Tissue Mechanics (p: ME 222) S

Advanced Chemistry and Physics

  • CEM 411, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (p: CEM 311 or CEM 384 or CEM 483)
  • CEM 444, Chemical Safety (p: CEM 152; CEM 352) F, 1 credit
  • CEM 483, Quantum Chemistry (p: MTH 235; PHY 184; CEM 152) F
  • *CEM 484, Molecular Thermodynamics (p: MTH 235; CEM 152) S
  • CEM 485, Modern Nuclear Chemistry (p: CEM 152; PHY 184) S of EVEN yrs.
  • PHY 215, Thermodynamics and Modern Physics (p: PHY 184; MTH 234 or cc) F/S
  • PHY 321, Classical Mechanics I (p: PHY 215 or cc; MTH 235 or cc) F/S
  • PHY 422, Classical Mechanics II (p: PHY 321) F
  • PHY 480, Computational Physics (Recc: CSE 231) S

*Note: Completion of CEM 483 or CEM 484 is a program requirement. Therefore, CEM 483 or CEM 484 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Electrical Engineering

  • ECE 201, Circuits and Systems I (p: CSE 231 or cc or CSE 220 or cc or EGR 102 or cc; MTH 234 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 202, Circuits and Systems II (p: ECE 201; MTH 235 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 230, Digital Logic Fundamentals (p: CSE 231 or cc or CSE 220 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 280, Electrical Engineering Analysis (p: MTH 234; ECE 201 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 345, Electronic Instrumentation and Systems (p: MTH 234 or cc; PHY 184; WRA) F/S/Su

Engineering Entrepreneurship

  • BE 440, Entrepreneurial Engr. for Innovation in Health & Safety (p: MTH 132; recc: BS 161; jr/sr standing) S
  • EGR 440, Engineering Entrepreneurship F

Computer Science and Engineering

  • CSE 231, Programming I (Python) (p: MTH 132 or cc) F/S/Su
  • CSE 232, Programming II (C++) (p: CSE 231; MTH 132) F/S/Su
  • CSE 260, Discrete Structures in Computer Science (p: MTH 133) F/S/Su

Energy

  • BE 469, Sustainable Bioenergy Systems (p: CHE 201; CHE 321) S
  • CHE 468, Biomass Conversion Engineering (p: CHE 321; CHE 431) F
  • CSS 467, BioEnergy Feedstock Production (p: MTH 103 or higher) F
  • MSE 410, Material Foundations for Energy Applications (p: MSE 310 or ME 201 or CHE 321) F

Environmental Engineering

  • AFRE 265, Ecological Economics (p: EC 201 or cc or EC 202 or cc) F/S
  • AFRE 360, Environmental Economics (p: AFRE 265; AFRE 203) S
  • AFRE 829, Economics of Environmental Resources (p: undergraduate intermediate microeconomics, calculus and statistics) S
  • ANS 407, Food and Animal Toxicology (p: BS 161) S
  • CSS 210, Fundamentals of Soil Science (Recc: CEM 151) F/S
  • CSUS 465, Environmental and Natural Resource Law (p: CSUS 200 or EEM 255) F
  • ENE 280, Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science (p: CEM 151; MTH 132 or cc) F/S
  • ENE 481, Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts (p: CEM 151; CEM 152; ENE 280 or BE 230 or GLG 201 or GLG 301 or approval of dept.) F
  • ENE 483, Water and Wastewater Engineering (p: ENE 280 or BE 230; CHE 311) F
  • ENE 487, Microbiology for Environmental Science and Engineering (p: ENE 280) S
  • ENE 489, Air Pollution: Science and Engineering (p: CEM 151; MTH 133; ENE 280 or BE 230; CHE 311) S
  • IBIO 446, Environmental Issues and Public Policy F

Food Processing 

  • BE 477, Food Engineering: Fluids (p: BE 350; BE 351; BE 360) F *Override granted to senior CHE students.
  • BE 478, Food Engineering: Solids (p: BE 350; BE 351; BE 360) S
  • CEM 482, Science and Technology of Wine Production (p: CEM 351; must be 21 yrs; override required) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • FSC 211, Principles of Food Science F/Su
  • FSC 325, Food Processing: Unit Operations (p: FSC 211 or ANS 201 or approval of dept.) S
  • FSC 342, Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program (p: FSC 211 or cc or HNF 150 or cc or course in MMG, CEM, or BS) F
  • FSC 401, Food Chemistry (p: CEM 352 or BMB 401 or cc) S
  • FSC 421, Food Laws and Regulations (p: HNF 150 or FSC 211 or ABM 100) S of ODD yrs./Su of EVEN yrs.
  • FSC 430, Food Processing: Fruits and Vegetables (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) F
  • FSC 431, Food Processing: Cereals (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) S
  • FSC 432, Food Processing: Dairy Foods (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) F
  • FSC 433, Food Processing: Muscle Foods (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) S
  • FSC 440, Food Microbiology (p: MMG 201 or MMG 301; WRA) F
  • FSC 455, Food and Nutrition Laboratory (p: BMB 401 or cc or BMB 461 or cc; WRA) F
  • FSC 470, Food Production Development, (p: FSC 401; FSC 310; FSC 440) S
  • FSC 481, Fermented Beverages, (p: must be 21 yrs.; override required) F

Materials Engineering

  • CHE 472, Composite Materials Processing (p: CHE 311) F
  • MSE 250, Materials Science and Engineering (p: CEM 151) F/S/Su
  • MSE 260, Electronic, Magnetic, Thermal and Optical Properties of Materials (p: MSE 250; PHY 184 or cc) S
  • MSE 370, Synthesis and Processing of Materials (p: MSE 250; CHE 321) S
  • MSE 410, Material Foundations for Energy Applications (p: MSE 310 or ME 201 or CHE 321) F
  • MSE 425, Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (p: MSE 250 or approval of dept.) F
  • PKG 221, Packaging with Glass and Metal (p: CEM 151; PHY 183; PKG 102 or cc or approval of dept.) F/S
  • PKG 323, Packaging with Plastics (p: CEM 351; STT 351 or STT 200 or STT 201 or STT 315; MTH 133; PKG 101; PKG 221 or cc or approval of dept.) F/S

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MTH 309, Linear Algebra I (p: MTH 133; WRA; MTH 299 or approval of dept.) F/S/Su
  • MTH 314, Matrix Algebra with Applications (p: MTH 133) F/S/Su
  • MTH 320, Analysis I (p: MTH 133; MTH 299 or approval of dept.) F/S/Su
  • MTH 414, Linear Algebra II (p: MTH 309) F
  • MTH 415, Applied Linear Algebra (p: MTH 235; MTH 309 or MTH 314) F/S/Su
  • MTH 421, Analysis II (p: MTH 320; MTH 234) F/S
  • MTH 451, Numerical Analysis I (p: CSE 231; MTH 235) F
  • STT 351, Probability and Statistics for Engineering (p: MTH 234) F/S/Su

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Chemical Engineering is a broad and versatile profession concerned with the development and application of processes in which chemical or physical changes of materials are involved. This branch of engineering is based on the sciences of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences and is guided by the principles of economics. The work of the chemical engineer may be in research, development, design, sales, production, or in the engineering and management of process plants. These functions can be performed in a wide variety of areas, such as the chemical process industries, the petroleum and related (coal and shale) industries, pollution control, nuclear energy, biology and medicine, food, business, and patent law.

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The Chemical Engineering (B.S.) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

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Enrollment

Fall 2023 - 332
Fall 2022 – 385
Fall 2021 – 422
Fall 2020 – 499
Fall 2019 – 531

Degrees awarded

2022 - 2023 - 102
2021-2022 - 93
2020-2021 - 98
2019-2020 - 114
2018-2019 - 132


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1. University Requirements: (23 credit (cr))

  • Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures (WRA) 4 cr
  • Integrative Studies in Humanities, IAH 201-210 and IAH 211 or> 8 cr
  • Integrative Studies in Social Sciences, ISS 2XX and ISS 3XX 8 cr
  • Bioscience: BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr

 

2. College Requirements: (30 cr)

  • *CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4 cr
  • *EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 2 cr
  • *EGR 102 Introduction to Engineering Modeling 2 cr
  • *MTH 132 Calculus I 3 cr
  • *MTH 133 Calculus II 4 cr
  • MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4 cr
  • MTH 235 Differential Equations 3 cr
  • *PHY 183 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I 4 cr
  • PHY 184 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II 4 cr

*College Admission Requirement

 

3. Major Requirements: (67-69 cr)

a. Complete all of the following courses: (51 cr)

  • CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3 cr
  • CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr
  • CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr
  • CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
  • CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
  • CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I 2 cr
  • CHE 201 Material and Energy Balances 3 cr
  • CHE 210 Modeling and Analysis of Transport Phenomena 3 cr
  • CHE 301 Chemical Engineering as a Profession 1 cr
  • CHE 311 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • CHE 312 Mass Transfer and Separations 4 cr
  • CHE 316 Lab Practice and Statistical Analysis (W) 4 cr
  • CHE 321 Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering 4 cr
  • CHE 431 Chemical Reaction Engineering 4 cr
  • CHE 432 Process Analysis and Control 3 cr
  • CHE 433 Process Design and Optimization I (W) 4 cr
  • CHE 434 Process Design and Optimization II 2 cr
  • CHE 473 Chemical Engineering Principles in Polymers & Materials Systems 3 cr

b. One of the following groups: (4-6 cr)

  • Group 1
    • BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4 cr
  • Group 2
    • BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 cr
    • BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3 cr

c. Select one of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3 cr
  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr

d. Select one of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CEM 483 Quantum Chemistry 3 cr
  • CEM 484 Molecular Thermodynamics 3 cr

e. Technical Electives: (6 cr)

Students must complete at least 6 credits in courses selected from a list of approved technical electives available from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Technical elective courses must include at least 3 credits of engineering topics, denoted with an ‘e’ next to the course number on the CHE technical elective list.

NOTE: BMB 462 is taken to fulfill requirement 3. b. and will count as a technical elective credit in item 3. e., not as an engineering ‘e’ topics course.

Concentrations in Chemical Engineering

In response to increasing interest in the application of chemical engineering principles to related fields, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers concentrations in biochemical engineering, bioenergy, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, food science, and polymer science and engineering to students wishing an area of concentration in the degree. Concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemical Engineering. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.

NOTE: Completing the Bachelor of Science degree in ChemicalEngineering with a concentration may require more than 128 credits. For any concentration, up to 3 credits of Independent Study (CHE 490) related to the subject area may be applied with approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.



Biochemical Engineering Concentration: (18-21 cr)

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a biochemical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., and 3.d., above and the following:

All of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr

One of the following tracks: (11-13 cr)

Track 1 (12-13 credits)

The following course: (4 cr)

  • BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 3 cr

Three of the following courses: (8-9 credits)

  • BMB 805 Protein Structure, Design, and Mechanism 3 cr
  • BMB 829 Methods of Macromolecular Analysis and Synthesis 2 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3 cr
  • MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3 cr

 

Biochemical Engineering Concentration Continued:
Track 2 (11-12 credits)
Both of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3 cr
  • BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3 cr

Two of the following courses: (5-6 credits)

  • BMB 805 Protein Structure, Design, and Mechanism 3 cr
  • BMB 829 Methods of Macromolecular Analysis and Synthesis 2 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • MMG 421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology 3 cr
  • MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3 cr

 

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Concentration: (15 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a bioenergy and bioproducts concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d.,above and the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • CHE 468 Biomass Conversion in Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CSS 467 Bioenergy Feedstock Production 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • BE 469 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems 3 cr
  • BE 869 Life Cycle Assessment for Bioenergy and Bioproduct Systems 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • AFRE 829 Economics of Environ Resources 3 cr
  • CHE 882 Advanced Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3 cr
  • MC 450 International Environmental Law and Policy 3 cr

 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration: (16-17 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a biomedical engineering concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3.a., 3.b., and 3.d., above and the following:

All of the following courses: (10 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 cr
  • PSL 431 Human Physiology I 4 cr

 

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3 cr

 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration Continued:
One of the following courses not taken above: (3-4 cr)

  • BMB 471 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 3 cr
  • CHE 883 Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Laboratory 3 cr
  • IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4 cr
  • ME 494 Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr
  • MSE 425 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility 3 cr

 

Environmental Concentration: (15 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with an environmental concentration, the student must complete
requirements 1., 2., and 3. a., 3.b., and 3.d. above and the
following:

Both of the following courses: (6 cr)

  • CHE 481 Biochemical Engineering 3 cr
  • ENE 280 Principles of Environmental Eng & Science 3 cr

Three of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • AFRE 265 Ecological Economics 3 cr
  • AFRE 360 Environmental Economics 3 cr
  • AFRE 465 Corporate Environmental Management (W) 3 cr
  • CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3 cr
  • ENE 481 Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts 3 cr
  • ENE 483 Water and Wastewater Engineering 3 cr
  • ENE 489 Air Pollution: Science and Engineering 3 cr
  • IBIO 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3 cr

 

Food Science Concentration: (12 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a food science concentration, students must complete requirements 1., 2., 3. a., 3. b., 3.c., and 3.d., above and all of the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • FSC 401 Food Chemistry 3 cr
  • FSC 440 Food Microbiology 3 cr
  • MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr

One of the following courses: (3 cr)

  • BE 477 Food Engineering: Fluids 3 cr
  • BE 478 Food Engineering: Solids 3 cr
  • FSC 325 Food Processing: Unit Operations 3 cr
  • FSC 455 Food and Nutrition Laboratory 3 cr
  • FSC 470 Integrated Approaches to Food Product Dev 3 cr

 

Polymer Science and Engineering Concentration: (15-16 cr)
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a polymer science and engineering concentration, students must
complete requirements 1., 2., 3. a., 3. b., 3.d., above and all of the following:

All of the following courses: (9 cr)

  • CE 221 Statics 3 cr
  • CHE 472 Composite Materials Processing 3 cr
  • ME 222 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3 cr

Two of the following courses: (6-7 cr)

  • CHE 871 Materials Surfaces and Interfaces 3 cr
  • CHE 872 Polymers & Cmposites: Mfg, Strc & Prfrmnce 3 cr
  • MSE 370 Synthesis and Processing of Materials 3 cr
  • MSE 426 Introduction to Composite Materials 3 cr
  • PKG 323 Packaging with Plastics 4 cr

Other Electives for Degree (Variable)

Total Credits Required for Degree 128

These requirements are effective for students admitted to the Chemical Engineering major beginning Fall 2022. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science constantly reviews program requirements and reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Consequently, each student is strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor to obtain assistance in planning an appropriate schedule of courses.

Some courses may have prerequisites, which are not otherwise required in the program. Students should check course descriptions to ensure they are aware of prerequisites.

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Sample

First Year

Fall Credits Spring  Credits 
CEM 161 CEM 162 
CEM 151 CEM 152 
EGR 100  EGR 102 
MTH 132  Elective 
ISS 2XX  MTH 133 
    WRA 101
Total  14  Total  15 

 

Sophomore Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits
CEM 351 CEM 352 
BS 161  CEM 355 
CHE 201 3 CHE 301
MTH 234  CHE 210 
PHY 183  MTH 235
 
 PHY 184
     Elective
Total 17 Total 18

 

Junior Year

Fall Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHE 311 CHE 321 4
CHE 431 CHE 316 4
CEM 483(FS) OR CEM 484(SS) CHE 312 4
Elective 2

BMB 401

OR BMB

461 and 462

4

OR

6

 IAH 201-210 4  
Total  16 Total  16-18

 

Senior Year

Fall Credits Spring Credits 
CHE 433 CHE 473
CHE 432 CHE 434 
Tech Elective  Tech Elective 
CHE 472 OR 481 Elective 
ISS 3XX IAH 211 or > 
Total  17 Total  15

Program Objectives

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering at Michigan State University has a strong focus on the integration of engineering science and process design with complementary areas of study in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, fuels and energy, materials, and food engineering. Graduates are prepared for life-long opportunities to participate in diverse sectors of the economy and to assume leadership roles throughout their professional careers.

The graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program are expected to

  • succeed in the practice of chemical engineering or in advanced studies in engineering, scientific, or complementary disciplines;
  • assume leadership roles in industry and/or in technological fields;
  • contribute to the socio-economic environment of their communities; and
  • further develop career skills through life-long learning.

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Objectives and outcomes

The Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University has adopted the outcome requirements of Criterion 3 of the ABET Engineering Criteria, but has revised them to specifically describe the chemical engineering graduate. Their achievement by the graduates of our program plays a major role in accomplishing our Program Education Objectives and is supportive of the mission of Michigan State University and of the College of Engineering.

Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program at Michigan State University will have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in writing
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences orally
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations
  • an ability to make informed judgments, which consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation
  • an ability to analyze and interpret data using engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed using appropriate learning strategies


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Degree Options in Chemical Engineering

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Bioenergy and bioproducts
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Environmental
  • Food science
  • Polymer science and engineering

Completing a Bachelor of Science degree with an option may require more than 128 credits. Upon completion of the required courses for an option, certification of the option will appear on a student's official transcript. Concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in chemical engineering.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science constantly reviews program requirements and reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Consequently, each student is strongly encouraged to consult with their adviser to obtain assistance in planning an appropriate schedule of courses.

Some courses may have prerequisites, which are not otherwise required in the program. Students should check course descriptions to ensure they are aware of prerequisites.

Chemical Engineering Technical Electives

Students must complete at least six credits of technically oriented subject-related courses approved by his or her advisor. Acceptable subjects include but are not limited to: composites processing or biochemical engineering, electronic materials, environment, advanced mathematics, transport phenomena, advanced chemistry, food, legal and regulatory issues, advanced materials, advanced biology, statistics, biomedical engineering, and polymers.


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Technical Electives

Students must complete at least 6 credits of technically oriented subject-related courses.

Students may replace one technical elective with 3 credits of EGR X (internship/co-op course).

Beverage Science

  • CEM 482, Science and Technology of Wine Production (p: CEM 351; must be 21 yrs; override required) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • FSC 481, Fermented Beverages, (p: must be 21 yrs.; override required) F
  • ME 494, Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (p: CHE 311 or cc) F

Biological Sciences

  • ANTR 350, Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals (p: BS 161) F/S/Su
  • BE 440, Entrepreneurial Engr. for Innovation in Health/Safety (p: MTH 132; recc: BS 161; jr/sr standing) S/Su
  • BE 444, Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics (p: BS 161; CEM 151; ECE 345 or approval of dept.) S
  • BMB 462, Advanced Biochemistry II (p: BMB 461 or BMB 401; BS 161; BS 162 or cc; CEM 352) F/S
  • *CHE 481, Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 431; BMB 401 or BMB 461 & BMB 462) F
  • CHE 882, Advanced Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of EVEN yrs.
  • CHE 883, Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Lab (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of ODD yrs.
  • CSS 350, Introduction to Plant Genetics (p: BS 161 or PLB 105) S
  • IBIO 341, Fundamental Genetics (p: BS 161; BS 162) F/S/Su
  • ME 495, Tissue Mechanics (p: ME 222) S
  • MMG 301, Introductory Microbiology (p: BS 161; CEM 351 or cc) F/S
  • MMG 409, Eukaryotic Cell Biology (p: BS 161; BMB 401 or cc or BMB 462 or cc) S
  • MMG 413, Virology (p: BMB 401 or BMB 462 or cc) S
  • MMG 421, Prokaryotic Cell Physiology (p: MMG 301; BMB 461 or cc or BMB 401 or cc) F
  • MMG 425, Microbial Ecology (Recc: MMG 301) S
  • MMG 431, Microbial Genetics (p: BMB 461 or cc or BMB 401 or cc) F
  • MMG 445, Microbial Biotechnology (p: MMG 301 or BMB 461 or BMB 401; WRA) F/Su
  • MMG 451, Immunology (p: BS 161; BMB 401 or cc or BMB 461 or cc) F
  • MSE 425, Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (p: MSE 250 or approval of dept.) F
  • PHM 350, Introductory Human Pharmacology (p: PSL 250 or PSL 310 or PSL 431 & PSL 432) F/S/Su
  • PSL 250, Introductory Physiology F/S/Su
  • PSL 425, Physiological Biophysics (p. PSL 250 or PSL 310 or PSL 431 & PSL 432) F/S
  • PSL 431, Human Physiology I (p: BS 161; CEM 152) F
  • PSL 432, Human Physiology II (p: PSL 431; BS 161; CEM 152) S

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 468, Biomass Conversion Engineering (p: CHE 321; CHE 431) F
  • *CHE 472, Composite Materials Processing (p: CHE 311) F
  • *CHE 481, Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 431; BMB 401 or BMB 461 & BMB 462) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • CHE 490, Independent Study (p: approval of dept.)
  • CHE 882, Advanced Biochemical Engineering (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of EVEN yrs.
  • CHE 883, Multidisciplinary Bioprocessing Lab (p: CHE 481; approval of instructor) S of ODD yrs.

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Mechanical Engineering

  • CE 221, Statics (p: PHY 183; MTH 234 or cc) F/S/Su
  • ME 413, Cryogenic-Thermal Systems (p: approval of department) S
  • ME 414, Mechanical Design of Cryogenic Systems (p: approval of department) F
  • ME 222, Mechanics of Deformable Solids (p: CE 221; MTH 234) F/S/Su
  • ME 361, Dynamics (p: CE 221; MTH 235) F/S
  • ME 495, Tissue Mechanics (p: ME 222) S

Advanced Chemistry and Physics

  • CEM 411, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (p: CEM 311 or CEM 384 or CEM 483)
  • CEM 444, Chemical Safety (p: CEM 152; CEM 352) F, 1 credit
  • CEM 483, Quantum Chemistry (p: MTH 235; PHY 184; CEM 152) F
  • *CEM 484, Molecular Thermodynamics (p: MTH 235; CEM 152) S
  • CEM 485, Modern Nuclear Chemistry (p: CEM 152; PHY 184) S of EVEN yrs.
  • PHY 215, Thermodynamics and Modern Physics (p: PHY 184; MTH 234 or cc) F/S
  • PHY 321, Classical Mechanics I (p: PHY 215 or cc; MTH 235 or cc) F/S
  • PHY 422, Classical Mechanics II (p: PHY 321) F
  • PHY 480, Computational Physics (Recc: CSE 231) S

*Note: Completion of CEM 483 or CEM 484 is a program requirement. Therefore, CEM 483 or CEM 484 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Electrical Engineering

  • ECE 201, Circuits and Systems I (p: CSE 231 or cc or CSE 220 or cc or EGR 102 or cc; MTH 234 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 202, Circuits and Systems II (p: ECE 201; MTH 235 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 230, Digital Logic Fundamentals (p: CSE 231 or cc or CSE 220 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 280, Electrical Engineering Analysis (p: MTH 234; ECE 201 or cc) F/S
  • ECE 345, Electronic Instrumentation and Systems (p: MTH 234 or cc; PHY 184; WRA) F/S/Su

Engineering Entrepreneurship

  • BE 440, Entrepreneurial Engr. for Innovation in Health & Safety (p: MTH 132; recc: BS 161; jr/sr standing) S
  • EGR 440, Engineering Entrepreneurship F

Computer Science and Engineering

  • CSE 231, Programming I (Python) (p: MTH 132 or cc) F/S/Su
  • CSE 232, Programming II (C++) (p: CSE 231; MTH 132) F/S/Su
  • CSE 260, Discrete Structures in Computer Science (p: MTH 133) F/S/Su

Energy

  • BE 469, Sustainable Bioenergy Systems (p: CHE 201; CHE 321) S
  • CHE 468, Biomass Conversion Engineering (p: CHE 321; CHE 431) F
  • CSS 467, BioEnergy Feedstock Production (p: MTH 103 or higher) F
  • MSE 410, Material Foundations for Energy Applications (p: MSE 310 or ME 201 or CHE 321) F

Environmental Engineering

  • AFRE 265, Ecological Economics (p: EC 201 or cc or EC 202 or cc) F/S
  • AFRE 360, Environmental Economics (p: AFRE 265; AFRE 203) S
  • AFRE 829, Economics of Environmental Resources (p: undergraduate intermediate microeconomics, calculus and statistics) S
  • ANS 407, Food and Animal Toxicology (p: BS 161) S
  • CSS 210, Fundamentals of Soil Science (Recc: CEM 151) F/S
  • CSUS 465, Environmental and Natural Resource Law (p: CSUS 200 or EEM 255) F
  • ENE 280, Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science (p: CEM 151; MTH 132 or cc) F/S
  • ENE 481, Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts (p: CEM 151; CEM 152; ENE 280 or BE 230 or GLG 201 or GLG 301 or approval of dept.) F
  • ENE 483, Water and Wastewater Engineering (p: ENE 280 or BE 230; CHE 311) F
  • ENE 487, Microbiology for Environmental Science and Engineering (p: ENE 280) S
  • ENE 489, Air Pollution: Science and Engineering (p: CEM 151; MTH 133; ENE 280 or BE 230; CHE 311) S
  • IBIO 446, Environmental Issues and Public Policy F

Food Processing 

  • BE 477, Food Engineering: Fluids (p: BE 350; BE 351; BE 360) F *Override granted to senior CHE students.
  • BE 478, Food Engineering: Solids (p: BE 350; BE 351; BE 360) S
  • CEM 482, Science and Technology of Wine Production (p: CEM 351; must be 21 yrs; override required) F
  • CHE 483, Brewing and Distilled Beverage Technology (p: CHE 311; must be 21 yrs; override required) F or S
  • FSC 211, Principles of Food Science F/Su
  • FSC 325, Food Processing: Unit Operations (p: FSC 211 or ANS 201 or approval of dept.) S
  • FSC 342, Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program (p: FSC 211 or cc or HNF 150 or cc or course in MMG, CEM, or BS) F
  • FSC 401, Food Chemistry (p: CEM 352 or BMB 401 or cc) S
  • FSC 421, Food Laws and Regulations (p: HNF 150 or FSC 211 or ABM 100) S of ODD yrs./Su of EVEN yrs.
  • FSC 430, Food Processing: Fruits and Vegetables (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) F
  • FSC 431, Food Processing: Cereals (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) S
  • FSC 432, Food Processing: Dairy Foods (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) F
  • FSC 433, Food Processing: Muscle Foods (p: FSC 211; FSC 325 or BE 350) S
  • FSC 440, Food Microbiology (p: MMG 201 or MMG 301; WRA) F
  • FSC 455, Food and Nutrition Laboratory (p: BMB 401 or cc or BMB 461 or cc; WRA) F
  • FSC 470, Food Production Development, (p: FSC 401; FSC 310; FSC 440) S
  • FSC 481, Fermented Beverages, (p: must be 21 yrs.; override required) F

Materials Engineering

  • CHE 472, Composite Materials Processing (p: CHE 311) F
  • MSE 250, Materials Science and Engineering (p: CEM 151) F/S/Su
  • MSE 260, Electronic, Magnetic, Thermal and Optical Properties of Materials (p: MSE 250; PHY 184 or cc) S
  • MSE 370, Synthesis and Processing of Materials (p: MSE 250; CHE 321) S
  • MSE 410, Material Foundations for Energy Applications (p: MSE 310 or ME 201 or CHE 321) F
  • MSE 425, Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (p: MSE 250 or approval of dept.) F
  • PKG 221, Packaging with Glass and Metal (p: CEM 151; PHY 183; PKG 102 or cc or approval of dept.) F/S
  • PKG 323, Packaging with Plastics (p: CEM 351; STT 351 or STT 200 or STT 201 or STT 315; MTH 133; PKG 101; PKG 221 or cc or approval of dept.) F/S

*Note: Completion of CHE 472 or CHE 481 is a program requirement. Therefore, CHE 472 or CHE 481 taken alone cannot count as both a technical elective and a program requirement.

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MTH 309, Linear Algebra I (p: MTH 133; WRA; MTH 299 or approval of dept.) F/S/Su
  • MTH 314, Matrix Algebra with Applications (p: MTH 133) F/S/Su
  • MTH 320, Analysis I (p: MTH 133; MTH 299 or approval of dept.) F/S/Su
  • MTH 414, Linear Algebra II (p: MTH 309) F
  • MTH 415, Applied Linear Algebra (p: MTH 235; MTH 309 or MTH 314) F/S/Su
  • MTH 421, Analysis II (p: MTH 320; MTH 234) F/S
  • MTH 451, Numerical Analysis I (p: CSE 231; MTH 235) F
  • STT 351, Probability and Statistics for Engineering (p: MTH 234) F/S/Su

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Chemical Engineering is a broad and versatile profession concerned with the development and application of processes in which chemical or physical changes of materials are involved. This branch of engineering is based on the sciences of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences and is guided by the principles of economics. The work of the chemical engineer may be in research, development, design, sales, production, or in the engineering and management of process plants. These functions can be performed in a wide variety of areas, such as the chemical process industries, the petroleum and related (coal and shale) industries, pollution control, nuclear energy, biology and medicine, food, business, and patent law.

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