See also B.S. Ch.E. Program Handbook
Chemical Engineering primarily deals with the many aspects of processes in which matter and energy undergo change. It is based on the sciences of chemistry, physics and mathematics and the principles of economics and environmental protection. Chemical engineers are generally regarded as versatile problem-solvers. Working in consultation with other engineers and scientists, chemical engineers define problems, determine objectives, plan and carry out the research, and then design, develop, computerize and control the processes.
The Department of Chemical Engineering provides a broad and strong foundation which prepares graduates for entry into all areas of chemical engineering or pursuit of advanced degrees in chemical engineering and other disciplines. Our graduates are highly sought after.
The undergraduate program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Studies leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering/Materials Science are also offered.
See lists of all Chemical Engineering undergraduate and graduate course descriptions
Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the Chemical Engineering program, defined to be achieved by our graduates within a few years of their graduation, are to produce graduates, who are
- practicing chemical engineering in a variety of contemporary industrial settings.
- pursuing advanced study and research in chemical engineering and other related disciplines.
- taking leadership roles in their chosen careers.
The Department of Chemical Engineering, through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, gives students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, (iii) Nanotechnology, and (iv) Processing of Energy and Natural Resources.
- Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment. Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to leach hazardous chemicals from landfills and use micro- organisms and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction devices to convert air and water pollutants to harmless compounds.
- Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex bioproducts such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural biochemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prostheses.
- Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres, includes the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.. Chemical Engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices, and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and Engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.
- Processing of Energy and Natural Resources. Chemical engineers find new chemical process pathways to convert natural resources into energy and useful products. Some in-situ processes use the earth itself as a reaction vessel for extracting underground resources.