Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Courses in Chemical Engineering

Courses currently being offered:

Fall
Spring

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

CHE 113 CHEMICAL PROC ANALYSIS

Course Content and Method of Instruction: Lectures and discussion. Methodology and problem solving techniques in chemical engineering; the concepts of mass and energy conservation in both reacting and non-reacting chemical systems; the concept of equilibrium in chemical and physical systems and the basic principles of thermodynamics are presented; both steady state and transient behavior are discussed for some special systems.

Prerequisites: Freshman Chemistry; MTH 161, 162, or permission of instructor. Restrictions: Not open to freshmen.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 116 NUMERICAl METHODS AND STAT

This course provides an introduction to numerical methods and engineering statistics for chemical engineers. Students learn to use computer models and statistics to understand engineering systems. The focus of numerical methods is translating engineering problems into algorithms and implementing them in a spreadsheet or programming language. Topics covered include basic data structures, programming flow control, plotting, function minimization, integration and differential equations. The statistics portion teaches students basic probability theory, the central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, regression, model fitting and basic error analysis.

Prerequisites: MTH 161 and 162 and MTH 165 (concurrently)
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 150 GREEN ENERGY

An introductory engineering course about energy production, conversion, and utilization. The first half of the course covers energy and power metrics, material and energy balances and the fundamental laws of thermodynamics. The remainder of the course examines traditional and alternative energy sources, energy distribution, and energy utilization. Course activities include weekly homework assignments, exams, and a project. Emphasis is on assumption-based problem solving.

Prerequisites: Restrictions: Not open to Engineering Juniors and Seniors.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 211 PROB FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS

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CHE 213 ENGINEERING OF SOFT MATTER

This course will provide an overview of several contemporary research topics pertaining to structured organic materials. Lectures will focus on intermolecular interactions and the thermodynamics of self-assembly. Additional lectures will introduce molecular crystals, polymer crystallinity, liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers, surfactants, block copolymers, and biomimetic materials. Homework assignments and a brief technical presentation will be required. Advanced undergraduate students are welcome. OFFERED EVEN YEARS

Prerequisites: CHM 203 (or equivalent) AND CHE 225 or CHM 251 (or equivalent)
Last Offered: Spring 2016

CHE 225 CHE THERMODYNAMICS

Lectures on the origin and use of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, followed by a discussion of equilibrium criteria. Thermodynamic descriptions of real gases and liquids are developed and applications of thermodynamics to phase and chemical equilibrium complete the course. Weekly problem assignments, problem review sessions, and student projects.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 231 CHEMICAL REACTOR DESIGN

This course combines the concepts of mass balances, reaction rates, stoichiometry, and chemical equilibrium to introduce the fundamentals of chemical reactor design. Isothermal, uncatalyzed homogeneous reactions are considered initially, but more complex reactions, including heterogeneous, catalyzed reactions and biological reactions are also considered. Approaches to kinetic data acquisition and analysis techniques are presented, and then combined with knowledge of reaction mechanisms or the pseudo-state hypothesis to develop nonelementary rate laws. The course ends with nonisothermal reactor design.

Prerequisites: CHE 113, MTH 165, CHE 225, CHE 244
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 243 FLUID DYNAMICS

An introduction to the basic fluid flow and conservation laws of transport phenomena including the principles and applications of fluid mechanics (momentum transport) to engineering problems. Topics include a detailed analysis of conservation of mass and momentum equations, microscopic and macroscopic balances, dimensional analysis and the application of fluid flow problems to chemical engineering.

Prerequisites: PHY 121, MTH 164, MTH 165 (may be concurrent)
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 244 HEAT & MASS TRANSFER

An introduction to heat and mass transfer mechanisms and process rates. The principles of energy and mass conservation serve to formulate equations governing conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer as well as diffusive and convective mass transfer. Both steady-state and transient problems up to three dimensions are treated in the absence and presence of chemical reactions. The gained fundamental knowledge base is applied to design heat- and mass-transfer operations.

Prerequisites: CHE 243, PHY121, MTH165
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 246 CHE PRINCIPLES LAB - LECTURE

Hands-on experience with concepts in phase equilibrium, heat and mass transfer, and chemical kinetics. Emphasis on measurement techniques, data analysis, and experimental design. Involves structured experiments, open-ended projects, and oral or written reports.

Prerequisites: CHE 113, CHE 243, CHE 244 and CHE 225 or by instructor permission
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 250 SEPARATION PROCESSES

Application of mass transfer and thermodynamics to chemical separation techniques. Fundamentals and design of processes, such as distillation, absorption, extraction, and crystallization. Fixed-bed operations, such as ion exchange and chromatography, and membrane processes are also considered.

Prerequisites: CHE 113, 225, 244, or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 255 CHE PROCESSES LAB - LECTURE

Operation and scale-up of chemical process equipment for chemical reaction and purification. Examination of the factors that affect performance in practice. Exploratory experiments and preliminary experimental design, as well as oral and written reports are required.

Prerequisites: CHE 243, 244, 231, and 250
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 258 ELECTROCHEMICAL ENGINEERING & FUEL CELLS

The course will concentrate on presenting the principles of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering, and the design considerations for the development of fuel cells capable of satisfying the projected performance of an electric car. The course is expected to prepare you for the challenges of energy conversion and storage and the environment in the 21st century. Course is offered October 24th - December 12th

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 259 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

This course will provide an overview of transport phenomena in biological systems that are critical to the function of all living organisms. The fundamental laws and equations of transport phenomena will be applied to topics including cellular, cardiovascular, respiratory, liver and kidney transport, blood flow and rheology, and circulation in tissues and arteries.

Prerequisites: PHY 121, MTH 164, MTH 165 (can be taken concurrently), CHE 243 preferred but not required
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 260 SOLAR CELLS

This course will introduce students to the basics of photovoltaic devices: physics of semiconductors; pn junctions; Schottky barriers; processes governing carrier generation, transport and recombination; analysis of solar cell efficiency; crystalline and thin-film solar cells, tandem structures, dye-sensitized and organic solar cells. Students will learn about current photovoltaic technologies including manufacturing processes, and also the economics of solar cells as an alternative energy source. Critical analysis of recent advances and key publications will be a part of the course work.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 263 BIOFUELS

Course Description: The utilization of fossil fuels generates carbon emission in tens of billion metric tons per year worldwide, causing alarming climate change. Traditionally, jet, internal-combustion, and Diesel engine fuels have been acquired by energy-intensive distillation of petroleum, and the recent surge in fracking has raised additional environmental concerns. Stable supply of oil is disrupted by the erratic international market, the precarious geopolitics around the globe, on top of the ever-increasing demands. The urge to explore alternative resources for fuels has never been stronger. This course will start with chemical and thermochemical processing of food crops, plant seeds, animal fats, and lignocellulose to be followed by recent advances in eco-friendly and cost-effective strategies for both lignocellulose and microalgae as sustainable bioresources.

CHE 264 BIOFUELS

This course will provide the student with a grounding in the fundamental principles of biofuels, including their sources, properties, and the biological processes by which they are made.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 265 SUSTAINABLE CHEMICAL PROCESSES

Course Description: Elements of sustainable chemical processes. Bulk and fine chemicals derived from renewable resources-- e.g. carbohydrates, animal fats, plant seeds, lignocellulose, algae, and carbon dioxide. Use of environmentally benign solvents-- e.g. ionic liquids, supercritical carbon dioxide, fluorous solvents, and liquid polymer-- for chemical reactions and separations. Chemical reactions activated by unconventional means-- e.g. ball milling, microwave heating, and ultrasound irradiation-- requiring minimum energy, catalysts, and solvents. Polymers produced with monomers from renewable resources, designed for recovery and recycling beyond intended service. Chemical and enzymatic catalysis enhanced by process integration to minimize the need for product separation and purification. Microreactor technologies to maximize rates of heat & mass transfer, chemical reaction rates, product yields and selectivity, in addition to facilitating process control, optimization, and scale-up.

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 266 BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING

See BME 266 for course description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 272 PROCESS DYNAMICS & CONTROL

Lectures, problem sets, and design projects. Introduction to the dynamic behavior of chemical engineering systems and to the analysis of feedback control systems. Methods of design of single feedback loops and multivariable systems are covered. (2 CRS)

Prerequisites: CHE 273
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 273 CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN

The course will cover material related to the conception and design of chemical processes. Topics will include energy systems analysis, the attainability region approach for reactor network synthesis and the effects of statistical uncertainty on decision making when evaluating alternative designs. Modern techniques for stochastic simulation of random processes will also be studied. The use of computational software packages like MATHCAD and DESIGN II will be expected in doing many of the homework assignments. In addition to two examinations, a computer-oriented design project will be assigned involving the use of chemical engineering principles for the solution of a process flow sheet problem. A good back ground in computer programming is necessary since many of the course assignments make use of numerical techniques.

Prerequisites: CHE 225, CHE 244 and MTH 165
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 276 POLYMER SYNTHESIS

An introduction to polymerization reaction mechanisms. The kinetics of commercially relevant polymerizations are emphasized along with a discussion of important, contemporary polymerization schemes. Approaches to functionalize polymers and surface-initiated polymerizations will also be covered. An overview of polymer characterization techniques, emphasizing compositional analysis, will be presented. The course is intended for graduate students in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering, but advanced undergraduates are welcome.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 277 ENERGY RESOURCES & UTILIZATION

Emphasis on technical and development aspects of energy resource problems. Applications of resource exploration and development in energy prospective locales which lack commercial energy development: such as the rift basins and embayments of Africa. Consideration of quality of life impacts of energy. Problems considered include: combustion of fossil fuels for heat and work, combustion products and environmental impact, comparison of fuels on environmental grounds, benefits of energy in social development, technology of energy exploration and development, and economics of energy development and acquisition.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

CHE 278 ENERGY ALTERNATIVES DES LAB

The students will be presented with issues and technical problems in developing a more sustainable energy mix for a variety of societal needs. They will conduct and design experiments which test various kinds of alternatives, including conservation technologies. The first few weeks will involve discussion of the issues and two or three common experiments for the entire class. One project will involve numerical modeling of a system the remainder of the course will involve extensive design and evaluation of a concept chosen by the student group.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

CHE 279 CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE

Issues of relevance to the practice of chemical engineering. Topics include basic economic principles and marketing issues, ethics, plant safety, worker education and training and environmental implications in process designs. Students visit a local industry to gain perspective on the scale of a chemical process. Presentations by practicing engineers expose the versatility of a chemical engineering education.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 280 CHEMISTRY OF ADVANCED MATERIALS

Preparation, structure, composition, and properties of advanced materials with emphasis on the underlying chemistry. Atomic structure and bonding of crystalline and amorphous solids and crystalline defect. Materials synthesis and processing by chemical and physical deposition methods. Focus on the relation of structure to properties of materials. Selected topics to illustrate the basic concepts and principles will include thin film materials, nanostructure/ nanoscal/ nanocomposite materials, and bulk materials.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

CHE 281K SOLVING UR'S ENVIRO-FOOTPRNT

The course is to develop marketable concepts for the UofR to consider as opportunities to reduce our impact on the local and global environment. Students will establish teams to analyze data on the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission of the University from facilities operations and transportation. This situation analysis will cover direct financial costs and indirect external and societal effects. The student teams will identify opportunities for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission and then assess their proposed solutions in terms of cost-effectiveness, technical feasibility, and consumer values and motivation to participate in more sustainable solutions. At the end of the course, student teams will present the results of their work to UR facilities management for action to reduce the environmental footprint of the University.

Last Offered: Spring 2010

CHE 282 PROCESSING MICROELECTRONIC DEVICES

This course features an overview of processes used in the fabrication of microelectronic devices, with emphasis on chemical engineering principles and methods of analysis. Modeling and processing of microelectronic devices. Includes introduction to physics and technology of solid state devices grade silicon, microlithography, thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, etching and ion implantation and damascene processing. Course is offered August 31st - October 19th.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 286 POLYMER PHYSICS

This course emphasizes the fundamental physics of polymer melts, solutions, networks, and glasses. Topics include: molecular weight and size, chain conformations, thermodynamics of polymer blends and solutions, networks and gelation, polymer dynamics and the glass transition, and morphology and order of semicrystalline polymers. Experimental methods will also be covered including viscometry, size exclusion chromatography, light scattering, scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis. OFFERED ODD YEARS

Prerequisites: University Physics, Organic Chemistry, and Thermodynamics
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 287 SURFACE ANALYSIS

Graduate and advanced undergraduate course on surface-specific analytical techniques. The first few lectures of the course will cover basic thermodynamics and kinetics of solid-liquid and solid-gas interfaces, including surface energy and tension, surface forces, adsorption and chemisorption, and self-assembly. The rest of the class will focus on surface spectroscopy and microscopy, including X-ray and UV photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, IR and Raman spectroscopy/microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. OFFERED ODD YEARS

Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 288 INTRO TO ENERGY SYSTEMS

The goal of this course is to provide a succinct introduction to the different means of producing energy. The first and second laws of thermodynamics are reviewed to introduce the concepts of conservation of energy and efficiency. Then these concepts are applied to a number of different energy technologies, including wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, fuel cells, biomass, and nuclear. For each type of technology, a technical introduction is given so that the student will understand the governing scientific principles.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 289 BIOSENSORS

This course introduces students to the highly interdisciplinary field of biosensors, with focus on electrochemical transduction. After an overview of the fundamental principles, the course will introduce various strategies to apply the scientific theory and mechanisms to practical issues such as immunoassays, detection of DNA mutation or environmental toxins, metabolic activity, and in-vivo neuronal signal monitoring. The students will be exposed to recent publications that highlight key advances in this field and learn how various chemical, biological and engineering concepts are used in synergy to achieve state-of-the-art sensing of important biological molecules. Emphasis is placed on active participation by students, including literature presentations, critical evaluation of articles, concise technical writing and in-depth discussions.

Prerequisites: Graduate level in materials/chemical engineering (or by approval of instructor).
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 292 BIOINTERFACES

The course will focus on interfacial phenomena in hybrid bio-inorganic systems. The goal of the course is to increase the understanding of interactions between biomolecules and surfaces. The course will aim at investigating the behavior of complex macromolecular systems at material interfaces and the importance of such systems in the fields of biology, biotechnology, diagnostics, and medicine. The first part of the course will focus on mechanisms of interactions between biomolecules and surfaces. The second part will focus on the characterization of physical, chemical, and morphological properties of biointerfaces. OFFERED EVEN YEARS

Last Offered: Spring 2016

CHE 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 391W INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 392 PRACTICUM

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 393 SENIOR PROJECT

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 394 INDEPENDENT INTERSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 395 RESEARCH

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 396 SPECIAL PROJECTS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 398 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIODIESEL PRODUCTION

Students will conduct operations and research in the University of Rochester Biodiesel lab. 2credits.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Fall 2017