Department of Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Program

Minor and Cluster Requirements

Students with a GPA of at least 2.0 may choose to earn a minor in either chemical engineering or environmental engineering. Students can also complete a cluster in chemical engineering.

The objective of the minor is to provide students with core technical proficiency in chemical or environmental engineering analysis. These programs involve a coherent sequence of classes consisting of 16 credits. 

Minor in Chemical Engineering

Prerequisites
CHM 131: Chemical Concepts I
MTH 161: Calculus I

Choose 16 Credits
CHE 113: Chemical Process Analysis
CHE 150: Green Energy
CHE 213: Engineering of Soft Matter
*CHE 225: Thermodynamics
CHE 231: Chemical Reactor Design
*CHE 243: Fluid Dynamics
*CHE 244: Heat and Mass Transfer
CHE 250: Separation Processes
CHE 258: Electrochemical Engineering and Fuel Cells (2 credits)
CHE 259: Transport Phenomena
CHE 260: Solar Cells
CHE 264: Biofuels
CHE 265: Green Chemical Processes
CHE 282: Processing of Microelectronic Devices (2 credits)
CHE 286: Polymer Science and Technology
CHE 287: Polymer Rheology and Processing
CHE 292: Biointerfaces

Note: BME students with a cell and tissue concentration may only count two of the following courses, per the college's overlapping policy: CHE 225, CHE 243, CHE 244*

Minor in Environmental Engineering 

Prerequisites
One semester of chemistry
Two semesters of calculus
One semester of physics
*AP equivalents or instructor approval is also acceptable

Required Background
CHE 150: Green Energy
OR
EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science

Choose 16 Credits 
No more than 12 credits can be taken from one department. Students not majoring in engineering should take 12 credits in engineering courses (CHE or ECE). Students majoring in engineering should take 12 of the 16 credits in science courses (EES or BIO).

CHE 113: Chemical Process Analysis
CHE 225: Thermodynamics
CHE 231: Chemical Reactor Design
CHE 243: Fluid Dynamics
CHE 244: Heat and Mass Transfer
CHE 250: Separation Processes
CHE 258: Electrochemical Engineering and Fuel Cells
CHE 259: Transport Phenomena
CHE 260: Solar Cells
CHE 264: Biofuels
CHE 265: Green Chemical Processes
CHE 282: Processing of Microelectronic Devices
ECE/TEE 590: Energy for the 21st Century
EES 212: Climate Change and Chemical Oceanography
EES 213: Physical Hydrology
EES 215: Environmental and Applied Geophysics
EES 216: Environmental Geochemistry
EES 218: Atmospheric Geochemistry
EES 219: Energy and Society
EES 253: Geodynamics
EES 283: Sedimentary Basin Analysis
BIO 263: Ecology

Cluster in Chemical Engineering

Choose 12 Credits
CHE 113: Chemical Process Analysis
CHE 150: Green Energy
CHE 258: Fuel Cells (2 credits)
CHE 282: Processing Microelectric Devices (2 credits)
CHE 391: Independent Study (with faculty approval)