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College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering offers courses of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.ChE) and the advanced degrees of Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.ChE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).

At the B.S. level, the objective is to prepare engineering professionals with a strong functional command of chemical engineering fundamentals; experimental, mathematical, computational and communication skills; and awareness of the scope of the profession, which will enable them to become the engineering leaders of the future.

Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science — particularly chemistry — to overcome technical problems in industry and society. With strong problem-solving skills and fundamental background in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, chemical engineers can seize opportunities to translate industrial problems into competitive advantages.

Chemical engineers use their technical training every day, but they also must have well-developed communication and teamwork skills to work with many different teams of engineers, scientists, managers, financiers, doctors, lawyers and government officials. Chemical engineers have many interests and skills that are shared by electrical engineers, civil engineers, biomedical engineers, aeronautical engineers and mechanical engineers. Along with these varied skills, they have a strong understanding of chemistry, and increasingly, biology. As a result, students in chemical engineering excel in coursework within and outside of the ChE major that prepares them to be world leaders in technology areas such as energy, the environment, biotechnology and medicine, personal care products, food and high-performance materials. Chemical engineers are involved in manufacturing high-value-added products, which translates into salaries that are usually the highest of any engineering major.

To prepare graduates to succeed in graduate or professional school as well as in industry, the chemical engineering curriculum at Purdue emphasizes a healthy blend of theoretical and applied coursework. A typical course schedule contains basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology, accompanied by specialized courses to give students an advanced understanding of the principles of chemical engineering. It is important to remember that Purdue graduates are in demand by a wide range of companies without having to take specialized coursework to prepare for a given industry sector. As a student, this means many opportunities will be available to you based on your basic B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue.

Additional information is available on the School of Chemical Engineering website.

Professional Practice Program and Industry Experience

The School of Chemical Engineering strongly encourages students to gain as much work experience as possible during their undergraduate program. The school offers a formal, academic Co-Operative Education Program through the Office of Professional Practice. This is a five-year program in which students gain real work experience in coordination with their academic studies. Students alternate semesters between on-campus studies and work in the field (including summers). Callouts for the program are held early in the spring semester of the first year. Students who meet the GPA requirements after fall will receive an invitation to the callout. If accepted, students begin their work experience either the summer following the first-year program or the fall semester of the sophomore year. Visit our detailed co-op plans of study.

Students who do not participate in the Co-Op Program should pursue internships to gain work experience.

Preparation for the Graduate Program

Students with a high scholastic index who are interested in the more creative and technical phases of engineering, such as research, development, design and teaching, are advised to follow a program leading to the degree of M.S.ChE or Ph.D. It is recommended that such students take at least a year of foreign language in their nontechnical elective program. Their technical electives should be chosen from advanced courses in mathematics or statistics, chemical engineering, biology, chemistry or physics.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies are strongly encouraged to complete research as well as an undergraduate thesis via the College of Engineering Honors Program or the Undergraduate Thesis Concentration.

Honors Program

An optional honors program is available for students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability. Students may be admitted to the College of Engineering Honors Program as an incoming freshman based on admission criteria, or may join the program once criteria is met at any time during their undergraduate career. Eligibility is determined by the College of Engineering Honors Program Office. Criteria for the program requires all students to complete 24 honors “points” and maintain the appropriate GPA as determined by the Honors Program Office, though each professional school determines detailed requirements within the 24 points.

The faculty of the School of Chemical Engineering believe that the purposes of an honors option include encouragement of student interest in graduate study and research/academic careers as well as special recognition of students attaining high levels of academic achievement. The Chemical Engineering program requires two thesis research courses resulting in the submission of a thesis as well as the completion of a transport phenomena course. These requirements account for 9 of the 24 honors points. More information can be found through the College of Engineering Honors Program Office or the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Office.

Plan of Study for Chemical Engineering

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Chemistry Sequence. The freshman chemistry requirement for chemical engineering students is 8 credits of general chemical and qualitative analysis. These may be earned by taking one of the following sequences: CHM 11500/11600 (8 credits) or CHM 12300/12400 (8 credits). The preference within the School of Chemical Engineering is that students take the CHM 12300/12400 sequence, but CHM 11500/11600 also will be accepted.

Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 130

Freshman Year: see First-Year Engineering Program

Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(0) CHE 20000 (Chemical Engineering Seminar) (4) CHE 21100 (Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics)
(4) CHE 20500 (Chemical Engineering Calculations)* (3) CHE 32000 (Statistical Modeling)
(3) CHM 26100 (Organic Chemistry I) (3) CHM 26200 (Organic Chemistry II)
(1) CHM 26300 (Organic Chemistry
Laboratory I)
(1) CHM 26400 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory II)
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4) MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations)
(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3) General education elective
(3) General education elective    
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Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) BIOL 23000 (Biology of the Living Cell) (0) CHE 30000 (Chemical Engineering Seminar)
(3) CHM 30600 (Staged Separations) (4) CHE 34800 (Chemical Reaction Engineering)
(3) CHE 37000 (Physical Chemistry) (4) CHE 37800 (Heat and Mass Transfer)
(4) CHE 37700 (Momentum Transfer) (3) Engineering elective
(3) MA 30300 (Differential Equations
for Engineering)
(3) Technical elective
    (3) General education elective
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Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(1) CHE 40000 (Chemical Engineering Seminar) (4) CHE 45000 (Design and Analysis of Processing Systems)
(4) CHE 43500 (Chemical Engineering Laboratory) (3) Chemical engineering elective
(3) CHE 45600 (Process Dynamics and Control) (3) Engineering elective
(3) Chemical engineering elective (6) General education electives
(3) General education elective    
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* A "C" or better must be earned in CHE 20500 to continue to enroll in chemical engineering classes.

Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Dual-Degree Program

The Department of Chemistry and the School of Chemical Engineering offer a joint five-year program for students. This curriculum leads to both the degree of B.S. in Chemistry and the B.S.ChE. Graduates of this program will be certified as fulfilling the recommended requirements of the American Chemical Society. The curriculum in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development. Students wishing to participate in this program should apply accordingly and must be in the First-Year Engineering Program to complete the required ENGR 13100 and 13200 courses.

Additional information about the Chemical Engineering degree program can be found on the School of Chemical Engineering website.

Plan of Study for Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Dual Degree

Students must complete all First-Year Engineering requirements prior to admission to the School of Chemical Engineering.

Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(4) CHE 20500 (Chemical Engineering Calculations)† (4) CHE 21100 (Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics)
(3) CHM 26100 (Organic Chemistry I) (3) CHM 26200 (Organic Chemistry II)
(2) CHM 26500 (Organic Chemistry
Laboratory I)
(2) CHM 26600 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory II)
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (3) COM 21700 (Science Writing and Presentation)
(4) PHYS 27200 (Electricity and Optics) (4) MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations)
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Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(4) CHE 37700 (Momentum Transfer) (3) CHE 32000 (Statistical Modeling)
(3) CHM 53300 (Introductory Biochemistry) (3) CHM 37400 (Physical Chemistry II)
(3) MA 30300 (Differential Equations for Engineering) (2) CHM 37600 (Physical Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) Foreign Language 10100 (3) Foreign Language 10200
(3) Great Issues class (3) Engineering elective
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Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) CHE 30600 (Design of Staged Separation Processes) (4) CHE 37800 (Heat and Mass Transfer)
(4) CHE 34800 (Chemical Reaction Engineering) (4) CHM 24100 (Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry)
(4) CHM 32100 (Analytical Chemistry I) (1) CHM 51300 (Literature)
(3) Foreign Language 20100 (3) Chemical engineering elective
    (3) General education elective
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Fifth Year

Ninth Semester Tenth Semester
(1) CHE 40000 (Chemical Engineering Seminar) (4) CHE 45000 (Design and Analysis of
Processing Systems)
(4) CHE 43500 (Chemical Engineering Laboratory I) (4) CHM 34200 (Inorganic Chemistry I)
(3) CHE 45600 (Process Dynamics and Control) (1) CHM 49400 (Chemistry Seminar)
(4) CHM 42400 (Analytical Chemistry II) (3) Engineering elective
(3) General education elective (3) General education elective
(15)   (15)  

* If MA 16100 and/or 16200 is taken, the course or courses will be accepted as only 4 credit hours each toward meeting the graduation requirements for Chemical Engineering.

† Student must earn a "C" or better in CHE 20500 to continue to enroll in Chemical Engineering courses.