BS in Chemical Engineering

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Chemical Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements73
Required in the College of Engineering49
Technical Elective a3
Electives outside the Major Rubric a3
Total Hours128
a

Students in the Biochemical Engineering Concentration take a minimum of 8 hours of electives and 130 hours for the degree; see below.

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course a3
Understanding the Creative Arts course a3
Understanding the Past course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a3
Understanding U.S. Society course a3
MATH 180Calculus I b4
MATH 181Calculus II b4
MATH 210Calculus III b3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) b4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b4
CHEM 122
CHEM 123
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I b
5
or CHEM 116 Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 124
CHEM 125
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II b
5
or CHEM 118 Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 222Analytical Chemistry c4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 342Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 346Physical Chemistry II3
Total Hours73
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

b

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

c

Students who take CHEM 116 and CHEM 118 to fulfill the general chemistry requirement do not need to take CHEM 222. Instead they should enroll in one of the following: CHEM 314, CHEM 452, CHEM 402, or CHEM 444.

Required in the College of Engineering

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
CHE 201Introduction To Thermodynamics3
CHE 205Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 210Material and Energy Balances4
CHE 301Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 311Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 312Transport Phenomena II3
CHE 313Transport Phenomena III3
CHE 321Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 341Chemical Process Control3
CHE 381Chemical Engineering Laboratory I2
CHE 382Chemical Engineering Laboratory II2
CHE 396Senior Design I4
CHE 397Senior Design II4
CME 260Properties of Materials3
ECE 210Electrical Circuit Analysis3
CHE 499Professional Development Seminar0
CS 109C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
Total Hours49
a

ENGR 100 is one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

Technical Elective

Courses
Select one of the following: a3
Undergraduate Research b
Transport Phenomena
Introduction to Flow in Porous Media
Combustion Engineering
Biochemical Engineering
Catalytic Reaction Engineering
Nanotechnology for Pharmaceutical Applications
Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
Process Simulation With Aspen Plus
Computational Molecular Modeling
Non-Newtonian Fluids
Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering
Air Pollution Engineering
Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes
Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
Total Hours3
a

Possible technical elective credit for a 400-level CHE course not listed above will require departmental approval by petition to the Undergraduate Committee.

b

An appropriate design-related research project may be selected with the approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Electives outside the Major Rubric

Electives
Electives outside the CHE rubric3
Total Hours3

BS in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses a
Technical Elective
CHE 422Biochemical Engineering3
Electives
Select two electives in nonmajor rubric category from the following:5-7
General Microbiology
Microbiology Laboratory
Introductory Biochemistry
Biochemistry I
Total Hours8-10
a

Due to structure of the concentration and the prerequisites required for some of the courses, students in the concentration will be required to take a minimum of 130 semester hours for the degree.

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CHEM 122
CHEM 123
General Chemistry I Lecture
or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
5
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
CS 109 C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
 Hours15
Second Semester
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CHEM 124
CHEM 125
General Chemistry II Lecture
or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
5
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 201 Introduction To Thermodynamics 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours17
Second Semester
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 210 Material and Energy Balances 4
CHE 205 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
 Hours19
Junior Year
First Semester
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
CHE 311 Transport Phenomena I 3
CHE 301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 4
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 342 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE 312 Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313 Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
CHE 381 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 396 Senior Design I 4
CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II 3
General Education Core course 3
CHE Technical Elective 3
Select one of the following:
 
Transport Phenomena  
Introduction to Flow in Porous Media  
Combustion Engineering  
Biochemical Engineering  
Catalytic Reaction Engineering  
Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering  
Process Simulation With Aspen Plus  
Computational Molecular Modeling  
Non-Newtonian Fluids  
Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering  
Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering  
Air Pollution Engineering  
Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes  
Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering  
Undergraduate Research (departmental approval is required for CHE 392)  
 Hours15
Second Semester
CHE 382 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 341 Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 397 Senior Design II 4
CHE 499 Professional Development Seminar 0
Elective outside the Major Rubric 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours128
a

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.