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 Requirements70
Required in the College of Engineering49
Selective3
Technical Elective a3
Electives outside the Major Rubric a3
Total Hours128

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
Total Hours70

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 109Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
Total Hours49

Selective

Courses
Select one of the following:3
Polymer Science
Physical Chemistry II
Total Hours3

Technical Elective

Courses
Select one of the following: a3
Undergraduate Research b
Introduction to Flow in Porous Media
Combustion Engineering
Biochemical Engineering
Catalytic Reaction Engineering
Nanotechnology for Pharmaceutical Applications
Process Simulation With Aspen Plus
Computational Molecular Modeling
Non-Newtonian Fluids
Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
Air Pollution Engineering
Renewable Energy Technologies
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering
Nanoscale Systems in Chemical Engineering
Fundamentals and Design of Microelectronics Processes
Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena
Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering
Total Hours3

Electives outside the Major Rubric

Electives
Electives outside the CHE rubric3
Total Hours3

Optional Concentrations

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

BS in Chemical Engineering, Energy and Environment Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses a
CHE 230Molecular Systems in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 330Polymer Science b3
Technical Elective
CHE 451Renewable Energy Technologies3
Elective outside the Major Rubric
CME 322Environmental Engineering3
Second Technical Elective
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research
Air Pollution Engineering
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
A 400-level course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Total Hours15

BS in Chemical Engineering, Entrepreneurship Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following: 

Required Course a
CHE 427Entrepreneurship in Engineering b3
Electives
Select two of the following: c6
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
New Venture Planning
400-level course approved by the Chemical Engineering director of undergraduate studies
Total Hours9

BS in Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following: 

Required Courses a
CHE 230Molecular Systems in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 330Polymer Science b3
Technical Elective
CHE 455Nanoscale Systems in Chemical Engineering3
Elective outside the Major Rubric
Select one of the following:3-4
Solid State Device Theory
Modern Physics: Condensed Matter
Transport Phenomena in Nanotechnology
Nanoelectronics
Microdevices and Micromachining Technology
Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
Nanobiosensors
Second Technical Elective
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research
Nanotechnology for Pharmaceutical Applications
Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena
A 400-level course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Total Hours15-16

BS in Chemical Engineering, Polymers and Molecular Engineering Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses a
CHE 230Molecular Systems in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 330Polymer Science b3
Technical Elective
CHE 454Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering3
Elective outside the Major Rubric
Select one of the following:3-4
Nanobiosensors
Biochemistry I
Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
Fundamentals of Drug Action
Biomedicinal Chemistry
Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System
Molecular Biophysics of the Cell
Second Technical Elective3
Select one of the following:
Undergraduate Research
Nanotechnology for Pharmaceutical Applications
Computational Molecular Modeling
Non-Newtonian Fluids
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
Nanoscale Systems in Chemical Engineering
Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena
A 400-level course approved by the director of undergraduate studies
Total Hours15-16

BS in Chemical Engineering, Process Automation Concentration

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses a
CHE 433Process Simulation With Aspen Plus b3
Electives outside the Major Rubric
Select two of the following:6
Principles of Microeconomics
Financial Engineering
Applied Linear Algebra
Models in Applied Mathematics
Total Hours9

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CHEM 122
CHEM 123
General Chemistry I Lecture
or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
5
General Education Core Course 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
CS 109 Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
CHEM 124
CHEM 125
General Chemistry II Lecture
or Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
5
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CHE 201 Introduction To Thermodynamics 3
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 4
 Hours17
Second Semester
CHE 205 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CHE 210 Material and Energy Balances 4
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
 Hours16
Junior Year
First Semester
CHE 301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 311 Transport Phenomena I 3
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 342 Physical Chemistry I 3
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
CHE 312 Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313 Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
General Education Core Course 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
CHE 381 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 396 Senior Design I 4
CHE 499 Professional Development Seminar 0
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core Course 3
CHE Technical Elective (select from list) 3
CHE 330 Polymer Science (Or CHEM 346 Junior Year second semester) 3
 Hours18
Second Semester
CHE 341 Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 382 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 397 Senior Design II 4
Elective outside the Major Rubric 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours128