Joint BS in Chemical Engineering/MS in Chemical Engineering

To earn a joint Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering/Master 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.

The Joint Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE) and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE) is designed for undergraduate students who desire to pursue graduate studies in Chemical Engineering or who wish to prepare themselves for advanced placement in the workplace. Students will earn both a BSCHE and an MSCHE degree upon completion, with 8 hours of course work shared between the two degrees.

The requirements for completion of the combined BSCHE/MSCHE degree are identical to the completion of these two separate degrees; however, there are 8 hours of shared course work used for both degrees. Completion of 122 hours at the undergraduate level; plus 8 shared hours counting toward both the BSCHE and MSCHE degrees; plus 28 hours of course work at the graduate level will result in joint BSCHE/MSCHE degrees. Students accepted into the joint degree program will be able to take a 400-level (graduate) Chemical Engineering course and a 500-level seminar course after they complete CHE 301, CHE 311, CHE 312, CHE 313, and CHE 321. These students will be eligible to enroll as graduate students to receive 4 hours for the 400-level (graduate) chemical engineering course. The 400-level CHE course will count towards the technical elective course for the bachelor's degree and as an elective course for the master's degree. The student will then select a 500-level seminar course and a 400-level course from other engineering majors chosen in consultation with their CHE advisor. The 400-level non-CHE course will count towards the elective course outside the major for the bachelor's degree (or free electives in the BS in CHE) and the elective course for the master's degree. The 500-level seminar courses will count towards the elective course for the master's degree.

Students can apply for the joint degree at any time before the end of the second week of the fall term of their senior year in the BS program. A GPA of 2.50/4.00 or higher in the prior semester is required for application to the joint BS/MS degree program. Students also need to maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher in BS and an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher in the MS program. The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee in the Chemical Engineering department to determine whether the student will be admitted to this program. The department reserves the right to decline or accept any application. If a student is admitted to the joint program, a Change of Program form will be processed to finalize the admission.

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
First 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
One of the following: 5
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I  
General Education 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
One of the following: 5
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
 
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II  
 Hours16
Second 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 342 Physical Chemistry I 3
 Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
CHE 301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 311 Transport Phenomena I 3
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II 3
General Education course 3
 Hours17
Second Semester
CHE 312 Transport Phenomena II 3
CHE 313 Transport Phenomena III 3
CHE 321 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHE 381 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
CHE 396 Senior Design I 4
CHE 499 Professional Development Seminar 0
CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research (MS course work) 1
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
400-level CHE Technical Elective 4
 Hours17
Second Semester
CHE 341 Chemical Process Control 3
CHE 382 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
CHE 397 Senior Design II 4
CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research 1
400-level Elective outside the Major Rubric 4
General Education course 3
 Hours17
Fifth Year
First Semester
CHE 501
Advanced Thermodynamics
or Fluid Phase Equilibria
4
CHE 520 Transport Phenomena 4
CHE 531
Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
or Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
4
CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research (MS course work) 1
 Hours13
Second Semester
CHE 510
Separation Processes (MS course work)
or Advanced Mass Transfer
or Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion and Membrane Transport
4
CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering (MS course work) 4
One of the following: 4
Project Research  
500-level CHE Elective or equivalent (MS course work)
 
CHE 595 Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours158