Chemical Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Specialized Curriculum)


department website: https://chbe.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/

email: SCS Academic Advising


The first two years of the Chemical Engineering curriculum provide a strong foundation in basic sciences through Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, an introduction to what Chemical Engineers do, and the fundamental basis of Chemical Engineering (Mass and Energy Balances and Thermodynamics.)  In the third year, students delve deeper into more specialized Chemistry courses such as Physical and Analytical Chemistry, while exploring fundamental Chemical Engineering courses such as Momentum Transfer, Separations, and Reactor Design. The Senior year incorporates all of this learning through high level technical electives, Process Control, Capstone Lab, and Capstone Design courses. It is through the lab and design class that students apply everything they have learned in previous Chemical Engineering courses to real-world team projects and presentations.

The Chemical Engineering specialized curriculum provides two areas of concentration: Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering. Each concentration is based on a strong fundamental understanding of Chemical Engineering, however the Biomolecular concentration’s technical electives focus more on bio-applied processing and technology.

Areas of Concentration

  • Chemical Engineering: The chemical engineering concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in the energy, chemical, food, energy, pharmaceutical, semiconductor processing, personal care, fiber and materials industries.
  • Biomolecular Engineering: The Biomolecular Engineering concentration builds upon the traditional principles of chemical engineering, but specializes in biological and biotechnological systems in order to better prepare students who are interested in or seek employment in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Specialized Curriculum)


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: A grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all courses required for the major earned on the UIUC campus is required in order to be accepted by the department as juniors and seniors.


Minimum hours required for graduation: The curriculum requires 129 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.


Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce opportunities and resources the college, department, and curriculum offers students. They also provide background on the Chemical Engineering curriculum, what chemical engineers do, and the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

CHBE 121CHBE Profession 11
ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 202Accelerated Chemistry I 23
CHEM 203Accelerated Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 204Accelerated Chemistry II3
CHEM 205Accelerated Chemistry Lab II2
MATH 221Calculus I 34
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations 43
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours37

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of chemical engineering and chemical science.

CHBE 221Principles of CHE3
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
CHBE 421Momentum and Heat Transfer4
CHBE 422Mass Transfer Operations4
CHBE 424Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHBE 430Unit Operations Laboratory4
CHBE 431Process Design4
CHBE 440Process Control and Dynamics3
CHEM 236Fundamental Organic Chem I4
CHEM 237Structure and Synthesis2
CHEM 315Instrumental Chem Systems Lab 52
CHEM 420Instrumental Characterization2
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
IE 300Analysis of Data3
Total Hours49

For Chemical Engineering

Technical Core49
CHEM 436Fundamental Organic Chem II3
or MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry
Total Hours52

Technical Electives

These courses stress the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in the major subdisciplines of chemical engineering embodied in the chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering concentrations.

For Chemical Engineering

Selected from the departmentally approved List of Approved Chemical Engineering Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements: 6
400-level ChBE courses, with not more than 3 hours being CHBE 497 or CHBE 499 76
Any 400-level course from List 1 73
Any courses from List 1 76
Any 400-level course from List 24
Total Hours19

Social Sciences and Humanities

The social sciences and humanities courses ensure that students have exposure in breadth and depth to areas of intellectual activity that are essential to the general education of any college graduate.

General education courses to satisfy the university requirements for social & behavioral sciences, humanities & the arts, and cultural studies (Non-Western, U.S. Minority, and Western Cultures).16

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the sequence CHBE 430 and CHBE 431 in the Chemical Engineering Technical Core).
Total Hours4

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Chemical Engineering


The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual’s case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken. The first three semesters of the Suggested Sequence is the same for all chemical engineering students. The fifth through eights semesters vary with the area of concentration chosen. Refer to the appropriate sequence continuation below.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 2021Accelerated Chemistry I3
CHEM 203Accelerated Chemistry Lab I2
ENG 1002Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2213Calculus I4
RHET 105Writing and Research4
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities4,53
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
CHBE 1212CHBE Profession1
CHEM 204Accelerated Chemistry II3
CHEM 205Accelerated Chemistry Lab II2
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 2116University Physics: Mechanics4
 Semester Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
CHBE 221Principles of CHE3
CHEM 236Fundamental Organic Chem I4
CHEM 237Structure and Synthesis2
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 2126University Physics: Elec Mag4
 Semester Hours17
 Total Hours: 49

Major in Chemical Engineering

For the Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering, see below

Second Year
First SemesterHours
Second Year First Semester course information is above in the Suggested Sequence that is common for all students17
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
CHEM 436 or MCB 450Fundamental Organic Chem II3
MATH 2857aIntro Differential Equations3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 2146Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 Semester Hours18
Third Year
First Semester
CHBE 421Momentum and Heat Transfer4
CHEM 3159Instrumental Chem Systems Lab2
CHEM 420Instrumental Characterization2
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
CHBE 422Mass Transfer Operations4
CHBE 424Chemical Reaction Engineering3
IE 300Analysis of Data3
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a7
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHBE 43010,11Unit Operations Laboratory4
CHBE 440Process Control and Dynamics3
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a9
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
CHBE 43110,11Process Design4
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a10
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 97

Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering

Second Year
First SemesterHours
Second Year First Semester course information is above in the Suggested Sequence that is common for all students17
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
CHBE 321Thermodynamics4
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
MATH 2857bIntro Differential Equations3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 2146Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 Semester Hours18
Third Year
First Semester
CHBE 421Momentum and Heat Transfer4
CHEM 315Instrumental Chem Systems Lab2
CHEM 420Instrumental Characterization2
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
CHBE 422Mass Transfer Operations4
CHBE 424Chemical Reaction Engineering3
IE 300Analysis of Data3
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a7
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CHBE 43010,11Unit Operations Laboratory4
CHBE 440Process Control and Dynamics3
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a9
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
CHBE 43110,11Process Design4
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a10
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 97