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

advising: SCS Academic Advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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

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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 area 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 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar 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
1

For students entering the curriculum after the freshman year, 1 additional hour of credit from the list of approved engineering technical electives may be substituted in place of CHBE 121.

2

Students who do not place into CHEM 202, or who do not satisfy the mathematics prerequisite for CHEM 202, may substitute the sequence CHEM 102, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 105, CHEM 222, and CHEM 223 for CHEM 202, CHEM 203, CHEM 204, and CHEM 205.

3

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

4

MATH 441 may be substituted for MATH 285. MATH 286 (4 hours) may be substituted for MATH 285 (3 hours).

5

Students must register in one of the Chemical Engineering-specific CHEM 315 lab sections.

6

List of Approved Chemical Engineering Technical Electives.

7

A maximum of 10 total hours of undergraduate research may be counted toward Technical Elective credit.

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 SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 20213CHBE 12121
CHEM 2032CHEM 2043
ENG 10020CHEM 2052
MATH 22134CS 1013
RHET 1054MATH 2313
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities4,53PHYS 21164
 16 16
Second Year
First SemesterHours 
CHBE 2213 
CHEM 2364 
CHEM 2372 
MATH 2414 
PHYS 21264 
 17 
Total Hours 49

Major in Chemical Engineering

For the Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering, see below

Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Second Year First Semester course information is above in the Suggested Sequence that is common for all students17CHBE 3214
 CHEM 436 or MCB 4503
 MATH 2857a3
 MATH 4153
 PHYS 21462
 Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 17 18
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHBE 4214CHBE 4224
CHEM 31592CHBE 4243
CHEM 4202IE 3003
CHEM 4424Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a7
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3 
 15 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHBE 43010,114CHBE 43110,114
CHBE 4403Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a10
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a9 
 16 14
Total Hours 97

Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering

Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Second Year First Semester course information is above in the Suggested Sequence that is common for all students17CHBE 3214
 MCB 4503
 MATH 2857b3
 MATH 4153
 PHYS 21462
 Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3
 17 18
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHBE 4214CHBE 4224
CHEM 3152CHBE 4243
CHEM 4202IE 3003
CHEM 4424Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a7
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a3 
 15 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHBE 43010,114CHBE 43110,114
CHBE 4403Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a10
Elective in Social Sciences or Humanities or Technical Elective4,5,8a9 
 16 14
Total Hours 97
1

Students who do not place into CHEM 202, or who do not satisfy the mathematics prerequisite for CHEM 202, may substitute the sequence CHEM 102, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 105, CHEM 222, and CHEM 223 for CHEM 202, CHEM 203, CHEM 204, and CHEM 205.

2

For students entering the curriculum after the freshman year, 1 additional hr of credit from the list of approved engineering technical electives (List 1) may be substituted in place of CHBE 121. The ENG 100 requirement will be waived.  Under no circumstances will these requirements be waived for students who are in the chemical engineering curriculum during their freshman year.

3

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

4

At least 16 hours must be taken. All Campus General Education requirements must be satisfied, including those in approved course work in the Humanities/Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Cultural Studies, including the Western, Non-Western and/or U.S. Minorities components. The requirements for the Campus General Education categories Natural Sciences/Technology, Quantitative Reasoning I and II, Composition I, and Advanced Composition are fulfilled through required course work in the curriculum.

5

Three semesters of college credit in one foreign language is required. Three years of high school credit in one foreign language are equivalent to three semesters of college credit and satisfy the requirement.

6

Under no circumstances will PHYS 101-PHYS 102 be accepted as a substitute for any part of the Physics sequence.

7a

MATH 441 may be substituted for MATH 285. MATH 286 may be substituted for MATH 285.

7b

MATH 441 may be substituted for MATH 285. MATH 286 may be substituted for MATH 285.

8a

At least 19 hours must be selected from the departmentally approved List of Approved Chemical Engineering Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements:

a) 6 hours must be 400-level ChBE courses, with not more than 3 hours being CHBE 497 or 499.
b) 3 hours any 400-level course from List 1.
c) 6 hours any courses from List 1.
d) 4 hours any 400-level courses from List 2.

A maximum of 10 total hours of undergraduate research may be counted toward Technical Elective credit. The List of Approved Chemical Engineering Technical Electives may be obtained in 99 RAL or from the department Web site.

8b

At least 19 hours must be selected from the departmentally approved List of Approved Biomolecular Engineering Technical Electives Categories, satisfying these distribution requirements:

a)  9 hours must be from Category A
b) 6 hours must be from Category B
c) 4 hours must be 400-level courses from List 2.

A maximum of 3 hours from Category A may be undergraduate research credit. A maximum of 9 total hours of undergraduate research may be counted toward Technical Elective credit. The List of Approved Biomolecular Engineering Technical Electives may be obtained in Room 99 RAL or from the department Web site.

9

Students must register in one of the Chemical Engineering-specific CHEM 315 lab sections.

10

Enrollment in CHBE 430 is limited. Thus CHBE 430 may need to be taken in the second semester and CHBE 431 and/or additional electives taken in the first semester instead. Students in their final semester will have priority for getting into CHBE 430 and CHBE 431.

11

The sequence CHBE 430 and CHBE 431 satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.