Requirements for the Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Acceptance into the Major

Freshman and transfer applicants who have specified their interest in the major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering may be accepted directly into the major upon admission to the University. Applicants admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the Chemical and Molecular Engineering major may apply for acceptance at any time during the academic year by contacting the director of the undergraduate program. Final decisions on admission will be made by the undergraduate program director. Minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

1. Students must have a grade of B or higher in all math, physics and chemistry courses required by the major that have been completed.
2. Students must have an overall g.p.a. of 3.0 with not more than one grade of C or lower in any course, unless permission to waive is granted by the undergraduate program director.
3. Department must receive completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Requirements for the Major

The curriculum begins with a focus on mathematics, physics, and chemistry, followed by courses covering specific chemical engineering topics as well as an intensive laboratory sequence. In addition, each student chooses a four-course sequence as an area of specialization which may also qualify the students for a minor in the respective department. The program culminates in the submission and acceptance of a senior thesis or original research project completed by the student which is defended at the end of the senior year. The students are encouraged to select original research projects which can be published in peer reviewed journals.

Completion of the major requires approximately 101 credits.

1. Mathematics
a. AMS 151, AMS 161 Applied Calculus I, II
b. AMS 261 or MAT 203 or MAT 205 Calculus III
c. AMS 361 or MAT 303 or MAT 305 Calculus IV
Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161: MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171

2. Natural Sciences

a. Chemistry
CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II or CHE 141, CHE 142
CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory I, II or CHE 143, CHE 144
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry Iand CHE 326 Organic Chemistry IIB
CHE 383, CHE 384 Introductory and Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques

b. Physics
PHY 131, PHY 132 Classical Physics I, II
PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics Laboratory I, II
PHY 251 Modern Physics and PHY 252 Modern Physics Laboratory or ESG 281 Engineering Introduction to the Solid State
Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 or PHY 141, PHY 142

3. Computer Programming

one of the following:
CSE 130 Introduction to Programming in C
ESG 111 C Programming for Engineers
ESE 124 Computer Techniques for Electronic Design

4. Chemical Engineering
CME 101 Introduction to Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 304, CME 314 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I, II
CME 312 Material and Energy Balance
CME 315 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering Analysis
CME 318 Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
CME 322 Chemical Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer
CME 323 Reaction Engineering and Chemical Kinetics
CME 330 Principles of Engineering for Chemical Engineers
CME 333 Business Economics for Engineers
CME 401 Separation Technologies
CME 310, CME 320, CME 410, CME 420 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I, II, III, IV
CME 427 Molecular Modeling for Chemical Engineers or 300-level BUS course
CME 440, CME 441 Process Engineering and Design I, II

5. Specializations in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
Chemical and Molecular Engineer­ing students must choose from one of the eight specializations offered. Each specialization requires the completion of four technical elective courses at the 300 level or higher.

6. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: CME 300 Writing in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for engineering majors. All Chemical and Molecular Engineering students must complete the writing course CME 300 concurrently with CME 310. The quality of writing in technical reports submitted for CME 310 is evaluated, and students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. Satisfactory writing warrants an S grade for CME 300, thereby satisfying the requirement.


All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1-6 above must be taken for a letter grade of C or higher, except in CME 304 which must be taken for a letter grade of B- or higher.


Students must complete four courses in a chosen specialization. (In some cases, there is also a pre or co-requisite course attached to one of the courses.) In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select their area of specialization before registering for the first semester of the junior year and not later than upon earning 57 credits. Students are urged to meet regularly with their advisors regarding completion of the course requirements for the chosen specialization. Other courses may be used towards this requirement with the prior permission of the undergraduate program director.

A.   Pharmacology

Ensures a sound background in pharmacology coupled with a foundation in chemical process control, distillation, and molecular modeling for students interested in pursuing a career in the food, cosmetics, or pharmaceutical industries or in medical instrumentation.
BIO 203 Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology
BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology
BCP 401 Principles of Pharmacology
BCP 402 Advanced Pharmacology

B.   Materials Science

Provides a foundation in properties of materials, engineering mechanics, and electronic materials for students interested in computer-related industries, nanotechnology, and electronics.
ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties
ESM 334 Materials Engineering
ESM 335 Strength of Materials
ESM 336 Electronic Materials

C.   Polymer Science

Provides a foundation in the properties of polymers, spectroscopy of organic compounds, polymer synthesis, and polymer processing for students interested in pursuing research in major laboratories or in academia.
CME 369 Polymer Engineering
CME 371 Biomedical Polymers
CME 470 Polymer Synthesis
CME 480 Cellular Biology for Chemical Engineers
CME 481 Advanced Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers

D.   Tissue Engineering

Recommended for students who are interested in the biochemical foundations of cellular function and the design of materials scaffolds for tissue engineering. It is also recommended for students interested in drug delivery systems and premedical or pharma­cological professions.

The following courses can be used to satisfy the CME Tissue Engineering Specialization:

BIO 202-E Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology or BIO 203-E Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology
BME 404 Essentials of Tissue Engineering

Any TWO of the following courses:
CHE 346  Biomolecular Structure and Reactivity
CME 371  Biomedical Polymers
BIO 210-E  Human Physiology
BIO 310  Cell Biology
BIO 311  Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 328  Mammalian Physiology
BIO 335  Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIO 317  Principles of Cellular Signaling
BIO 318-H  Bioethics and Policy 
CME 481 Advanced Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers

E.   Business

The Business specialization is recommended for students interested in the economic implications of chemical engineering and in financial management of intellectual property.
The Business specialization consists of 12 credits of any upper division (300 level or above) Business courses not required for the CME major.

F.   Chemistry

The Chemistry specialization consists of 12 credits of upper level CHE 300 courses not already required for the CME Major.

G.   Physics

The Physics specialization consists of 12 credits of any upper division (300 level or above) Physics courses not required for the CME major.

H.   Custom Specialization

This category is created to allow students to choose their own specialization. Students will select four upper level courses related to the chosen specialty within the courses offered at the university and approved by the CME undergraduate program director. The goal is to provide a basic foundation for students and prepare them for the job market in the chosen specialty.