Requirements for the Major in Engineering Chemistry (ECM)

Diversified Education Curriculum Requirements

Students majoring in Engineering Che­mistry must meet the D.E.C. requirements of the College of Arts and Sci­ences, with the following exceptions:

A. An elementary foreign language course numbered 101 or 112, if taken to fulfill the entry skill in foreign language requirement, may also be used for one of the two courses needed to fulfill the D.E.C. category G requirement.

B. Only one course need be taken from D.E.C. category F.

Major in Engineering Chemistry (ECM)

The interdisciplinary major in Engine­ering Chemistry leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The following courses are required and must be taken for a letter grade; P/NC grades are not acceptable. All of the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major (CHE, MAT, ESG, PHY, etc.) must be passed with a grade of C or higher, with the exception of three courses, for which the grade may be C-. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be used to fulfill any major requirement. At least six credits each of upper-division work in chemistry and in materials science and engineering must be taken at Stony Brook.

Completion of the major requires approx­­imately 66 to 68 credits.

A. Mathematics and Basic Science Requirements

1. MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II (See note, below)
2. One of the following pairs of courses: AMS 261 and AMS 361 Engineering Mathematics I, II;
or MAT 203 and MAT 303 Calculus III, IV with Applications
3. ESG 111 Computer Science for Engineers or equivalent computer course
4. CHE 129/CHE 130, CHE 132 or CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry
or CHE 152 Molecular Science I
5. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory
or CHE 143, CHE 144 Molecular Science Laboratory I and II
(CHE 199 General Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers acceptable with permission)
6. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and labs
or PHY 141, PHY 142 Classical Physics I, II: Honors
or PHY 125, PHY 126/PHY 133, PHY 127/PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C plus labs
7. PHY 251/252 Modern Physics and Laboratory
or ESG 281 An Engineering Introduction to the Solid State
Note: The following alternate calculus sequences may be substituted for MAT 131, MAT 132: MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171 or MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or AMS 151, AMS 161. MAT 307 and MAT 308 may be substituted for MAT 203 and MAT 303, but only after consultation with the Mathematics Department.

B. Core Program

1. CHE 301, CHE 302 Physical Chemistry I, II
2. CHE 303 Solution Chemistry Laboratory
3. CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
4. CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I
5. CHE 378 Materials Chemistry
6. ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
7. ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
8. ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Each student majoring in Engineer­ing Chemistry must submit a portfolio of three to five papers from previous chemistry or materials science coursework, at least two of which should be full laboratory reports from chemistry or materials science courses. This portfolio is to be submitted by the end of the junior year. It must be found acceptable in its clarity and precision of communication before the student can be cleared for graduation. The writing requirement may also be satisfied by the completion of CHE 385, with a grade of C or higher.


Students make a selection of technical and open electives to total 120 credits. Students are advised to divide their electives among courses within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Chem­istry that strengthen their professional interests, and courses in the social sciences and humanities that help them place the problems of society and industry in perspective.

Students who wish to meet the Ame­rican Chemistry Society certification requirements must take, in addition to the above, CHE 326 (organic), CHE 346 (biological), CHE 375 (inorganic), and the laboratories CHE 357, CHE 383, CHE 384.

Bachelor of Science Degree/Master of Science Degree in Chemistry Program

A student interested in this research-intensive graduate program, intended to prepare students for professional em­ployment in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, may apply for admission at the end of the junior year. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Chemistry at the end of the fourth year and a Master of Science in Chemistry at the end of the fifth year. During the senior year, the student is expected to take two 500-level CHE courses and begin research in the senior research sequence CHE 495-CHE 496. In the fifth year, the student works full-time on research, earning 24 credits in CHE 599.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry/Master of Science Degree in Materials Science

Engineering Chemistry students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in materials science may wish to apply for the five-year program at the end of their junior year. For further details, contact the director of the program in engineering chemistry.