Chemical Engineering Degree

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (27 units)1

Course Title
4 mathematics courses
4 units of basic science: 2
General Physics
and General Physics
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry 2
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry
4 engineering analysis and computer proficiency courses
3 design and communications courses
7 social sciences/humanities courses
5 unrestricted electives

Major Program (21 units) 

Course Title
16 required courses
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
Materials Science Principles
Analysis of Chemical Process Systems
Phase Equilibrium and Staged Separations
Molecular & Cell Biology for Engineers 3
Kinetics and Reactor Engineering
Probability and Statistics for Chemical Engineering
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Mass Transfer
Dynamics and Control of Chemical and Biological Processes
Chemical Engineering Laboratory
Process Economics, Design, & Evaluation
Chemical Engineering Design Projects
5 technical elective courses
2 advanced chemical engineering courses from an approved list available from the department
1 engineering course from an approved list available from the department or 1 unit of independent study
1 advanced science or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department
1 engineering, advanced science, or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department

See general requirements for details.


PHYSICS 125-2 General Physics for ISP or PHYSICS 140-2 Fundamentals of Physics may be substituted for PHYSICS 135-2 General PhysicsPHYSICS 125-3 General Physics for ISP or PHYSICS 140-3 Fundamentals of Physics may be substituted for PHYSICS 135-3 General Physics. Associated labs are PHYSICS 126-2 Physics for ISP Laboratory or PHYSICS 136-2 General Physics Laboratory and PHYSICS 126-3 Physics for ISP Laboratory or PHYSICS 136-3 General Physics Laboratory.


BIOL_SCI 201-0 Molecular Biology or BIOL_SCI 202-0 Cell Biology may substitute for CHEM_ENG 275-0 Molecular & Cell Biology for Engineers. Exemptions from this one unit of biology coursework are NOT granted for students testing out of and skipping BIOL_SCI 201-0 Molecular Biology through the Biological Sciences Department's placement test. These students may use CHEM_ENG 275-0 Molecular & Cell Biology for Engineers or BIOL_SCI 202-0 Cell Biology to complete the required biology unit.