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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Engineering

Chemical Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (CH E)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR ANDREW L. ZYDNEY, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is one of the most versatile professions--you'll find Chemical Engineers employed in a broad array of industries ranging from pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies to semiconductor manufacturing to start-up companies converting the latest laboratory discoveries to large-scale commercial production. Chemical Engineers work with catalysts to develop new ways to manufacture medicines and plastics; they develop control systems that enable the safe production of products from semiconductors to household soap; they design chemical and petroleum plants; they research the effects of artificial organs on blood flow; and they develop the equipment and processes necessary for advances in biotechnology. While chemistry emphasizes the facts and principles of science, chemical engineering emphasizes its practical application for the development of new products and processes.

The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering provides students with fundamental skills in problem solving, analysis, and design, along with hands-on experience in practical applications. The curriculum builds upon the traditional foundation in the chemical and energy-related industries and introduces new material in the life sciences, polymers, and environmental fields. Students have numerous opportunities to pursue more specialized areas including formal options in Bioprocess and Biomolecular Engineering, Energy and Fuels, and Polymer Engineering.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

The undergraduate program in chemical engineering at Penn State has been designed so that students can identify and pursue their personal and professional goals while obtaining a strong foundation in the principles and practice of Chemical Engineering.

The program aims to produce graduates who will attain one or more of the following:

  1. Careers as practicing chemical engineers in traditional chemical and energy-related industries as well as in expanding areas of materials, environmental, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.
  2. Advanced degrees in chemical engineering (or a related technical discipline), medicine, law, or business.
  3. Positions that provide the technical, educational, business, and/or political leadership needed in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHSY 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, a minimum of 134 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 116 credits
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 98 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (88 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
B M B 251(3), CH E 210(3)[1], CH E 220(3)[1], CH E 300(1), CH E 320(3)[1], CH E 330(3)[1], CH E 340(3), CH E 350(3)[1], CH E 360(3), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), CHEM 457(1-2), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CHEM 466(3) (Sem: 6)
CH E 410(3)[1], CH E 430(3)[1], CH E 470(3), CH E 480W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits

BIOPROCESS AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
B M B 401(3), CH E 438(3), CH E 449(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from: B M B 442(3), BIOTC 479(3), BIOTC 489(3) ( Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from: B E 468(3), B M B 252(3), B M B 400-level, BME 419(3), BME 443(3), BIOL 472(3), CH E 501(3)[91], MATSE 403(3), MICRB 201(3) ( Sem: 7-8)

ENERGY AND FUELS OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
EGEE 411(3) (Sem: 6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from: F SC 401(3), I H S 400(3) (Sem: 5)
Select 12 credits from: EGEE 420(3), EGEE 430(3), F SC 431(3), CH E/F SC 432(3), ENVSE 427(3), F SC 435(3), I H S 420(3), I H S 445(3), I H S 447(3), I H S 450(3), I H S 470(3), P N G 410(3), P N G 480(3) (Sem: 7-8)

GENERAL OPTION: 18 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits in 400-level CH E courses from department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of approved Engineering electives (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits of approved Technical/Professional electives [31] (Sem: 5-8)

POLYMER ENGINEERING OPTION (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
MATSE 441(3), MATSE 443(3), MATSE 446(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from: MATSE 444(3), MATSE 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from CH E 441(3), MATSE 447(3), MATSE 448(3) (Sem: 5-8)

RESEARCH INTENSIVE OPTION (18 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 3 credits from:  CH E 446(3) or CH E 544(3) (Sem: 7)
CH E 494(6 or CH E 494H(6) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits of approved Technical/Professional electives [31] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits from any CH E 5XX-level course (Sem: 8) [91]

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[31] Students may substitute 6 credits of ROTC for part of this requirement in consultation with department.
[91] "...senior, undergraduate students with an average of at least 3.5, and certain other students with averages of at least 3.00 who have been granted special permission to enroll through the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services." Penn State University 2003-2004 Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin. Instructor approval is also required.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-088

Review Date: 02/19/2013

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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Accreditation statement updated by Publications, per COE: 8/15/11