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Begin Date: Summer Session 2005
End Date: Summer Session 2010

Chemical Engineering - ARCHIVE

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.

The educational objectives of the undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering are specifically designed to produce graduates who will be able to:

  1. identify and pursue their personal and professional goals using the foundation provided by the breadth of educational opportunities in chemical and biomolecular engineering offered at Penn State
  2. pursue careers as practicing chemical engineers in traditional chemical and energy-related industries as well as in expanding areas of materials, environmental, biomedical, and biotechnology
  3. apply their broad chemical engineering education--including their problem solving, analytical, design, research, and communication skills--in industry, government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms, educational institutions, business, law, and medicine
  4. provide the technical, educational, business, and political leadership needed in today's rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.

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., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; or www.abet.org (Opens New Window).

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 (85 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(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CH E 410(3)[1], CH E 430(3)[1], CH E 470(3), CH E 480W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from: CHEM 448(3), or CHEM 452(3)(Sem: 5-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits

BIOPROCESS AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
B M B 252(3), CH E 449(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from: B M B 442(3), BIOTC 479(3), BIOTC 489(3) ( Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from: B E 468(3), B M B 401(3), B M B 474(3), BIOE 419(3), BIOL 472(3), CH E 438(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), F SC 435(3), GEOEE 427(3), I H S 420(3), I H S 450(3), I H S 445(3) I H S 470(3), I H S 447(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)

[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: Summer Session 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-07-013

Review Date: 10/6/05

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

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