2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Chemical Engineering

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The undergraduate program in chemical engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Department Office: 3290 Merrill Engineering Building
Mailing Address: 50 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 3290, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9203
Phone: 801-581-6915
Website: www.che.utah.edu

Department Chair: Milind Deo, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Geoffrey D. Silcox, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisors: 801-585-7175; 801-581-8820.

The chemical engineer uses the physical, life, and engineering sciences to design processes for converting natural resources into needed materials and energy. Chemical engineers take into account long-range and immediate concerns for the environment, safety, and other human needs.

Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program prepares students for jobs in industry and for post-graduate training in engineering, law, and medicine. The curriculum is unique in that it strives to balance practice, theory, and the development of professional skills. More than 30% of our undergraduates are involved in research in professors’ labs. We have a vibrant cooperative education program that includes summer internships and semester-long work experiences in industry, government, and academe.

Please see the Chemical Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Admission Requirements

Any student admitted to the University of Utah with direct admission to the College of Engineering who has satisfied the prerequisites to enroll in MATH 1310 and CHEM 1210 may choose the Chemical Engineering major and be assigned full major status.


Chemical engineering graduates are required to take CH EN 4903 , CH EN 4905 , and CH EN 5253  in residence at the University of Utah. These courses may also be used, if necessary, to help satisfy the University residency requirement.

General Education Requirements

The Department requires that all students meet the University’s general education requirements. The required courses in Chemical Engineering automatically satisfy the physical and life science intellectual exploration requirement, the upper-division communication/writing requirement, the quantitative reasoning requirement and the quantitative intensive requirement. Chemical Engineering B.S. students need only satisfy the following: Intellectual explorations requirements in the fine arts, humanities, and social and behavioral science; Writing Requirement (WRTG 2010 ); American Institutions Requirement; International Requirement and Diversity Requirement.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance, letters of recommendation, and other experiences. Some employment as research assistants or laboratory assistants is available.

Policy on Repeating Courses

When a College of Engineering class is taken more than once, only the grade for the second attempt is counted. Grades of W, I, or V on the student’s record count as having taken the class. Chemical Engineering also enforces this rule for mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses. If a course is taken at the University of Utah and subsequently repeated at another institution, the grade from that second attempt will not replace the prior grade from the University of Utah.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

Students who are twice found to have engaged in academic misconduct, as defined in the Student Code, in Chemical Engineering courses, and who have exhausted their appeals, as described in the Student Code, will have their major status revoked. They will not be allowed back into the Chemical Engineering program.

Policy on Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Undergraduates in Chemical Engineering are required to take the Chemical Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (Chemical FE). If a student does not pass on their first attempt, then they are required to take a one-half-credit Chemical FE Review Course and retake the FE a second time after completing the review. Students who do not pass the FE after two attempts will still be allowed to graduate.The one-half-credit Chemical FE Review Course, CH EN 4850, may substitute for 1 required semester of undergraduate seminar.

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah prepares engineering professionals who are trained in depth in their selected area of research and in sufficient breadth to successfully transition to new areas of research, as needed. The Graduate Program is designed to provide the foundation for life-long learning, instill independent and critical thinking, and develop technical skills needed to solve challenging technical problems.

Please see the Chemical Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Website: www.che.utah.edu/graduate

Director of Graduate Studies: Kevin Whitty, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization

  1. Biomedical and Biotechnology
  2. Energy and Fuels
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. Materials and Nanotechnology
  5. Multi-Scale Simulation
  6. Nuclear Engineering
  7. Petroleum Engineering
Fellowships and Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available; detailed information on financial support may be found at www.che.utah.edu/graduate/financial_support.

Admission Requirements

Detailed information on the admission process and requirements are given at www.che.utah.edu/graduate_admissions

Credit Limitations

Students may count no more than 9 credit hours of non-matriculated graduate work toward any graduate degree without prior approval. Candidates for graduate degrees are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, with no grade below C- accepted for credit toward degrees. 

Program and Course Offerings



    Undergraduate MajorCertificateMasterDoctorate


      Chemical Engineering

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