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2017-2018 General Catalog
University of Utah
  Jan 17, 2018
2017-2018 General Catalog

Chemical Engineering, B.S.

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Major Requirements for Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering
Merrill Engineering Building 3290

Minimum Degree Hours: 127
Minimum Major Hours: 52

It is the versatility of chemical engineers that makes them attractive to so many industries and professions. The current state of the profession is being transformed by the needs of increasingly diverse industries. The companies that have recently hired our undergraduates make diverse products and provide a range of services: medical devices, cement, combustion engineering, energy engineering, semiconductors, personal care products, mineral processing, petroleum refining, oil services, energy production, water purification, environmental engineering, natural gas pipelines, and petrochemicals. A number of recent graduates have been admitted to graduate school, law school, and medical school.

The undergraduate program prepares students in fundamentals while providing exposure in diverse areas of chemical engineering. The core subjects in chemical engineering include fluid mechanics, heat transfer, chemical thermodynamics, reaction engineering, mass transfer, and separations. An Emphasis in Energy Engineering is available.

The Department has a strong record of involving students in research and cooperative education experiences. Roughly 80 % of our graduating seniors have had co-op or research experience and many have had both.

Admission Requirements

Students with and without transfer credit, who are admitted to the U of U, will be admitted to Chemical Engineering with major status provided that they meet the requirements for registering in CH EN 1703, Introduction to Chemical Engineering, as they appear in the current edition of the General Catalog: “Corequisites: C or better in ((MATH 1210 OR 1310 OR 1311 OR 1220 OR 1320 OR 1321)) AND (CHEM 1210 OR AP CHEM score of at least 4)”.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to maintain major status. All math, science and engineering courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”.

Honors in Chemical Engineering

Students seeking an HBS in Chemical Engineering must complete:

Required Math Courses

Required Chemistry Courses

Required Chemical Engineering Courses

Section 2

Complete at least 4 semesters

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)

Must pass the Chemical Engineering Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

Senior Exit Interview

Students must complete a Senior Exit Interview with either the Department Chair or Associate Chair prior to May 1st of the semester of graduation. Please see Undergraduate Advisor for details.

Electives for Chemical Engineering

Complete 15 credit(s)

Other Technical Elective Courses

MATH 2210 cannot count if you have already taken MATH 1260 OR MATH 1280.

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan

Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year

Total Hours: 17

Total Hours: 16.5

Second Year

Third Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 16.5

Total Hours: 16

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 16.5

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 12

Total Hours: 127

1Students with adequate AP scores may wish to take the MATH 1311  & MATH 1321  calculus series in place of MATH 1310  and MATH 1320 .

2Students who qualify may wish to take CHEM 1221 - Honors General Chemistry II , and CHEM 1241 - Honors General Chemistry Laboratory II , instead of CHEM 1220 - General Chemistry II , and CHEM 1240 - Honors General Chemistry Laboratory I .

3A total of 15 credit hours of technical elective courses are required.

4Students who qualify may wish to take CHEM 2311 - Honors Organic Chemistry I , instead of CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I .

5CH EN 4905  fulfills the upper division writing/communication requirement