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1000 Level Courses

1121. Chemical Engineering Seminar (1). Prerequisite: For chemical engineering majors only. Readings and discussion of the chemical engineering profession; history, ethics, career paths, and research opportunities.

1305. Engineering Analysis I (3). Prerequisite: CHE 1121 or departmental approval. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1451. Synthesis and analysis of typical engineering problems emphasizing the use of computing tools, spreadsheet and compiler programming. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.Back to Top

 

2000 Level Courses

2306. Exposition of Technical Information (3). Prerequisite: ENGL 1302. Organization and presentation of experimental data, and research interpretation and conclusions. Computer-aided preparation of engineering reports. (Writing Intensive)

2410. Introduction to Chemical Process (4). Prerequisites: CHE 1305, CHEM 1307, ENGL 1301, MATH 1451, PHYS 1408 (concurrent enrollment allowed), and CHE 1121. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 1408. Units and conversions, process variables, material and energy balances, process flow sheet analysis, phase equilibrium, elementary transient balances.

2421. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (4). Prerequisite: CHE 2410; prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 2450. Properties of pure substances, ideal gas behavior, heat effects in industrial reactions, first and second law analyses, energy conversion and power cycles.Back to Top

 

3000 Level Courses

3232. Chemical Engineering Transport Laboratory (2). Prerequisites: CHE 2306, 3315 and 3326; corequisite: CHE 3341. Experiments in mass, momentum, and heat transport; statistical analysis of data. (Writing Intensive)

3315. Fluid Mechanics (3). Prerequisites: CHE 2410, MATH 3350. Principles of momentum transport. Application to laminar and turbulent flow, metering, porous media, and settling.

3322. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3). Prerequisite: CHE 2421. Solution thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibria, analysis of processes.

3323. Chemical Reaction Engineering (3). Prerequisites: CHE 3322 and 3326. An introduction to the kinetics of chemical conversion processes and the design of chemical reactors.

3326. Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisites: CHE 2421 and MATH 3350. Principles of energy transport. Application to heat conduction, convection, and radiation. Design and performance of heat exchangers and furnaces.

3330. Engineering Materials Science (3). Prerequisites: CHE 2421, CHEM 1308, and MATH 1452.. Engineering properties of metals, ceramics, and polymers; molecular, crystal, and microstructure configurations; selection of materials for applications.

3341. Mass-Transfer Operations (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3322. Theory and practice of mass transfer. Particular emphasis on the operations of distillation, absorption, and extraction.Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Special Problems in Chemical Engineering (V1-6). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual studies in chemical engineering areas of special interest. May be repeated for credit.

4121. Chemical Engineering Research Seminar (1). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. External speakers focus on their current research in chemical engineering and related fields.

4122. Chemical Engineering Review (1). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. Review of chemical engineering science and engineering courses. Preparation for the chemical engineering portion of the FE exam and the chemical engineering capstone design project.

4153. Process Control Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: CHE 4353. Experiments with control equipment and the minicomputer. Professional practice course.

4232. Unit Operations Laboratory (2). Prerequisites: CHE 3232 and senior standing in chemical engineering. Laboratory experiments illustrating the basic principles of unit operations. Includes instruction on experimental methods, equipment scale up, and technical communication. (Writing Intensive)

4340. Polymer Processing (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3315. Structure, processing, and properties for industrial plastics processing operations, including extrusion, mixing, calendaring, blow molding, thermoforming, fiber spinning, compression molding, injection molding, and recycling.

4341. Polymerization Engineering (3). Prerequisites: CHEM 3305 and MATH 2450. Polymerization reactions, mechanisms and kinetics, control of properties through reaction and processing, polymerization reactor and process design, degradation reactions.

4342. Polymer Physics and Engineering (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3330. Fundamentals of polymer science and engineering. Solution properties, chain conformation and molecular mass characterization. Rubber elasticity and vicoelastic behavior. Crystalline polymers and morphology.

4344. Polymers and Materials Laboratory (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 3330, or ME 3311, or MTEC 3441. Synthesis and properties of materials including polymers, polymerization, transitions, phase separation, mechanical properties, and processing.

4346. Polymer Viscoelasticity (3). Prerequisites: MATH 3350 and CHE 3330 or consent of instructor. Linear viscoelasticity, Boltzmann superposition, experimental methods, molecular theory, and mechanical properties of solid polymers.

4353. Process Control (3). Prerequisites: CHE 3315, 3341, 3323; MATH 3350 or 3354. Study of the principles of process dynamics and control and their applications to feedback control.

4356. Process Safety (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3315 and 3341 or consent of instructor. Introduction to hazards associated with chemical, physical, and biological processes. Prepares students for future industrial employment.

4363. Biochemical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3323 (may be taken concurrently), CHEM 3305, MATH 2450, PHYS 1408. Introduction to biochemical reaction engineering and separations. Kinetics of biomass and product information, and substrate utilization. Biotransport phenomena, bioenergetics, downstream separation and purification processes.

4364. Chemical Engineering Applications in Biological Systems (3). Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or 3354. Transport phenomena and chemical reactions at the molecular and cellular level in biological systems.

4365. Biotransport (3). Prerequisites: CHE 3315, MATH 3350 or 3354, or consent of instructor. Mass and momentum transport in living systems.

4366. Biomicrofluidics (3). Prerequisite: CHE 3315. Fluid phenomena at small scales. Science and engineering of miniaturized lab-on-chip devices for applications in chemical, biomolecular, and cellular analysis.

4372. Engineering Experimentation (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in science or engineering. Strategy in experimentation; planning efficient experiments; analysis of data and interpretation and presentation of results; and Six Sigma methodology.

4381. Numerical Techniques for Chemical Engineering Problems (3). Prerequisite: MATH 3350. Numerical methods for integration, solution of systems of algebraic equations, initial- and boundary-value problems, and optimization.

4385. Bioprocess Control (3). Prerequisites: MATH 3350 or 3354 and CHE 4353 or consent of instructor. Problems and solutions associated with optimization and control of bioprocesses.

4555. Chemical Process Design and Simulation (5). Prerequisites: CHE 3323, 3341, 4353, 4122; IE 2311. Design of chemical processes and equipment using computer simulation, flow sheeting, optimization, and process synthesis techniques. (Writing Intensive)Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

The master's program is a structured program requiring the five core courses denoted below by asterisks.

5000. Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering (V1-6). Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson. Individual study of topics of current interest under the guidance of a member of the staff. May be repeated for credit on different topics.

5310.* Advanced Chemical Engineering Techniques (3). Application of ordinary and partial differential equations for solution of mass, momentum, and/or energy transfer and transport problems. Primary emphasis is on the mathematical analysis of unsteady state systems and chemical-reaction systems: models, solutions, and model validation.

5312.* Fluid Transport Principles and Analysis (3). Fundamental relations governing mass, momentum, and energy transfer within fluids, with special emphasis on simultaneous transport, process applications, and numerical methods of analysis.

5321.* Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3). In-depth study of fundamental laws of thermodynamics, property relations for pure material and mixtures, and phase and chemical equilibrium principles.

5323.* Digital Computation for Chemical Engineers (3). The development of current numerical methods for application to modeling of chemical engineering systems. Primary emphasis is placed upon steady state and unsteady state chemical reaction systems.

5340. Polymer Processing (3). Polymerization reactions, mechanisms, and kinetics, large-scale synthesis, scope of polymer processing, and fabrication technology.

5341. Polymer Chemistry and Processing (3). Polymerization reactions, mechanisms, and kinetics, large-scale synthesis, scope of polymer processing, and fabrication technology.

5342. Polymer Physics and Engineering (3). Fundamentals of polymer science and engineering. Solution properties, chain conformation and molecular mass characterization. Rubber elasticity and viscoelastic behavior. Crystalline polymers and morphology.

5343.* Reaction Kinetics (3). Analysis and design of chemical reactor operations with multiple reactions; semibatch operations and other complex reactor configurations. Determination of kinetic parameters from operating data. Economic-based optimization, characterization and modeling of non-ideal reactors.

5344. Polymers and Materials Laboratory (3). Synthesis and properties of materials, including polymers, polymerization, transitions, phase separation, mechanical properties, and processing.

5346. Polymer Viscoelasticity (3). Linear viscoelasticity, Boltzmann superposition, experimental methods, molecular theory, and mechanical properties of solid polymers.

5348. Materials Applications for Scanning Probe Microscopy (3). The science and technology of scanning probe techniques, including scanning tunneling microscopy, near field scanning optical microscopy, and atomic force microscopy, applied to materials characterication.

5363. Biochemical Engineering (3). Introduction to biochemical reaction engineering and separations. Kinetics of biomass and product information and substrate utilization. Biotransport phenomena, bioenergetics, downstream separation, and purification process.

5364. Chemical Engineering Applications in Biological Systems (3). Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or 3354. Transport phenomena and chemical reactions at the molecular and cellular level in biological systems.

5365. Biotransport (3). Mass and momentum transport in living systems.

5366. Biomicrofluidics (3). Fluid phenomena at small scales. Science and engineering of miniaturized lab-on-chip devices for applications in chemical, biomolecular, and cellular analysis

5372. Engineering Experimentation (3). Course emphasizes strategy in experimentation, planning efficient experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting results, and Six Sigma methodology.

5381. Molecular Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: CHE 5321. Molecular theories for properties of gases and condensed phase systems. Emphasis will be on free energy changes, phase equilibria, and transport properties.

5382. Methods of Molecular Simulations (3). Theory and applications of computational methods for simulating the statistical mechanics of complex molecular systems. Discusses thermodynamic, transport, and dynamic properties.

5385. Bioprocess Control (3). Problems and solutions associated with optimization and control of bioprocesses.

5635. Advanced Topics in Transport Phenomena (6). Current research topics in transport phenomena, including turbulent flow  characterization, atmospheric chemistry and transport, and rheology, with an emphasis on computational modeling.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Course

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-12). Back to Top

 

7000 Level Courses

7000. Research (V1-12).

7121. Doctoral Seminar (1). Open discussions of recent advanced findings in any field of endeavor, with special attention to their relationship to the philosophy of chemical engineering. May be repeated for credit.

7122. Polymer and Materials Seminar (1). Discussion and presentation of current research.

7123. Bioengineering Seminar (1). Discussion and presentation of current research in bioengineering.Back to Top

 

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top