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University of Rochester

Department of Chemical Engineering

Academic Curriculum: Class of 2007 and up


(The position of electives and some of the basic science courses are arbitrary.
The choices shown below balance technical courses and non-technical courses on a semester basis.)

Fall Term Spring Term

Freshman Year (34 credits)

5 CHM 131 a Chemical Concepts I 5 CHM 132 a,b Chemical Concepts II


4 MTH 161 c Calculus I 4 MTH 162 c Calculus II
4 CAS 105 Primary Writing Requirement 4 PHY 121 Mechanics
4 Elective h Humanities/Social Science 4 ChE 150 Green Eng. for a Sustainable Environment
17 17

Sophomore Year (35 credits)

4 CHM 203 b Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 204 b Organic CHM II/BIO/EES Equivalent
1 CHM 207 b Organic Chem. Lab IH (1cr) 2 ChE 116 f Fundamentals of Computing (2cr)
4 ChE 113 Chemical Process Analysis 4 ChE 243 Fluid Dynamics
4 MTH 164 g MultiDimensional Calculus 4 MTH 165 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
4 Elective h Social Science/Humanities 4 Elective h Humanities/Social Science
17 18

Junior Year (32 credits)

4 ChE 225 Thermodynamics 4 ChE 231 Kinetics & Reactor Design


4 ChE 244 Heat & Mass Transfer 4 ChE 250 Separation Processes
4 PHY 122 d Electricity & Magnetism 3 ChE 246 Laboratory in ChE Principles (3cr)
4 Elective h Humanities/Social Science 1 ChE 279 Chemical Engineering Practice (1cr)
16 4 Elective h Social Science/Humanities
16

Senior Year (29 credits)

4 CHM 251 Physical Chemistry I 4 Elective g Advanced CHM/BIO/EES Elective


4 ChE 273 ChE Process Design 2 ChE 272 Process Control
3 ChE 255 Lab in ChE Processes 4 Elective g Technical
4 Elective Free Elective 4 Elective g Technical
15 14

TOTAL (130 credits)

a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h Footnotes are on the reverse side of this page.

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Footnotes
a CHM 151/152 is also acceptable and may be suitable for students with an interest in biology/biotechnology.

b The second semester of organic chemistry is recommended for a standard B.S. program. However, students may substitute an alternate chemistry course in
its place, upon consultation with their academic adviser. Any chemistry course beyond the required three-semester sequence is acceptable.

CHEMISTRY HONORS SEQUENCE / CHEMISTRY POLICY IN THE CHE DEPT. – If a student comes in with AP credit for CHM131 - CHM171Q,
CHM173Q, and CHM172Q can be taken in place of CHM203, CHM207, and CHM204, and if fully completed, the student will be exempt from completing
CHM132. If, the full sequence is not completed, for example if CHM172Q is replaced with an approved BIO/EES course, the Chemical Engineering
Department will require the student to make up the CHM132 exempted credits with one of the following courses: CHM250, CHM211, or CHM252 and
approval from your adviser. This course can also be counted towards one of your open technical elective requirements, in addition to the required Advanced
Chemistry requirement.

c An alternative approved sequence is MTH 171, 172, 173 for those students considered qualified by the Mathematics Department who has a strong interest in
the theoretical aspects of calculus. The sequence MTH 141, 142, 143 may be substituted for MTH 161 and 162, with the extra 4 hours of credit counted
towards degree requirements as the "free" elective.

d The second course in physics may be taken at any point in the 4-year curriculum. The position suggested here is to maintain a balance of technical courses,
while encouraging the completion of core requirements in a timely fashion. A suitable alternative course in PHY 142 (honors electricity and magnetism), for
those deemed eligible by the Physics Department.

e ChE 150 is a ChemE elective taught to introduce how chemical engineers use science and technology to solve contemporary problems. The course currently
uses environmental issues as a backdrop for illustrating the distinctive features of the ChemE discipline in an informal project-oriented setting.

f ChE 116 satisfies the minimum requirement that all ChemE students develop competency in a mathematical programming language like MATHCAD or
some equivalent system.

g,h Elective: The 4-year curriculum contains the equivalent of 11 four-credit electives: 5 technical electives and 5 non-technical electives (20 credit hours
each), and 1 free elective (4 credits). These elective requirements are satisfied on an "accumulated credit hour" basis, by taking courses of at least 2 credit hours
each.

g The 20 credit hours of technical electives must include an advanced chemistry course, an advanced math course, and a chemical engineering course that is
not part of the core curriculum. The ChE elective must be at least 2 credit hours and must be in an area of new technological applications of chemical
engineering.

The purpose of the Advanced Chemistry requirement in the chemical engineering undergraduate program is to provide students with scientific knowledge that
goes beyond the standard freshman-organic-physical chemistry series of chemistry courses that are a core part of the program. The content of courses satisfying
the advanced chemistry requirement should be predominantly chemistry in nature (e.g. a polymer chemistry course) and will, for the most part, be taught in the
chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry or earth and environmental sciences departments. If you have questions about whether or not a course satisfies
the advanced chemistry requirement please consult with your advisor.

Acceptable advanced chemistry courses include certain 4-credit chemical engineering electives that have a strong Natural sciences components, such as ChE
259 “Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems” and ChE 286 "Fundamentals of Polymeric Materials." In addition, the requirements may be satisfied with
any 4-credit course in chemistry with the exception of CHM 219. Appropriate choices included CHM 211 "inorganic Chemistry" (Fall), CHM 252 "Physical
Chemistry II" (Spring), CHE 231 “Chemical Instrumentation” (Fall), CHM 232 “Molecular Spectroscopy Lab” (Spring) and CHM 234 "Advanced Lab
Techniques”. Chemistry related courses in other departments, such as BIO 250 "Biochemistry" (Spring), BME 260 "Quantitive Physiology Lab" (Fall), and
TOX 521 “Biochemical Toxicology” (Spring) are also acceptable. Also acceptable are EES 217 "Physical and Chemical Hydrology" (Spring) EES 218 "The
Chemistry of Global Change" (Fall), EES 204 “Mineralogy (Spring), EES 205 “Geophysics” (Spring), and EES 206 “Petrology and Geochemistry” (Fall).

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE FOLLOWING MATH SEQUENCE BE DONE: MTH 161, 162, 164 AND 165. THIS
WAY VECTOR CALCULUS (MTH 164) IS DONE IN THE FALL OF THE SOPHOMORE YEAR. PRIOR TO FLUID MECHANICS WHICH IS TAKEN
THE FOLLOWING SPRING WHERE KNOWLEDGE OF VECTOR CALCULUS IS INVALUABLE.

h The 20 credit hours of non-technical electives (humanities and social sciences) must include an acceptable cluster in a humanities or social science discipline.
Rules defining clusters are given in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Numerous examples of clusters are available through the cluster search engine, which is
accessed through the UR Home Page (under "student life") on the World Wide Web. The 20 credits hours of non-technical electives may include a maximum
of 4 credits of music performance courses. In general, humanities and social science courses are defined as follows: (More details are available in the general
engineering section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.)

Humanities: Any English course except ENG 110-129 and that satisfying the primary writing requirement; any fine arts course; any foreign and
comparative literature course; any course in a foreign language above the 101 level; any music theory or music history course; any philosophy
course; any religious studies course. A 101-level foreign language course may be applied towards the non-technical elective requirement only if it is
followed by a higher level language course in the same language.

Social science: Any course in anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, and psychology.

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