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Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry BS

One bachelor degree option within the Chemical Engineering department is chemical engineering and biochemistry. Both of these individual majors build on foundations of fundamentals in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. This combined major provides a bridge between engineering practice, the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs, and biochemistry practice, defining the chemical processes occurring in the wide variety of living systems. Students in the combined major will have the opportunity to engage in decision-making processes (often iterative), in which physical sciences, mathematics, the biochemical sciences and the engineering sciences are applied to processes for optimal conversion of resources. Some of the possible career options for graduates of the combined major are: development of new therapies and drug delivery systems; production of new medicines through cell culture systems; academic and clinical research; regulation and quality control; and, marketing or information systems. We anticipate that the combined major students will enter the job market directly and/or go on to graduate, medical, veterinary, dental, law or business school.

BS Degree Requirements

Mathematics/Science Requirement

Complete 31 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science  
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering 4
MATH 1342 Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering 4
MATH 2321 Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering 4
MATH 2341 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering 4
PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
PHYS 1155
and PHYS 1156
and PHYS 1157
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Supplemental Credit  
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement: 1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2  

Advanced Biology/Chemistry Requirement

Complete 41 semester hours in advanced chemistry as indicated below.

BIOL 1115 General Biology 1 for Engineers 4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics & Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
and Biochemistry Lab
BIOL 3407 Molecular Cell Biology 4
BIOL xxxx Advanced Biology Elective 4
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
and CHEM 2319
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
and CHEM 2320
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
and Recitation for CHEM 2313
CHEM 2331
and CHEM 2332
Bioanalytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2331
CHEM xxxx Advanced Chemistry Elective 4
Total Hours 22


Complete 41 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Engineering  
CHME 2308 Conservation Principles in Chemical Engineering 4
CHME 2310
and CHME 2311
Transport Processes 1
and Lab for CHME 2310
CHME 2320 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 4
CHME 3312
and CHME 3313
Transport Processes 2 and Separations
and Lab for CHME 3312
CHME 3322 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 2 4
CHME 4510 Chemical Engineering Kinetics 4
CHME 4701 Capstone Design 1: Process Analysis 4
CHME 4703 Capstone Design 2: Chemical Process Design 4
Supplemental Credit  
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement: 3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1  
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement: 2
Cornerstone of Engineering 2  

Professional Development

Complete 5 semester hours in professional development as indicated below.

Professional Development  
GE 1000 Introduction to the Study of Engineering 1
CHME 2000 Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education 1
CHME 3000 Professional Issues in Engineering 1
Additional Required Courses  
The remaining credit from each of the following courses will apply to the professional development area: 2
Cornerstone of Engineering 1  
Cornerstone of Engineering 2  

Additional NUpath Courses

A grade of C or higher is required:  
ENGW 1111 First-Year Writing 4
ENGW 3302 Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions 4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
NUpath Requirements through General Electives  
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.  

Required General Electives

Complete four academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

142 total semester hours required