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Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is one of the most versatile of the engineering programs. It prepares students for employment in many diverse fields, such as production of pharmaceuticals, polymers and plastics, semiconductors, heavy industrial chemicals, synthetic fuels, petrochemicals and petroleum refining. Chemical engineers also work in biologial engineering, environmental engineering, enhanced oil recovery, corrosion control, metallurgy and microelectronics. Undergraduate chemical engineering training has been found to be an excellent background for graduate work not only in engineering, but also in a number of other fields, including medicine, law, business, and the natural sciences.

The chemical engineering curriculum is based on a sound background in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. The essentials of engineering are added to this foundation, including fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. In order to develop the individual's social consciousness and to broaden the student's educational background, an integrated program of study in the humanities and social sciences is included in the curriculum. Chemical engineering courses in multicomponent thermodynamics, transport phenomena, kinetics, process control and process design are concentrated in the junior and senior years. This program provides training for engineers to enter production, research, product and process development, process design, technical sales and engineering management positions. Training in chemical engineering equips the graduate to solve many of the problems facing society today: human health, energy shortages, synthetic fuels production, water and air pollution, toxic chemical control, and food production. Furthermore, our program prepares students interested in a career in medicine or the life sciences and is suitable for pre-medical and pre-dental students.

The department offers an 18-credit-hour block of approved technical electives. Students can select an emphasis in Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Process Industry, Petroleum Engineering, Graduate School Preparation, and Pre-Medicine. Students can also pursue a concurrent major in Chemistry, minors in Physics, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science, Molecular Biology and Business. See department for details. Students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits of Chemical Engineering Technical electives. The Chemical Engineering Program requires that the number of credits of upper division courses be satisfied (ie.,. 10 credits of Technical electives must be 3000+). The Chemical Engineering program requires 48 hours of 3000 and 4000-level coursework. This is fulfilled by required courses and approved technical electives.

Chemical Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and, in addition, must have a GPA of 2.000 in Chemical Engineering courses attempted at UW that are applied toward graduation for the B.S. degree from the department. Students must achieve a C- or better in all chemical engineering courses serving as a prerequisite for another chemical engineering course.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission Process and Requirements

Standard Admission

Admission is open to students with at least a bachelor's degree who meet the minimum requirements:

  1. A GPA of 3.000 (A = 4.000), or equivalent;
  2. A GRE score of 305 (combined verbal and quantitative sections)
  3. For international applicants who did not attend an English-speaking program in an English-speaking country for all years of their highest degree: A TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Unofficial transcripts of all prior college-level coursework, test scores and recommendations from three references must be uploaded as parts of the application.

If admission is granted, then official transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores are required.

The deadline to submit application credentials is February 1 (to be considered for Fall semester).

The application will not be processed until all the necessary documents have been uploaded.

Graduate Study Guidelines

All incoming Ph.D., M.S. Plan A and M.S. Plan B students must have an adviser. The student is responsible for contacting faculty members in order to find an adviser.

All Chemical Engineering graduate students must take the following Chemical Engineering Core courses:

  1. Thermodynamics (CHE 5020)
  2. Transport Phenomena (CHE 5010)
  3. Reaction Kinetics (CHE 5030)
  4. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (CHE 5355)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Process Analysis
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Multicomponent Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Unit Operations Laboratory I
  • Process Simulation and Economics
  • Fundamentals of Bioengineering
  • Engineering Honors Program Research Methods
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Environment, Technology and Society
  • Unit Operations Laboratory II
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Process Design I
  • Process Design II
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering-Transport Processes
  • Biomaterials
  • Industrial Chemical Production
  • Natural Gas Processes and Modeling
  • Metabolic and Protein Engineering
  • Advanced Process Simulation
  • Green Chemistry and Global Environmental Problems
  • Honors Undergraduate Research
  • Internship in Chemical Engineering
  • Topics in Chemical Engineering
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Thermodynamics
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Flow through Porous Media
  • Graduate Teaching and Research: Theory and Methods
  • Biomedical Engineering - Transport Processes
  • Polymeric Chemistry and Engineering
  • Advanced Catalysis and Characterization
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Coal Utilization
  • Problems in Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Seminar
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship


Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Chemical Engineering should:

  • Successfully practice the profession of Chemical Engineering;
  • Demonstrate successful career growth

Chemical Engineering Program Outcomes

During the course of study in Chemical Engineering, the student should demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sutainability;
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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