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Department of Chemical Engineering

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Department of Chemical Engineering
Dana 118
(509) 335-4332

Professor and Department Chair, R. Zollars; Professors, C. F. Ivory, J. M. Lee, K. C. Liddell, R. C. Miller, J. N. Petersen, W. J. Thomson, B. J. Van Wie; Asssociate Professors, R. P. Cavalieri, C. S. Claiborn, B. M. Peyton.

The goal of the Chemical Engineering Department at Washington State University is:

To educate students to analyze problems and design solutions from a chemical engineering viewpoint, communicate the solutions effectively, and remain productive throughout their lives.

When students graduate from this department they should be able to use their education to be confident, independent engineers capable of effective problem solving.

To achieve this goal we seek to: 1) prepare BS level students for careers or further education by means of a broad educational program based in chemical engineering fundamentals, 2) prepare students to be capable of continuous learning via a variety of approaches including a balance of fundamental versus practical research, 3) provide an educational experience incorporating the needs of regional and national industries, and 4) maintain an environment which promotes close interaction between students and faculty in teaching, mentoring and research.

Meeting these objectives will be monitored by an annual assessment of selected activities within the department. When developing and verifying this assessment process the following outcomes, expected of our graduating students, will be considered.

We expect that our graduating students will be able to: 1) use their engineering skills within the context of a strong, fundamental general education, 2) use the fundamentals of the life and physical sciences, 3) apply a fundamental knowledge and practical understanding of chemical engineering principles, 4) continue learning whether in a traditional educational setting or via some other route, 5) incorporate both technical and non-technical issues in problem solving, and 6) communicate effectively.

The curriculum in chemical engineering provides thorough knowledge of basic science and engineering. This includes material and energy balances, chemical and physical equilibria, rate processes, and economic balances. With such training, graduates may participate in the design and operating of chemically based products or they may engage in research leading to new or improved chemical processes, products, and uses. Graduates also find rewarding work in plant operation, plant management, university teaching, sales-service, and other functions requiring chemical engineering training. Many students also use their educations in chemical engineering as preparation for other professional degrees such as medicine or law. The curriculum in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The total number of majors in the department is restricted at the junior level.

The department offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy.


Specific requirements for certification in chemical engineering can be obtained from the departmental office although eligibility usually occurs at the middle of the sophomore year. Criteria for certification include overall gpa, grades earned in mathematics and physical science courses, and performance in the Ch E 201 course. A certified student earning a gpa of less than 2.0 for any two semesters is subject to decertification.

Transfer Students

Students who are planning to transfer to Chemical Engineering at Washington State University from other institutions should coordinate their programs with the department chair to establish a schedule of studies leading to the bachelor’s degree. This is desirable because of sophomore professional requirements and course sequences. A strong preparation in chemistry, mathematics, and physics is necessary prior to transfer to minimize the time required at Washington State University to complete bachelor’s degree requirements. Inquiries concerning specific questions are welcomed. Since there is a restriction on the total number of majors in the department, transfer students should make application for admission as soon as possible.

Preparation for Graduate Study

As preparation for work toward an advanced degree, a student should have completed substantially the equivalent of the above schedule of studies. A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an institution accredited by ABET normally will satisfy this requirement.

Special programs are also available for students with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry or other areas of science who wish to obtain the Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Schedules of Studies

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.

Chemical Engineering - General(127 Hours)

At least 66 of the total hours required for this degree must be in 300-400-level courses.

Criteria for Certification – Chemical Engineering Program
1) In September of each year, the faculty of the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering will establish the total number of students (June and January) to be certified into the chemical engineering program.
2) Each student will be considered for certification during the semester after she/he has completed all of the following courses: MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 273; CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 345, PHYSICS 201, CHE 201.
3) To be certified, each student must meet the following minimum standards:
a. 2.0 cumulative GPA.
b. A “C” grade or better in each of the courses listed in 2) above.
c. Be in good academic standing (semester GPA 2.00 or higher) at the time they are being considered for certification.
4) Certification decisions will be made at the end of Fall and Spring semesters, and those being certified at the end of Spring semester will be notified by June 1, while those being certified at the end of Fall semester will be notified by January 15.
5) If the number of students seeking certification exceeds the program capacity, as determined in 1) above, additional criteria will be used to select those who are certified. Those criteria include: (a) average GPA received in the courses listed in 2) above; (b) average GPA earned in all the engineering/math/science courses which have already been completed; and (c) the GPA earned during the previous semester.
6) Students who have completed all the courses listed in 2) above, but who are not certified will be notified of the decision according to the time table described in 4) above. Such students who are not certified may appeal the decision. This appeal should describe any special circumstances which should be considered. A faculty committee will consider the appeal, the special circumstances described, and trends in the grades (e.g. trends in grades and/or withdrawals, typical course load attempted and typical course load completed) and make a final decision regarding certification. The appeal must be submitted within 2 weeks of the notification described in 4) above. The appeal will be considered and a decision made by July 1 and February 15.
7) Students who are deficient under the University’s Educational Policies and Procedures are subject to decertification. Recertification will be granted only under rare, extenuating conditions.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Diversity [DIVR]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI], or 110 [BSCI]3 or 4
CHE 1102
CHEM 1064
MATH 1724
Second Year
First TermHours
CHE 2013
CHEM 3454
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 2732
Second TermHours
CHE 2113
CHEM 348 or MBIOS 303 4
MATH 2202
MATH 3153
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CHE 3013
CHE 3103
CHEM 3313
CHEM 333 or 334 [M]1 or 2
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Technical Elective13
Second TermHours
CHE 3213
CHE 3323
CHE 3343
CHE 3523
CHE 4981
STAT 4233
Fourth Year
First TermHours
CHE 432 [M]3
CHE 4413
CHE 4503
CHE Elective23
Second TermHours
CHE 433 [M]2
CHE 451 [M] [CAPS]3
CHE 4981
CHE Elective26
Technical Elective13
Exit Interview


1Technical Elective: Any 300-400-level BIO ENG, CHEM, CHE, CE, E E, ENGR, MATH, ME, MSE, or PHYSICS course as approved by advisor.
2CHE 461, 465, 475, 476, 481, 495, and 499. Of the total of 9 credits in chemical engineering electives, a cumulative total of only 3 credits is allowed in CHE 495 and 499 combined.
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