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Chemical Engineering - General

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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 (January, June, and August) 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 requrements:
    1. 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    2. A “C” grade or better in each of the courses listed in 2) above.
    3. 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, Spring, and Summer terms. Those being certified at the end of Fall term will be notified by January 15, those being certified at the end of Spring term will be notified by June 1, and those being certified at the end of Summer term will be notified by August 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:
    1. grade received in CHE 201;
    2. average GPA in the courses listed in 2) above;
    3. the GPA earned during the previous semester;
    4. cumulative GPA.
  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. The 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 February 15, July 1, and September 15, depending on the term.
  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.
  8. Certification Guarantee: Students who have completed the courses noted in 2) above with an average GPA of at least 3.2, who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in the courses that have been taken that are required in the major, and who have not repeated any required course, are guaranteed certification.
    1. First Year
      First TermHours
      CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
      Diversity [DIVR]3
      ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
      HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
      MATH 171 [QUAN]4
      Second TermHours
      BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI], 107 [BSCI], or 110 [BSCI]3 or 4
      CHE 1102
      CHEM 1064
      ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
      MATH 1724
      Second Year
      First TermHours
      CHE 2013
      CHEM 3454
      Humanities [HUM]3
      MATH 2732
      PHYSICS 2014
      Second TermHours
      CHE 2113
      CHEM 348 or MBIOS 303 4
      MATH 2202
      MATH 3153
      PHYSICS 2024
      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
      ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M]3
      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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