The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Students seeking the BSChE degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits. This includes 62 credits in Math & Sciences/Humanities & Social Sciences; 52 credits in Engineering; an Engineering Elective (3 credits), and a Science/Engineering elective course (3 credits). See the BSChE Program Handbook (PDF) for more information.
We, through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, give students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and (iii) Nanotechnology. Descriptions follow:
(i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment: Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to leach hazardous chemicals from landfills and use microorganisms and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction devices to convert air and water pollutants to harmless compounds.
(ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine: Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex bioproducts such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural biochemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prostheses.
(iii) Nanotechnology: Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres, includes the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc. Chemical engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices, and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.