The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree requires a total of a 134 credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00.

A minimum major CGPA of 2.00 in all CHE courses is required for graduation.

  • Chemical Engineering (CHE) Requirements (69 credit hours):
  • General Engineering Requirement (10 credit hours): ENGR 131, ENGR 132 and 6 credits of Engineering Elective (please refer to section Engineering Electives Section).
  • Mathematics Requirements (12 credit hours): MA 165, MA 166 and MA 261.
  • Science Requirement (15 credit hours): CHM 115, CHM 116, PHYS 172 and PHYS 241.
  • Liberal Arts Requirements (28 credit hours):
    • English Language and Communication Skills (10 credit hours): ENGL 100, ENGL 106 and COM 114 (Liberal Arts Department, Course Catalogue).
    • General Education Requirement (18 credit hours): Students must satisfy the requirements of the General Education as per the following conditions:
      1. Courses must be drawn from the following General Education areas at AUM: Speech and Communication, English Language and Literature, History, Fine Arts, Physical Education, Self-Development and Life Style, Culinary Arts, Ethics, Social Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Natural Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies, Economics and Philosophy (please refer to Course Catalogue, General Education section).
      2. In order to ensure sufficient exposure to General Education topics, unless otherwise specified by the degree requirements of the academic major, the student cannot take more than 2 courses from the same area/sub-area as, as shown in tables below:

        Area Maximum Courses to Take
        English Language and Literature 2
        History 2
        Physical Education 2
        Culinary Arts 2
        Ethics 2
        Psychological Sciences 2
        Natural Sciences 2
        Child Development and Family Studies 2
        Economics 2
        Philosophy 2
        Area Sub-Area Maximum Courses to Take
        Fine Arts Arts and Design 2
        Theatre 2
        Music 2
        Fashion and Apparel Design 2
        Photography and Media 2
        Self-Development and Life Style       Academic and Career Skills Development 2
        Character and Leadership Skills Development 2
        Life Management Development 2
        Development of Thinking Skills 2
        Technology and Innovation 2


      4. Courses that are already required under other category than General Education requirement:
        1. cannot be considered as a General Education course;
        2. do not count towards the 2-course limit in General Education requirement.
Elective and Selective Courses
1. Chemical Engineering Selectives (15 credit hours):

Biology Selectives (3 credits)

To fulfill the Biology Selective, students may choose one of the following courses:

Mathematics Selectives (6 credits)

To fulfill the Math Selectives, students have to take following courses:

  • MA 265 Linear Algebra
  • MA 266 Ordinary Differential Equations

Chemical Engineering Electives (3 credits)

In addition to the required Chemical Engineering courses, students must choose 3 additional credit hours of Chemical Engineering courses. A list of eligible courses as determined by the faculty is included below. Chemical Engineering Electives MUST be selected from this list:

  • CHE 330 Principles of Molecular Engineering
  • CHE 411 Chemical Engineering Science Research Problems
  • CHE 412 Chemical Engineering Design Research Problems
  • CHE 442 Chemistry and Engineering of High Polymers
  • CHE 461 Biomedical Engineering
  • CHE 463 Applications of Chemical Engineering Principles
  • CHE 498 Honors Research in Chemical Engineering
  • Any Chemical Engineering 500 level course

Technical Electives (3 credits)

Technical electives MUST be selected from this list.

  • Biochemistry – Any BCHM course
  • Biology – Any BIOL course 200 level and above
  • CHM 224 Introductory Quantitative Analysis
  • CHM 241 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 321 Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHM 333 Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHM 342 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 424 Analytical Chemistry II
  • Any Chemistry course above CHM 424
  • Any Computer Science Course
  • Any course from the Engineering Elective List (below)
  • ACT 200 Introductory Accounting for Non-Business Majors
  • MA 301 Introduction to Proof Through Real Analysis
  • MA 375 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
  • MA 341 Foundations of Analysis
  • MA 353 Linear Algebra II with Applications
  • MA 362 Topics in Vector Calculus
  • Any Physics course 300 or above
  • Any Statistics course 511 or above
2. Engineering Electives (6 credits)

While students may elect to take courses from Chemical Engineering to fulfill this requirement, the approved courses come from several engineering disciplines to provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of engineering concepts. A list of eligible courses as determined by the department is included below. Engineering Electives MUST be selected from this list.

  • CHE 201 Cooperative Seminar I (Chemical Engineering Internship course)
  • CHE 301 Cooperative Seminar II (Chemical Engineering Internship course)
  • CHE 401 Cooperative Seminar III (Chemical Engineering Internship course)
  • Any Chemical Engineering course from the Chemical Engineering Elective List (above)
  • Any course from other engineering departments
3. General Education Electives (18 credits)

Refer to the (Liberal Arts Department, Course Catalogue).

ENGR 131 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation I

Introduces students to the engineering professions using multidisciplinary, societally relevant content. Developing engineering approaches to systems, generating and exploring creative ideas, and use of quantitative methods to support design decisions. Explicit model-development activities (engineering eliciting activities, or EEAs) engage students in innovative thinking across the engineering disciplines at AUM. Experiencing the process of design and analysis in engineering including how to work effectively in teams. Developing skills in project management, engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

ENGR 132 - Transforming Ideas To Innovation II

Continues building on the foundation developed in ENGR 131. Students take a more in depth and holistic approach to integrating multiple disciplines perspectives while constructing innovative engineering solutions to open-ended problems. Extending skills in project management engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, team work, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

ENGR 100 - First-Year Engineering Lectures

An introduction to the engineering profession.

ENGR 126 - Engineering Problem Solving and Computer Tools

Introduction to the solving of open-ended engineering problems and the use and of computer software, including UNIXTM, computer communications, spreadsheets, and MATLAB. Explicit model-development activities are utilized, and students are expected to develop skill at working in teams. This is emphasized both in laboratories and on projects.

MA 165 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Introduction to differential and integral calculus of one variable, with applications. Conic sections.

MA 166 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

Continuation of MA 165. Vectors in two and three dimensions. Techniques of integration, infinite series, polar coordinates, surfaces in three dimensions.

MA 261 - Multivariate Calculus

Planes, lines, and curves in three dimensions. Differential calculus of several variables; multiple integrals. Introduction to vector calculus.

MA 265 - Linear Algebra

Introduction to linear algebra. Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, vector spaces, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, applications.

MA 266 - Ordinary Differential Equations

First order equations, second and nth order linear equations, series solutions, solution by Laplace transform, systems of linear equations. It is preferable but not required to take MA 265 either first or concurrently.

CHM 115 - General Chemistry I

Stoichiometry; atomic structure; periodic properties; ionic and covalent bonding; molecular geometry; gases, liquids, and solids; crystal structure; thermochemistry; descriptive chemistry of metals and non-metals.

CS 159 - Programming Applications for Engineers

Fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of programming (C and MATLAB), with emphasis on applications in the physical sciences and engineering. Basic problem solving and programming techniques; fundamental algorithms and data structures; and use of programming logic in solving engineering problems. Students are expected to complete assignments in a collaborative learning environment.

PHYS 172 - Modern Mechanics

Introductory calculus-based physics course using fundamental interactions between atoms to describe Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, energy quantization, entropy, the kinetic theory of gases, and related topics in mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on using only a few fundamental principles to describe physical phenomena extending from nuclei to galaxies. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed by the student from the very beginning.

PHYS 241 - Electricity and Optics

Electrostatics, current electricity, electromagnetism, magnetic properties of matter. Electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics.

ENGL 100 / ENL 100 - English for Academic Studies

This course is designed to support students in their transition from sheltered English language instruction to content-rich University and university courses. It is based on a widely-used process approach to writing, which demands considerable reading, writing and interaction among students. All writings and discussions are done in English in order to maximize opportunities for developing fluency in both formal and informal uses of the language in academic settings.

ENGL 106 - First-Year Composition

This course provides extensive practice in writing clear and effective prose. Instruction focuses on organization, audience analysis, style, and research-based writing.

COM 114 / ENL 120 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication

This course will use small groups and large-group instructions to teach the basic concepts of oral communication in informal, semi-formal and formal contexts. The overall goal is to create a learning environment that encourages students to make clear connections between professional and “real world” communication in addition to providing an opportunity for students to play an active role in their learning process.

ENGR 297 - Basic Mechanics I (Statics)

Statics of particles. Rigid bodies: equivalent systems of forces, equilibrium. Centroids and centers of gravity. Static analysis of trusses, frames, and machines. Friction. Area moments of inertia.

PHYS 272 - Electric and Magnetic Interactions

Calculus-based physics course using concepts of electric and magnetic fields and an atomic description of matter to describe polarization, fields produced by charge distributions, potential, electrical circuits, magnetic forces, induction, and related topics, leading to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic radiation and an introduction to waves and interference. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed throughout.

BIOL 110 - Fundamentals of Biology I

This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students. Principles of biology, focusing on diversity, ecology, evolution, and the development, structure, and function of organisms.

CHM 116 - General Chemistry II

A continuation of CHM 115. Solutions; quantitative equilibria in aqueous solution; introductory thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry; chemical kinetics; qualitative analysis; further descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals.

PHYS 322 - Intermediate Optics

Wave optics and properties of light, including reflection, refraction interference. Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction dispersion, polarization, double refraction, introduction to lasers and holography.

PHYS 342 - Modern Physics

A survey of basic concepts and phenomena in atomic, nuclear, and solid-state physics.

IE 300 - Industrial Engineering Seminar

A lecture-demonstration series emphasizing evaluation of career options, identification and development of professional skills, and introducing students to the formal design process of an industrial engineering project. Examples of career-related topics include choosing a job, and post-graduate education in engineering or other disciplines. Examples of professional skill topics covered include interviewing, writing, intellectual property and ethics. This course is considered as Phase One of the Graduation Project. Students work in a team to identify a problem, prepare literature review, and develop the methodology. Graduation Projects Guidelines at the College of Engineering and Technology apply.


MA 262 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Linear algebra, elements of differential equations. Not open to students with credit in MA 265 or MA 266.

MA 303 - Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and the Sciences

This is a methods course for juniors in any branch of engineering and science. Basic techniques for solving systems of linear ordinary differential equations. Series solutions for second order equations, including Bessel functions, Laplace transform, Fourier series, numerical methods, separation of variables for partial differential equations and Sturm-Liouville theory.

MSE 230 - Structure and Properties of Materials

The relationship between the structure of materials and the resulting mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties. Atomic structure, bonding, atomic arrangement; crystal symmetry, crystal structure, habit, lattices, defects, and the use of X-ray diffraction. Phase equilibria and microstructural development. Applications to design.

CGT 163 - Graphical Communication and Spatial Analysis

An introductory course in computer graphics applications for mechanical- and aeronautical-related professions. Experiences focus on visualization, sketching, graphic standards, and problem-solving strategies for engineering design. The course will emphasize the proper use of parametric solid modeling for design intent.

CHE 200 – Chemical Engineering Sophomore Seminar

An orientation course to inform students of the various areas in chemical engineering, to assist them in selection of electives suited to their particular abilities and interest, and to instill a sense of professional ethics and responsibility. Lectures drawn from all fields of chemical engineering.

CHE 205 – Chemical Engineering Calculations

Quantitative applications of steady-state mass and energy balances to solve problems involving multi-component systems and multi-unit chemical processes. Single-component and multi-component phase equilibria, single-reaction and multiple-reaction stoichiometry, coupled mass and energy balances, chemical processes involving bypass and recycle streams.

CHE 211 – Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Basic principles and concepts of thermodynamics applied to chemical engineering problems; use of basic thermodynamic functions of enthalpy, entropy, free energy to solutions, phase equilibria, and chemical equilibria; thermodynamic processes and efficiencies; equations of state; and relation of macroscopic to molecular properties.

CHE 300 – Chemical Engineering Junior Seminar

Continuation of CHE 200.

CHE 306 – Design of Staged Separation Processes

The application of equilibria and mass and energy balances for the design of staged separation processes. Use of various equilibrium data and thermodynamic principles for the design of batch and continuous distillation, absorption, stripping, and extraction systems. Stage wise calculations and graphical methods for design of binary systems. Design of multicomponent separators. Determination of stage efficiency and column size.

CHE 320 – Statistical Modeling and Quality Enhancement

Statistical modeling methods, design of experiments, error analysis, curve fitting and regression, analysis of variance, confidence intervals, quality control and enhancement: emphasizes preparation for designing chemical engineering laboratory experiments and analyzing data.

CHE 348 – Chemical Reaction Engineering

Application of kinetic rate equations, mass balances and energy balances to the analysis and design of chemical reactors involving homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactions. Chemical equilibria, kinetic rate equations for homogeneous and heterogeneously catalyzed reactions, design of ideal isothermal reactors, effects of non-isothermal operation, effects of diffusion in porous catalysts and non-ideal mixing in continuous flow reactors.

CHE 377 – Momentum Transfer

Differential (microscopic) and integral (macroscopic) mass, momentum, and energy balances. Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Fluid statics. One-dimensional steady and transient laminar flows. Turbulence. Dimensional analysis and similarity. Friction factors and drag coefficients. Applications to engineering analysis of practical problems. Introduction to numerical analysis and visualization of flows.

CHE 378 – Heat and Mass Transfer

Macroscopic and differential energy balances. Heat transfer coefficients for free and forced convection and phase change. Conductive and radiative heat transfer. Applications to heat transfer equipment design and compressible fluid flow. Macroscopic and differential species balances. Mass transfer coefficients and analogies. Mass transfer with and without chemical reaction. Mass transfer equipment design.

CHE 400 – Chemical Engineering Senior Seminar

Lectures to acquaint the senior students with professional ethics, job opportunities, graduate study, graduate schools’ continuing study, and services of professional societies. The students will be required to plan, refine and design a project. This course is considered as Phase One of the Graduation Project. Graduation Projects Guidelines at the College of Engineering and Technology apply.

CHE 420 - Process Safety Management and Analysis

Students will develop knowledge of process safety management in the process industries. This new course is being developed with significant input from industrial safety professionals and will prepare students for the safety problems they will encounter in industry.

CHE 435 – Chemical Engineering Laboratory

Quantitative experimental study of projects involving problems in fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer or operation and evaluation of equipment; projects include analysis and data-based design of operations involving mass transfer such as distillation, absorption, extraction, drying, humidification, etc; study of rates and equilibria in simple chemical reaction systems; study of chemical processes; application of methods of data analysis in practice; some library work; emphasis on group work, report writing, and oral communication.

CHE 456 – Process Dynamics and Control

Dynamic response and control of chemical processing equipment, such as heat exchangers, chemical reactors, and absorption towers. Use is made of fundamental techniques of servomechanism theory, such as block diagrams, transfer functions, and frequency response. Introduction to advanced control techniques.

CHE 450 – Design and Analysis of Processing Systems

Use of process and product synthesis methods and concepts; detailed design of unit operation equipment, the economics of chemical plants and flow sheet optimization methods. Synthesize, develop, and evaluate a preliminary design of a chemical process that meets market requirements for a specific product. Analysis of design alternatives using case studies and optimization methods. This course is a continuation of CHE 400. Graduation Projects Guidelines at the College of Engineering and Technology apply.

CHM 261 – Organic Chemistry I

A comprehensive study of the chemical principles underlying aliphatic and aromatic compounds. The syntheses and reactions of these materials are discussed. Modern theory and stereochemistry are stressed to illustrate the logic inherent in the subject matter and to demonstrate the predictability of many chemical transformations.

CHM 262 – Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of CHM 261, but a broader scope. The chemistry of a variety of functional groups is discussed. Theory is employed extensively to demonstrate the coherence underlying seemingly diverse transformations. Qualitative organic analysis is introduced, with particular emphasis on spectroscopic methods.

CHM 263 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the lecture material of CHM 261. Elementary laboratory techniques essential to organic chemistry are introduced, followed by the actual syntheses and purification of compounds discussed in CHM 261.

CHM 264 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHM 263 in that the experiments are designed to illustrate principles discussed in CHM 262. A major portion of the course is devoted to methods employed in organic qualitative analysis. The student is expected to identify several unknown compounds and mixtures.

CHM 370 – Topics in Physical Chemistry

Kinetic theory of gases; statistical thermodynamics; quantum mechanics; atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy; properties of ionic phases.

ACT 200 - Introductory Accounting

The two primary objectives are to teach the skills to produce financial information-to send the relevant signals to decision makers; and to teach the skills to interpret the financial report-to receive the signals. To meet these objectives the students will gain an understanding of the reasoning behind the processes used to record financial information and the manner in which it is reported to external decision makers; gain an understanding of the four basic statements; and an understanding of the importance of financial statement information in interpreting the performance of organizations.

MA 341 - Foundations of Analysis

An introductory course in rigorous analysis, covering real numbers, sequences, series, continuous functions, differentiation, and Riemann integration.

MA 375 - Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

Induction, permutations, combinations, finite probability, relations, graphs, trees, graph algorithms, recurrence relations, generating functions. Problem solving in all these areas.

BIOL 230 – Biology of the Living Cell

An introduction to modern cell biology for students who may not have taken a previous college course in biology. All students with the appropriate prerequisites are welcome, and this course will be of special interest to students from engineering, chemistry, physics and computer science. This course will provide a solid foundation in modern cell biology concepts for engineers and students from other disciplines.

CHM 533 – Introductory Biochemistry

A rigorous one-semester introduction to biochemistry.

BCHM 307 – Biochemistry

Students will have an understanding of the following content areas: structure/function of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; protein structure, function and purification; basic enzymology; replication, transcription and translation; intermediary metabolism including glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis. Students will also develop an appreciation for some of the contributions that have been made by biochemistry to society, including improvements to medicine, agriculture, and the economy.

BCHM 561 – General Biochemistry

This course provides upper-division undergraduate and graduate students with basic understanding of biochemical and structural properties of amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. This course allows students to connect the relationship between structure and function of biomolecules. In addition, students learn to understand enzyme properties, enzyme mechanism of action, and enzyme regulation.

CHE 330 – Principles of Molecular Engineering

Application of concepts of atomic and molecular bonding, solid microstructure, phase equilibria, and rate processes to the design of solid materials for specific engineering objectives.

CHE 411 – Chemical Engineering Science Research Problems

Experience in chemical engineering science research or development; either directed or independent work that can be experimental or theoretical. Permission of instructor required.

CHE 412 – Chemical Engineering Design Research Problems

Experience in chemical engineering design research or development; either directed or independent work that can be experimental or theoretical. Permission of instructor required.

CHE 442 – Chemistry and Engineering of High Polymers

Introduction to basic principles of polymer engineering, including the chemical structure and use of a variety of industrial polymers, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, techniques for molecular and morphological characterization, polymer processing, and a variety of engineering properties.

CHE 461 – Biomedical Engineering

An introduction to the field of biomedical engineering, with particular stress on the chemical engineer’s role.

CHE 463 – Applications of Chemical Engineering Principles

Team-based design projects in materials transport, heat transfer, mass transfer, separations, chemical reactors. Emphasis on team operation and decision-making. Consideration of current technical challenges, societal and economic issues.

CHE 498 – Undergraduate Thesis Research I

Individual research projects for students completing a non-honors undergraduate thesis. Requires prior approval of, and arrangement with, a faculty research advisor. Permission of instructor required.

CHM 224 – Introductory Quantitative Analysis

Introduction to titrimetric, gravimetric, and instrumental methods of analysis; principles of separation processes, including chromatography; recognition and evaluation of possible sources of error.

CHM 241 – Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

Descriptive inorganic chemistry dealing in a systematic way with the elements and the structures, properties, and reactions of their compounds.

CHM 321 – Analytical Chemistry I

Quantitative measurements on complex chemical systems that show matrix effects or require isolation of a component prior to its determination; general approaches to quantitative problems at the trace level; critical comparisons of competitive procedures with emphasis on principles of separation processes, including chromatography; recognition and evaluation of possible sources of error; approaches for optimizing conditions so as to minimize time and/or effort required to attain prescribed levels of accuracy and precision.

CHM 333 – Principles of Biochemistry

Structure and function of biologically important molecules. Intended for students in life sciences.

CHM 342 – Inorganic Chemistry

Interpretation and correlation of the reactions and properties of inorganic compounds in terms of their electronic and molecular structures. A survey of the preparations and reactivities of important compounds of the representative elements, with an emphasis on group trends. The elementary chemistry of the transition metals, including magnetic and spectral properties of coordination compounds.

CHM 424 – Analytical Chemistry II

Principles and application of optical and electrical methods of chemical analysis, including topics in instrumentation.

MA 301 – Introduction to Proof Through Real Analysis

An introduction to abstract reasoning in the context of real analysis. Topics may include axioms for the real numbers, mathematical induction, formal definition of limits, density, decimal representations, convergence of sequences and series, continuity, differentiability, the extreme value, mean value and intermediate value theorems, and cardinality. The emphasis, however, is more on the concept of proof than on any one given topic.

MA 353 – Linear Algebra II with Applications

Factoring matrices, orthogonal projections (with application to least squares estimation), diagonalization and Jordan canonical form (with applications to Markov chains and systems of differential equations), Hermitian matrices, convexity (with application to linear programming). Emphasis on problem solving and applications from science, engineering, economics, or business.

MA 362 – Topics in Vector Calculus

Multivariate calculus; partial differentiation; implicit function theorems and transformations; line and surface integrals; vector fields; theorems of Gauss, Green, and Stokes.

CHE 201 Cooperative Seminar I

Lectures by faculty and students on subjects that relate the academic work and the industrial experience. Written reports on the industrial experience are required and will include a documentation of the student’s success in finding application of specified academic activities. For students returning from the first and second work periods.

CHE 301 Cooperative Seminar II

Continuation of CHE 201. For students returning from the third and fourth work periods.

CHE 401 Cooperative Seminar III

Continuation of CHE 301. For senior students returning from the last work period.