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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering, BS


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Program Requirements


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Chemical Engineering students select one of several emphasis areas (such as energy studies or environmental engineering), a concentration in Biomolecular Engineering (to prepare them for medical school or a career in biotechnology), or any approved minor.

Chemical engineering is based on chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. The curriculum at Clemson includes classroom and laboratory instruction and emphasizes broadly applicable fundamental principles and current technology to prepare graduates for professional practice and professional growth. The Educational Objective of the BS degree program is for graduates to have careers characterized by:

  • success in chemical engineering practice, postgraduate education, or other areas making use of engineering skills, as defined by accomplishments and/or job satisfaction;
  • demonstrated success in the design of chemical processes and/or identification, formulation, and solution of chemical engineering problems;
  • ethical behavior in all endeavors;
  • demonstrated effectiveness in teamwork, communication, and service to society through professional contributions;
  • demonstrated technical and/or managerial leadership; and
  • demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning.

Chemical engineers are involved in the research, manufacture, sales, and use of commodity and specialty chemicals, fuels, pharmaceuticals, electronic components, synthetic fibers and textiles, food and consumer goods, and many other products. They work on environmental pollution prevention and remediation and apply engineering science to solve medical and health-related problems.

Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science

Qualified students can reduce the time to earn a Master’s Degree by applying graduate credits to both the Bachelor’s and Master’s program requirements. Undergraduate Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering students who have earned a grade-point average of 3.4 or above and completed 90 credit hours can begin work toward a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering or a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science by selecting approved graduate courses for their emphasis area. Details are available in the ChBE Undergraduate Handbook, which can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/chbe/

Major Requirements


Freshman Year


First Semester


Please see the First Semester Freshman Curriculum under the General Engineering Program  description.

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 17

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 17

Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year


Senior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 17

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Total Semester Hours: 131


1 See Policy on Humanities and Social Sciences for Engineering Curricula. Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.

2 See advisor for details. Nine credit hours devoted to completion of an emphasis area or approved minor are required. Emphasis Area courses may not be used to satisfy other degree requirements. Select from the following Emphasis Areas:

Applied Engineering, Mathematics and Science Emphasis Area-Select from the following lists. At least one course must be selected from the Engineering courses list.

Engineering Courses-CHE 4010 , CHE 4140 , CE 2010 , IE 3600 , IE 3610 , IE 4620 , ME 2040  

Mathematics Courses-MATH 4340  or MATH 4500  

Science Courses-CH 3130 , CH 4020 , CH 4110 , CH 4130 , CH 4210 , CH 4270 , CH 4350 , PHYS 2220 , PHYS 4200 , PHYS 4320 , PHYS 4410 , PHYS 4450  

Biolmolecular Science and Engineering Emphasis Area-Select from the following lists. At least one course must be selected from the Engineering courses list and Science courses list.

Engineering Courses-BE 4280 BIOE 3020 , BIOE 4010 , BIOE 4020 , BIOE 4400 , BIOE 4480 , BIOE 4490 , BMOL 4260 , BMOL 4270  

Science Courses-BCHM 3050 , BCHM 4060 , BCHM 4310 , BCHM 4330 , BCHM 4360 , BIOL 4340 , CH 3600 , CH 4040 , CH 4140 , CH 4250 , GEN 4400 , MICR 3050 , MICR 4070 , MICR 4130 , PHYS 4170  

Business Management Emphasis Area-MGT 2010  is required. Select two additional courses from ACCT 2010 ECON 3060 , ECON 3100 , ECON 3210 , ELE 3010 , ELE 4000 , ELE 4010 , MGT 3900 , MGT 4110 , MGT 4230 , MKT 3140  

Energy Studies Emphasis Area-Select from AGRB 4570 , BE 4400 , CE 4370 , CE 4400 , CE 4430 , CE 4910 , CHE 4140 , CHE 4150 , ECE 4200 , ECE 4570 , ECE 4610 , ECE 4710 , ECON 4570 , EES 3100 , EES 4100 , EES 4120 , GEOL 4090 , ME 4200 , ME 4220 , ME 4260 , ME 4570  

Environmental Engineering and Science Emphasis Area-Select two engineering courses and one science or policy course from the following lists:

Engineering Courses-BE 4240 , BE 4400 , BMOL 4030 CHE 4010 , CHE 4140 , CHE 4150 , EES 4010 , EES 4020 , EES 4100 , EES 4110 , EES 4300 , EES 4800 , EES 4850 , EES 4860 , ETOX 4210 , ETOX 4460  

Science/Policy Courses-CH 4110 , CH 4130 , ENR 3120 , ENSP 4000 , PHYS 2450 , PHYS 4200  

Polymeric Materials Emphasis Area-Select from BIOE 3020 , CH 4510 , CHE 4120 , CHE 4130 , CHE 4450 , MSE 4150 , MSE 4610 , PKSC 4160 . Students may not use both CHE 4120  and MSE 4150  to satisfy this requirement.

Note: No student may exceed a maximum of two attempts, including a W, to complete successfully any CHE course.

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