Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Major Requirements

To receive a B.S. in chemical engineering, students must complete 187* units for graduation, which includes 48* units of general education (G.E.) requirements of their colleges and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET requirements in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, Effective, Fall 2014, the balance consists of basic sciences (fifty-four units), chemistry core (twelve units), chemical engineering core (thirty-two units), process laboratory and design (sixteen units), general engineering (twelve units), and an area of specialization (twelve units). Beyond the fifty-four units of basic sciences, the science and engineering courses total to eighty-five units. A one-unit introductory seminar (CENG 1 or 4) is required of all incoming freshmen and transfer students.

The organization is shown in the chart below. Course descriptions can be found here.

* The 187 units for graduation and 48 units of G.E. requirements are shown for Warren College students as an example to fulfill the general education requirements.  Students in other colleges need to adjust the plan to match their own college requirements.


Effective Fall 2014:

Basic sciences (fifty-four units):
This lower-division requirement includes twenty-four units of mathematics (MATH 18 (formerly MATH 20F) and 20A-E), fourteen units of physics (PHYS 2A-C, 2CL), and sixteen units of chemistry (CHEM 6A-C, 7L).

Chemistry core (twelve units):Three advanced chemistry electives must be selected from among CHEM 130, 131, 132, 140A*, 140B*, 114A (or BIBC 100), 114B (or BIBC 102), 120A, 120B, or 143A*. (Note: Students may not receive credit for both BIBC 100 and CHEM 114A, or BIBC 102 and CHEM 114B).​​​​​​

*Effective Fall 2017 the following courses were reclassified and renumbered as follows: CHEM 140A is CHEM 40A: Organic Chemistry I (4 units), CHEM 140B is CHEM 40B: Organic Chemistry II (4 units), and CHEM 143A is CHEM 43A: Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4 units).

Chemical engineering core (thirty-two units): 
This requirement covers chemical process modeling, solution thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, process control, and unit operations (CENG 100, 101 A–C, 102, 113, 120, 122).

Process laboratory and design (sixteen units):
This requirement is crucial to fulfilling the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET design content (CENG 124 A-B, 176 A-B),

General engineering (twelve units):
This requirement covers basics in computer programming, probability and statistics, and instrumentation. The computer programming requirement can be satisfied with a course in Matlab (CENG 15). Probability and statistics can be satisfied with CENG 114*. Instrumentation is satisfied with MAE 170.

*Effective Winter 2015 for students who want to switch to the new curriculum: If you have not taken ECE 109 or any of its equivalents (before SP15*), you must take CENG 114. There will be no equivalents for CENG 114. Students should not take CENG 114 if they have completed ECE 109 or an equivalent before SP15*.) CENG 114 will not count as a TE. Students who are enrolled in ECE 109 or an equivalent course (not CENG 114) in WI15 (or prior to WI15) must fill out a petition requesting to use ECE 109 or the equivalent course instead of CENG 114.  

Electives in an area of specialization (twelve units):
Electives are intended to broaden and enhance professional goals. They may be chosen to achieve either breadth or depth in one’s education. All electives must be upper-division courses in engineering. Suggestions are listed here.