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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (CHE)
 
CHE 101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1 cr
Introduction to Chemical Engineering as a profession. Topics covered include: careers in chemical engineering, education of chemical engineers and ethics in engineering. Fee.
 
CHE 102 Computer-Aided Design in Chemical Engineering 3 cr
Introduction to the use of computer software for the analysis and design of chemical engineering systems. Fee.
 
CHE 190 Special Topics 1-5 cr
Topics of current chemical engineering interest. Fee.
 
CHE 201 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals I 3 cr
Formulation of material balances and relations involving real gases, vapors, liquids, and solids. Prerequisite: CH 132. Corequisite: MA 126. Fee.
 
CHE 202 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals II 3 cr
Formulation of energy balance and combined material and energy balances for steady-state processes. Prerequisite: CHE 201. Corequisite: BLY 121. Fee.
 
CHE 232 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I 3 cr
Applications of the First and Second Law. Estimation of fluid properties and heat effects. Thermodynamic analysis of meters, throttles, nozzles, and compressors. Prerequisites: PH 201, MA 227, CHE 201. Fee.
 
CHE 290 Special Topics 1-5 cr
Topics of current chemical engineering interest. Fee.
 
CHE 301 CHE Calculations III 3 cr
Material and energy balance process calculations emphasizing applied statistics utilizing computer programming concepts, spreadsheets, and modern mathematical computer tools. Prerequisite: CHE 202. Fee.
 
CHE 311 Equilibrium Stage Operations 3 cr
Applications of material balances and equilibrium relations to equilibrium stage design. Design of single stages and cascades for absorption, stripping, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, and bioseparations. Prerequisites: CHE 202 and MA 227. Fee.
 
CHE 321 Unit Operations I 3 cr
Fundamentals of momentum transfer with applications in fluid flow through pipes and process equipment. Prerequisites: MA 238, EG 270, and CHE 202. Fee.
 
CHE 322 Unit Operations II 3 cr
Fundamentals of conductive, convective, and radiative modes of heat transfer with applications in the design of heat exchanges. Prerequisite: CHE 321. Fee.
 
CHE 331 Thermophysical Property Estimation 3 cr
This course introduces the fundamentals of thermophysical property estimation and modeling of non-ideal pure and multicomponent fluid systems, including an introduction to multicomponent vapor/liquid equilibria. Prerequisites: EG 270, CH 201, CHE 202 and MA 238. Fee.
 
CHE 332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II 3 cr
This class is an advanced thermodynamics course that uses a molecular level viewpoint to introduce students to applications of thermodynamics principles to complex chemical engineering problems including multicomponent, non-ideal fluid phase equilibria (VLE, VLLE, SLE), and chemical reaction equilibria. The concepts of chemical potential, fugacity, partial molar and excess properties as well as complex activity coefficient models are introduced to solve these problems. Prerequisites: CHE 331 and CH 265. Fee.
 
CHE 342 Engineering Communication (W) 3 cr
Formal and informal reports, oral presentations, and visual aids. Prerequisites: EH 101, EH 102, CHE 321. Fee.
 
CHE 372 Chemical Reactor Design 3 cr
The application of reaction, enzyme, and cellular growth kinetics and materials mixing patterns to chemical and bio reactor analysis and design. Analysis of reactors with multiple reactions, as well as multi-reactor configurations and reactor optimization. Corequisites: CHE 322 and CHE 332. Fee.
 
CHE 390 Special Topics 1-5 cr
Topics of current chemical engineering interest. Fee.
 
CHE 403 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3 cr
Survey of bioinorganic chemistry appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students. The approach will be molecular and chemical in nature with a focus on the study of the non-carbon elements, especially the transition metals, as related to biological activity. Cross listed with CH 503. Prerequisite: CH 201. Fee.
     
CHE 421 Unit Operations III 3 cr
Fundamentals of mass transfer. Mass, energy, and momentum transfer analogies. Design of mass transfer equipment. Prerequisites: CHE 311 and CHE 322. Fee.
 
CHE 441 Chemical Engineering Operations Laboratory I (W) 2 cr
Laboratory studies of the unit operations of chemical engineering with emphasis on momentum and heat transfer. Prerequisites: CHE 322, CHE 342. Fee.
 
CHE 442

Chemical Engineering Operations Laboratory II (W)

2 cr
Laboratory studies of the unit operations of chemical engineering with emphasis on stagewise and differential contactors. Prerequisites: CHE 342, CHE 421. Fee.
     
CHE 451 Process Models 3 cr
Mathematical modeling, simulation, and dynamics of chemical process systems for design and analysis. Prerequisite: CHE 322. Fee.
 
CHE 452 Process Dynamics and Control 3 cr
Mathematical modeling, simulation and dynamics of chemical process systems, Feedback and Feed-forward control of chemical processes. Specification of control loops. Selection and tuning of controller modes. Prerequisite: CHE 372. Fee.
 
CHE 461 Introduction to Process Design 3 cr
Engineering economics and elements of process design, including energy and material balances, manufacturing and product cost. Unit operation equipment sizing, and cost. Prerequisites: EG 231, CHE 332, CHE 342, CHE 372. Fee.
 
CHE 462 Process Design II 3 cr
Selection, design and specification of principal chemical processes. This course is considered a "senior capstone design". Prerequisite: CHE 461. Corequisite: CHE 452. Fee.
 
CHE 463 Simulation of Chemical Processes 3 cr
In this course, students utilize modern software tools, such as Aspen Plus, to model steady state chemical processes. Simulation topics include physical property selection, flowsheet generation, separations and reactors. This course is considered a "senior capstone design". Prerequisites: CHE 311, CHE 332, and CHE 372. Fee.
 
CHE 490

Special Topics

1-3 cr
Topics of current chemical engineering interest. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair or department approval. Fee.
 
CHE 494 Directed Independent Study 1-3 cr
Directed study, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, of a topic from the field of chemical engineering, not offered in a regularly scheduled course. A written report is required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and minimum GPA of 3.00 for admission or departmental approval. Fee.
 
CHE 499 Senior Honors Project (H) 1-6 cr
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project, relevant to the field of chemical engineering. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition. A minimum of 4 credit hours is required but students may enroll for a maximum of 6 credit hours over two semesters. Prerequisites: CHE 332, CHE 322 and completion of an approved project prospectus.
 
CHE 503 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3 cr
Survey of bioinorganic chemistry appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students. The approach will be molecular and chemical in nature with a focus on the study of the non-carbon elements, especially the transition metals, as related to biological activity. Cross listed with CH 403. Fee.
     
CHE 510 Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems 3 cr
Advanced classical and molecular thermodynamics as applied to non-ideal multicomponent phase and reaction equilibria for chemical engineering applications. An introduction to statistical thermodynamics will also be given. Fee.
 
CHE 520 Transport Phenomena I 3 cr
Unified treatment of momentum, energy and mass transport. Emphasis on steady and unsteady state macroscopic processes. Fee.
 
CHE 521 Transport Phenomena II 3 cr
Unified treatment of momentum, energy and mass transport. Emphasis on steady and unsteady state microscopic processes. Fee.
 
CHE 525 Chemical Reactor Analysis 3 cr
Single and multiple chemical reactions and reactor systems. Reactor characterization and design. CHE 525.801 is fully online and offered via Internet only. For specific course information and additional registration requirements, contact http://usaonline.southalabama.edu. Fee.
 
CHE 530 Synthetic Fuels 3 cr
Fundamentals of gasification and liquefaction concepts applied to fossil fuels and biomass conversion. Fee.
 
CHE 540 Distillation 3 cr
Analysis and design of separation units for multicomponent nonideal systems. Fee.
 

CHE 550

Chemical Process Control 3 cr
Sampled-data algorithms, feedback, feedforward, deadtime compensation, advanced control schemes applied to chemical engineering processes. Fee.
 

CHE 551

Advanced Chemical Engineering Modeling 3 cr
Advanced mathematical modeling of chemical process systems for design and analysis. Fee.
 
CHE 560 Mixing and Agitation 3 cr
Analysis and design of single-phase and multiple-phase mixing units. Fee.
 
CHE 563 Simulation of Chemical Processes 3 cr
In this course, students utilize modern software tools, such as Aspen Plus, to model steady state chemical processes. Simulation topics include physical property selection, flowsheet generation, separations and reactors. Fee.
 
CHE 570 Separation Processes 3 cr
Analysis and design of separation processes. Topics include molecular diffusion and convective mass transfer with applications in the chemical, petroleum and pharmaceutical industries. Fee.
 
CHE 575 Chemical Process Synthesis and Optimization 3 cr
Use of analysis, synthesis, and optimization in process development. Fee.
 
CHE 580 Chemical Process Safety and Design 3 cr
Fundamental principles of chemical process safety, fires and explosions and design for the mitigation of associated hazards. Fee.
 
CHE 590 Special Topics 3 cr
Topics of current chemical engineering interest. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair or departmental approval. Fee.
 
CHE 592 Directed Independent Study 1-3 cr
Directed study, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, of a topic from the field of chemical engineering not offered in a regularly scheduled course. A written report is required. Prerequisites: Consent of the department chair and overall GPA of 2.5 for admission or departmental approval. Fee.
 
CHE 594 Project in Chemical Engineering 3 cr
Approved investigation of original problems under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Approved prospectus. Fee.
 
CHE 599 Thesis 1-6 cr
May be taken more than once. Only 6 hours may be applied for credit toward a degree. Prerequisite: Approved prospectus. Fee.
 
 

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