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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL AND
BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING
 
Chair: Srinivas Palanki (251) 460-6160
Professors: Harrison, Palanki, Sylvester
Assistant Professors: Glover, Leavesley, West, Wheeler
Professor Emeritus: Rodriguez
 
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/engineering/chemical/
 
Chemical Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology and other natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop economical ways of using material and energy for the benefit of mankind. The program required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering provides fundamental instruction in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. This education prepares the graduate to seek employment in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare, microelectronics, polymers, energy and environmental industries. In addition, the graduate is adequately prepared to pursue graduate school.
Chemical engineering students are required to take the Chemical Engineering discipline specific Fundamentals of Engineering examination of Alabama or another state prior to graduation. All electives must be approved by the student’s advisor. Degree requirements include a minimum of 18 semester hours of approved electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Satisfactory completion of the 130 hour program outlined below leads to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree, which are covered in the Bulletin under College of Engineering.
 
Program Educational Objectives
The Department's undergraduate chemical engineering program prepares students to achieve the following educational objectives within 3-5 years of graduation:
 
1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in traditional and non-traditional chemical industries or related fields.
2. Contribute to achievement of organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional development.
 
Student Outcomes
Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of South Alabama will have:
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  1. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  1. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability in chemical engineering
  1. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems
  1. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  1. an ability to communicate effectively
  1. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  1. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  1. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  1. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  1. a working knowledge of chemical process safety and hazards associated with chemical processes.
 
The Bachelor of Science program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
FIRST YEAR
Fall     Spring    
EH 101
3
  EH 102
3
 
MA 125
4
  MA 126
4
 
EG 101
2
  CH 132
4
 
CH 131
4
  PH 201
4
 
BLY 121
4
  Gen Ed
3
 
 
17
   
18
 
           
SECOND YEAR
Fall     Spring    
MA 227
4
  MA 238
3
 
CH 201
4
  Chemistry Elective
4
 
PH 202
4
  Tech Elective I
3
 
      (Chem/Bio)    
CHE 203
4
  EG 270
3
 
Gen Ed
3
  Gen Ed
3
 
 
19
   
16
 
           
THIRD YEAR
Fall     Spring    
CHE 321
3
  CHE 311
3
 
CHE 331
3
  CHE 322
3
 
CHE 342
3
  CHE 332
3
 
CHE 351
1
  CHE 352
1
 
EG 231
3
  CHE 372
3
 
Tech Elective II
3
  Gen Ed
3
 
 
16
   
16
 
           
FOURTH YEAR
Fall     Spring    
CHE Elective I
3
  CHE Elective II
3
 
CHE 421
3
 
CHE 452
3
CHE 441
2
  CHE 462
3
 
CHE 442
2
  Gen Ed
3
 
CHE 461
3
  Gen Ed
3
 
 
13
   
15
 
 
   
 
 
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
With the ever-increasing pace of technological development in society, new opportunities are becoming available that require chemical engineering graduates with increased levels of specialization. The Department offers a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering that blends scholarship and research with advanced coursework to provide excellent training for students to pursue careers in the chemical industry. Graduate students have opportunities to undertake cutting-edge research with faculty for both thesis and project work. In addition, a course work-only program is also offered by the department for those who intend to further their professional development while pursuing a graduate degree. Students with a bachelor's degree in a major other than chemical engineering can qualify for admission by taking a prescribed series of undergraduate courses.
 
ADMISSION TO THE MSChE PROGRAM
The following criteria supplement the College of Engineering admission criteria (see ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAMS):
1.     Regular Admission Requirements
a)
A bachelors degree in chemical engineering.
b)
  A grade-point average of 3.0 or greater (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.
c)
  A minimum score of 150 in the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
2.     Provisional Admission Requirements
a)
A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.
b)
  A minimum score of 150 in the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
c)
A bachelors degree in chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering.
 
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR MSChE
The minimum credit hour requirements for the different options pertaining to the MSChE degree are:
Thesis Option 30 credit hours    
Project Option 30 credit hours    
Course Option 34 credit hours    
 
Thesis Option: 30 credit hours
Year 1: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 520
4
  CHE 525
4
 
  EG 501
1
  CHE 592
4
 
  Elective
3
   
 
 
 
Year 2: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 510
4
  CHE 551
4
 
  CHE 599
3
  CHE 599 3  
             
 
Project Option: 30 credit hours
Year 1: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 520
4
  CHE 525
4
 
  EG 501
1
  CHE 592
3
 
  Elective
3
       
             
             
Year 2: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 510
3
  CHE 551 4  
  Elective
3
  CHE 594
4
 
             
             
Course Work Option: 34 credit hours
Year 1: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 520
4
  CHE 525
4
 
  Elective
3
  Elective
3
 
             
  Summer Semester          
  Elective
3
       
  Elective
3
       
             
Year 2: Fall Semester     Spring Semester    
  CHE 510
4
  CHE 551
4
 
  Elective
3
  Elective
3
 
             
 
 
 

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