University Bulletin 2022-23

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Staff (251) 460-6160
Chair F. Carl Knopf
Professors Glover, Knopf, Leavesley, West
Associate Professors Wheeler
Assistant Professors Dennis, Rabideau, Walker

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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 the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare, microelectronics, polymers, energy and environmental industries. In addition, the graduate is well-prepared to pursue graduate school.

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 126 hour program outlined below leads to the degree of 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 the College of Engineering.

BSChE Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering’s undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gained through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the chemical engineering profession and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.
  2. Incorporated economic environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, safety, and sustainability considerations into the practice of chemical engineering.
  3. Exhibited effective communication skills, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior.
  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

BSChE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the BSChE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes: 

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

The BSChE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

BSChE Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's (ABM) Degree Option

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering allows well-qualified undergraduates in the program to follow an “Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s” study plan.  This plan permits up to six credit hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the Bachelor’s (as Technical Electives) and the Master’s degrees, so that the Master’s degree is earned faster than usual.  (The coursework concerned must individually satisfy the requirements of both degrees.)  See a departmental advisor for specific details.

BSChE Departmental Honors Designation

To receive a designation of “Departmental Honors,” students must:

  1. successfully complete 4 to 6 credit hours of Honors Senior Project in Chemical Engineering (CHE 499).
  2. have at least a 3.50 GPA at the time of graduation.
  3. have both submitted a written report and made an oral presentation of the Honors Senior Project in keeping with the expectations of the Honors College ( .

See a departmental advisor for specific details.



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Faculty Listing

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty
Dennis, Grayson P. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Assistant Professor BS, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Glover, Thomas G. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Vanderbilt University
Knopf, Frederick C. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BSCHE, Ohio State U-Main Campus
MS, Ohio State U-Main Campus
PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus
Leavesley, Silas J. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, Florida State University
PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus
Rabideau, Brooks D. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Assistant Professor BS, Northwestern University
PHD, University of Texas- Austin
Usher, John M. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, University of Florida
MS, Louisiana State University
MS, Louisiana State University
PHD, Louisiana State University
Walker, Sean Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Assistant Professor MAS, Univ of Waterloo
BAS, Univ of Waterloo
PHD, Univ of Waterloo
West, Christy W. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Associate Professor BS, University of Alabama
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
West, Kevin N. Chemical-Biomolecular Eng Professor BS, University of Virginia
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main