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Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in life science engineering

Special requirements

Students must receive a grade of C in all engineering courses in order to graduate. Grades of C or better in the two introductory courses, CLSE 201 and CLSE 202, are required before students may take additional CLSE courses. However, after the two introductory courses, students are allowed to continue with one D grade in any CLSE course. They must retake that course in order to graduate, but may continue taking other CLSE courses. Students are not allowed to continue with two grades of D in CLSE courses before retaking at least one of those courses with a minimum grade of C.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Life Science Engineering, and includes a chemical engineering concentration and a life science engineering concentration. Each student must choose the desired concentration upon initial registration.

Degree requirements for Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in life science engineering

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. Gain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Communicate effectively.
  8. Complete the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
  10. Gain knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. Understand hazards associated with chemical, physical and/or biological processes.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
General Education requirements (10 credits)  
PHYS 207 University Physics I 5
PHYS 208 University Physics II 5
Collateral requirements (45 credits)  
BIOC/CHEM 403 Biochemistry 3
BIOL 151 Introduction to Biological Science I 3
BIOL 152 Introduction to Biological Science II 3
BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II 1
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 102 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEZ 302 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
ECON 205 The Economics of Product Development and Markets 3
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
MATH 301 Differential Equations 3
MATH 307 Multivariate Calculus 4
STAT 541 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 3
Major requirements (50 credits)  
CLSE 101 Introduction to Engineering 3
CLSE 115 Introduction to Programming for Chemical and Life Science Engineering 4
CLSE 201 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals I: Material Balances 4
CLSE 202 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals II: Energy Balances and Engineering Thermodynamics 4
CLSE 301 Transport Phenomena I 3
CLSE 302 Transport Phenomena II 3
CLSE 305 Thermodynamics of Phase Equilibria and Chemical Reactions 3
CLSE 312 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
CLSE 320 Instrumentation Laboratory 2
CLSE 402 Senior Design Studio I (Laboratory/Project Time) 2
CLSE 403 Senior Design Studio II (Laboratory/Project Time) 2
CLSE 409 Process Control in Chemical and Life Science Engineering 3
CLSE 440 Unit Operations Laboratory 2
ENGR 402 Senior Design Studio (Seminar) 1
ENGR 403 Senior Design Studio (Seminar) 1
ENGR 410 Review of Internship 1
Engineering elective (300+ level) 9
Total 127

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