Chemical Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering, 64 Engineering Building, 513-529-0760.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Chemical engineering encompasses the analysis, design, and synthesis of products and processes in a variety of areas, such as chemical and petrochemical processes, pharmaceuticals, environmental processes, biotechnology/bioengineering, and pulp and paper processes. The field of chemical engineering requires the ability to understand and apply math and science, to research concepts and apply modeling methods, and to simulate and test working conditions and their impact on the designed systems.

The chemical engineer of the 21st century must be able to think critically in broader contexts because problems in contemporary society are not only technical but also social and economic in nature. This program provides the student with a broad chemical engineering education enhanced by courses in manufacturing engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, economics, humanities, social science, global perspectives, and liberal arts.

Graduates have the opportunity to work in a diverse spectrum of professional fields. These vary from research to design, from development to manufacturing, and from technical sales to production. Chemical engineers work in manufacturing-related areas as well as in non-technical sectors of the economy such as business, law, and management. Graduates will also be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level.

Within the chemical engineering curriculum, students choose among the following concentrations: biochemical engineering, environmental engineering, paper science and engineering, or general chemical engineering. A partial list of industries that employ chemical engineers includes biotechnology and biomedicine, electronics, food processing, environmental protection, paper, petroleum refining, and synthetic fibers.

Merit scholarships provided by the industry-supported Miami University Paper Science and Engineering Foundation enable those students with good academic records who choose the paper science and engineering option within chemical engineering to receive partial tuition to as much as full in-state tuition costs (tuition, fees, room and board). Out-of-state students may be eligible for an additional award of $2,000 per year.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the program are:

  • The graduate will have and apply the technical knowledge, skills, and expertise required of a process engineer to achieve practical solutions to problems in the chemical industry or for a company allied to the chemical industry. The graduate will serve the needs of biochemical, environmental, and paper industries.
  • The graduate will have organizational, leadership, and general communication skills needed by professionals at the entry-level and beyond.
  • The graduate will have the key personal attributes desirable in an engineer and use these attributes to learn and develop.
  • The graduate will have life-long learning skills, which will allow successful adaptation to the changing environment and evolving technologies throughout their professional career.
  • The graduate will have sound grounding in engineering, sciences, and liberal education, which will facilitate successful pursuit of graduate studies in engineering or other professional degrees, such as business, law and medicine.

Student Outcomes

These student outcomes prepare our graduates to attain the program educational objectives listed above.

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to 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. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Credit/No-Credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, EGM, MME, CEC) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Grade Requirements

You must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses:  CHM 142, CPB 204, and PHY 191.

Transfer Credit Policy

To obtain transfer credit for any 300- or 400-level chemical, paper and biomedical engineering course, you must first receive written departmental approval before enrolling in that course at another college or university. Transfer credit may be obtained for only one engineering course in the series CPB 204, CPB 313, CPB 314, CPB 403/CPB 503, and CPB 414/CPB 514. Contact the department if transferring into this program.

Program Requirements

(134 - 145 semester hours)

Core Requirements
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:6
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors
and Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors
CHM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 451/CHM 551Physical Chemistry for Chemistry Majors3
ENG 313Technical Writing3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 245Differential Equations for Engineers3
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
STA 301Applied Statistics3
or STA 261 Statistics
Engineering Science
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
CPB 102Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering (or equivalent)3
CPB/MME 314Engineering Thermodynamics3
CPB/MME 341Engineering Economics3
CPB 219Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials3-4
or MME 211 Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems
Chemical Engineering Courses
CPB 204Material and Energy Balances3
CPB 311Unit Operations Laboratory I2
CPB/MME 313Fluid Mechanics3
CPB 324Chemical and Bio- Engineering Computation and Statistics3
CPB/MME 403Heat Transfer3
CPB 412/CPB 512Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CPB 414/CPB 514Mass Transfer3
CPB 415/CPB 515Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CPB 451/CPB 551Unit Operations Laboratory II2
CPB 471Engineering Design I2
CPB 472Engineering Design II2
CPB 473/CPB 573Chemical Process Design3
CPB 482/CPB 582Process Control3
CPB 483/CPB 583Chemical Process Safety1
Technical Electives
Complete a technical specialty12-16
Total Credit Hours110-116

Technical Specialties

Paper Science

CPB 201Principles of Paper Science and Engineering3
CPB 202Pulp and Paper Physics3
CPB 301Pulp and Paper Chemistry3
CPB 404Papermaking3
CPB 490/CPB 590Special Topics in Paper and Chemical Engineering1
Total Credit Hours13

Biochemical Engineering

CHM 332Outlines of Biochemistry4
or CHM 432/CHM 532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Select one of the following:3
Biophysical Chemistry II
CPB 416/CPB 516Biochemical Engineering3
CPB 417/CPB 517Biomedical Engineering3
MME 223Engineering Materials3
or CPB 202 Pulp and Paper Physics
Total Credit Hours16

Environmental Engineering

MME 223Engineering Materials3
or CPB 202 Pulp and Paper Physics
CPB 405/CPB 505Industrial Environmental Control3
CPB 441/CPB 541Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management3
CPB 442/CPB 542Air Pollution Control3
Total Credit Hours12

General Chemical Engineering

MME 223Engineering Materials3
or CPB 202 Pulp and Paper Physics
Select 3 courses in CPB of which at least 2 must be at 400 level9-12
Total Credit Hours12-15