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. 

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 undergraduate Chemical Engineering program at Miami University is focused on the integration of engineering science, process design and a global liberal education, with concentrations in biochemical, environmental and paper engineering. Based on the needs of our constituents, we expect our graduates to attain the following within a few years of graduation:

  • the demonstrated technical knowledge, skills and expertise of chemical engineering required to provide practical  and economically viable solutions in their chosen profession.
  • the organizational, leadership, and general communication skills to successfully lead interdisciplinary teams.
  • higher-level cognitive skills and critical thinking to analyze complex problems and develop robust solutions.
  • professional development through lifelong learning, and successful adaptation to the ever changing societal environment and evolving technologies within their chosen profession.
  • sound ethical judgement in decision making, leadership roles, and matters of  health, safety and serving the needs of society.

Student Outcomes

These student outcomes prepare our graduates to attain the program educational objectives listed above, and should be attained by students by the time they graduate.

  1. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  2. 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. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  4. Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. 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. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 
  7. Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

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.

Divisional Policy

DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.

Grade Requirements

You must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses: MTH 151CHM 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

(The Chemical Engineering major requires the following courses; additional hours to meet the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education are also required.)

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
Select the following:
CHM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
or CHM 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors
CHM 332
Outlines of Biochemistry
and Outlines of Biochemistry Lab
or CHM 363 Analytical Chemistry
or CHM 375 Analytical Chemistry for Majors
or CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
or CHM 471 Biophysical Chemistry I
ENG 313Technical Writing3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 245Differential Equations for Engineers3-4
or MTH 246 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations for Engineers
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
STA 301Applied Statistics3-4
or STA 261 Statistics
or ECE 345 Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers
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 and Mechanics of Materials3
or MME 211 Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems
Chemical Engineering Courses
CPB 204Mass and Energy Balances I2
CPB 202Pulp and Paper Physics3
or MME 223 Engineering Materials
or CPB 419 Biomaterials
CPB 205Mass and Energy Balances II2
CPB 311Unit Operations Laboratory I2
CPB 318Transport Phenomena I4
CPB 324Chemical and Bio- Engineering Computation and Statistics3
or CSE 271 Object-Oriented Programming
CPB 412Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CPB 414Mass Transfer and Unit Operations3
CPB 415Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CPB 451Unit Operations Laboratory II2
CPB 471Engineering Design I2
CPB 472Engineering Design II2
CPB 473Chemical Process Design3
CPB 482Process Control3
CPB 483Chemical Process Safety1
Technical Electives
Select 9 or more credit hours of the following courses:9
Principles of Paper Science and Engineering
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Pulp and Paper Chemistry
Fundamentals of Medical Device Design
Biochemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering
Industrial Environmental Control
Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management
Air Pollution Control
Special Topics in Paper and Chemical Engineering
Electric Circuit Analysis I