Chemical Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

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

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET, 111 Market Pl., Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202,

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 concentrations including biochemical engineering, environmental engineering, and paper science and 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.

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 major 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

A. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

B. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

C. 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.

D. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

E. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

F. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

G. An ability to communicate effectively.

H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

I. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

J. Knowledge of contemporary issues.

K. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Credit/No-Credit Policy

All required engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English courses should be taken for a grade.

Grade Requirements

You must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses: CHM 142, CPE 204, and PHY 181.

Transfer Credit Policy

To obtain transfer credit for any 300- or 400-level chemical and paper 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 CPE 204, CPE 313, CPE 314, CPE 403, and CPE 414. Contact the department if transferring into this program.

Program Requirements: Chemical Engineering

Core Requirements (46 hours):

CHM 141,144 College Chemistry and Lab (5) (MPF IVB LAB)

CHM 142,145 College Chemistry and Lab (5)

CHM 241, 242 Organic Chemistry (3,3) or

CHM 251, 252 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors (3, 3)

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

CHM 451 Physical Chemistry (3)

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3) (MPF IIC)

ENG 313 Technical Writing (3)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) (MPF V) or

MTH 153 Calculus I (4)

MTH 245 Differential Equations for Engineers (3)

MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or

MTH 249 Calculus II (5)

MTH 252 Calculus III (4)

PHY 181,182, 183, 184 The Physical World and Lab (10) (MPF IVB LAB)

Note: Required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and make a "good faith" effort to pass the exam.

Chemical Engineering and Engineering Science Courses (56 hours)

Engineering Science (13 hours)

EAS 101 Computing, Engineering & Society (1)

EAS 102 Problem Solving and Design (3) or equivalent

CPE/MME 313 Fluid Mechanics (3)

CPE/MME 314 Thermodynamics (3)

Select ONE of the following:

CPE 219 Statics and Mechanics of Materials (4)

MME 211 Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems (3)

Chemical Engineering Courses (31 hours)

CPE 204 Mass and Energy Balances (3)

CPE 311 Unit Operations Lab (2)

CPE/MME 313 Fluid Mechanics (3)

CPE/MME 314 Thermodynamics (3)

CPE/MME 403 Heat Transfer (3)

CPE 412 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)

CPE 414 Mass Transfer (3)

CPE 415 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design (3)

CPE 451 Unit Operations Laboratory II (2)

CPE 471 Engineering Design I (2) (MPC)

CPE 472 Engineering Design II (2) (MPC)

CPE 473 Chemical Process Design (3)

CPE 482 Process Control (3)

Technical electives (16-17 hours)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Paper Science

CPE 201 Principles of Paper Science and Engineering (3)

CPE 202 Pulp and Paper Physics (3)

CPE 301 Pulp and Paper Chemistry (3)

CPE 404 Paper Making (3)

CPE 490 Special Topics (1)

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

Biochemical Engineering

MME 223 Engineering Materials (3) or

CPE 202 Pulp and Paper Physics (3)

CPE 416 Biochemical Engineering (3)

CPE 417 Biomedical Engineering (3)

Select one of the following sets:

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4) and

CHM 472 Biophysical Chemistry I (3) or

CHM 433 Biochemistry (3) and

CHM 434 Biochemistry (3)

Environmental Engineering

MME 223 Engineering Materials (3) or

CPE 202 Pulp and Paper Physics (3)

CPE 405 Industrial Environmental Control (3)

CPE 441 Pollution Prevention (3)

CPE 442 Air Pollution Control (3)

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

General Chemical Engineering

MME 223 Engineering Materials (3) or

CPE 202 Pulp and Paper Physics (3)

Choose 3 courses in CPE of which at least 2 must be at 400 level

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

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