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Chemical Engineering (CHE)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1005. Introduction to Chemical Engineering. 1. Provides an overview of chemical engineering and its role in the current technological importance: energy, biotechnology, production of chemicals, and materials processing. Introduces strategies for solving engineering problems, including ethical considerations and teamwork, discusses process variables, units, mass balance, and data analysis, and incorporates active learning exercises using spreadsheet to solve chemical engineering problems. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MATH 2200.

JumpLink2005 [3000]. Chemical Process Analysis. 3. Introduces analysis of chemical processes using stoichiometry, material and energy balances, thermodynamics and economics. Prerequisites: C- or better in either CHEM 1050 or CHEM 1020 and concurrent enrollment in MATH 2205. (Normally offered fall semester)

2060. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing. 3. Introduces chemical engineering problems, develops computational skills needed to solve them, and reinforces a computational tool that will be useful for other CHE classes. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 1005 or ES 1060; C- or better in CHE 2005; concurrent enrollment in MATH 2310.

2070. Chemical Thermodynamics. 3. Discusses first and second laws of thermodynamics applied to chemical processes, production of power from heat, refrigeration, and liquefaction processes, develops thermodynamic relations for calculating thermodynamic properties of fluids, including the use of equations of state, and introduces heat effects, Gibbs-energy change of reaction, and chemical-reaction equilibria. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 2005, PHYS 1210; C or better in MATH 2210.

2080. Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics. 3. Introduces the fundamental aspects of macroscopic fluid mechanics, including physical properties, fluid statics, mass, energy, and momentum balances, momentum transport, and flow through pumps, pipes, and other chemical engineering equipment for both incompressible and compressible fluids, and of microscopic fluid mechanics, including differential mass and momentum balances. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 2005, PHYS 1210, and C or better in MATH 2210.

JumpLink3015 [3010]. Multicomponent Thermodynamics. 3. Introduces mixture properties, such as chemical potentials, excess properties, partial molar properties, heats of mixing, fugacities, and practical tools for estimating them from solution theories and equations of state.  These tools and concepts are applied to phase and chemical equilibria. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHE 2060, and CHE 2070 or ES 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

3026. Heat Transfer. 3. Introduces the theory and application of energy transport (e.g. conduction, convection, radiation), discusses in depth fundamentals of microscopic energy transport, and applies the knowledge to macroscopic chemical engineering processes and systems. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 2060, and CHE 2080 or ES 2330.

3028. Mass Transfer. 3. Introduces mass transfer concepts, including molecular diffusion, convective mass transfer, and mass transfer between phases, and the development of mathematical models of these physical phenomena, applicable to the analysis and design of chemical processes. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 2005, CHE 2060, and CHE 2080 or ES 2330.

3040. Unit Operations Laboratory I. 3. [WB<>{none}] Illustrates fluid-flow and heat-transfer principles with experiments, for example, on pipe flow, fluid viscosity, and convective heat transfer.  Emphasizes experimental-error analysis and technical communication, both written and oral. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 3026 and CHE 3028 and CHE 4060. (Normally offered fall semester)

3070. Process Simulation and Economics. 3. Introduces the process simulation software used in the chemical industry and its applications, including examples of heat and material balances, physical properties, phase and chemical equilibria, equilibrium-stage separations and costs and profitability analysis. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 2005, CHE 3015, and CHE 3026 and concurrent enrollment in CHE 3028.

3100. Fundamentals of Bioengineering. 3. An introduction to select biological concepts with emphasis on their relevancy to bioengineering. Topics include model organisms, cells and organelles, bioenergetics and metabolism, macromolecules, DNA replication and modern molecular biology methods, and control mechanisms. Prerequisite: C- or better in LIFE 1010.

3890. Engineering Honors Program Research Methods. 3. A general approach to scientific research and graduate school preparation. Topics will include: finding a research mentor, literature search skills, using the scientific method for approaching a research problem and developing a research methodology, writing a research funding proposal, delivering a research presentation and selecting and applying for graduate school. Restricted to College of Engineering Honors Program students. Cross listed with ARE/ATSC/CE/COSC/EE/ES/PETE 3890. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

3900. Undergraduate Research. 1-6 (Max. 6). Students carry out research appropriate to undergraduates, under faculty supervision. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: junior standing in chemical engineering or consent of instructor. (Normally offered each semester)

JumpLink4000. Environment, Technology and Society. 3. Explores relationships among technology, the environment and society. Examines social and humanistic aspects of using current and future technology to understand and solve environmental problems. Cross listed with PETE 4000. Prerequisites: junior standing and completion of two lab sciences.

4050 [3050]. Unit Operations Laboratory II. 3. Illustrates mass-transfer principles with experiments, for example, on extraction, gas absorption, and distillation. Emphasizes experiment planning and technical communication, both written and oral. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHE 3040. (Normally offered spring semester)

4060. Reaction Engineering. 3. Introduces chemical process kinetics, catalysis and reactor design. Includes homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction kinetics; design of batch, stirred-tank and tubular reactors; and nonisothermal operation. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 3015 and CHE 3026 and concurrent enrollment in CHE 3028. (Normally offered spring semester)

4070. Process Design I. 3. Encompasses engineering design of chemical processes. Introduces engineering economics, process safety management and environmental management. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 3028 and CHE 3070 and CHE 4060. (Normally offered fall semester)

4080. Process Design II. 5. [WC<>COM3] Intended for the last semester of the senior year. Applies all previous courses to the design of safe, economical and environmentally benign chemical processes. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHE 4070 and COM2. (Normally offered spring semester)

4090. Process Dynamics and Control. 3. Encompasses analysis and design control systems for the chemical process industry including steady-state approximation, types of controllers, simple unsteady-state analysis, use of mathematical models and process dynamics under control. Prerequisites: C- or better in CHE 3028 and CHE 4060.

4100. Biochemical Engineering. 3. Applies chemical engineering principles to the analysis and design of biological processes widely used in the pharmaceutical, food and environmental remediation industries. Topics include kinetics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, cellular growth and metabolism, bioreactor design and mass transfer considerations. Dual listed with CHE 5100. Prerequisite: Completion with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in CHE 3100 or MOLB 2021.

4160. Biomedical Engineering-Transport Processes. 3. Focus on chemical and physical transport processes with applications toward the development of drug delivery systems, artificial organs, bioartificial organs and tissue engineering. This will involve topics covering body fluids, capillary solute transport, pharmacokinetic models and cell physiology. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and grade of C or better in 3 courses counting no more than two from CHEM 1020, CHEM 1030, CHEM 1050, LIFE 1010, LIFE 1020 and at least one from LIFE 2022, MATH 2200, KIN 2040, MOLB 2021, MOLB 2240, CHE 3000, ES 2310.

4165. Biomaterials. 3. Material science and engineering of the various materials used for biomedical applications, in-depth discussion of the molecular and cellular interactions to implanted materials, as well as a survey of practical applications. Materials covered will include polymers, ceramics, metals, composites, silicones, and natural materials, such as collagen, elastic, and silk. Dual listed with CHE 5165. Prerequisites: LIFE 1010 and CHEM 1020 or CHEM 1050, or permission of instructor.

4200. Industrial Chemical Production. 3. Integration of chemical engineering and chemistry as practiced in modern industry. Engineering of chemical reactions and processes for commodity chemicals, petroleum-based fuels, petrochemicals, intermediates, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and engineered materials. Environmental strategies for waste minimization and pollution prevention. Prerequisites: CHEM 2420 and CHE 3015 (may be taken concurrently).

4210. Natural Gas Processes and Modeling. 3. After a quick introduction to the Hysys simulation program, the main chemical processes used to convert well-head gas to products will be reviewed and modeled (fractionation train, sulfur recovery, tail gas clean-up, dehydration, refrigeration, nitrogen rejection) in high detail, including appropriate property models to use. Prerequisite: CHE 3070.

4220. Metabolic and Protein Engineering. 3. An introduction to the design of biological systems for conversion of a feedstock to product, with emphasis on synthetic biology and directed evolution design principles, evolutionary mechanisms and tradeoffs. Metabolic pathways and molecules of industrial importance will be discussed, as well as ethics as applied to synthetic biology and bioengineering. Dual listed with CHE 5220. Prerequisite: MOLB 2021 or concurrent enrollment in CHE 3100.

4270. Advanced Process Simulation. 3. Advanced topics for a commercial process simulation software that is routinely used in industry will be covered. Topics will include: electrolyte systems, physical property methods and regression of parameters, petroleum industry component selection and distillation, solids handling capabilities including coal processing, advanced recycle stream convergence techniques, and equation-oriented solution methods. Prerequisite: CHE 3070.

4430. Green Chemistry and Global Environmental Problems. 3. Focus includes study of the chemistry of air, water, and soil as well as the effects of anthropogenic activities on natural processes. Emphasis is also placed on sustainability and green chemistry practices and technologies. Cross listed with CE/ENR 4430. Prerequisite: CHEM 1020.

4580. Honors Undergraduate Research. 3. An independent research experience for undergraduate students enrolled in the Engineering Honors Program. Before registering for this class, students are responsible for discussing their interests with faculty, identifying a willing research mentor, obtaining approval by said mentor, and communicating the student/faculty partnership tot he appropriate staff in their home department. Must be in the Engineering Honors Program. Cross listed with ATSC/BE/CE/COSC/ES/ESE/PETE 4580. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

4970. Internship in Chemical Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). Enables credit for students in appropriate engineering activities while serving as interns in an industrial, government, or other setting. Prerequisite: must be involved in a chemical engineering co-op/internship experience.

4990. Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). Features topics not included in regularly offered classes. Section I is individual study. Other sections are group study by seminar or in class format. Prerequisite: CHE 3000 or concurrent enrollment.

JumpLink5010. Transport Phenomena. 3. Examines the modeling of momentum, heat and mass transport. Cross Listed with PETE 5010. Prerequisite: ES 2330, MATH 2310, and graduate standing in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering.

5020. Thermodynamics. 3. Utilizing the laws of thermodynamics to a wide variety of process applications. Evaluating current methods for predicting thermodynamic properties of pure fluids and mixtures. Modeling multiphase, multicomponent equilibria. Cross listed with PETE 5020. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5030. Reaction Kinetics. 3. An analysis of reactions involving phase boundaries, heterogeneous catalysis, gas-solid systems, and gas-liquid systems. Prerequisite: CHE 4060.

5060. Flow through Porous Media. 3. Review of properties of porous media. Relationships of permeability to porosity. Formulation of the Fundamental Flow equation. Constant Rate Solutions. Constant Pressure Solutions. The Principle of Superposition. Transient well testing of oil and gas reservoirs, including drawdown, build-up faulted systems, interference, drillstem tests, and isochronal test analysis. Dual listed with PETE 5060. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5090. Graduate Teaching and Research: Theory and Methods. 3. A general approach to scientific research and graduate school. Topics include: purpost of graduate school, careers with graduate degrees, communication basics, literature search skills, presentations, research instrumentation, the scientific method, developing hypotheses, grant proposal, and paper writing, research ethics, copyrights, patents, research notebooks, and classroom teaching techniques. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5100. Biochemical Engineering. 3. Applies chemical engineering principles to the analysis and design of biological processes widely used in the pharmaceutical, food and environmental remediation industries. Topics include kinetics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, cellular growth and metabolism, bioreactor design and mass transfer considerations. Dual listed with CHE 4100. Prerequisite: Completion with a C- or better or concurrent enrollment in CHE 3100 or MOLB 2021.

5150. Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-3 (Max. 12). Selected topics in chemical engineering. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5160. Biomedical Engineering - Transport Processes. 3. Focuses on chemical and physical transport processes with applications toward the development of drug delivery systems, artificial organs, bioartificial organs and tissue engineering. This will involve topics covering body fluids, capillary solute transport, physical and flow properties of blood, tissue oxygen transport, pharmacokinetic models and cell physiology. Dual listed with CHE 4160. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and grade of C or better in at least 3 courses counting no more than 2 from CHEM 1020, CHEM 1030, CHEM 1050, LIFE 1010, LIFE 1020 and at least one from LIFE 2022, MATH 2200, KIN 2040, MOLB 2021, MOLB 2240, CHE 3000, ES 2310, graduate standing.

5165. Biomaterials. 3. Material science and engineering of the various materials used for biomedical applications, in-depth discussion of the molecular and cellular interactions to implanted materials, as well as a survey of practical applications. Materials covered will include polymers, ceramics, metals, composites, silicones, and natural materials, such as collagen, elastic, and silk. Dual listed with CHE 4165. Prerequisites: LIFE 1010 and CHEM 1020 or CHEM 1050, or permission of instructor.

5190. Polymeric Chemistry and Engineering. 3. This course discusses basic methods in the synthesis of polymers (polymerization) as well as their applications toward to common and new promising polymer products. In addition, the kinetics of these methods, the synthesis processing techniques and the end products will be addressed together with applications and characterization of various polymers. Prerequisites: CHE 3015, CHE 4060, and CHEM 2440.

5220. Metabolic and Protein Engineering. 3. An introduction to the design of biological systems for conversion of a feedstock to product, with emphasis on synthetic biology and directed evolution design principles, evolutionary mechanisms and tradeoffs. Metabolic pathways and molecules of industrial importance will be discussed, as well as ethics as applied to synthetic biology and bioengineering. Dual listed with CHE 4220. Prerequisite: MOLB 2021 or concurrent enrollment in CHE 3100.

5230. Advanced Catalysis and Characterization. 3. Focus on modern ideas and techniques used to describe gas-solid interactions, including adsorption and chemical reactions. The usefulness of photon and electron spectroscopies for evaluating the structure of real catalysts will be discussed. Catalysis of important classes of chemical reactions will be related to results obtained by various materials characterization methods. Prerequisite: CHE 5030.

5355. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering. 3. Covers mathematical modeling: conservation laws and constitution relationships; partial differential equations (PDEs): the types and analytical solution techniques; applied linear algebra; matrices and Eigen-analysis; numerical solution techniques: finite difference and finite element methods, Newton-Raphson method, and temporal discretization techniques, and linear solution techniques: direct and iterative methods. Cross listed with PETE 5355. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5410. Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment. 3. Theory and practice of advanced biological treatment processes for municipal and industrial wastewaters, sludges, groundwater bioremediation and solid waste. Emphasis is on fundamental principles applied to the design and control of existing processes and the development of innovative systems. Cross listed with CE/ENVE 5410. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

5440. Fluid Mechanics. 3. Lagrangian and Eulerian coordinates, Navier-Stokes equations, momentum balance, fluid statics, strain rate and vorticity, irrotational flow, and laminar viscous flow including exact solutions and boundary layers. Cross listed with ME 5440.

5700. Fundamentals of Coal Utilization. 3. Following introduction to coal structure, constituents and classification, fundamental principles of coal utilization technologies will be examined. The topics to be covered include behavior of coal stockpiles, drying, pyrolysis, combustion/gasification of coal. Reactor models for utilization of coal will be discussed with reference to current environmental issues and remediation. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5880. Problems in Chemical Engineering. 1-6 (Max. 6). A special course designed to make possible the study and investigation of problems or phases of chemical engineering selected to fit the needs of the student. Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering.

5890. Chemical Engineering Seminar. 1 (Max. 9). Departmental seminar on current research with formal training for student presentation of technical papers. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisites: enrolled in a graduate degree program.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrolled in a graduate level degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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