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Chemical Engineering (CHE)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

2005 [3000]. Chemical Process Analysis. 3. Introduces analysis of chemical processes using stoichiometry, material and energy balances, thermodynamics and economics. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 2205 and either CHEM 1050 or CHEM 1020. (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: Grade of C or better in ES 1060 and concurrent enrollment in MATH 2310. (Normally offered spring semester)

3015 [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. Cross listed with PETE 3015. Prerequisite: ES 2310, CHE 2060 or PETE 2060. (Normally offered fall semester)

3025 [3020]. Transport Phenomena. 3. Introduces energy and mass transfer concepts and the development of mathematical models of physical phenomena, including convection, diffusion, conduction and radiation, applicable to the analysis and design of chemical processes.  Cross listed with PETE 3025. Prerequisites: C or better in ES 2330 and CHE 2005. (Normally offered fall semester)

3030. Unit Operations. 3. Applies transport and equilibrium concepts and models to the analysis and design of unit operations, such as distillation, absorption, extraction, crystallization, membrane, and heat exchange processes. Cross listed with PETE 3030.  Prerequisites: CHE 2005, 3015, and 3025. (Normally offered spring semester)

3040. Unit Operations Laboratory I. 3. [W3<>WB] 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. Prerequisite: WA, CHE 3025. (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: concurrent enrollment in CHE 3015 and CHE 3030.

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)

4000. Environment, Technology and Society. 3. [C2, G1<>(none)] 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 university studies science courses (S1<>SB, S2<>SP, S3<>SE) or consent of instructor.

4050 [3050]. Unit Operations Laboratory II. 3. [W3<>(none)] 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: CHE 3030. (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: CHE 3015 and 3025. (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: CHE 3030, 3070 and 4060 or concurrent enrollment. (Normally offered fall semester)

4080. Process Design II. 5. [(none)<>WC] 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: CHE 3040, CHE 4070. (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: CHE 3025, 3030 and 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. Prerequisites: MOLB 2021 or concurrent enrollment and CHE 4060 or concurrent enrollment.

4110. Air Pollution for Chemical Engineers. 3. Focuses on strategies and technologies for complying with air pollution control regulations. Introduces atmospheric mixing and dispersion modeling to describe impact of process air emissions on the environment. Examines chemistries of pollutant production and atmospheric fate of air pollutants. Prerequisites: CHE 2005.

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.

4170. Polymeric Materials Synthesis. 3. An introduction to the polymer technology, with emphasis on the synthesis of polymeric materials and polymerization processes. Applications cover commodity polymers, such as polyolefins and advanced materials, such as nanomaterials, aerospace materials and biomaterials and biomaterials for drug delivery, artificial tissues and organs.  Prerequisites: CHEM 2340 or 2440.

4190. Polymeric Materials: Characterization and Properties. 3. Intended for science and engineering students, an introduction to the characterization and properties of polymeric materials.  Introduces synthesis, architecture, molecular microstructure analysis, molecular weight determination, solution properties, thermal properties and mechanical properties of polymeric materials. Dual listed with CHE 5190. Prerequisite: CHEM 4507.

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.

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.

4340. Numerical Analysis. 3. Considers computer methods and their accuracy for applied mathematics. Topics include machine arithmetic, analysis of rounding error, solution methods for linear systems and nonlinear equations, interpolations, numerical differentiation and numerical solution of differential equations. Includes some programming.  Prerequisites: grade of C or better in COSC 1010, MATH 2310, and either MATH 2250 or 3310.

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.

5010. 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. Examines molecular thermodynamics of pure materials and mixtures, including phase equilibria and the use of equations of state. Cross listed with PETE 5020. Prerequisite: ES 2310 or CHEM 4505.

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

5045. Reactor Design. 3. Examines reactor design techniques, including the use of thermodynamics, kinetics, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Cross listed with PETE 5045. Prerequisite: CHE 4060.

5050. Structure and Properties of Porous Media. 3. Introduction to porous materials, pore structure and mineralogy of reservoir rocks. Fundamentals of porosity, permeability, and capillary properties of porous materials. Application to hydrocarbon reservoirs. Cross listed with PETE 5050. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5060. Flow Thru 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: PETE 3200 and graduate standing.

5070. Multiphase Flow. 3. A thorough background in the methods of analysis and current developments in gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid flows. Introduction to multiphase flow instrumentation. Identical to PETE 5070. Prerequisite: ME 3360 or CHE 3025.

5080. Interfacial Phenomena. 3. Introduction to surface and colloid chemistry, coagulation and flocculation, surface energy and thermodynamics of surfaces, adsorption at interfaces, surface tension, capillarity and wetting, spontaneous imbibition, applications to hydrocarbon reservoirs and oil recovery. Cross listed with PETE 5080. 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: MOLB 2021 or concurrent enrollment and CHE 4060 or concurrent enrollment.

5130. Staged Operations. 3. Thermodynamic and mathematical analysis of stagewise mass transfer operations. Distillation, absorption, and extraction are discussed. Prerequisite: CHE 3030, CHE 5040 or concurrent enrollment.

5140. Computational Methods I. 3. First semester of a three-semester computational methods series. Review of iterative solutions of linear and nonlinear systems of equations, polynomial interpolation/approximation, numerical integration and differentiation, and basic ideas of Monte Carlo methods. Comparison of numerical techniques for programming time and space requirements, as well as convergence and stability. Identical to COSC 5310 and MATH 5310. Cross listed with PETE/ME/CE 5140. Prerequisite: MATH 3310, COSC 1010.

5150. Topics in Chemical Engineering. 1-3 (Max. 12). Selected topics in chemical engineering. Cross listed with PETE 5150. 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.

5170. Polymeric Materials Synthesis. 3. An introduction to the polymer technology, with emphasis on the synthesis of polymeric materials and on the polymerization processes. Applications will cover commodity polymers such as polyolefins, and advanced materials, such as nanomaterials, aerospace materials and biomaterials for drug delivery, artificial skin and organs. Dual Listed with CHE 4170. Prerequisite: CHEM 2340 or CHEM 2440, graduate standing.

5180. Molecular Biophysics. 3. Organized into five sections that cover 1) Confrontation of biopolymers 2) Dynamics of biopolymers 3) Hydration of biopolymers 4) Biopolymers as poly-electrolytes and 5) Association between molecules with topics to include equilibrium studies and ligand/receptor binding and linkage. Prerequisite: MOLB 4600/5600 or CHEM 4507.

5190. Polymetric Materials: Characterization and Properties. 3. Intended for science and engineering students, is an introduction to the characterization and properties of polymeric materials. Introduces synthesis, architecture, microstructure analysis, molecular weight determination, solution properties, thermal properties and mechanical properties of polymeric materials. Dual listed with CHE 4190. Prerequisite: CHEM 4507.

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. Prerequisites: MATH 2210, CHE/PETE 3025 or equivalent.

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. Prerequisites: none.

5442. Advanced Fluid Mechanics. 3. Introduction to inviscid and viscous hydrodynamic stability; closure in turbulent flows; vorticity and vortex dynamics; theoretical aerodynamics; numerical simulations of viscous flows; experimental methods in fluid flows. Prerequisite: ME 5440.

5530. Advanced Mass Transfer. 3. Consideration of diffusional phenomena and processes. Topics include flux laws, diffusion coefficient prediction, steady and unsteady state diffusion in non-flowing systems (with and without chemical reaction), convective diffusion, and diffusion-based separation processes.

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.

5710. Advances in Fluidization Technology. 3. Covers particle classification, hydrodynamics, advanced modeling strategies, and technical applications of fluidization. Prerequisite: graduate level.

5870. Mathematical Modeling of Processes. 3. Introduction to techniques in the process of constructing mathematical models. Application of the techniques to areas such as petroleum reservoir simulation, chemical process industry operations and plant start-up. Identical to MATH 5320. Prerequisite: CHE/PETE 5140 and 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 and Petroleum Engineering Seminar. 1 (Max. 9). Departmental seminar on current research with formal training for student presentation of technical papers. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Cross listed with PETE 5890. 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.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

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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