Chemical Engineering Major

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering offers students solid preparation for professional work in development, design, and operation of chemical products and processes. It prepares the student for employment in such industries as chemical, petroleum, electrochemical, biochemical, semiconductor, nuclear, aerospace, plastics, food processing, or environmental control.

Students with high scholastic attainment are well prepared to enter graduate programs leading to advanced degrees in chemical engineering or in related professional, scientific, and engineering fields. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Course Schedule

Chemical Engineering Course Sequence Chart

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering
Freshman Year Fall Spring
Math 1A, 1B, Calculus 4 4
Chemistry 4A (F), 4B (S), General/Quantitative Analysis 5 5
Physics 7A, Physics for Scientists and Engineers - 4
Reading and Composition R1A 4 -
Engineering 7, Intro to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers - 4
Total 13 17
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Math 53, 54, Multivariable Calculus; Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4 4
Chemistry 12A +(F), Organic Chemistry 5 -
Physics 7B, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 -
Biology 1A, General Biology OR Bio Eng 11, Engineering Molecules I - 3
Chem Eng 140 Process Analysis 4 -
Chem Eng 141 (S) Thermodynamics - 4
Chem Eng 150A (S) Transport Processes - 4
Total 17 15
Junior Year Fall Spring
Materials Science and Engineering 45 and 45L**, Properties of Materials with Lab 4 -
Chemistry 120A Physcial Chemistry or Physics 137A, Quantum Mechanics - 3-4
Breadth Elective*** 3-4 -
Chem Eng 142 (F), Kinetics 4 -
Chem Eng 150B (F), Transport Processes 4 -
Lower Division or Upper Division Engineering Elective - 3-4
Chem Eng 154*, Lab - 4
Breadth Elective/American Cultures*** - 3-4
Total 15-16 13-16
Senior Year Fall Spring
Chem Eng 162, Process Control 4 -
Chem Eng 160, Design - 4
Science Elective 3-4 -
Chem Eng Elective 3-4 -
Upper Division Engineering Elective - 6-8
Breadth Electives*** 6-8 3-4
Total 13-19 13-16
(F) course is offered in fall only
(S) course is offered in spring only

*Student ID rule applies: Normal timing for students with SID numbers ending in 2, 4, 6, or 8 is spring of junior year, and for students with SID numbers ending in 0, 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 is fall of senior year. Extenuating circumstances due to issues such as transfer status should be discussed with 154 instructor.

**E45L is not required if the student took E45 during spring 2016 or earlier.

***The breadth elective requirement is comprised of 22 units, including one semester of Reading & Composition (R1A) and the breadth series requirement. If a student took Chem Eng 185 Technical Communications by spring 2017, the breadth requirement is 19 units.

Chem 12A = 112A and Chem 12B = Chem 112B for Spring 2017 or earlier.

Students who have satisfied Math 1A and who plan to take Math 1B or 53 in the Fall may consider also taking Physics 7A or Engineering 7. Math 1B is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for these courses.

CBE class guide chart

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