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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Telephone: (302) 831-2543
E-mail: che-info@udel.edu
Website: https://cbe.udel.edu/
Faculty Listing: https://cbe.udel.edu/people/faculty/


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, including an Honors Degree option. Chemical engineering combines biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics with the art and creativity of engineering. The Department has much more inclusive descriptions of the profession for those interested. The degree consists of 126 total credits, including 84 credits of core coursework in the chemical engineering department (39 of chemical engineering core classes, 21 credits of chemistry, 11 credits of math, 3 credits of computer science, 8 credits of physics, and 2 credits of introduction to engineering),  9 or 12 credits of chemical engineering electives, 9 or 12  credits of non-chemical engineering technical electives, and 21 credits of breadth (non-technical) electives and English composition . Within this structure, students are encouraged to pursue technical or non-technical minors and engage in research projects to personalize their training.

Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in faculty research projects.


The Educational Objectives of the department are:

  • To provide students with the breadth of educational opportunities in the chemical and biological sciences and in engineering that will enable them to pursue productive careers.
  • To maintain an environment that enables students to identify and pursue their personal and professional goals within an innovative educational program that is rigorous and challenging as well as flexible and supportive.
  • To educate graduates who will be able to apply their knowledge of chemical engineering, including their problem solving, analytical, design, and communication skills, in the private or public sectors and/or in the pursuit of more advanced degrees.
  • To cultivate graduates who will actively seek to provide technical, educational, public sector and/or business leadership in a rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society and who recognize their professional responsibility toward the betterment of our community.


The Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree requires a minimum grade of C- in every CHEG course used toward the major, MATH 242 , MATH 243 , and MATH 305 , CHEM 444 , CISC 106 , ENGL 110 , and all University and College of Engineering breadth courses.


With few exceptions, students are expected to complete this program in eight regular semesters.  With chemical engineering courses being offered only once each year, it is imperative that students follow as closely as possible the course sequences outlined below.

During the first year, students take General Chemistry (CHEM111 and 112); Analytic Geometry and Calculus (MATH241, 242, and 243); General Computer Science for Engineers (CISC106); Introduction to Engineering (EGGG101); Introduction to Chemical Engineering (CHEG112); Fundamentals of Physics I (PHYS207); Seminar in Composition (ENGL110); and a breadth requirement course.

Students in their second year take Quantitative Chemistry and Lab (CHEM220/221); Fundamentals of Physics II (PHYS208); Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I and II (CHEG231 and 325); Random Variability in Chemical Processes (CHEG304); Materials Science for Engineers (MSEG201); Physical Chemistry (CHEM444) and optional Lab (CHEM445); Applied Math for Chemical Engineers (MATH305); and breath requirements courses.

In their junior year, students take Chemical Engineering Kinetics (CHEG332); Fluid Mechanics (CHEM341); Organic Chemistry and Lab (CHEM331 and 333 and if students took CHEM445 then they would take the 1 credit lab and if they did not take CHEM445 they would take the 2 credit lab); Heat and Mass Transfer (CHEG342); Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (CHEG345); either the second semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM332) or Introduction to Biochemistry (CHEM527); a breath requirement course; and chemical engineering and technical electives.  If students choose to take Organic Chemistry 2 (CHEM332), they would need an additional biology course (typically BISC207) unless they have credit from AP or IB exams.

During their last year, students take Chemical Process Dynamics and Control (CHEG401); Chemical Process Analysis (CHEG431 and 432); breadth requirement courses; and chemical and technical electives.  Students have the option to take Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (CHEG445) or conduct research for credit (CHEG473 and 474 or UNIV401 and 402) if they have met the requirements for each option.  UNIV401/402 requires students to write a formal senior thesis and to defend their thesis.  Students who take UNIV401/402 achieve a Degree with Distinction.  CHEG473 and UNIV401 satisfy CHEG445, and CHEG474 and UNIV402 are used a chemical engineering electives.


Biochemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering also offers a minor in Biochemical Engineering designed for those students with special interest in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. The minor provides students with an opportunity to study how engineering design and modeling are applied to production and purification processes involving biological organisms, biological molecules, and biological reactions.  The curriculum for the Biochemical Engineering minor consists of a sequence of courses in the biological and biochemical sciences and their engineering applications. A student can fulfill the requirements of both the Bachelor in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biochemical Engineering in four academic years.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Terry Papoutsakis, epaps@udel.edu.

Sustainable Energy Technology

A minor in Sustainable Energy Technology may be earned by a student in any University bachelor’s degree program. Inquiries should be made to the Minor Advisor.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Keith Goossen, goossen@udel.edu.


Australia - University of Melbourne

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a 5-week study abroad experience for junior and senior chemical engineering students on a biennial basis.  Courses offered include chemical engineering electives and an elective focused on Australian culture.  All three courses are offered to both University of Melbourne and University of Delaware students.  The program includes excursions to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island as well as city tours of Melbourne and its surroundings.  The final days of the program are spent in Sydney, where students visit local universities as well as some of the city’s celebrated landmarks.

Singapore - National University of Singapore

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering also offers a semester long exchange program with the National University of Singapore (NUS).  During their junior year, UD chemical engineering students enrolled in this program pay UD tuition but enroll in junior-level course equivalents at NUS, live on the NUS campus, and experience the culture of Singapore.   UD students in this program take all of their normal spring semester Junior-level courses at NUS, including Junior Lab and Heat and Mass Transfer.


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering encourages undergraduate students to get involved in the extensive research done in the department.  Students have the opportunity to conduct fundamental and applied research on a diversity of topics spanning polymers and composites, energy and sustainability, systems analysis, and biomolecular engineering, among others.  Research can be conducted through informal volunteer-style opportunities or formal programs such as UD Summer Scholars. Students in their senior year may pursue an Honors Thesis or Senior Project. The vigorous and ever-changing program has been a hallmark of our department since the late forties and attests to the dedication of both faculty and students to apply scientific understanding to meeting human needs. 


Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits of General Technical and Chemical Engineering elective courses.  These electives provide the student with an opportunity to advance their scientific and engineering background in areas of particular interest.

The general technical electives program consists of a minimum of nine credits taken from other departments in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.  These technical electives allow a student to complete a wide variety of technical minors and they are meant to allow the student to explore areas of interest that chemical engineers may encounter in the workplace or academia.  Often students use these technical electives to partially fulfill the requirements for minors such as biochemical engineering, computer science, sustainable energy, chemistry, environmental engineering, or mathematics.  Six of the nine credits must be at a higher level (300+ level) in order for students to demonstrate technical depth in a particular subject.

The Chemical Engineering elective courses are designed to highlight the diversity of chemical engineering practice and applications.  Courses vary in the Fall and Spring semesters and address topics such as bioprocessing, biomedical applications, energy and sustainability, polymers and composites, and process control and simulation.

The bachelor’s degree requires one additional three credit course, either a technical elective or a chemical engineering elective, in order to complete the degree requirements.


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