Chemical Engineering

Home Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Program Director:

Stacy Seeley, Ph.D.
Room 3-103 MC, 810-762-9561
chem@kettering.edu

Program Overview

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, math, and physics to the design and operation of large-scale chemical manufacturing processes.  They translate processes developed in the lab into practical applications for the production of products such as plastics, medicines, detergents and fuels; design plants to maximize productivity and minimize costs; and evaluate operations for performance and product quality.

Chemical Engineers work in very diverse industries including petrochemicals, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, food, health, automotive, aerospace, and the environment. Chemical Engineers will develop a broad knowledge of engineering science and environmental regulations, becoming more apt for managing projects of significant proportions. Chemical Engineers have an integrated approach towards systems and understand the complete process and its critical components. Chemical engineers affect or control the production of almost every article manufactured on an industrial scale.

Kettering University’s Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is a strong interdisciplinary program which draws on the strengths of our exceptional faculty, curricula, laboratories, and unique co-op component.

Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical Engineering Program is designed to provide its graduates a solid educational foundation on which they can build successful and sustainable careers in chemical engineering or a related field.  In particular, all graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program will:

  • Be employed or pursuing an advanced degree in the field of chemical engineering or other related disciplines.
  • Be productive members of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Assume leadership positions in their industry, their continuing education, or in their communities, as their careers develop.
  • Continue their professional development and engage in the life-long learning necessary for a sustainable career.

Chemical Engineering Program Curriculum Requirements1,2

First Year Experience
CILE-101First Year Foundations1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
LS-201Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
Advanced Social Science Elective 34
Advanced Humanities Elective 34
Advanced Comm, Humanities or Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Basic Sciences
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
CHEM-237
CHEM-238
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM-345
CHEM-346
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
CHEM-347Organic Chemistry II4
Advanced Chemistry Elective & Lab 46
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
PHYS-224
PHYS-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Mathematics
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203H Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-204Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms4
or MATH-204H Differential Equations and Laplace Transforms - Honors
MATH-258Probability and Statistics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Engineering Topics
CHME-100Introduction to Chemical Engineering4
CHME-200Mass & Energy Balance4
CHME-210Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I4
CHME-300Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer3
CHME-301Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Lab1
CHME-400Mass Transfer and Separations3
CHME-401Mass Transfer and Separations Lab1
CHME-410Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics4
CHME-420Applied Transport Phenomena3
CHME-421Applied Transprt Phenomena Lab1
CHME-435Process Control3
CHME-436Process Control Laboratory1
CHME-440Senior Chemical Engineering Design I4
CHME-450Reaction Engineering3
CHME-451Reaction Engineering Laboratory1
CHME-480Senior Chemical Engineering Design Capstone4
CHME-491Advanced Chemical Engineering Elective4
EE-212Applied Electrical Circuits3
IME-211Algorithms and Computer Programming4
MECH-231LSignals for Mechanical Systems Lab1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 56
Electives
Technical Electives 58
Free Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Undergraduate Thesis
CILE-400Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis 64
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1611

1

 The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161.  All Chemical Engineering majors must meet the general educational requirements and their program’s requirements for a minor or concentration.

2

 Chemical Engineering students seeking a dual degree must take an additional 28 earned credit hours above and beyond their first degree.

3

 Humanities and Social Science electives must be selected from approved 300 or 400 level courses, including one Humanities course and one Social Science course.

4

 Advanced Chemistry Elective/Lab must be numbered 300 or higher and cannot be Organic Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry II, since these are are already required courses.

5

A minimum of 12 hours of technical electives are required for the Chemical Engineering Degree.  A technical elective may be any course numbered 300-599 in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.  Other courses may be used but require approval by the Department Head of Chemistry/Biochemistry.

6

Students are automatically registered for CILE-400 in a co-op term when they reach Junior II status. 

Representative Program1,2

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
CILE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-137
General Chemistry I
or Principles of Chemistry
3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
CHEM-237 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-238 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHME-100 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
CHEM-345 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM-346 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
CHME-200 Mass & Energy Balance 4
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore II
CHEM-347 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH-204 Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms 4
CHME-210 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I 4
LS-201 Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition 4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
CHME-300 Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer 3
CHME-301 Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Lab 1
IME-211 Algorithms and Computer Programming 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 3 4
Advanced Chemistry Elective & Lab 4 6
 Credit Hours18
Junior II
CHME-400 Mass Transfer and Separations 3
CHME-401 Mass Transfer and Separations Lab 1
CHME-450 Reaction Engineering 3
CHME-451 Reaction Engineering Laboratory 1
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 3 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior I
CHME-410 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 4
CHME-491 Advanced Chemical Engineering Elective 4
EE-212 Applied Electrical Circuits 3
MECH-231L Signals for Mechanical Systems Lab 1
Advanced Communications, Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
CHME-435 Process Control 3
CHME-436 Process Control Laboratory 1
CHME-440 Senior Chemical Engineering Design I 4
MATH-258 Probability and Statistics 4
Technical Elective 5 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior III
CHME-420 Applied Transport Phenomena 3
CHME-421 Applied Transprt Phenomena Lab 1
CHME-480 Senior Chemical Engineering Design Capstone 4
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
Technical Elective 5 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CILE-400 Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1611

1

The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161.  All Chemical Engineering majors must meet the general educational requirements and their program’s requirements for a minor or concentration.

2

Chemical Engineering students seeking a dual major must take an additional 28 earned credit hours above and beyond their first degree.

3

Humanities and Social Science electives must be selected from approved 300 or 400 level courses, including one Humanities course and one Social Science course.

4

 Advanced Chemistry Elective/Lab must be numbered 300 or higher and cannot be Organic Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry II, since these are are already required courses.

5

A minimum of 12 hours of technical electives are required for the Chemical Engineering Degree.  A technical elective may be any course numbered 300-599 in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.  Other courses may be used but require approval by the Department Head of Chemistry/Biochemistry.