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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 153 - 155

Chemical Engineering

Course Descriptions - Faculty - Printable Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Offered:

Graduate Degrees Offered:

This department offers coursework and study in all areas fundamental to Chemical Engineering. Engineering specialization courses, together with mathematics, physics, chemistry, other interdisciplinary engineering fundamentals, and liberal arts courses, provide the basis for long-range professional progress. Because of the many professional areas available for employment to the chemical engineer, the students are also required to take a number of electives from areas such as biotechnology, materials, and environmental engineering. These electives are designed to broaden the experience and, therefore, the employment possibilities of our graduates. The Chemical Engineering Department also offers a sequence of courses in Chemical Engineering Science, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

A sequence of courses in the engineering aspects of biotechnology is currently available within the Chemical Engineering program. Topics include applied microbiology, fermentation, enzyme technology, cell separation technology, biomedical engineering, biomaterials, biotechnology, and biomechanics.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering take coursework in advanced chemistry, thermodynamics, fluids, heat, and mass transfer, numerical methods, separation processes, reacting systems, instrumentation, control, and plant design. Students must also satisfactorily complete a design project as part of their program. Students seeking the Biotechnology/Biomedical Certificate are also required to take additional courses in general biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. Chemical engineering students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 in required departmental courses. Therefore, it is imperative that the students retain close contact with their advisor.

Students completing this program normally initiate their careers in manufacturing, environmental, and biological enterprises. Chemical engineers are found in administrative, technical, and research positions in these industries. Main products of these industries are petrochemicals, polymers, fibers, natural and synthetic fuels, electronic materials, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, bio-materials, etc.

Solutions of modern societal and scientific problems often require the use of chemical engineering skills. Chemical engineering students must have access to a personal computer during their last two years of study. Those who do not own one will be severely disadvantaged.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering is to provide fundamental knowledge and contemporary skills for the development, economic design, and safe operation of chemical processes in a manner compatible with societal values.

Program Education Objectives

  1. Our graduates will be able to apply engineering and scientific principles to the development, economic design, and safe operation of chemical processes in a manner compatible with societal values.
  2. Our graduates will be able to build upon their undergraduate education, expanding and adapting their knowledge and skills in their chosen career path.
  3. Our graduates will be able to function as professionals, working both as individuals and as team members striving towards common objectives, communicating effectively and following appropriate ethical standards in the process.
  4. Our graduates will be able to be productive members of society in general as a result of their technical abilities combined with their broad exposure to the humanities and awareness of societal and global issues.

Departmental Policies

In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising of students for each term.
  2. Exit interviews as a graduation requirement.

Four-Year Curriculum - Chemical Engineering

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites) for Students Transferring from a Florida Community College: If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the University. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Students qualify for direct entry to their intended department if they have completed the following courses at a Community College or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. The following are transferable courses from the Community College that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:

ENC 1101/1102 English I and II (6)

Humanities & Social Sciences:
Humanities Courses (6)
Social Science Courses (6)
Humanities or Social Sciences (3)

MAC 2281 MAC 2311* (4)
MAC 2282 MAC 2312* (4)
MAC 2283 MAC 2313* (4)
MAP 2302 MAP 2302 (3)

*or MAC 2281, MAC 2282, MAC 2283

Natural Sciences:
CHM 2045 CHM 1045* (3)
CHM 2045L CHM 1045L* (1)
PHY 2048 PHY 2048 (3)
PHY 2048L PHY 2048L (1)
PHY 2049 PHY 2049 (3)
PHY 2049L PHY 2049L (1)

*or CHS 1440 Chemistry for Engineers

Chemical Engineering Admissions Requirements

Students must have completed the equivalent USF Engineering Calculus General Physics and Chemistry courses with a C or better in each course; must have a USF and an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

The schedule that follows indicates how a diligent student who can devote full time to coursework can satisfy requirements in four academic years. Students without a solid foundation or those who cannot devote full time to academics should plan a slower pace.

Semester I
ENC 1101 Composition I 3
MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I 4
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab 1
EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering 1
ALAMEA Perspectives Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective   3
Total 18

Semester II
ENC 1102 Composition II 3
MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II 4
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab 1
PHY 2048 General Physics I 3
PHY 2048L General Physics I Lab 1
Historical Perspectives Elective   3
Total 18

Semester III
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I* 3
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab* 2
MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III 4
PHY 2049 General Physics II 3
PHY 2049L General Physics II Lab 1
EGN 3613C Engineering Economy   3
Total 15

*or BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L if the 3 hr science elective is replaced by 4 hours of advanced biology that has been approved by the department.

Semester IV
MAP 2302 Differential Equations 3
EGN 3343 Thermodynamics 3
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
ENC 3211 Communications for Engineers (6A L&W)   3
Total 14

EGN 3343 Engineering Statistics 3
Historical Perspective Elective 3
Social Science Elective   3
Total 9

Semester V
ECH 3023C Process Engineering I 4
ECH 3023L Chemical Engineering Lab I 1
ECH 4264 Transport Phenomena 4
ECH 3702 Instrument Systems 3
ECH 4123 Chemical Engineering Thermo   3
Total 15

Semester VI
CHM 4412 Physical Chemistry III 3
ECH 4265C Process Engineering II 4
ECH 4265L Chemical Engineering Lab II 1
ECH 4845 Quantitative Methods 3
Chemical Engineering Elective   3
Total 14

Semester VII
ECH 4415C Process Engineering III 4
ECH 4415L Chemical Engineering Lab III 1
CHM 4931 Intro. to Materials Science & Engineering 3
ECH 4323C Automatic Controls I 4
ECH 4936 Undergraduate Seminar 1
Social Science Elective   3
Total 16

Semester VIII
ECH 4615 Plant Design (MW/MI) 4
Chemical Engineering Elective 7
Science Elective   3
Total 14

Gordon Rule (6A) is fully met through the mathematics courses above, ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC 3211 and by selecting one technical or general education elective that is an approved 6A communication course or by completing an AA degree at a Florida Community College.

Exit Requirements in Major Works/Major Issues (MW/MI) and Literature and Writing (L&W) are fully met through ENC3211 and ECH4615.

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