Chemical Engineering (ChE)
Alshami, Bowman, Ji, Kolodka, Krishnamoorthy, Mann, Seames, Tande (Chair) and Wills
The department’s primary objective is the education of undergraduate students so that, upon graduation, they are prepared to take challenging entry-level positions in a wide range of industries. These include not only traditional chemical and petroleum processing, but also fields such as biotechnology, consumer products, electronic materials, energy, food, polymers, pulp and paper, and environmental protection. They may be engaged in research, teaching, development, manufacturing, technical support, marketing, sales or project engineering, and frequently enter engineering management later in their careers. The prescribed curriculum provides a sound, technically based general education for those graduates who wish to pursue other professions such as medicine, law and business. Research and professional activities by members of the faculty, conducted in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, provide training for our students on how to succeed as researchers.
To help meet our primary objective, the department has established the following as its educational objectives:
- Graduates have the knowledge and skills required to analyze and solve problems related to the field of chemical engineering and communicate these results in verbal and written form to a diverse audience.
- Graduates are prepared for positions in the chemical process and broadly related industries and demonstrate integrity, responsibility, ownership, and accountability for their work.
- Graduates have a thorough grounding in fundamentals, allowing them to obtain advanced degrees in chemical engineering or to pursue other professional interests such as medicine or law.
- Graduates have the teamwork, leadership, and lifelong learning skills that prepare them for future professional growth in a broad spectrum of careers
- Graduates understand the role of chemical engineering as a profession and their role in addressing societal issues, including sustainability, environmental responsibility, and safety.
The core of the program is a strong technical curriculum, whereby the fundamentals of the physical sciences, mathematics, and chemical engineering are learned. This core is complemented by general courses in other engineering and technical disciplines to help prepare the students for professional registration or other future careers. Six of the required technical courses are electives, which provide each student the opportunity to tailor the program to his/her individual interests such as environmental concerns, materials, bio-processes, entrepreneurship, etc. Other prescribed courses include topics such as economics, statistics and professional integrity. The program also gives students a chance to become proficient in skills such as computer use, oral and written communication, and teamwork. The undergraduate program culminates in a senior capstone design course in which the students bring together all they have learned as they work in teams on a process design and evaluation project. UND’s program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.
Practical, hands-on experience is gained in laboratories distributed throughout the undergraduate program. Lab experiments form a significant part of each student’s learning beginning immediately in first year chemistry and continuing through the curriculum. In addition to university experiences, which include opportunities to conduct research, students are encouraged to spend time working in the engineering profession via summer internships or cooperative education.
Besides the technical education embodied in the program, there is a strong required general education component with a focus on thinking and reasoning in a diverse society. This is included to round out the individual’s university experience and help prepare for a full life, not just a career. There are also many extracurricular activities available (including professional societies, honor societies, sports and clubs) to enhance the enjoyment of the time spent at UND and to develop important friendships and leadership and team building skills.
One of the main characteristics of this department, which distinguishes it from most other chemical engineering programs around the country, is the commitment to building a strong rapport between the students and faculty. We are able to maintain close interaction because of the relatively small class sizes (typically 25-30 students), and because all faculty members are committed to helping all students do their best and succeed. The interaction between faculty and students occurs formally in the classrooms and through the advising process, but it also frequently arises informally because all faculty maintain an open door policy. It all adds up to an environment that fosters mutual respect and maximizes learning. Our alumni report that the education they received at UND enables them to compete effectively with graduates from any other institution.
To allow qualified students to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree alone, the department offers combined Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE)/Master of Science (with a major in chemical engineering) and BSCHE/Master of Engineering degrees. See Combined Degree Program under the College of Engineering and Mines section for additional details. For even more complete information, see School of Graduate Studies section.
College of Engineering and Mines
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Required 133 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:
I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).
II. The Following Curriculum:
|Fundamentals of Chemistry - Concepts|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory *#
|ENGL 110||College Composition I *||3|
|Social Science ES||3|
|MATH 165||Calculus I *||4|
|Inorganic Chemistry I|
and Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory *#
|PHYS 251||University Physics I *||4|
|CHE 102||Introduction to Chemical Engineering||2|
|MATH 166||Calculus II *||4|
|CHE 201||Chemical Engineering Fundamentals *||3|
|ENGL 130||Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences||3|
|MATH 265||Calculus III *||4|
|PHYS 252||University Physics II *||4|
|CHE 232||Chemical Engineering Laboratory I ††||2|
|MATH 266||Elementary Differential Equations||3|
|CHE 206||Unit Operations in Chemical Engineering **||3|
|Survey of Organic Chemistry|
and Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory •
|CHE 315||Statistics and Numerical Methods in Engineering||3|
|CHE 301||Introduction to Transport Phenomena||4|
|CHE 303||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||4|
|CHE 331||Chemical Engineering Laboratory II||2|
|ENGR 206||Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering||3|
|Technical Elective II||3|
|CHE 305||Separations **||3|
|CHE 321||Chemical Engineering Reactor Design **||3|
|CHE 340||Professional Integrity in Engineering||3|
|Technical Elective I||3|
|CHE 332||Chemical Engineering Laboratory III ††||2|
|CHE 408||Process Dynamics and Control||3|
|CHE 411||Plant Design I: Process Design and Economics **||4|
|CHE 412||Plant Design II: Process Project Engineering **||5|
|CHE 431||Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV **||3|
|CHEM 470||Thermodynamics & Kinetics||3|
|Advanced Chem. Science Elective||3|
|Social Science ES||3|
|Advanced Chem. Science Elective||3|
|Engineering Science Elective||3|
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I/CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory may be taken in lieu of CHEM 221 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Concepts/CHEM 221L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory and CHEM 122 General Chemistry II/CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory may be taken in lieu of CHEM 254 Inorganic Chemistry I/CHEM 254L Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory.
Must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in Junior-level ChE courses.
ENGL 130 College Composition II may be substituted.
Must be completed at UND.
CHE 235 Chemical Engineering Summer Laboratory I and CHE 335 Chemical Engineering Summer Laboratory II may be taken in lieu of the CHE 232 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I, CHE 331 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II, CHE 332 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III sequence.
Concentration in Energetics
Energetics concepts are widely used in defense applications, as well as many other areas including space exploration, counter-terrorism, fire suppression and public safety technologies, automotive airbags, and fireworks. With defense and security representing important issues facing our nation today, there is a critical need to grow and optimize the research and development of energetic materials. Furthermore, it has become equally important to train replacements for the aging workforce in this important technological area. This program is designed to equip students for careers associated in energetics, conduct research and development activities, or to pursue advanced studies in technologies that will meet the demands of the space and defense industries in the future.
To qualify for a Concentration in Energetics, a student must complete the requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Requirements for the concentration are fulfilled by taking the following courses to meet the required electives of the B.S. ChE degree. In addition, one additional credit is required for the concentration: CHE 422 Capstone in Energetics: Capstone in Energetics.
|Select one of the following (Social Electives):||3|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Information, Technology and Social Change|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice|
|World Regional Geography|
|Engineering Disasters and Ethics|
|Introduction to Political Philosophy|
|Other as approved by department|
|Technical Elective I:|
|CHE 530||Combustion Theory and Modeling||3|
|Technical Elective II:|
|CHE 531||Rocket Propulsion||3|
|Advanced Chemical Science Electives:|
|CHE 532||Explosives: Theory and Modeling||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Materials and Corrosion|
|CHE 422||Capstone in Energetics||1|
The student’s transcript will be marked by a Concentration in Energetics upon completion of the recommended curriculum.
Concentration in Sustainable Energy Engineering
Climate change, rising energy costs, and energy security represent some of the most significant issues facing today’s society. It will take major advances in technology to help resolve these issues. More importantly, energy-related issues have created a new industry with a strong need for the training and development of human capital. The concentration in Sustainable Energy Engineering is designed to help students prepare themselves for careers associated with sustainable energy technologies.
To qualify for a concentration in Sustainable Energy Engineering, a student must complete the requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Requirements for the concentration are fulfilled by taking the following courses to meet the required electives of the B.S. ChE degree. In addition, one additional credit is required for the concentration: CHE 420 Capstone in Sustainable Energy.
|Engineering Science Elective:|
|CHE 435||Materials and Corrosion||3|
|Select one of the following (Business/Entrepreneurship Elective):||3|
|Technology and Innovation Case Studies|
|Accounting and Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurship|
|Marketing and Management Concepts for Entrepreneurship|
|Select one of the following (Technical Elective I):||3|
|Energy, Resources and Policy|
|Alternative Energy Systems|
|Renewable Energy Systems|
|Select one of the following (Technical Elective II):||3|
|Introduction to Environmental Issues|
|Global Physical Environment|
and Global Physical Environment Laboratory
|Introduction to Global Climate|
and Introduction to Global Climate Laboratory
|Select one of the following (Advanced Chemical Science Elective):|
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
|Special Topics (Research)|
|CHE 420||Capstone in Sustainable Energy||1|
The student’s transcript will be marked with a Concentration in Sustainable Energy Engineering upon completion of the recommended curriculum.
Concentration in Petroleum Engineering
This program is designed to equip students for careers in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis on the upstream development, drilling and production of oil and natural gas. Students will also be prepared to conduct research and development activities or to pursue advanced studies in technologies that will meet the demands of upstream oil production.
To qualify for a Concentration in Petroleum Engineering, a student must complete the requirements for the B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Requirements for the concentration are fulfilled by taking the following courses to meet the required electives of the B.S. ChE degree. In addition, one additional credit is required for the concentration: ChE 424: Capstone in Petroleum Engineering.
|Technical Elective II|
|PTRE 411||Drilling Engineering||3|
|Technical Elective I|
|PTRE 421||Production Engineering||3|
|Advanced Chemical Science Elective|
|PTRE 431||Reservoir Engineering||3|
|Select one of the following (Advanced Chemical Science Elective)|
|PTRE 311||Petroleum Fluid Properties||3|
|PTRE 461||Natural Gas Engineering||3|
|GEOL 407||Petroleum Geology||3|
|Select one of the following (Business/Entrepreneurship Elective)|
|PTRE 441||Petroleum Evaluation & Management||3|
|CE 444||Contracts and Specifications||3|
The student’s transcript will be marked by a Concentration in Petroleum Engineering upon completion of the recommended curriculum.
CHE 102. Introduction to Chemical Engineering. 2 Credits.
An introduction to the chemical engineering profession. Also includes introduction to dimension analysis, material balances, unit operations, safety and engineering economics. S.
CHE 201. Chemical Engineering Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
CHE 206. Unit Operations in Chemical Engineering. 3 Credits.
Application of the principles of momentum and heat transfer from a unit operations perspective. Prerequisite: CHE 201. S.
CHE 232. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. 2 Credits.
The use and application of apparatus to measure the physical and chemical properties involved in chemical process material and energy balances. S.
CHE 235. Chemical Engineering Summer Laboratory I. 3 Credits.
CHE 301. Introduction to Transport Phenomena. 4 Credits.
CHE 303.* Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 4 Credits.
Thermodynamics applied to chemical engineering with emphasis on computational work, including thermodynamic laws, chemical equilibria and pressurevolume-temperature relationships. Prerequisites: CHE 201 with a grade of C or better or GEOG 351. F.
CHE 305.* Separations. 3 Credits.
Theory and application of rate-based and equilibrium-staged separations. Prerequisites: CHE 201 with a grade of C or better. S.
CHE 315. Statistics and Numerical Methods in Engineering. 3 Credits.
Numerical methods include integration, differentiation, Taylor series expansion, curve fitting, linear and nonlinear regression. Statistical analyses of data include hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, tests for equal variances, analysis of variance, propagation of error, and an introduction to statistical design of experiments. S.
CHE 321. Chemical Engineering Reactor Design. 3 Credits.
CHE 331. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. 2 Credits.
CHE 332. Chemical Engineering Laboratory III. 2 Credits.
Experiments reinforcing physico-chemical principles, unit operations, and separations. Pre-design labs are also introduced. Prerequisite: CHE 331. S.
CHE 335. Chemical Engineering Summer Laboratory II. 3 Credits.
CHE 340. Professional Integrity in Engineering. 3 Credits.
This course emphasizes the need for technical professionals to develop personal integrity and moral character in order to benefit society. Students will develop an appreciation for the global context of their decisions, the ability to make sound ethical decisions, and communicate their ideas effectively. This course also explores the impact of engineering and applied science on society. S.
CHE 397. Cooperative Education. 1-2 Credits.
A practical work experience with an employer closely associated with the student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department and employer. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in the chemical engineering degree program; Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Repeatable to 12 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.
CHE 404. Air Emissions: Regulation and Control. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to enable engineers to understand natural and anthropogenic sources of air pollution, their impact on health and the environment, and learn ways to minimize air emissions by application of control practices. F.
CHE 408. Process Dynamics and Control. 3 Credits.
CHE 411. Plant Design I: Process Design and Economics. 4 Credits.
Introduction to how projects are executed in the process industries, including an understanding of what constitutes preliminary process design, preliminary cost estimation, the fundamentals of economics as applied to process economic assessment, sustainability considerations in design, oral & written communications, teamwork, and the typical drawings and other deliverables produced during the scoping phase of process plant design. There is a particular emphasis on safety considerations in design. Prerequisites: CHE 303 and C or better in CHE 201, CHE 206, CHE 305 and CHE 321. F.
CHE 412. Plant Design II: Process Project Engineering. 5 Credits.
Proficiency is gained in the development of the preliminary design for a major chemical process. In addition, this course provides an introduction to the second stage of process design--the conceptual design process including an introduction to Piping and Instrument-level design development, process control design and facility layout. A variety of oral communications skills are included. Prerequisite: C or better in CHE 411. S.
CHE 420. Capstone in Sustainable Energy. 1 Credit.
The student will work one-on-one with a faculty member to develop a concept paper on the primary issues facing the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 credit hours towards a Concentration in Sustainable Energy. S.
CHE 422. Capstone in Energetics. 1 Credit.
The student will work with a faculty mentor to develop a white paper on a major issue facing the development and implementation of energetics technologies. This will include a discussion of the technical, economic, political, and social barriers facing implementation of the selected technology(s) plus plausible methodologies of overcoming these barriers. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, 12 credit hours towards a concentration in Energetics. S.
CHE 431. Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV. 3 Credits.
CHE 435. Materials and Corrosion. 3 Credits.
Provides an introduction to the fundamental properties of metals and polymers, reviews the forms of metal corrosion and of polymer degradations. F.
CHE 489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-8 Credits.
Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. Repeatable to 9 credits. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S,SS.
CHE 493A. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.
Special topics dictated by student request and current faculty interest. The particular course may be initiated by the students by contacting members of the faculty. Regular grading. Repeatable to 9 credits. Repeatable to 9 credits. On demand.
CHE 493B. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.
Special topics dictated by student request and current faculty interest. The particular course may be initiated by the students by contacting members of the faculty. S/U grading. Repeatable to 9 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits. S/U grading. On demand.
* Completed with a C or better. See degree program for admission requirements.