Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Chemical Engineering (ECH)
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.C.H.)8 Semester Plan
131 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 14.0701
College of Engineering
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. Chemical and Biomedical 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.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
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 a Florida College System institution, 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 Florida College System institution 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 Florida College System Institution that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:
|Courses at USF||Courses at a Florida College System Institution|
|MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I||MAC X311 or MAC X281|
|MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II||MAC X312 or MAC X282|
|MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III||MAC X313 or MAC X283|
|MAP 2302 Differential Equations||MAP X302 or MAP X305|
|Courses at USF||Courses at a Florida College System Institution|
|CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with Lab||CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C orCHS X440/X440L|
|CHM 2046/CHM 2046L General Chemistry II with Lab||CHM X046/X046L or CHM X046C|
|PHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with Lab||PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C|
|PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with Lab||PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C|
Total Major Hours: 113 Hours
Major Core Courses - 104 Hours
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering
- EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
- ENC 1101 Composition I
- MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- ENC 1102 Composition II
- MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
- PHY 2048 General Physics I
- PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory
- EGN 3443 Engineering Statistics I
- MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III
- PHY 2049 General Physics II
- PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory
- ECH 3023C Material and Energy Balances
- EGN 3343 Thermodynamics I
- EGN 3433 Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems or MAP 2302 Differential Equations
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
- ENC 3246 Communications for Engineers
- ECH 4123 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
- ECH 4264 Transport Phenomena
- ECH 4846 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
- CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
- CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
- ECH 3702 Instrument Systems I
- ECH 4265C Mass Transfer Operations
- BME 4406 Engineering of Biological Systems
- ECH 3240L Chemical Engineering Lab I
- ECH 4415C Reaction Engineering
- ECH 4605 Product and Process Systems Engineering
- EMA 4003 Introduction to Materials Science
- ECH 4241L Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
- ECH 4323C Process Dynamics and Control
- ECH 4615 Product and Process Design
Major Elective Courses - 9 Hours
- 9 hours of Department Upper-Level Electives
Additional Major Requirements
Required Prerequisites for Entering Engineering Programs/Majors
Students who have met the College of Engineering’s admission requirements carry a major code of ”Engineering” or “Pre-Information Technology” until they have completed the prerequisite requirements for departmental admission. (Please see below for departmental admissions requirements.) Students who have fully met the admission requirements for their intended major, and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in one of the following bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Information Technology. The College of Engineering is not accepting new students for the four year Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems at this time. Departmental admissions requirements vary by program. Students considering transferring to USF should familiarize themselves with the requirements for their intended department as early as possible.
Students admitted to the University of South Florida and the College of Engineering must qualify for the program of their choice by successfully meeting the requirements below. Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in math and science prerequisites is a grade of C or higher (C- is insufficient).
Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental Engineering courses. Once admitted, individual departments may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses for the discipline which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
- Completion of:
- A minimum grade of C in each course.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
- A minimum USF GPA of 2.0
Major State Communication and Computation Requirement (formerly Gordon Rule)
Gordon Rule (6A) is fully met through the mathematics courses above, ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC 3246 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 College System institution.