Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


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


Major Description

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.

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

Natural Sciences:

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

Major Elective Courses - 9 Hours

  • 9 hours of Department Upper-Level Electives

    Additional Major Requirements

    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

    1. Completion of:
    2. A minimum grade of C in each course.
    3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
    4. 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.

    Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

    The writing intensive and capstone design exit requirements are fully met through ENC3246 and ECH4615

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