Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering is to prepare graduates with fundamental knowledge and contemporary skills for the development, economic design, and safe operation of chemical and biological systems, processes, products, and methods in a manner compatible with societal values.

Program Educational Objectives
The overall objective of the bachelor’s degree program in chemical engineering at the University of South Florida is to prepare graduates for successful careers in the chemical engineering and related professions. Accordingly, graduates of this program who have chosen to pursue a career in engineering shall achieve the following within a few years after graduation:

  1. Demonstrate professional engineering competence by holding positions of increasing responsibility in industry, business, government and/or educational institutions
  2. Publish papers, reports, patents and/or technical presentations at local, national, international meetings or within the professional organization/company that they are affiliated with.
  3. Continue to improve their technical skills, knowledge and understanding through continuing education, pursuit of advanced degrees, and/or pursuit of professional license in their chosen profession.

Please refer to the mission statement on the department website for additional information.

Entrance Requirements for the Chemical Engineering Program
College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Chemical Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses. Once admitted, the department may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Chemical Engineering Department

  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.

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.

GPA and Grade Requirement
Many courses required for the BS degree in Chemical Engineering have other prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a C- or better before the student is allowed to take the course. This applies to prerequisite courses taken in other departments as well. The only exceptions are the Admissions Requirements courses, which must be passed with a grade of C or better. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

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.

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 or CHS 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 or PHY X043/X048L
PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with Lab PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L

Total Major Hours: 107 Hours

Major Core Courses - 94 Hours

Math and Science (36 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (4 credit hours)

Specialization (51 credit hours)

  • ECH 3002 Introduction to Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
  • ECH 3854 Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Computations
  • ECH 3023 Material and Energy Balances
  • ECH 4123 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ECH 3266 Transport Phenomena I
  • ECH 4846 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • ECH 3702 Instrument Systems I
  • ECH 4418 Separation Processes
  • ECH 4267 Transport Phenomena II
  • BME 4406 Engineering of Biological Systems
  • ECH 3240L Chemical Engineering Lab I
  • ECH 4504 Kinetics and 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 (CPST)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

  • ENC 3246 Communications for Engineers (WRIN)

Major Elective Courses - 13 Hours

13 hours of Departmental Upper-Level Electives

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

For questions about college and departmental admission, transferring from another institution or registration for prerequisite courses: http://www.usf.edu/engineering/student-services/academic-advising/index.aspx.

For questions specific to Chemical Engineering courses and curriculum: http://chbme.eng.usf.edu/undergraduate/advisorsMessage.htm.

Major Faculty

Chair: V. Bhethanabotla; Emeritus Professor: J.C. Busot, J.A. Llewellyn, C.A. Smith; Professors: V.R. Bhethanabotla, S.W. Campbell, R. Frisina Jr., R. Gilbert, Y. Goswami, V. Gupta, B. Joseph, W.E. Lee, III, A.K. Sunol, Associate Professors: N. Alcantar, M. Jaroszeski C. Passaglia, R. Toomey; Assistant Professors: J. Kuhn, P. Koria, A. Pyayt; Interdisciplinary Professors: D. Edins, N. Gallant, A. Sagues, J.P. Walton; Courtesy Faculty: T. Fawcett, D. Haynie, J. Lloyd, D. McMillan, M. Peterson, G. Philippidis, W. Saadi, P. Sanberg, S. Sundaram.

Major Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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