Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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 major. 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 major 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.
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.
Major Educational Objectives
The overall objective of the Bachelor’s Degree 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 major who have chosen to pursue a career in engineering shall achieve the following within a few years after graduation:
- Demonstrate professional engineering competence by holding positions of increasing responsibility in industry, business, government and/or educational institutions
- Publish papers, reports, patents and/or technical presentations at local, national, international meetings or within the professional organization/company that they are affiliated with.
- 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 Major
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 Major
- Completion of:
- A minimum grade of C in each course and a 2.75 GPA (based on best attempt) in these courses.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
- A minimum USF GPA of 2.0.
In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:
- Mandatory academic advising of students for each term.
- 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.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
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.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses 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 in prerequisite courses.
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 USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302 or MAP X305
Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or CHS X440/X440LCHM 2046/CHM 2046L General Chemistry II with LabCHM X046/X046L or CHM X046CPHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048L
PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY 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)
- MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I or MAC 2311 Calculus I
- MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II or MAC 2312 Calculus II
- MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III or MAC 2313 Calculus III
- EGN 3433 Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems or MAP 2302 Differential Equations
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- PHY 2048 General Physics I
- PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory
- PHY 2049 General Physics II
- PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Basic Engineering (4 credit hours)
- EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
- EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering Lab
- EGN 3343 Thermodynamics I
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 4323 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
- BME 4100 Biomedical Engineering
- BME 4409 Engineering Physiology
- BME 4571 Nanomedicine
- BME 4931 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering
- ECH 4905 Independent Study
- ECH 4931 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering II
- ECH 4936 Undergraduate Seminar
- ECH 4944 Industry Internship
Consult with the department undergraduate advisor for additional departmental electives and special topics courses that may be available.
The Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students program in the College of Engineering offers undergraduate students an opportunity to directly participate in state-of-the-art research. Graduate students and professors serve as research partners and mentors as undergraduate research assistants participate in the scientific process and gain relevant experience.
There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912, IDS 4914 or IDH 4910 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience.