Undergraduate Program

About the Program

Chemical engineering is a broad field encompassing everything from design to large-scale manufacturing of a wide variety of products through chemical and biochemical processes. These products include pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, specialty chemicals, microelectronic devices, polymers and products used in food processing and in biotechnology. Our alumni are employed in diverse fields including traditional and alternative/renewable energy, manufacturing, health care, biotechnology and business services.

Our chemical engineering curriculum builds upon the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Undergraduate students complete a program of study that includes rigorous instruction in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transport, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and chemical process dynamics and control.

Effective Fall 2017, we updated our ABET accredited degree in chemical engineering. This revision modernizes our curriculum, offers increased flexibility in elective options and provides optional specialty tracks in process engineering and biological engineering for those who want to focus their degree. In addition, our curriculum also includes elements that clearly set us apart from other programs; for example, taught in a new and unique student-centered environment, Studio Biology introduces active learning to the instruction of biology at the freshman level. This unique course minimizes lecture time and maximizes student involvement in the learning process with the design and performance of experiments exploring biological systems.

Our emphasis on active learning is also demonstrated within the Unit Operations Laboratory sequence taken in the summer as a six-week intensive “field session.” Here, the fundamentals of heat, mass and momentum transport and applied thermodynamics are reviewed in a practical, applications-oriented, hands-on setting. Field session greatly hones students’ teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and oral and written technical communications skills.

This curriculum is delivered within facilities that are among the best in the nation. Our modern in-house computer network supports over 70 workstations with specialized software for modeling chemical engineering systems. Our honors undergraduate research program provides our undergraduates with the opportunity to work with graduate students, postdocs and faculty on cutting-edge chemical and biochemical engineering research. Undergraduate chemical engineering students in this program at Mines have presented at national conferences and have won national competitions and awards based on research conducted while pursuing their baccalaureate degree. Mines also has a very active American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter. The student leadership organize “Lunch and Learn” events with industry leaders, host social events throughout the year, organize a rotational dinner for members and recruiters before our Fall Career Fair and participate in the Chem-E-Car Competition at the national AIChE meeting.

With placement outcomes within three months of graduation exceeding 80 percent for the last five years and average starting salaries over $69,000, our graduates continue to be in high demand for industry, government, military and graduate school positions across the country.

Additional Program Information

Accreditation

The programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering programs and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Mines Office of Institutional Research.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Mines has two undergraduate degree programs: 1) BS Chemical Engineering and 2) BS Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Both degree programs are ABET-accredited through 2018.

To be accredited, a program must have educational objectives and associated student outcomes that lead to meeting those objectives. Programs must also have a comprehensive assessment methodology in place that provides continuous feedback and demonstrates that the objectives are being met.

STUDENT OBJECTIVES:

For both degree programs, our objectives for our graduates within three to five years of completing their degree are that they will:

  1. be in graduate school or in the workforce utilizing their education in chemical engineering fundamentals; and
  2. be applying their knowledge of and skills in engineering fundamentals in conventional areas of chemical engineering and in contemporary and growing fields; and
  3. have demonstrated both their commitment to continuing to develop personally and professionally, and an appreciation for the ethical and social responsibilities associated with being an engineer and a world citizen.

In addition to the above objectives, our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduates three to five years out will:

  1. be applying their knowledge of and skills in biochemical engineering fundamentals.

STUDENT OUTCOMES:

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes for the Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering programs are:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Combined Baccalaureate / Master's Degree Program

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers the opportunity to begin work on a master of science degree, either thesis or non-thesis, while completing the requirements of the bachelor’s degree. These combined BS/MS programs are designed to allow undergraduates engaged in research to apply their experience to an advanced degree. It is expected that a student would be able to complete both degrees in five to five and a half years. To take advantage of the combined program, students should be engaged in research and taking graduate coursework during their senior year. For this reason, students are expected to apply to the program at the end of their junior year. Students must have a GPA greater than 3.0 to be considered for the program. Interested students are encouraged to get more information from their advisor or the faculty member in charge of graduate affairs. Students may also consult the current graduate catalog.

Advising Sheet: Chemical Engineering

Freshman Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CHGN 121 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CSM 101 Freshman Success Seminar 0.5
EPIC 151 Design I 3
LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values 4
MATH 111 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education I 0.5
TOTAL 16

Freshman Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 110 Fundamentals of Biology I 4
CHGN 122 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 112 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education II 0.5
PHGN 100 Physics I 4.5
TOTAL 17

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 210 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHGN 223 Organic Chemistry I Lab (or in spring) 1
MATH 213 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers III 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education III .5
PHGN 200 Physics II 4.5
TOTAL 16

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 200 Computational Methods in ChEN 3
CBEN 201 Mass and Energy Balances 3
CHGN 222 Organic Chemistry II 3
EBGN 201 Principles of Economics 3
MATH 225 Differential Equations 3
PAGN XXX Physical Education IV 0.5
TOTAL 15.5

Junior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 307 Fluid Mechanics 3
CBEN 357 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 351 Physical Chemistry I 4
LAIS 200 Human Systems 3
CBEN 358 Chemical Engineering Thermo Lab 1
TECH Technical Elective 3
TOTAL 17

Summer Field Session

CBEN 312/313 Unit Operations Lab 6

Junior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 314 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
CBEN 403 Process Dynamics and Control 3
CBEN 375 Chemical Engineering Separations 3
TECH Technical Elective 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Senior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 418 Reaction Engineering 3
CBEN 402 Chemical Engineering Design 3
CBEN XXX* Chemical Engineering Elective 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
TECH Technical Elective 1
FREE Free Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Senior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 4XX* Chemical Engineering Elective (≥400) 3
CBEN / CBGN CBEN or CHGN Elective (≥300) 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
FREE Free Elective 2 3
FREE Free Elective 3 3
TOTAL 15

*Not all CBEN courses count as CBEN electives.

Advising Sheet: Process Engineering Track

Freshman Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CHGN 121 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CSM 101 Freshman Success Seminar 0.5
EPIC 151 Design I 3
LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values 4
MATH 111 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education I 0.5
TOTAL 16

Freshman Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 110 Fundamentals of Biology I 4
CHGN 122 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 112 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education II 0.5
PHGN 100 Physics I 4.5
TOTAL 17

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 210 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHGN 223 Organic Chemistry I Lab (or in spring) 1
MATH 213 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers III 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education III .5
PHGN 200 Physics II 4.5
TOTAL 16

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 200 Computational Methods in ChEN 3
CBEN 201 Mass and Energy Balances 3
CHGN 222 Organic Chemistry II 3
EBGN 201 Principles of Economics 3
MATH 225 Differential Equations 3
PAGN XXX Physical Education IV 0.5
TOTAL 15.5

Junior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 307 Fluid Mechanics 3
CBEN 357 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 351 Physical Chemistry I 4
LAIS 200 Human Systems 3
CBEN 358 Chemical Engineering Thermo Lab 1
CBEN 365 Intro to Chemical Engineering Practice 3
TOTAL 17

Summer Field Session

CBEN 312/313 Unit Operations Lab 6

Junior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 314 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
CBEN 403 Process Dynamics and Control 3
CBEN 375 Chemical Engineering Separations 3
PROC TECH Process Technical Elective 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Senior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 418 Reaction Engineering 3
CBEN 402 Chemical Engineering Design 3
EBGN 321 Engineering Economics 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
TECH Technical Elective 1
FREE Free Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Senior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 4XX Process CBEN Elective (≥400) 3
CBEN / CBGN CBEN or CHGN Elective (≥300) 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
FREE Free Elective 2 3
FREE Free Elective 3 3
TOTAL 15

*Courses in bold are required for the Process Engineering Track.

Advising Sheet: Biological Engineering Track

Freshman Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CHGN 121 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CSM 101 Freshman Success Seminar 0.5
EPIC 151 Design I 3
LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values 4
MATH 111 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education I 0.5
TOTAL 16

Freshman Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 110 Fundamentals of Biology I 4
CHGN 122 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 112 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education II 0.5
PHGN 100 Physics I 4.5
TOTAL 17

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 210 Introduction to Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHGN 223 Organic Chemistry I Lab (or in spring) 1
MATH 213 Calculus for Scientists and Engineers III 4
PAGN XXX Physical Education III .5
PHGN 200 Physics II 4.5
TOTAL 16

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 200 Computational Methods in ChEN 3
CBEN 201 Mass and Energy Balances 3
CHGN 222 Organic Chemistry II 3
EBGN 201 Principles of Economics 3
MATH 225 Differential Equations 3
PAGN XXX Physical Education IV 0.5
TOTAL 15.5

Junior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 307 Fluid Mechanics 3
CBEN 357 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHGN 428 Biochemistry 3
LAIS 200 Human Systems 3
CBEN 358 Chemical Engineering Thermo Lab 1
FREE Free Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Summer Field Session

CBEN 312/313 Unit Operations Lab 6

Junior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 314 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
CBEN 403 Process Dynamics and Control 3
CBEN 375 Chemical Engineering Separations 3
CBEN 360 Bioprocess Engineering 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective 1 3
TOTAL 16

Senior Year, Fall Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 418 Reaction Engineering 3
CBEN 402 Chemical Engineering Design 3
CHGN 351 Physical Chemistry I 4
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
TECH Technical Elective 1
BIO TECH Bio Technical Elective 3
TOTAL 17

Senior Year, Spring Semester

Course No. Title Hours
CBEN 4XX* Chemical Engineering Elective (≥400) 3
BIO TECH Bio Technical Elective 3
LAIS / EBGN H&SS Restricted Elective II 3
FREE Free Elective 2 3
FREE Free Elective 3 3
TOTAL 15

*Not all CBEN courses count as CBEN electives. Courses in bold are required for the Biological Engineering Track.

Chemical and Biological Engineering Electives

NOTE: Any CHGN or CBEN 3XX course counts as the CHGN or CBEN 3XX elective listed in the spring semester of the junior year. However, only CBEN courses with engineering content count as the CBEN electives listed in the senior year. Those courses include the following:

Course No. Title Credit Hours
CBEN 200 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CBEN 250 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis and Design 3
CBEN 310 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 3
CBEN 315 Introduction to Electrochemical Engineering 3
CBEN 340 Cooperative Education 1-3
CBEN 35X, 45X, X98, X99 Honors UG Research, Special Topics, Independent Study* 1-6
CBEN 368 Introduction to Undergraduate Research 1
CBEN 401 Introduction to Chemical Process Design 3
CBEN 408 Natural Gas Processing 3
CBEN 409 Petroleum Processes 3
CBEN 415 Polymer Science and Technology 3
CBEN 416 Polymer Engineering and Technology 3
CBEN 420 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering 3
CBEN 432 Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems 3
CBEN 435 Interdisciplinary Microelectronics 3
CBEN 440 Molecular Perspectives in Chemical Engineering 3
CBEN 460 Biochemical Process Engineering 3
CBEN 461 Biochemical Process Engineering 1
CBEN 469 Fuel Cell Science and Technology 3
CBEN 470 Introduction to Microfluidics 3
CBEN 472 Introduction to Energy Technologies 3
CBEN 480 Natural Gas Hydrates 3

*If content has sufficient engineering basis, as determined by the department head given the project description, these courses can count as a CBEN elective.

The following CBEN bio-related courses DO NOT have sufficient engineering content and therefore DO NOT count as CBEN electives.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
CBEN 110 (BIOL 110) Fundamentals of Biology I 4
CBEN 303/323/120 Fundamentals of Biology II 4
CBEN 304/305 Anatomy and Physiology 3
CBEN 306/309 Anatomy and Physiology: Bone, Muscle and Brain 3
CBEN 311 Introduction to Neuroscience 3
CBEN 320 Cell Biology and Physiology 3
CBEN 321 Introduction to Genetics 4
CBEN 411 Neuroscience, Memory and Learning 3
CBEN 412 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
CBEN 431 Immunology 3
CBEN 454 Applied Bioinformatics 3
Biomedical Engineering Minor

To obtain a Biomedical Engineering minor, students must take at least 18 credits related to Biomedical Engineering. Two courses (8 credits) of biology are required. Two restricted requirements include Intro to Biomedical Engineering (required) and at least 3 credits of engineering electives related to BME. Two more courses (or at least 4 credits) may be chosen from the engineering and/or additional electives. The lists of electives will be modified as new related courses that fall into these categories become available.

Required Courses (11 credits)

CBEN 110 Fundamentals of Biology I 4
CBEN 120 Studio Biology II 4
CBEN 310 Intro to Biomedical Engineering 3

Engineering Elective Courses Related to BME
(at least 3 credits)

CBEN 432 Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems 3
CBEN 470 Introduction to Microfluidics 3
CBEN 35x, 45x, x98, x99 Honors Undergraduate Research, Special Topics 1 – 3
MEGN 330 Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering 3
MEGN 430 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics 3
MEGN 435/535 Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement 3
MEGN 436/536 Computational Biomechanics 3
MEGN 530 Biomedical Instrumentations 3
MEGN 531 Prosthetic and Implant Engineering 3
MEGN 532 Experimental Methods in Biomech 3
MEGN 537 Probabilistic Biomechanics 3
MTGN 570 Intro to Biocompatibility 3

Additional Elective Courses Related to BME
(two courses or at least 4 credits from the list above or below)

CBEN 311 Introduction to Neuroscience 3
CBEN 322 Biology of Behavior 3
CBEN 398 Anatomy 3
CBEN 398 Anatomy Lab 1
CBEN 398 Physiology 3
CBEN 320 (410) Cell Biology and Physiology 3
CBEN 321 Intro to Genetics (+ Lab) 4
CBEN 411 Neuroscience, Memory, and Learning 3
CBEN 431/531 Immunology for Engineers and Scientists 3
CBEN 454/554 Applied Bioinformatics 3
CBEN 35x, 45x, x98, x99 Honors Undergraduate Research, Special Topics 1-3
CHGN428 Introductory Biochemistry 3
CHGN429 Intro to Biochemistry II 3
CHGN 462 Microbiology 3
MATH 331 Mathematical Biology 3
MTGN 472/572 Biomaterials I 3
PHGN 433 Introduction to Biophysics 3