Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) Degree and a Major Concentration in Engineering Breadth

The program leading to the BSChE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Learning Outcomes (Student Outcomes) for the BSChE Degree 

Upon completing the BSChE degree, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives for the BSChE Degree

Within 3-5 years of graduation, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree are expected to be:

  1. Graduate students, professionals, and entrepreneurs who are moving towards leadership positions as exemplary members of the global workforce; and 
  2. Professionals who practice their societal, environmental, and ethical responsibilities. 

Requirements for the BSChE Degree 

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BSChE degree must complete:

Because of the common core requirements, it is possible for students to change their major concentration at any time, even after initially declaring the major. To do so, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Chemical Engineering97
Total Credit Hours Required for the BSChE Degree 132

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Chemistry 1
CHEM 121
CHEM 123
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
4
CHEM 122
CHEM 124
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION
3
CHEM 217ORGANIC LABORATORY FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS1
or CHEM 215 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
Select 2 from the following:6
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEM DISCUSSION II
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Core Courses
CHBE 301CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS3
CHBE 303COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING2
CHBE 305COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING3
CHBE 310FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING3
CHBE 343CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LAB I3
CHBE 350PROCESS SAFETY IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING1
CHBE 390CHEMICAL KINETICS AND REACTOR DESIGN3
CHBE 401TRANSPORT PHENOMENA I3
CHBE 402TRANSPORT PHENOMENA II3
CHBE 403DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS4
CHBE 404CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN4
CHBE 411THERMODYNAMICS I3
CHBE 412THERMODYNAMICS II3
CHBE 443CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LAB II3
CHBE 470PROCESS DYNAMICS AND CONTROL3
Mathematics
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
or MATH 105 AP/OTH CREDIT IN CALCULUS I
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
or MATH 106 AP/OTH CREDIT CALCULUS II
MATH 211ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND LINEAR ALGEBRA3
MATH 212MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 23
CAAM 336DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3
Physics
Select 1 from the following:4
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
and MECHANICS DISCUSSION
HONORS MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
Select 1 from the following:4
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
and ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM DISCUSSION
HONORS ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
Major Concentration
Select 1 from the following Major Concentrations (see below for Major Concentration requirements):12
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Computational Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Sustainability and Energy Engineering
Engineering Breadth
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Chemical Engineering97
University Graduation Requirements *35
Total Credit Hours132

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Major Concentration: Engineering Breadth

To fulfill the remaining requirements for the major in Chemical Engineering with a major concentration in Engineering Breadth, students must complete a total of 12 credit hours as listed below. 

Please Note: The following list of courses can be used to satisfy the requirements of the major concentration. As noted above with major requirements, in certain instances, courses not on the official list may be substituted upon approval of the major's academic advisor. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Core Requirement
Select 1 from the following:3
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEM DISCUSSION II 1
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 1
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 1
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
GEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES
WAVES, LIGHT, AND HEAT
MODERN PHYSICS
Elective Requirements
Select a total of 9 credit hours from at least 3 categories below: 29
Environmental Engineering Courses
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
Materials Science Engineering Courses
MATERIALS SCIENCE
MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS
PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
Bioengineering Courses
METABOLIC ENGINEERING
BIOMATERIALS
BIOMECHANICS
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN BIOENGINEERING
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING
FROM SEQUENCE TO STRUCTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Sustainability and Energy Courses
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
PETROLEUM PHASE BEHAVIOR AND FLOW ASSURANCE
Computation and Applied Mathematics Course
MATRIX ANALYSIS
Other Approved Engineering Courses
COLLOIDAL AND INTERFACIAL PHENOMENA
FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING II
ELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND QUANTUM DEVICES
Total Credit Hours12

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the BSChE Degree with a Major Concentration in Engineering Breadth

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the BSChE degree should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering website: 
https://chbe.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BSChE Degree with a Major Concentration in Engineering Breadth 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering website: 
https://chbe.rice.edu/