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

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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as 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 have 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.

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. 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 Engineering97-100
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
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
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
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):12-15
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 Engineering97-100
University Graduation Requirements *32-35
Total Credit Hours132

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Major Concentration: Materials Science and Engineering

To fulfill the remaining requirements for the major in Chemical Engineering with a major concentration in Materials Science and Engineering, students must complete a total of 15 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 Requirements
MSNE 301MATERIALS SCIENCE3
MSNE 402MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 from the following:9
BIOMATERIALS APPLICATIONS
COLLOIDAL AND INTERFACIAL PHENOMENA
PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
QUANTUM MECHANICS FOR ENGINEERS
MATERIALS PROCESSING AND NANOMANUFACTURING
NANOMATERIALS FOR ENERGY
THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS
METALLOGRAPHY AND PHASE RELATIONS
CERAMICS AND GLASSES
COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS MODELING
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION
PROPERTIES, SYNTHESIS AND DESIGN OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS
THIN FILMS
Total Credit Hours15

Policies for the BSChE Degree with a Major Concentration in Materials Science and Engineering

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: http://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. 

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 Materials Science and Engineering 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

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