Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Chemical Engineering

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemical Engineering

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Chemical Engineering, 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. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemical Engineering

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Chemical Engineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours to satisfy major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 132 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 13 courses (37 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

The BA with a Major in Chemical Engineering is a flexible program and allows a student to pursue other areas of interest with or without a second major (or an academic minor).  

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 Engineering72
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemical Engineering132

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 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 411THERMODYNAMICS I3
CHBE 412THERMODYNAMICS II3
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)
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Chemical Engineering72
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours132

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Chemical 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: 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 major in Chemical Engineering 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 BA Degree with a Major in Chemical 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.

Additional Information

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