University Bulletin 2016-17

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Chemical Engineering (BS)

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
EH 101 3 hrs  
MA 125 4 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
CH 131 4 hrs  
BLY 121 4 hrs  
Spring   18
EH 102 3 hrs  
MA 126 4 hrs  
CH 132 4 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   19
MA 227 4 hrs  
CH 201 4 hrs  
PH 202 4 hrs  
CHE 203 4 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Spring   16
MA 238 3 hrs  
Chemistry Elective 4 hrs  
Tech Elective I (Chem/Bio) 3 hrs  
EG 270 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  


  1. Minimum grade of 'C" is required for all prerequisites to CHE 300-level and 400-level courses.
  2. Appropriate software tools will be utilized in almost all CHE courses.
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
CHE 321 3 hrs  
CHE 331 3 hrs  
CHE 342 3 hrs  
CHE 351 1 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
Tech Elective II 3 hrs  
Spring   16
CHE 311 3 hrs  
CHE 322 3 hrs  
CHE 332 3 hrs  
CHE 352 1 hrs  
CHE 372 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Fourth Year Credit Hours
Fall   14
CHE Elective I 3 hrs  
CHE 421 3 hrs  
CHE 441 2 hrs  
CHE 461 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Spring   14
CHE Elective II 3 hrs  
CHE 442 2 hrs  
CHE 452 3 hrs  
CHE 462 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Staff (251) 460-6160
Interim Chair Nicholas Sylvester
Professors Harrison, Sylvester
Associate Professors Leavesley, West
Assistant Professors Glover, Wheeler
Professor Emeritus Rodriguez

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering web site

Chemical Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology and other natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop economical ways of using material and energy for the benefit of mankind. The program required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering provides fundamental instruction in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. This education prepares the graduate to seek employment in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare, microelectronics, polymers, energy and environmental industries. In addition, the graduate is adequately prepared to pursue graduate school.

Chemical engineering students are required to take the Chemical Engineering discipline specific Fundamentals of Engineering examination of Alabama or another state prior to graduation. All electives must be approved by the student's advisor. Degree requirements include a minimum of 18 semester hours of approved electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Satisfactory completion of the 130 hour program outlined below leads to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree, which are covered in the Bulletin under College of Engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department's undergraduate chemical engineering program prepares students to achieve the following educational objectives within 3-5 years of graduation:

  1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in traditional and non-traditional chemical industries or related fields.
  2. Contribute to achievement of organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
  3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional development.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of South Alabama will have:

  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 political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability in chemical engineering
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical 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.
  12. a working knowledge of chemical process safety and hazards associated with chemical processes.