University Bulletin 2017-2018

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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   15
EH 102 3 hrs  
MA 126 4 hrs  
CH 132 4 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
MA 227 4 hrs  
CH 201 4 hrs  
PH 202 4 hrs  
CHE 203 4 hrs  
Spring   16
MA 238 3 hrs  
Chemistry Elective 4 hrs  
Tech Elective I (Chem/Bio) 3 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
     

Note:

  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  
Gen Ed 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   17
CHE Elective I 3 hrs  
CHE 421 3 hrs  
CHE 441 2 hrs  
CHE 461 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 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  

Professional Component Standing (PCS) 

It is important that students make adequate progress in the Chemical Engineering program.  Satisfactory completion of a set of fundamental courses is required before a student is allowed to take advanced courses.  Professional Component Standing (PCS) is awarded by the chair of the department when the student completes the College of Engineering PCS requirements and the ChBE departmental PCS requirements.

College of Engineering PCS Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
EH 101 English Composition I 3  C
EH 102 English Composition II 3 C
CH 131 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 C
MA 125 Calculus I 4 C
MA 126 Calculus II 4 C
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab  4 C
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PCS Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
CH 132 General Chemistry II + Lab 4  C
CH 201 Organic Chemistry I + Lab 4 C
MA 227 Calculus III 4 C
MA 238 Differential Equations I 3 C
BLY 121 General Biology I + Lab 4 C
CHE 203 Elementary Prin of Chem Processes 4 C

Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama will lose PCS and may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses.  CHE 203 may only be taken twice.  Failure to achieve a C or better grade in the second attempt of CHE 203 will result in dismissal from the Chemical Engineering program. 

 CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES (2017-2018 USA Bulletin)

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 101* English Composition I   3 Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4 **Minimum grade of 'C' required in all prerequisite courses
CH 131/131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
BLY 121/121L General Biology I ACT Math 22 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 22 2  
      17  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 102  English Composition II EH 101 or test score 3 MA 125
 MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4 CH 131/131L
 CH 132/132L General Chemistry II CH 131 4 BLY 121/121L
PH 201/201L Physics I MA 125 and
MA 126
4  EH 101 or EH 105*
         **Minimum grade of 'C' required for all prerequisite courses
      15  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 227 Calculus III MA 126 4 MA 126
CH 201/201L Organic Chemistry I CH 132 4 PH 201/201L
CHE 203 Principles of Chemical Processes  CH 132/132L and MA 126 4 CH 132/132L
PH 202/202L Physics II PH 201 4 EH 102
        **Minimum grade of 'C' is required in all prerequisite courses
       16 *CHE 203; only 2 attempts permitted to complete the course with minimum grade of 'C"
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 238 Differential Equations MA 227 3 CHE 203 *Summer not guaranteed
Chemistry Elective CH 202/202L or CH 265/265L   4 MA 238
EG 231 Engineering Economics and Ethics MA 126 3 CH 201/201L
Technical Elective I (CH/BLY) See advisor for approved course list   3 MA 227
 English Literature     3 **Minimum grade 'C' required in all prerequisite courses
       16  
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CHE 342 Engineering Communication EH 102, BLY 121 and CHE 321 (cc) 3 **Minimum grade of 'C' required in all prerequisite courses
CHE 321 Transport Phenomenal PH 201, MA 238, and CHE 203 3 CHE courses only available in Fall semester
CHE 331 Thermodynamics I CH 201/201L, PH 201, CHE 203, MA 238, CHE 351 (cc)  3  
History (US or Western Civ.)      3  
CHE 351 Measures Lab I  CHE 331 (cc) and CHE 342 (cc) 1  
Technical Elective II See adviser for approved course list   3  
      16  
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CHE 311 Separations I CHE 203 and
CHE 331
3  **Minimum grade of 'C' required in all prerequisite courses
CHE 322 Transport Phenomena II CHE 321 3 CHE courses only available in Spring semester
CHE 332 Thermodynamics II CHE 331 and
CHE 352 (cc)
3  
CHE 372 Reactor Design CHE 322 and
CHE 332
3  
CHE 352 Measures Lab II CHE 351, CHE 332 (cc), CHE 372 (cc) 1  
Social/Behavioral Elective      
      16  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CHE 421 Separations II CHE 311 and
CHE 322
3 Take FE exam
CHE 441  Unit Operations Lab I CHE 322, CHE 342, CHE 351, CHE 352 2 Apply for graduation
CHE 461 Design I EG 231, CHE 332, CHE 342, and
CHE 372
3  **Minimum grade of 'C' in all prerequisite courses
ChE Elective I See advisor for approved course list   3 CHE courses only available in Fall semester
Fine Arts Elective     3  
Humanities Elective     3  
      17  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CHE 452 Process Controls CHE 372 3 **Minimum grade of 'C' required in all prerequisite courses
CHE 462 Design II CHE 461 3 CHE courses only available in Spring semester
CHE 442 Unit Operations Lab II CHE 311, CHE 421, CHE 441 2  
ChE Elective II See advisor for approved course list   3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
      14  
    **TOTAL 127  
         
All bolded courses meet general education requirements.
Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain the Professional Component Standing (PCS) and require a minimum grade of 'C'.
Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.
 
*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 550, can opt out of EH 101.
**Students not Term 1 - Calculus I ready will exceed the 127 hours required for this degree. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below will not complete the degree in 4 years. Students beginning in MA 112 must utilize summer before Term 3 by taking MA 125 and CH 132/132L and utilize the summer before Term 5 to complete the degree in 4 years. Students with ACT Math scores 23 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.
Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.
The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections.  This information provides only a suggested schedule.  Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor. 
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Staff (251) 460-6160
Chair F. Carl Knopf
Professors Knopf, Sylvester
Associate Professors Leavesley, West
Assistant Professors Glover, Rabideau, Wheeler

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/chbe/index.html

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 (FE) examination in 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 127 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 the College of Engineering.

BSChE Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering’s undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gained through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the chemical engineering profession, obtained professional licensure, and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.
  2. Incorporated economic environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, safety, and sustainability considerations into the practice of chemical engineering.
  3. Exhibited effective communication skills, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior.
  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

BSChE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the BSChE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes: 

  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 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 techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary engineering practice.

The BSChE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org