Russell School of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Programs

The Russell School of Chemical Engineering at TU prepares undergraduate students to solve industrial problems through progressive coursework and rigorous design projects with optional research. Chemical engineering is a broad discipline, training individuals to use chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering for the advancement of mankind and solution of societal problems through technological innovation.

Chemical engineers apply fundamentals of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to resolve issues associated with the use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food and other products. They design operation procedures and manufacturing equipment, test production methods and monitor product performance.

The Russell School of Chemical Engineering curriculum provides fundamental knowledge in science, engineering and chemical engineering principles as well as chemical engineering practice, design and electives. Students may earn a bachelor of science, master of science or doctorate in chemical engineering.

In addition to TU’s general curriculum that offers the flexibility to choose coursework based on personal interests, students also can specialize in one of the following areas: refining, materials, environmental engineering, pre-med and business.

The B.S. degree in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( See the “Accreditation” link for our program educational objectives and student outcomes.

  • Program Objectives

    Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

    Our Program Educational Objectives are to prepare graduates such that, within a few years of graduation, they have established chemical engineering careers in the petroleum, natural gas, chemicals, alternative energy, environmental, materials or biotechnology industries, and/or have begun graduate studies in chemical engineering or related fields such as medicine, law and business administration.

    To meet these educational objectives, students in the program will attain:

    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 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
  • Degree Options

    Chemical Engineering, B.S.Ch.E.

    Prepares students to work in a broad range of fields including alternative energy, biotechnology, chemicals, environmental engineering, materials, natural gas and petroleum.

    Chemical Engineering, Pre-Med Option, B.S.Ch.E.

    Students seeking the B.S.Ch.E. degree must complete either the pre-med option or the general option.

    Chemical Engineering, General Option, B.S.Ch.E.

    Students seeking the B.S.Ch.E. degree must complete either the pre-med option or the general option.

    Chemical Engineering Minor

    Non-majors are welcome to minor in chemical engineering.

  • Typical Four-Year Schedule
    Introduction to Chemical EngineeringEngineering Applications Programming
    Calculus ICalculus II
    General Chemistry I and LabGeneral Chemistry II and Lab
    Exposition and ArgumentationGeneral Physics and Lab
    Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    ThermodynamicsPrinciples of Chemical Engineering
    Calculus IIIDifferential Equations
    Organic Chemistry I and LabStatics or Engineering Economics
    General Physics II and LabIntroductory Fluid Mechanics
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Block II - Historical and Social Interpretations
    Equilibrium ThermodynamicsMass Transfer
    Introductory Heat TransferAdvanced Chemistry Elective and Lab
    Math ElectiveChemical Reactor Design
    Writing for the ProfessionsAdvanced Science Elective
    Block II – Historical and Social InterpretationProcess Control
    Electrical Circuit Analysis
    Process Component DesignChemical Engineering Plant Design
    Chemical Engineering Lab IChemical Engineering Lab II
    Chemical Engineering ElectiveAdvanced Engineering Elective
    Advanced Chemistry Elective and LabGeneral Elective
    Health, Safety and EnvironmentBlock II – Historical and Social Interpretation
  • Professional Opportunities
    • Environmental
    • Petroleum
    • Food
    • Petrochemicals
    • Natural gas
    • Biotechnical fields
  • AIChE Student Organization

    The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals with more than 40,000 members from 90 countries. Members of TU’s student AIChE organization have a breadth of resources and expertise in core process industries or in emerging areas such as nanobiotechnology.