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, Materials Option, B.S.Ch.E.

Provides chemical engineering students with an option to focus on materials.

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

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

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

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

Chemical Engineering, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering in five years.

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.