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 (https://www.abet.org). See the “Accreditation” link for our program educational objectives and student outcomes.
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:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- 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
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Prepares students to work in a broad range of fields including alternative energy, biotechnology, chemicals, environmental engineering, materials, natural gas and petroleum.
Provides chemical engineering students with an option to focus on materials.
Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering in five years.
Non-majors are welcome to minor in chemical engineering.
Typical Four-Year Schedule
|FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER||FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
|Introduction to Chemical Engineering||Engineering Applications Programming
|Calculus I||Calculus II
|General Chemistry I and Lab||General Chemistry II and Lab
|Exposition and Argumentation||General Physics and Lab
|Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience||
|SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER||SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
|Thermodynamics||Principles of Chemical Engineering
|Calculus III||Differential Equations
|Organic Chemistry I and Lab||Statics or Engineering Economics
|General Physics II and Lab||Introductory Fluid Mechanics
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretations
|JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER||JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Equilibrium Thermodynamics||Mass Transfer
|Introductory Heat Transfer||Advanced Chemistry Elective and Lab
|Math Elective||Chemical Reactor Design
|Writing for the Professions||Advanced Science Elective
|Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation||Process Control
|Electrical Circuit Analysis||
|SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER||SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Process Component Design||Chemical Engineering Plant Design
|Chemical Engineering Lab I||Chemical Engineering Lab II
|Chemical Engineering Elective||Advanced Engineering Elective
|Advanced Chemistry Elective and Lab||General Elective
|Health, Safety and Environment||Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation
- 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.