Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program—National Research Council

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vellison [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu (Veronica Ellison)
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Houston
S222 Engineering Bldg 1,
Houston, TX 77204-4004
phone: 713-743-4957
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Undergraduate Courses

Course Description Prerequisites
CHEE 1131 The Challenge of Chemical Engineering
Cr. 1. (1-0). Introduction to chemical engineering as a profession. Developing areas, career opportunities, communication skills, and engineering ethics. 
Science or Engineering Majors
CHEE 1331 Computing for Engineers
(also CIVE 1331, INDE 1331) Cr. 3. (2-2). Introduction to the computing environment; matrix arithmetic; programming essentials; spreadsheets; symbolic algebra tools; solution of typical engineering problems using computer tools. 
MATH 1431. Credit may not be received for more than one of CHEE 1331, CIVE 1331, and INDE 1331
CHEE 2331 Chemical Processes
Cr. 3 (3-0). Introduction to chemical engineering, calculations, unit equations, process stoichiometry, material and energy balances, states of matter, case studies. 
CHEM 1332, MATH 1432, and PHYS 1321
CHEE 2332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Cr. 3 (3-0). Fundamental concepts of thermodynamic systems, heat and work, properties of pure substances, first and second laws. 
CHEM 1332, MATH 2433, PHYS 1321, CHEE 2331.
CHEE 3300 Materials Science and Engineering I
Cr. 3 (3-0). Properties of materials with emphasis on metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. 
CHEE 2331, CHEM 1332, PHYS 1321 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 3321.
CHEE 3321 Analytical Methods for Chemical Engineers              Cr. 3 (3-0) Introduction to modeling and conservation equations, linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations with applications to chemical engineering systems. MATH 2433, CHEE 2331.
CHEE 3333 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
Cr. 3 (3-0). Multicomponent systems, phase equilibria, and prediction of thermodynamic properties. 
CHEE 2332.
CHEE 3334 Statistical / Numerical Techniques for Chemical Engineers
Cr. 3. (3-0). Statistics for chemical engineers. Curve fitting. Numerical methods in linear algebra, non-linear algebraic equations, ordinary and partial differential equations, optimization. Special emphasis is placed on problems appearing in chemical engineering applications. 
CIVE 1331 or CHEE 1331, CHEE 2332, CHEE 3321 or equivalent and credit for or concurrent enrollment in ENGI 3363 or CHEE 3363.
CHEE 3363 Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers
(formerly ENGI 3363)
Cr. 3 (3-0). Foundations of fluid mechanics, fluid statics, kinematics, laminar and turbulent flow; macroscopic balances; dimensional analysis and flow correlations. 
CHEE 3321, CHEE 2332, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 3334.
CHEE 3367 Process-Modeling and Control
Cr. 3 (3-0). Modeling techniques of chemical engineering problems, with emphasis on process control. 
CHEE 3334, CHEE 3363 or ENGI 3363,CHEE 3321, and PHYS 1322.
CHEE 3369 Chemical Engineering Transport Processes
Cr. 3 (3-0). Mass transfer in single- and multiphase systems and combined heat- and mass-transfer. Selected topics in heat and mass transfer, and in heat and momentum transfer. 
ENGI 3363 or CHEE 3363.
CHEE 3399- 4399 Senior Honors Thesis
Cr. 3 per semester.
senior standing; 3.00 cumulative grade-point average in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and overall.
CHEE 3462 Unit Operations
Cr. 4. (3-1.5). Unit operations, with emphasis on distillation, absorption, extraction, and fluid-solid systems. (Laboratory Experiments)
CHEE 3333, ENGI 3363 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 3369
CHEE 3466 Biological and Physical Chemistry
Cr. 4 (4-0). Introduction to biochemistry. Physical-chemical topics including chemical kinetics and adsorption. 
CHEE 3333 and CHEM 3331
CHEE 4198:4298: 4398:4498 Special Problems
Cr. 1-4 per semester, or more by concurrent enrollment.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4300 Physics and Chemistry of Engineering Materials
Cr. 3. (3-0). Advanced topics in selection and design of materials, including phase diagrams, corrosion and degradation, property selection and control, and topical case studies. 
CHEE 3300, 3333 and 3363
CHEE 4321:4322 Chemical Engineering Design
Cr. 3 per semester (3-0). Computer-aided design of chemical processes, with emphasis on process economics, profitability analysis, and optimum operating conditions. (More details on 4321), 
CHEE 3333, 3462, 3369, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 4361 Chemical Engineering Practices
Cr. 3. (1.5-5). Design and execution of experiments, with emphasis on heat and mass transport, unit operations, process control, and reactors. Written reports.
**12 laboratory days / semester from 8:30 am to 5 pm, these include consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. There are either 2 or 3 class days for presentations. These usually last from 9:00 am to noon.**
CHEE 3462, CHEE 3367, CHEE 3369, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 4366 Biomolecular Engineering Fundamentals
Cr. 3 (3-0). Analysis and design fundamentals for biochemical processes, reactor design, transport phenomena; applications of enzymes and microbial populations. 
CHEE 3466 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 4367 Chemical Reaction Engineering
Cr. 3 (3-0). Chemical-reaction kinetics, mechanisms, and reactor design in static and flow systems; introduction to heterogeneous catalytic reactions in flow systems. 
CHEE 3369 and CHEE 3466.
CHEE 5323 Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Cr. 3 (3-0). Fundamental concepts in Tissue engineering and cell biology. Tissue structure, function, and replication. 
CHEE 3363 or MECE 3363 or BIOE 3440 and CHEE 3321.
CHEE 5360 Biomolecular Engineering Fundamentals
Cr. 3 (3-0). Analysis and design fundamentals for biochemical process, reactor design, transport phenomena; applications of enzymes and microbial populations. 
Credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 5367 Advanced Process Control
Cr. 3 (3-0). Application of the use of high-speed computers in the control of chemical processes, reactors, and units. 
CHEE 3367 or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5368 Chemical Process Economics I
Cr. 3 (3-0). Fundamental concepts in financial analysis of chemical and other industrial projects. Methods of cost estimation. Project control tools. 
Senior standing and approval of instructor/advisor.
CHEE 5369 Chemical Process Economics II
Cr. 3 (3-0). Fundamental concepts in financial analysis of chemical and other industrial projects. Methods of cost estimation. Project control tools. 
Senior standing and approval of instructor/advisor.
CHEE 5373 Environmental Remediation
Cr. 3 (3-0). In situ and ex situ methods of remediation or restoration of contaminated environmental sites. Emphasis is on hydrocarbon contaminants in soil, surface water, and groundwater.
ENGI 3363, CHEE 3462, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 5375 Chemical Processing in Microelectronics
Cr. 3 (3-0). Chemical engineering principles applied to micro-electronic device fabrication and processing. 
CHEE 4367 or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5377 Introduction to Polymer Science
Cr. 3 (3-0). Synthesis, characterization, physical properties and processing of polymeric materials. Methods to measure and characterize the correlations among structure processing properties of polymeric materials. 
CHEE 3363 and CHEE 3466 or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5379 Safety and Reliability
Cr. 3 (3-0). Risks, safeguards, and hazards associated with process engineering. Layers of protection, hazard identification, source term models, toxic release and dispersion models, fires and explosions, probabilistic analysis, fault tree analysis, designs to prevent accidents, safety-instrumented systems, and safety-related standards and regulations. 
CHEE 3363, CHEE 3369, and CHEE 3367.
CHEE 5380 Biochemical Separations
Cr. 3. (3-0). Addresses the most difficult part of many biotechnological projects-actually producing a cloned protein in useful amounts. Some attention is also give to the use of recombinant DNA methodologies to produce proteins, and to characterization methods.
Senior standing in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5383 Advanced Unit Operations
Cr. 3 (3-0). Property prediction of multicomponent fluids. Advanced principles of heat-exchanger design, multicomponent fractionation, absorption, stripping and extraction. 
Senior standing in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5384 Petrochemical Processes
Cr. 3 (3-0). Petrochemical industry in terms of feedstocks, products, companies and trends. Technology, markets, and economics for the major building blocks and derivatives. 
CHEM 3332 and senior standing in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5386 Air-Pollution Problems and Control
Cr. 3 (3-0). Air-pollutant identification and control technology; estimation of pollutant transport, dispersion, and conversion; computer application for design of control units.
Consent of instructor.
CHEE 5387 Plasma Processing: Principles and Applications
Cr. 3 (3-0). Principles of low pressure glow discharge plasmas: plasma generation and maintenance, plasma chemistry, plasma diagnostics. Applications with emphasis on semiconductor manufacturing. 
Senior standing in engineering or natural sciences or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5388 Catalytic Processes
Cr. 3 (3-0). Process-oriented survey of catalytic technology; catalyst selection and design; catalytic processes, engineering and economics in the petroleum, chemical, and pollution control industries. 
Credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4321 and 4367
CHEE 5390 Energy and the Environment
Cr. 3. (3-0). This course is a survey of modern energy production and usage technologies and their impact on the environment. Topics on energy generation include fossil fuels (gas, petroleum and coal), nuclear, and renewables (biomass, solar, wind). Use of energy covers stationary (electric power, industrial, and residential) and transportation (automobiles, trucks, etc.). Optimization of source-to-consumer efficiencies and minimization of air emissions are included, with special emphasis on emerging technologies such as fuel cells. Capstone topics for the course are the hydrogen economy and global warming.
Credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4321 or CHEE 4367.
CHEE 5394 Analysis of Physiological Transport Phenomena
Cr. 3 (3-0). Fundamental aspects of systems physiology and other life science principles with quantitative analysis of transport phenomena and chemical reactions in cells, organs and the whole body. 
Senior standing or consent of instructor
CHEE 5397 Selected Topics
Cr. 3 (3.0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
 

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