Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Course Description Prerequisites
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) Mathematical modeling and conservation equations, linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations with applications to chemical engineering systems. Credit may not be received for more than one of MATH 3331 or CHEE 3321.
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 3366 Topics in Physical Chemistry
Cr. 3 (3-0). Introduction to various physical-chemical topics; electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, colloid and particle science, macromolecules.
CHEE 3333.
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, and CHEE 3321.
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
CHEE 3466 Biological and Physical Chemistry
Cr. 4 (4-0). Biochemistry and physicochemical topics, including chemical kinetics and adsorption.
CHEE 3333 and CHEM 3331
CHEE 4197 Selected Topics
Cr. 1 (1-0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4198 Independent Study
Cr. 1. 
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4297 Selected Topics
Cr. 2 (2-0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4298 Independent Study
Cr. 2.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4300 Physics and Chemistry of Engineering Materials
Cr. 3. (3-0). Advanced theories of the structure and properties of materials, preparation methods, and applications in electronics, optics, catalysis and fuel cells.
CHEE 3300, 3333 and 3363
CHEE 4321 Chemical Engineering Design I
Cr. 3 per semester (3-0). Design of chemical processes with emphasis on health and safety, and environment aspects; mass and energy balances; equipment design; process economics; profitability analysis; and optimum operating conditions. (More details on 4321)
CHEE 3333, CHEE 3369, CHEE 3462, ECON 2304, ENGI 2304, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
CHEE 4322 Chemical Engineering Design II
Cr. 3 per semester (3-0). Computer-aided design of chemical processes with emphasis on process economics, profitability analysis, and optimum operating conditions.
CHEE 4321 and 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: introductory biochemistry, microbiology, biological kinetics, reactor design, transport phenomena; applications of enzymes and single and mixed microbial populations.
BIOE 3341 or 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. 
CHEM 3369 and either CHEE 3366 or CHEE 3466.
CHEE 4397 Selected Topics
Cr. 3 (3-0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4398 Independent Study
Cr. 3. 
Approval of chair.
CHEE 4399 Senior Honors Thesis
Cr. 3.
Senior standing; 3.00 cumulative grade point average in chemical engineering and overall. 
CHEE 4498 Independent Study
Cr. 4.
Approval of chair.
CHEE 5119 Nanotechnology Laboratory
Cr. 1 (0-2). Nanotechnology metrology and fabrication methods.
CHEE 3333, enrollment in CHEE 5319, and consent of instructor.
CHEE 5120 Nanomaterials Engineering Laboratory
Cr. 1 (0-2). Introduction to engineering of nanomaterials with emphasis on structural, optical, photonic, magnetic and electronic materials. Experimental design, synthetic and analytical characterization will be emphasized. 
ECE 5119 or CHEE 5119 or MECE 5119, concurrent enrollment in CHEE 5320, and instructor permission.
CHEE 5121 Nanofabrication Laboratory
Cr. 1 (0-2). Design, fabricate on, and metrology of nanoscale devices. 
ECE 5120 or CHEE 5120 or MECE 5120, enrollment in CHEE 5321, and consent of instructor.
CHEE 5319 Introduction to Nanotechnology
Cr. 3 (3-0). Field of nanotechnology. Fundamental concepts underlying various nanotechnologies which serves as a leveling course.
CHEE 3333, concurrent enrollment in CHEE 5119, or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5320 Introduction to Nanomaterials Engineering
Cr. 3 (3-0). Engineering of nanomaterials with emphasis on structural, optical, photonic, magnetic, and electronic materials. Synthetic methods and analytical characterization with design for applications will be emphasized.
ECE 5319 or MECE 5319, concurrent enrollment in CHEE 5120, or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5321 Nanoscale Design & Fabrication
Cr. 3 (3-0). Design and fabrication at the nanoscale. Effects of nanoscale phenomena on device scaling; technological advantages and challenges. Design, fabrication, metrology, and device integration at nanoscale.
ECE 5320 or CHEE 5320 or MECE 5320, concurrent enrollment in CHEE 5121, or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5323 Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Cr. 3 (3-0). Credit may not be received for more than one of BIOE 4323, CHEE 5395, or MECE 5323. Fundamental concepts in tissue engineering and cell biology including structure, function, and replication.
CHEE 3363 or MECE 3363 or BIOE 3341 and CHEE 3321.
CHEE 5360 Biochemical 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 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). Managerial economics of chemical processes and products; development of decision-making methods using chemical industry examples.
Senior standing and concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4321.
CHEE 5369 Chemical Process Economics II
Cr. 3 (3-0). Analysis of profitability and investment alternatives. Optimization concepts with and without financial constraints. Sensitivity analysis. Financial analysis under risk, uncertainty, and probabilistic situations.  
Senior standing and CHEE 5368.
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.
CHEE 3363 or ENGI 3363, CHEE 3462, and credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4367.
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 either CHEE 3366 or CHEE 3466 or consent of instructor.
CHEE 5379 Safety and Reliability
Cr. 3 (3-0). Risks, safeguards, and hazards associated with chemical 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 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 5389 Transport Phenomena in Physiological Systems
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. Credit may not be received for more than one of BIOE 4389 and CHEE 5389.
BIOE 3341 or CHEE 3363 or equivalent.
CHEE 5390 Energy and the Environment
Cr. 3. (3-0). This course surveys modern energy technologies and their impact on the environment. Topics include energy generation from fossil, nuclear, and renewable sources. Energy utilization covers stationary and transportation applications. Optimization of source-to-consumer efficiencies and minimization of emissions are included, with special emphasis on emerging technologies such as fuel cells. Capstone topics for the course are future developments in the hydrogen economy and the technical-economic-social aspects of global warming.
Credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHEE 4321 or CHEE 4367.
CHEE 5393 Cellular and Biological Transport Phenomena
Cr. 3 (3-0). Basic cell biology and biophysical chemistry principles related to quantitative analysis of transport phenomena and chemical reactions. Credit may not be received for more than one BIOE 4393 and CHEE 5393.
BIOE 3341 or CHEE 3363 or equivalent.
CHEE 5397 Selected Topics
Cr. 3 (3.0). May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
 

 

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