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CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (CHE) (CHBE)

Professor Viola Acoff, Interim Department Head
Office: A-127 Bevill Building

CHE 125 Introduction to Chemical Engineering. 1 hour.

An introduction to the chemical engineering profession, its history, and its career-enabling potential. The course contains selected topics, plant visits, and alumni seminars covering the full range of career opportunities from emerging areas (nanotechnology, biochemical, multifunctional materials) to those found in the more traditional positions within the chemical, petrochemical, and petroleum industries. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 225 Chemical Honors Forum. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Member of the Chemical Engineering Honors Program.
Corequisite: Sophomore standing.

Designed to expose students to the rich array of resources, ideas, and experiences of chemical engineering. Emphasis and content based on faculty member’s area of expertise.

CHE 254 Chemical Engineering Calculations. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 101 and MATH 125.
Corequisite: CHE 125.

Study of physical and chemical processes and chemical reactions; material and energy balance calculations for single-phase and multiphase systems; simultaneous energy and material balances.

CHE 255 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 254 and MATH 126.

Chemical calculations using the first and second laws of thermodynamics, including chemical and phase equilibria, multiphase reacting systems, steady-state and non-steady-state material and energy balances. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

CHE 304 Fluid Flow Operations. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 126.
Corequisite: CHE 254 or permission of the instructor.

Equations of momentum and energy transport and their applications to the analysis of fluid process behavior, filtration, fluidization, and metering of fluids. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 305 Separation Processes. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 255.

Unified approach to the basic calculations and fundamental concepts involved in the design of equilibrium-stage separations processes and continuous contacting equipment. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Offered spring semester only.

CHE 306 Heat Transfer Operations. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 254.
Corequisite: CHE 304.

Study of heat transfer and its application in the design of specific processes and process equipment. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 319 Basic Chemical Engineering Laboratory. 2 hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 255.

Basic chemical engineering measurements and calculations: temperature, pressure, thermal transport rates, fluid flow rates and energy losses, material properties, and specifications. Offered spring semester only.

CHE 320 Operations Laboratory. 5 hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 319, CHE 305 and CHE 306.

Operations of chemical engineering. Course includes problems and reports based on performance tests; writing proficiency is required for a passing grade. Offered summer semester only.

CHE 324 Transport Phenomena. 3 hours.
Corequisites: CHE 255 and MATH 238, or permission of the instructor.

Development of the conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy, with application to steady-state and transient chemical processes. Computer proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 325 Chemical Honors Forum. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Member of the Chemical Engineering Honors Program.
Corequisite: Junior/senior standing.

Designed to expose students to the rich array of resources, ideas, and experiences of chemical engineering. Emphasis and content based on faculty member’s area of expertise.

CHE 354 Chemical Reactor Design. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 255 and MATH 238.

Reaction rate equations and comparisons with experimental data; use of rate information for the design of chemical reactors. Offered spring semester only.

CHE 412 Polymer Materials Engineering. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 102 and junior standing.

Introduction to the manufacture, processing, and applications of organic polymeric materials. This course covers the chemistry of polymer manufacture, the molecular structures of polymers, and the structure-property relationships for thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.

CHE 425 Chemical Honors Forum. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Member of the Chemical Engineering Honors Program.
Corequisite: Junior/senior standing.

Designed to expose students to the rich array of resources, ideas, and experiences of chemical engineering. Emphasis and content based on faculty member’s area of expertise.

CHE 438 Electronic Materials. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 238.

Introduction to the unit processes used during the fabrication of computer chips, including silicon oxidation, thin film deposition, photolithography, diffusion, and ion implantation. Quantitative and qualitative analysis is employed. Design of the fabrication sequence complete with process time and temperatures for making solid-state electronic devices. Microelectromechanical systems and the special processing techniques used to manufacture these exciting new devices.

CHE 440 Health & Safety. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CH 102 and junior standing.

Health & Safety in the chemical process industry that will introduce chemical engineering students to the health and safety, regulations, and the designs and procedures to meet them in the chemical process. Advanced topics will also be introduced; including current relevant topics such as recent accidents and ways and means of preventing a reoccurrence, advanced models of spills and advanced safety analysis.

CHE 445 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CH 231.

Study of biological processes, application of chemical engineering skills to areas including enzyme kinetics, fermentation, cell growth, and metabolic processes.

CHE 481 Chemical Process Design I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 255 and senior standing or permission of instructor.

Technical and economic design of chemical processes and plants. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 482 Chemical Process Design II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHE 481.

Optimal design of chemical processes and plants. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this class. Offered spring semester only.

CHE 491 and CHE 492 Special Problems. 1 to 3 hours.

Research combined with practical application and testing. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

CHE 493 Process Dynamics and Control. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHE 255 and MATH 238.

Development of model equations that describe the unsteady-state behavior of chemical processes; automatic control design and analysis emphasizing time-domain methods; introduction to digital computer control. Offered fall semester only.

CHE 495 and CHE 496 Undergraduate Honors Seminar. 1 hour each.
Prerequisites: Senior honors student and 3.3 or higher grade point average.

Presentation of research/practical study results before a group of peers (graduate students, other honors students, faculty, and invited guests).

CHE 498 and CHE 499 Honors Special Problems. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior honors student and 3.3 or higher grade point average.

Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken. Research or practical study in a chemical engineering area, the outcome of which is a definite result presented in a report, paper, or manuscript.

CHE 593 Chemical and Biological Engineering Practicum. 1 to 3 hours.

This course allows graduate students to gain classroom and lab experience under supervised conditions. Tasks may include grading for a selected course, structured lecturing, lab monitoring, and other related pedagogical exercises.

CHE 693 Chemical and Biological Engineering Practicum. 1 to 3 hours.

This course allows graduate students to gain classroom and lab experience under supervised conditions. Tasks may include grading for a selected course, structured lecturing, lab monitoring, and other related pedagogical exercises.

ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE/ENTRY-LEVEL GRADUATE COURSES

CHE 512 Polymer Materials Engineering. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CH 102, senior standing, and 3.0 or higher GPA.

Introduction to the manufacture, processing, and applications of organic polymeric materials. This course covers the chemistry of polymer manufacture, the molecular structures of polymers, and the structure-property relationships for thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.

CHE 525 Polymer Processing and Rheology. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Basic and advanced concepts in rheology and polymer processing. Polymer properties and morphology, rheology of non-Newtonian fluids, polymer processing, and polymer processing design.

CHE 535 Chemodynamics. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CH 102, GES 132 (or CS 226), AEM 311 (or CHE 304), or permission of the instructor.

A study of the movement and fate of man-made chemicals in the environment.

CHE 538 Electronic Materials. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 238.

Introduction to the unit processes used during the fabrication of computer chips, including silicon oxidation, thin film deposition, photolithography, diffusion, and ion implantation. Quantitative and qualitative analysis is employed. Design of the fabrication sequence complete with process time and temperatures for making solid-state electronic devices. Microelectromechanical systems and the special processing techniques used to manufacture these exciting new devices.

CHE 545 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CH 231.

Study of biological processes, application of chemical engineering skills to areas including enzyme kinetics, fermentation, cell growth, and metabolic processes.

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