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Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and engineering to produce useful commodities, ranging from fuels to polymers. Chemical engineers are increasingly concerned with chemical and engineering processes related to the environment and food production. They work in diverse areas ranging from integrated circuits to integrated waste management. Preparation for a career in chemical engineering requires an understanding of both engineering and chemical principles to develop proficiency in conceiving, designing, and operating new processes.
The chemical engineering curriculum has been planned to provide a sound knowledge of engineering and chemical sciences so that you may achieve competence in addressing current and future technical problems.
Objectives. The objectives of the program in Chemical Engineering are to educate students in the fundamentals of chemical engineering, balanced with the application of these principles to practical problems; to train them as independent, critical thinkers who can also function effectively in teams; to foster a sense of community, ethical responsibility, and professionalism; to prepare them for careers in industry, government, and academia; to illustrate the necessity for continuing education and self-learning; and to help students to learn to communicate proficiently in written and oral form.

Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Chemical Engineering major is 156.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C 15
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C or Chemistry 2AH, 2BH, 2CH 15
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 5, 6, 51, 80 12
Engineering 45 or 45Y 4
Biotechnology 1 or Biotechnology 1Y or Biological Sciences 2A 4 or 5
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, 1V 1Y, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 (grade of C- or better is required) 4

Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 145A, 145B, 148A, 148B, 152A, 152B, 155, 157, 158A, 158B, 158C 56
Chemistry 110A, 110B, 128A, 128B, 129A 16
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Electives 8
Choose any upper division courses in the areas of Chemistry (CHE), Chemical Engineering (ECH) or Materials Science and Engineering (EMS). You may receive elective credit up to a maximum of four units for any combination of engineering courses numbered 190C, 192, 198, and 199.
Courses may also be selected from the following: BIS 102; Food Science and Technology 100A, 102A, 102B; Fiber and Polymer Science 150.
Upper Division Composition Requirement 0 or 4
One course from the following (grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 102E, 102F, 104A, 104E, 104T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam.

Options for Junior and Senior Years

The focus in your junior year is on fundamentals, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy transfer, and mass transfer phenomena. In the senior year, you draw together these fundamentals and apply them in a study of kinetics, process design, and process dynamics and control. The program includes eight units of chemical engineering and materials science electives that allow you to strengthen specific areas in chemical engineering, explore new areas, or pursue new areas of specialization.

Biochemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Biochemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
As the biotechnology industry expands and matures, there is increasing need for engineers who can move products from the research stage to large-scale manufacturing. As they fill this need, engineers must also understand the production, purification, and regulatory issues surrounding biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Biochemical engineers-with their strong foundations in chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical process engineering-are in a unique position to tackle these problems. Biochemical engineers apply the principles of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and engineering to develop, design, scale up, optimize, and operate processes that use living cells, organisms, or biological molecules for the production and purification of products (such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, therapeutic proteins, antibiotics, and industrial enzymes); for health and/or environmental monitoring (such as diagnostic kits, microarrays, biosensors); or for environmental improvement (such as bioremediation). An understanding of biological processes is also becoming increasingly important in the industries that traditionally employ chemical engineers, including the industries that process materials, chemicals, foods, energy, fuels, and semiconductors.
Objectives. We educate students in the fundamentals of chemical and biochemical engineering, balanced with the application of these principles to practical problems; educate students as independent, critical thinkers who can also function effectively in a team; educate students with a sense of community, ethical responsibility, and professionalism; prepare students for careers in industry, government, and academia; teach students the necessity for continuing education and self learning; and foster proficiency in written and oral communications.

Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Biochemical Engineering major is 162.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C 15
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C or Chemistry 2AH, 2BH, 2CH 15
Biological Sciences 2A 5
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 5, 6 6
Chemical Engineering 51 4
Chemical Engineering 80 1
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, 1V or 1Y, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4

Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 148A, 152A, 152B, 155, 157, 158A, 158C, 161A, 161B, 161C, 161L 60
Biological Sciences 102 3
Microbiology 102, 103L 5
Chemistry 110A, 128A, 128B, 129A 12
Biochemical Engineering electives 9
Choose at least one laboratory course from the Laboratory Elective list; additional courses may be chosen from either list. You may receive biochemical engineering elective credit up to a maximum of two units of an internship (192) or independent study (199), or Biotechnology 189L with the approval of a petition, provided that the course is a laboratory-based experimental project, related to the biological and/or biochemical engineering sciences, and you submit a written report that demonstrates proficiency in laboratory skills, techniques, or method. Research does not replace the required lab elective.
Laboratory elective list: Biomedical Engineering 161L; Biotechnology 161A, 161B; Food Science and Technology 102B, 104L, 123L; Molecular and Cellular Biology 120L, 160L; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101L, 104L; Viticulture and Enology 123L, 124L.
Lecture elective list: Biological Sciences 2B, 2C, 101, 103, 104; Biological Systems Engineering 165; Biomedical Engineering 102, 107, 109, 117, 140, 161A, 162; Biotechnology 160, 188; Chemical Engineering 144, 166, 170; Chemistry 130A, 130B; Food Science and Technology 102A, 104, 123; Microbiology 140, 150; Molecular and Cellular Biology 123; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101, 107; Plant Biology 112; Plant Sciences 100A, 152; Statistics 120, 130A, 131A.; Viticulture and Enology 123, 124
Upper Division Composition Requirement 0 or 4
One course from the following (grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 102E, 102F, 104A, 104E, 104T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam.

Graduate Program in the Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering is home to a top-20 ranked graduate program in Chemical Engineering. We offer a unique environment for graduate studies, we are large enough to boast world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, yet small enough to give every graduate student personal attention.

The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D.
Ph.D. designated emphases are available as specializations in biotechnology, biophysics, and nuclear science.
http://chms.engineering.ucdavis.edu
530-752-7952

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Program provides students with a strong grounding in the fundamentals and explores critical applications in a wide range of process systems.

Doctoral students are typically offered competitive 4-year financial offers of fellowships and research/teaching assistantships which include tuition, fees, and a stipend. Financial offers are subject to satisfactory progress towards completion of degree requirements.

Research areas include biochemistry, biomaterials, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, catalysis, colloids and surface science, electrochemical properties and devices, fluid mechanics and rheology, green engineering and design, interfaces, mathematical modeling, molecular modeling, nanotechnology, polymers, process control, reaction engineering, renewable energy, thermochemistry, thin films, and transport phenomena.

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Updated: September 6, 2016 11:27 AM