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Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program 
The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; 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 carefully adhere to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

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 6
Chemical Engineering 51 4
Chemical Engineering 80 1
Engineering 45 4
Biological Science 2A or Biotechnology 1 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4
Minimum Lower Division Units
75

Chemical Engineering Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 148A, 148B, 152A, 152B, 155A, 155B, 157, 158A, 158B, 158C 54
Chemistry 110A, 110B, 128A, 128B, 129A 16
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Electives 8
Choose upper division courses in the areas of Chemistry (CHE), Chemical Engineering (ECH) or Materials Science and Engineering (EMS). Courses may also be selected from the following: BIS 102; Food Science and Technology 100A, 102A, 102B; Fiber and Polymer Science 150.
Minimum Upper Division Units
78
Minimum Units Required for Major
153
Options for Junior and Senior Years
The focus in your junior year is on fundamentals, such as thermo-dynamics, 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 ten units of technical electives, and six 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.
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Electronic Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.

Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science program is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; http://www.abet.org.
The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science Program is a combined major that offers unique interdisciplinary courses requiring chemical engineering and materials science students to work together. Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and engineering to produce useful commodities, ranging from antibiotics to high strength polymers. Materials science and engineering is directed toward an understanding of the structure, properties, and processing of materials. The development of new materials and the understanding of chemical processes demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles, including crystal structure, elastic and plastic behavior, thermodynamics, phase equilibria and reaction rates, and physical and chemical behavior of engineering materials. The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science program provides the background for activities in research, processing, and the design of materials. The curriculum is based on a common core of courses basic to engineering; courses taken during your first two years provide a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts.

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 6
Chemical Engineering 51 4
Chemical Engineering 80 1
Engineering 45 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4 or Native American Studies 5 4
Total Lower Division Units
71

Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 148A, 148B, 152A, 152B, 155A, 155B, 157, 158A, 158B, 158C 54
Chemistry 110A, 110B, 128A, 128B, 129A 16
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 162L, 164, and 172 or 174 18
Choose from Materials Science and Engineering 147, 172, 172L 174, 174L 180, 181, 182, 188A-B 4
Minimum Upper Division Units
92
Minimum Units Required for Major
163
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Electrical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their Freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical Engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.

Biochemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Biochemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; 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, such as the materials, chemicals, food, energy, fuels, and semiconductor processing industries.
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; educate 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 carefully adhere to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

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 4
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 5, 6 6
Chemical Engineering 51 4
Chemical Engineering 80 1
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4
Minimum Lower Division Units
71

Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 148A, 152A, 152B, 155A, 157, 158A, 158C, 161A, 161B, 161C, 161L 58
Biological Sciences 102 3
Microbiology 102 4
Chemistry 110A, 128A, 128B, 129A 12
Biochemical Engineering electives 10
Choose two laboratory courses from the laboratory electives list, and choose additional courses from the lecture elective list to provide a total of at least 10 units:
Laboratory elective list:
Biomedical Engineering 161L; Biotechnology 161A, 161B; Food Science and Technology 123L; Microbiology 102L, 155L; Molecular and Cellular Biology 120L (the italicized courses counts as two laboratory electives and completely satisfies the laboratory requirement), 160L; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 104L; Plant Sciences 153; two units of an internship (192), independent study (199), or Biotechnology 189L taken for 2 or more units can be used to satisfy one biochemical engineering laboratory elective requirement 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 the student submits a written report that demonstrates proficiency in laboratory skills, techniques, or method.
Lecture elective list:
Biological Sciences Applied Science 172; Biological Sciences 2B, 2C, 101, 104, 107; Biological Systems Engineering 160, 175; Biomedical Engineering 102, 107, 109, 117, 140, 162; Biotechnology 160, 188; Chemical Engineering 170; Chemistry 130A, 130B; Food Science and Technology 123; Microbiology 140, 150; Molecular and Cellular Biology 122, 123; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 103; Plant Biology 111, 112; Plant Sciences 152; Statistics 120, 130A, 131A.
Minimum Upper Division Units
87
Minimum Units Required for Major
158
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Electrical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their Freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical Engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.

Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; http://www.abet.org.
Materials science and engineering is directed toward an understanding of the structure, properties, and processing of materials. Society demands new and improved materials with capabilities far superior to common metals, polymers, and ceramics. New materials are needed for high-speed transportation systems, surgical and dental implants, new generations of power plants, and renewable energy sources, and solid-state electronic and photonics devices in computer and communication technology. Both the development of new materials and the understanding of present-day materials demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles, including crystal structure, elastic and plastic behavior, thermodynamics, phase equilibria and reaction rates, and structural and physical and chemical behavior of engineering materials.
Materials engineers study phenomena found in many different engineering operations, from fracture behavior in automobiles to fatigue behavior in aircraft frames; from corrosion behavior in petro-chemical refineries to radiation-induced damage in nuclear power plants; and from the fabrication of steel to the design of semiconductors. Materials engineers are also increasingly involved in developing the new materials needed to attain higher efficiencies in existing and proposed energy conversion schemes and will play a central role in the development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature superconductivity.
The undergraduate materials science and engineering program provides the background for activities in research, processing, and the design of materials. The curriculum is based on a common core of courses basic to engineering; courses taken during your first two years provide a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts.
There are also several combined majors with Materials Science and Engineering: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering; and Mechanical Engineer-ing/Materials Science and Engineering. A minor in Materials Science is also available.
Objectives. We educate students in the fundamentals of materials science and 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; educate 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 carefully adhere to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D 19
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C or Chemistry 2AH, 2BH, 2CH 15
Engineering 17, 35, 45 12
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 6 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1 or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4
Communication 1 or 3 4
Minimum Lower Division Units
80

Upper Division Required Courses

Engineering 102, 103, 104, 190 15
Electrical Engineering 140A 4
Materials Science and Engineering 147, 160, 162, 162L, 164, 172, 172L, 174, 174L, 180, 181, 182, 188A, 188B 49
Select one course from Aeronautical Science and Engineering 137, 138, Biomedical Engineering 109, Civil and Environmental Engineering 132, 135, 143 or Mechanical Engineering 150A, 150B 4
Select one course from Engineering 180, Mathematics 135A, Statistics 120, 131A, Civil and Environmental Engineering 114, Chemical Engineering 140, Applied Science Engineering 115 OR Physics 104A 4
Select one course from Chemistry 110A, 124A, 128A, or Physics 108, 108L, 110A, 122A, 151, 160 3
Minimum Upper Division Units
79
Minimum Units Required for Major
159

Materials Science Minor

There is a constant need for professionals with more knowledge and experience in understanding the behavior of materials from which products such as electronics, sensors, biological implants, transportation vehicles, medical devices and infrastructure are made. The goal of this minor is to prepare students for careers that require training in materials science, including the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics and their effects on phase composition and structure, as well as the complex relationships between composition, structure, processing and behavior/performance. Topics covered include material thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structural analysis, and structure-property relationships for electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical behavior. The minor is expected to accommodate persons of diverse backgrounds, such as those majoring in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences, and mathematics.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Grade of C- or better required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements with overall GPA in minor requirement courses of 2.000 or better.

Minor Requirements

 
UNITS
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 164, 172, 174 20
Total Units Required for Minor
20
Minor Advisor. Julie Schoenung (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their Freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical Engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.

Electronic Materials Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Electronic Materials Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; http://www.abet.org.
The Electronic Materials Engineering program is not accepting new students.
The Electronic Materials Engineering Program is a combined major, including portions of the Electrical Engineering curriculum in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Materials Science curriculum in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. In the past decade, the fields of solid-state electronics, opto-electronics, photonics, magnetics, and superconductivity have developed to the point that demand for new materials now sets the pace for progress in these fields. Materials scientists with an electronics background are key to continued progress in these areas. The Electronics Materials Engineering curriculum provides students with the background necessary to pursue careers in electrical engineering or materials science or to go on to graduate study.
Objectives. The Electronic Materials Engineering program has adopted the following objectives to serve the long-term interests of our students and the industries of Northern California and the nation. Foundation—To provide our graduates with a solid foundation in science and engineering, including mathematics, physical science, and the fundamentals of electrical engineering and materials science and engineering. This foundation is necessary to succeed in more advanced engineering courses and to be able to continue learning throughout a career. Breadth—To provide our graduates with sufficient breadth in electrical engineering and materials science and engineering. This breadth is required for students to understand engineering tradeoffs that cross disciplines, for them to contribute effectively to multi-disciplinary projects and for them to make an informed decision about their area of study. Depth—To provide our graduates with sufficient depth in a specific area of electrical engineering and materials science and engineering. This depth is necessary to solve complex real-world engineering problems and to prepare to contribute to a specific discipline within electrical engineering and materials science and engineering. Ethics—To provide our graduates with a basic understanding of, and ability to handle correctly, ethical problems that may arise during their careers. To provide them with an understanding of their obligations to society at large.
Students are encouraged to carefully adhere to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D 19
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C or Chemistry 2AH, 2BH, 2CH 15
Engineering 17, 35, 45 12
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 6 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4
Communication 1 or 3 4
Minimum Lower Division Units
80
Upper Division Required Courses
Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, 110A, 110B, 130A, 130B, 140A, 140B, 146A 32
Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, 110A, 110B, 130A, 130B, 140A, 140B, 146A 32
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 162L, 164, 172, 172L, 174, 181, 188A, 188B 36
Select one course from Statistics 120, 131A, Mathematics 135A, or Civil and Environmental Engineering 114 4
Engineering 190 3
Electronic Materials elective 3
Electrical and Computer Engineering 106, 112, 118, 132A, 133, 135, 136A-B, 146B, 150A, 151, 157A, 160, 166, 170, 172, 180A, 180B, 194A-194B-194C (must be taken in consecutive quarters to count as one design elective), 195A-195B (must be taken in consecutive quarters to count as one design elective); Engineering 105; Materials Science and Engineering 180, 182.
Unrestricted elective 3
Minimum Upper Division Units
78
Minimum Units Required for Major
158
Honors Program. An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Electronic Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their Freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical Engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.
The Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering
M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Designated Ph.D. emphasis available in Biotechnology
Designated Ph.D. emphasis available in Biophotonics
http://chms.engineering.ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-7952
Our graduate students benefit from the combined faculty expertise and laboratory facilities of two dynamic disciplines—chemical engineering and materials science. A coordinated and highly multidisciplinary approach in this blended department translates into broader preparation for all of our students.
Chemical engineers apply chemistry and engineering principles to industrial processes, thus altering the state, chemical composition and microstructure of materials to create products in such diverse industries as petroleum, food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and semiconductors.
Both chemical engineering and materials science focus on integrating products and product design with the environment. The interdisciplinary activities of department faculty receive strong external funding in materials synthesis and processing, biochemical/biomaterials, including polymers, with increasing activity in nanophases research as well.
We embrace diversity in our programs; approximately 50% of our graduate students are women, while overall, the College of Engineering has been rated among the top ten schools nationwide for the number of female faculty. We are able to recruit and engage highly qualified students overall.
We promote an environment that nurtures and promotes collegial interaction between graduate students and faculty in an environment where graduate students are viewed as junior faculty. The department is committed to providing ample dissertation/thesis advising and financial support for students focused on making progress towards their advanced degree objectives.
Generous financial support is available in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships and financial aid.
Research Highlights:
  • Biotechnology, Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Biomimetic Thin Films/Biomaterials
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Membrane Biophysics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Separation Processes
  • Rheology
  • Catalysis
  • Process Design and Control
  • Analytical Techniques in Electron Microscopy
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Properties of Glasses and Ceramics
  • Thermochemistry/Calorimetry and Kinetics of Materials Synthesis
  • Colloid, Polymer and Surface Science
  • Green Engineering
Research Facilities:
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy
  • Northern California Nanotechnology Center
  • Center for Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology
Complete Information on our website.
The Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering
M. Eng, M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
Designated Ph.D. emphasis available in Biotechnology
Designated Ph.D. emphasis available in Biophotonics
http://chms.engineering.ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-7952
Our graduate students in materials science benefit from the combined faculty expertise and laboratory facilities of two dynamic disciplines-chemical engineering and materials science. A coordinated and highly multidisciplinary approach in this blended department translates into broader preparation for all of our students.
Materials science focuses on the synthesis, processing, characterization, structural and property relations of new and existing materials. Both chemical engineering and materials science focus on integrating products and product design into the environment. The interdisciplinary activities of department faculty receive strong external funding in materials synthesis and processing, biochemical/biomaterials, including polymers, with increasing activity in nanophases research as well.
We embrace diversity in our programs; approximately 50% of our graduate students are women, while overall, the College of Engineering has been rated among the top ten schools nationwide for the number of female faculty. We are able to recruit and engage highly qualified students overall.
We promote an environment that nurtures and promotes collegial interaction between graduate students and faculty in an environment where graduate students are viewed as junior faculty. The department is committed to providing ample dissertation/thesis advising and financial support for students focused on making progress towards their advanced degree objectives.
Generous financial support is available in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships and financial aid.
Research Highlights:
  • Biomimetic Thin Films
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Synthesis of Advanced Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Forensics
  • Analytical Techniques in Electron Microscopy
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Properties of Glasses and Ceramics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Thermochemistry/Calorimetry and Kinetics of Materials Synthesis
  • Properties and Processing of Nanomaterials
  • Growth and Characterization of Thin Films
  • Colloid, Polymer and Surface Science
  • Fracture and Fatigue of Solids and Superplasticity in Metals and Ceramics
  • Industrial Ecology and Pollution Prevention
Research Facilities and Partnerships:
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy
  • Center for Northern California Nanotechnology
  • Center for Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology
Complete Information on our website.
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Updated: January 29, 2013 3:25 PM