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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.

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 or 45Y 4
Biological Science 2A or Biotechnology 1 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 4

Upper Division Required Courses

Chemical Engineering 140, 141, 142, 143, 145A, 145B, 148A, 148B, 152A, 152B, 155, 157, 158A, 158B, 158C 54
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 offered by the College of Letters & Science

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.

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 58
Biological Sciences 102 3
Microbiology 101 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 offered by the College of Letters & Science.

Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see 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, 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.
A minor in Materials Science is also available. Please see the description, below.
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 adhere carefully 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

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, 45 or 45Y 8
Materials Science and Engineering 2 2
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

Upper Division Required Courses

Engineering 190 3
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 162L, 164, 172, 172L, 174, 174L, 180, 181, 182, 188A, 188B 42
Select one course from Engineering 180; Mathematics 135A; Statistics 120, 131A; Civil and Environmental Engineering 114; Chemical Engineering 140; or Physics 104A, 4
Select one course from Chemistry 110A, 124A, 128A, or Physics 108, 108L, 110A, 122A, 151, 160 3
A minimum of 14 units from one of the following focus areas:
Biomedical Engineering: Biology 2A, Biomedical Engineering 20, 106*, 109
Biosystems Engineering: Biology 2A, Engineering 100, Biosystems Engineering 75, 165
Chemical Engineering: Chemical Engineering 51, 140, 141, 142
Civil Engineering: Engineering 35, 104, Civil Engineering 130, 132
Electrical Engineering: Engineering 100, Electrical Engineering 140A, 140B, 146A
Mechanical Engineering: Engineering 35, 102, 103, 104 14
A minimum of 4 units chosen from Chemical Engineering 158A; Materials Science Engineering 170, Engineering 106, 160, 188; Civil Engineering 123, 125, 143 4
Depending on area of focus, 6-9 units of upper division electives 6-9
Students may receive up to a maximum of 4 units of credit for engineering 199 courses, when these courses are approved by the departmental undergraduate studies committee. To receive credit, students must submit a summary of their research to the committee. A letter of support from the faculty mentor is also required to verify that you have conducted substantial research activity.
*Students would need to take Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101 as an elective to enroll in Biomedical Engineering 106
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 offered by the College of Letters & Science.

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. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements, with an overall GPA in minor requirement courses of 2.000 or better.

Minor Requirements

  UNITS
Materials Science 20
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 164 12
Choose one of the following: Materials Science 172 or 174 4
Choose an additional four units from the following, if not used above, Materials Science 147, 162L, 172, 172L, 174, 174L, 180, 181 or 182 4
Minor Advisor. Julie Schoenung (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

Graduate Programs in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is home to two top-20 ranked graduate programs in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & 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.

The Graduate Program in Materials Science and 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 Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program provides students with a strong background in advanced materials synthesis, processing, and characterization, both from an experimental and theoretical standpoint.

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 biomaterials, catalysts, ceramics, electronic and electrochemical properties and devices, glasses, green engineering and design, interfaces, magnetic materials and devices, materials microstructure and/or processing, mathematical modeling, mechanical properties and synthesis, metals, microscopy, molecular modeling, nanomaterials, optical properties and devices, polymers, renewable energy, sintering, structural materials, thermochemistry, and thin films.

Research Facilities and Partnerships:

  1. Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy
  2. Center for Northern California Nanotechnology
  3. Center for Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology

Complete Information is available on our website.

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Updated: July 11, 2014 9:42 AM