Course Descriptions

Students study fluid dynamicsCHEN 1000 (3). Creative Technology.
Introduces undergraduate arts and sciences students to the most recent concepts in technology and how these concepts impact all aspects of life, such as health, the health of the planet, and social structures. Engineering students should consult an advisor before registering for this course. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

CHEN 1211 (3). General Chemistry for Engineers.
A one-semester course designed to meet the general chemistry requirement for engineering students. Topics include stoichiometry; thermodynamics; gases, liquids, and solids; equilibrium; acids and bases; bonding concepts; kinetics; reactions; and materials science. Examples and problems illustrate the application of chemistry to engineering sub-disciplines. Restricted to students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science; one year of high school chemistry or C- or higher in CHEM 1001 or 1021; and high school algebra. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1001 or 1021. Students may receive credit for only one of CHEM 1111, 1151, and CHEN 1211. Coreq., CHEM 1221.

CHEN 1300 (1). Introduction to Chemical Engineering.
Meets for one lecture per week. Introduces chemical engineering emphasizing history of the profession, curriculum, chemical industry, and industrial chemistry. Includes industry visits, oral presentations, faculty and professional meetings, and development of a goals statement.

CHEN 2120 (3). Chemical Engineering Material and Energy Balances.
Provides a basic understanding of chemical engineering calculations involving material and energy balances around simple chemical processes. Prereq., CHEN 1211 and GEEN 1300.

CHEN 2121 (1). Chemical Engineering Material and Energy Balances Honors
Provides a supplementary learning experience for students enrolled in Chemical Engineering Material and Energy Balances (CHEN 2120) Limited to Chemical Engineering (CHEN) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBEN) majors who are members of the Engineering Honors Program. Must be taken concurrent with CHEN 2120.

CHEN 2810 (3). Biology for Engineers.
Develops a basic understanding of the science of biology, including an introduction to the disciplines of biochemistry, cell organization, metabolism, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and evolution. Provides a basic introduction to several key techniques used in biological engineering laboratories. Uses examples of complex and creative structures engineered by natural processes.

CHEN 2820 (3). Foundations of Bioengineering.
Introduces fundamental science and engineering principles on which bioengineering is based. Include a study of the structure/function of biomolecules, cell communication, nutrient supply, metabolism, excretion, fluid flow in the circulatory system, bioinstrumentation, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Prereq., CHEN 2810 or MCDB 1150 or EBIO 1210 or equivalent AP credit.

CHEN 2840 (1-4). Independent Study.
Available to sophomores with approval of Department of Chemical Engineering. Subject arranged to fit needs of student.

CHEN 3010 (3). Applied Data Analysis.
Teaches students to analyze and interpret data. Topics include engineering measurements, graphical presentation and numerical treatment of data, statistical inference, and regression analysis. Prereqs., GEEN 1300 and APPM 2360.

CHEN 3130 (2). Chemical Engineering Laboratory 1.
One four-hour lab session per week. Investigates chemical engineering fluid flow, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Emphasizes communication by written reports and oral presentations as well as laboratory safety. Prereq., CHEN 3010, CHEN 3210 and CHEN 3320.

CHEN 3200 (3). Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics.
Introduces fluid mechanics and momentum transfer, emphasizing the application of these principles to chemical engineering systems. Prereqs., APPM 2350 or 2360 and CHEN 2120; minimum grade C (effective Fall 2011) or MCEN 2023. Coreq., APPM 2360 (or APPM 2350, if not completed).

CHEN 3210 (3). Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer.
Examines conservation and transfer of thermal energy. Focuses on conduction and convection of heat in the context of chemical processes, with a special focus on heat exchangers. Also studies thermal radiation. Prereq., CHEN 3200 or MCEN 3021.

CHEN 3220 (3). Chemical Engineering Separations and Mass Transfer.
Studies separation methods including distillation, absorption, and extraction, and graphical and computer-based solutions to separation problems. Also studies mass transfer rate processes, including diffusion, microscopic material balances, and correlations for mass transfer coefficients. Applies mass transfer rate theory to packed and tray columns. Prereq., CHEN 3200 and CHEN 3320. Coreq., CHEN 3210 or MCEN 3022.

CHEN 3320 (3). Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.
Applies thermodynamic principles to nonideal systems, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, power generation, refrigeration, and chemical processes. Prereqs., CHEN 2120, minimum grade C (effective Fall 2011); CHEM 4521, minimum grade C-.

CHEN 3321 (1). Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Honors.
Incorporates student projects in conjunction with the standard teaching in CHEN 3320 where thermodynamic principles are applies to non-ideal systems, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, power generation, refrigeration, and chemical processes. Limited to Chemical Engineering (CHEN) and Chemical & Biological Engineering (CBEN) majors who are members of the Engineering Honors Program. Must be taken concurrent with CHEN 3320.

CHEN 3838 (3). Special Topics.

CHEN 3840 (1-4). Independent Study.
Available to juniors with approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Subject arranged to fit needs of the student.

CHEN 3930 (6). Chemical Engineering Cooperative Education.
Students enrolled in this course participate in a previously arranged, department-sponsored cooperative education program. Prereqs., CHEN 2120 and GPA higher than 2.85. GPA higher than 3.00 strongly recommended.

CHEN 4010 (2). Chemical Engineering Senior Thesis 1.
Provides an opportunity for advanced students to conduct exploratory research in chemical engineering.

CHEN 4020 (2). Chemical Engineering Senior Thesis 2.
Continuation of CHEN 4010. CHEN 4010 and 4020 can substitute for CHEN 4130.

CHEN 4090 (1). Undergraduate Seminar.
Provides chemical engineering career and professional information, facilitates contact with faculty and industry representatives, and improves communication and leadership skills. Consists of a series of seminars and field trips and requires a research project involving a written and oral report.

CHEN 4130(2). Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2.
Involves planning and execution of chemical engineering experiments on mass transfer operations, separations, and chemical reactors. Interprets experimental data with theoretical principles and statistical analysis. Emphasizes communication with written memos, full reports, and oral presentations. Prereqs., CHEN 3130, CHEN 3220, and CHEN 4330.

CHEN 4330 (3). Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics.
Introduces chemical kinetics and chemical reactor design. Involves mass and energy balances for steady-state and transient reactor systems. Also covers residence time distribution, mass transfer, catalytic reactions, and multiple steady states in reactors. Prereqs., CHEN 3320, and CHEN 3210.

CHEN 4390 (3). Chemical Reactor Engineering.
Prereq., CHEN 4330 and instructor consent. Same as CHEN 5390.

CHEN 4440 (3). Chemical Engineering Materials.
Introduces materials engineering, including properties of polymers, metals, ceramics, and semiconductors, especially as related to chemical engineering processes. Prereq. CHEN 3320.

CHEN 4450 (3). Polymer Chemistry.
Lect. Introduces polymer science with a focus on polymer chemistry and polymerization reactions. Focuses on polymerization reaction engineering and how polymer properties depend on structure. Prereq., CHEN 4330 or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 5450.

CHEN 4460 (3). Polymer Engineering.
Introductory polymer engineering course reviewing basic terminology and definitions; the properties and synthetic routes of important industrial polymers; and processing of polymers and their applications. Prereq., CHEM 3311 and CHEN 3320, minimum grade C-, or equivalent, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 5460.

CHEN 4520 (3). Chemical Process Synthesis.
Studies applied chemical process design including equipment specification and economic evaluation. Prereqs., CHEN 3220, 4330, minimum grade C-. Same as CHEN 5950.

CHEN 4530 (2). Chemical Engineering Design Project.
Provides a team-based capstone design experience for chemical engineering students. Projects are sponsored by industry and design teams collaborate with industrial consultants. Projects consider chemical process and product design with emphasis on economics analysis. Deliverables include an oral mid-project design review, a final oral presentation, and final written report. Prereqs., CHEN 4520.

CHEN 4570 (4). Instrumentation and Process Control.
Examines principles of control theory and their application to chemical processes. Focuses on single-loop feedback and feedforward control. Laboratory sessions cover measurement fundamentals, signal transmission, dynamic testing, control system synthesis, and implementation and adjustment. Prereq., APPM 2360, CHEN 3220, and CHEN 4330.

CHEN 4580 (3). Numerical Methods for Process Simulation.
Covers use of macroscopic and microscopic balances for development of mathematical models to describe common chemical engineering unit operations. Also includes numerical methods for solution of model equations. Prereqs., CHEN 3210 and 3220.

CHEN 4630 (1). Intellectual Property Law and Engineering
Learn the fundamentals of various types of intellectual property, obtain the ability to search the USPTO database for patents, learn the difference between provisional patents, utility patents and foreign patents, and learn the timing requirements related to the filing of patents and public disclosure, use and/or sale of an invention. Prereq., Senior/graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 5630.

CHEN 4650 (3). Particle Technology.
Aims to identify the important physical mechanisms occurring in processes involving particles, formulate and solve mathematical descriptions of such processes, and analyze experimental and theoretical results in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. Teaches students to apply this knowledge to the design of particulate systems. Conveys the breadth and depth of natural and industrial applications involving particulates. Prereq., APPM 2360 and CHEN 3200 or MCEN 3021. Same as CHEN 5650.

CHEN 4670 (3). Environmental Separations.
Lect. Covers traditional, as well as new, chemical separations processes that have environmental applications. Includes chemically benign processing (pollution prevention) as well as approaches to address existing pollution problems. Prereqs., senior or graduate student standing and CHEN 2120. Same as CHEN 5670.

CHEN 4680 (3). Environmental Process Engineering.
Lect. Surveys the field of environmental process engineering and covers the topics of waste minimization and pollution, air pollution control, water pollution control, hazardous waste control, risk assessment and management, and ecological systems. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering. Same as CHEN 5680.

CHEN 4800 (3). Bioprocess Engineering.
Lect. and lab. Reviews the recent developments in the fields of microbiology, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering that are of commercial value and benefit to mankind. Covers engineering implementation of such biological processes. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering or science, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 5800.

CHEN 4801 (3). Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.
Focuses on the engineering needed to bring therapeutic products derived from living organisms (e.g., proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA) from the production plant to the patient. Covers the challenges of keeping these products "active" as they are stored, shipped, and administered to patients. Prereq., CHEN 3320. Coreq., CHEN 4330.

CHEN 4803 (3). Metabolic Engineering.
Metabolic engineering involves the application molecular biological tools along with biological and engineering theory for the purposes of engineering cell metabolism. Metabolism is defined as the totality of chemical reactions that take place in an organism. As such, metabolism describes a wide-range of different cellular functions covering a range of applications relevant to chemical and biological engineers (strain engineering, enzyme engineering, tissue engineering) as well as basic biologists (biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology). This upper level undergraduate and graduate level course will introduce basic concepts in metabolic engineering and explore modern approaches in metabolic and strain engineering. Application areas that will be discussed will include the use of metabolic engineering approaches in biofuels and biorefining as well as biopharmaceutical production. Prerequisites: Biochemistry I and II or similar. Linear Algebra/Differential Equations. Textbook: Stephanopoulos et al., Metabolic Engineering, 1998, Academic Press. Book is NOT required, handouts will be provided.

CHEN 4805 (3). Biomaterials
Provides an overview of biomaterials. Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications, properties, degradation mechanisms, and characterizations methods, foreign body response, methods to control physiological response to biomaterial surfaces, biocompatibility, biomaterials used in soft and hard tissue replacements, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering, and design criteria for developing a material for a given biological application. Prereqs., CHEN 2810 and CHEM 3331. Same as CHEN 5805.

CHEN 4810 (2). Biological Engineering Laboratory.
Involves planning and execution of chemical engineering experiments on mass transfer operations, bioseparations, and biological reactors. Interprets experimental data with theoretical principles and statistical analysis. Emphasizes communication with written memos, full reports and oral presentations. Prereqs., CHEN 2810 (or equivalent); CHEN 3130 and CHEN 4330.  Coreq. CHEN 4820.

CHEN 4820 (3). Biochemical Separations.
Lect. and lab. Presents purification methods, mass transfer coefficients, problems specific to biologicals, and scale-up of processes. Also covers chromatography, phase extraction, supercritical fluids, sedimentation, precipitation, electrophoresis, dialysis, affinity techniques, cell separation, application of separations to bioreactors, and comparison of batch and continuous processes. Prereq., senior standing or above in engineering or science. Same as CHEN 5820.

CHEN 4830 (3). Biokinetics.
Introduces chemical kinetics, chemical reactor design, and biological kinetics. Involves mass and energy balances for steady-state and transient reactor systems. Also covers residence time distribution, mass transfer, catalytic reactions, multiple steady states in reactors, enzyme kinetics, metabolic networks, and cell growth kinetics. Prereqs., CHEN 3320, minimum grade C-;CHEN 3210,minimum grade C-; and CHEN 2810 (or equivalent) minimum grad C-.

CHEN 4836 (3) Nanomaterials.
Presents fundamental chemical and physical concepts that give rise to the unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials. Introduces important synthetic routes for producing nanomaterials, and interparticle forces governing colloidal behavior and self-assembly. Discusses current and potential applications in catalysis, biomedicine, renewable energy, and other fields. Prereq., senior or graduate standing. CHEN 4836 and 5836 are the same course.

CHEN 4838 (1-4). Special Topics in Chemical Engineering.
Senior topics courses offered upon demand. Prereq., senior standing or instructor consent.

CHEN 4840 (1-4). Independent Study.
Available to seniors with approval of chemical engineering department. Subject arranged to fit needs of student.

Graduate students utilize a collaborary spaceCHEN 5090 (1). Seminar in Chemical Engineering.
Required of all chemical engineering graduate students. Includes reports on research activities and on special current topics.

CHEN 5127 (3). Applied Statistics for the Manufacturing and Process Industries.
Discusses the concepts and techniques of applied statistics essential to quality control and product/process improvement. Includes computer control (SQC/SPC), sampling methods and time series analysis, and methods of experimental design. Prereq., MCEN 4120. Same as CVEN 5127 and MCEN 5126.

CHEN 5128 (3). Applied Statistics In Research and Development.
Students learn current and emerging statistical methods that are appropriate to experimentation in research and development activities. Statistical design of experiments and model fitting is emphasized. Prereq., one introductory probability/statistics course. Same as MCEN 5146.

CHEN 5210 (3). Transport Phenomena.
Considers continuum mechanics, emphasizing fundamental relationships for fluid mechanics and heat transfer and their applications to engineering problems. Prereq., senior or graduate standing and undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and differential equations.

CHEN 5220 (3). Mass Transport.
Examines fundamentals of mass transport with particular attention to microscopic balances in complex systems, such as those involving multiple components, chemical reaction, simultaneous heat and mass transport, and/or high mass flux. Prereq., CHEN 5210, undergraduate mass transfer, and familiarity with vector and tensor calculus.

CHEN 5333 (3). Research Methods and Ethics.
Prepares graduate students to carry out independent research. Research ethics, laboratory skills, experimental methods, critical thinking, presentations, proposal preparation and career planning are discussed. Independent research project carried out under direction of chemical engineering faculty. Prereq., graduate standing.

CHEN 5343 (1). Research Methods and Ethics Seminar.
Prepares graduate students to carry out independent research. Focuses on topics such as safety, ethics, communication skills, data analysis, intellectual property considerations, and time management.

CHEN 5360 (3). Catalysis and Kinetics.
Studies principles of chemical kinetics and catalytic reactions, emphasizing heterogeneous catalysis. Coreq., CHEN 4330, or prereq., CHEM 4551 and instructor consent, or graduate standing in CHEM or CHEN.

CHEN 5370 (3). Intermediate Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.
Reviews fundamentals of thermodynamics, application to pure fluids and mixtures, and physical equilibrium and changes of state. Examines the equation of state and computation of fluid properties for pure fluids, mixtures, and solutions. Also looks at relations between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Prereq., undergraduate thermodynamics (CHEN 3320 or equivalent).

CHEN 5390 (3). Chemical Reactor Engineering.
Studies ideal and nonideal chemical reactors, including unsteady state behavior, mixing effects, reactor stability, residence time distribution, and diffusion effects. Prereq., undergraduate course in chemical reactor design/kinetics.

CHEN 5420 (3). Physical Chemistry and Fluid Mechanics of Interfaces.
Covers thermodynamics of interfaces and surface tension measurement; adsorption at liquid-gas, liquid-liquid, and solid-gas interfaces; monolayers; conservation equations for a fluid interface; rheology of interfaces; surface tension driven flows; contact angle and wettability; and double layer phenomena. Prereq., CHEN 3200 or equivalent.

CHEN 5450 (3). Polymer Chemistry.
Lect. Introduces polymer science with a focus on polymer chemistry and polymerization reactions. Focuses on polymerization reaction engineering and how polymer properties depend on structure. Prereq., CHEN 4330 or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4450.

CHEN 5650 (3). Particle Technology.
Aims to identify the important physical mechanisms occurring in processes involving particles, formulate and solve mathematical descriptions of such processes,and analyze experimental and theoretical results in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. Teaches students to apply this knowledge to the design of particulate systems. Conveys the breadth and depth of natural and industrial applications involving particulates. Prereq., APPM 2360 and CHEN 3200 or MCEN 3021. Same as CHEN 4650.

CHEN 5460 (3). Polymer Engineering.
Introductory polymer engineering course reviewing basic terminology and definitions; the properties and synthetic routes of important industrial polymers; and processing of polymers and their applications. Prereq., CHEM 3311 and CHEN 3320, minimum grade C-, or equivalent, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4460.

CHEN 5630 (1). Intellectual Property Law and Engineering
Learn the fundamentals of various types of intellectual property, obtain the ability to search the USPTO database for patents, learn the difference between provisional patents, utility patents and foreign patents, and learn the timing requirements related to the filing of patents and public disclosure, use and/or sale of an invention. Prereq., Senior/graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4630.

CHEN 5670 (3). Environmental Separations.
Lect. Covers traditional, as well as new, chemical separations processes that have environmental applications. Includes chemically benign processing (pollution prevention) as well as approaches to address existing pollution problems. Prereqs., senior or graduate student standing and CHEN 2120. Same as CHEN 4670.

CHEN 5680 (3). Environmental Process Engineering.
Lect. Surveys the field of environmental process engineering and covers the topics of waste minimization and pollution, air pollution control, water pollution control, hazardous waste control, risk assessment and management, and ecological systems. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering. Same as CHEN 4680.

CHEN 5740 (3). Analytical Methods in Chemical Engineering.
Presents applied analytical and numerical mathematical methods in the context of chemical engineering problems. Topics include modeling techniques, algebraic equations, and ordinary and partial differential equations. Prereq., senior or graduate standing; working knowledge of computing, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and vector operations; and undergraduate courses in physics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and reaction engineering.

CHEN 5750 (3). Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering.
Covers numerical methods for solving ordinary differential, partial differential, and integral equations. These principles are employed to develop, test, and assess computer programs for solving problems of interest to chemical engineers. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

CHEN 5800 (3). Bioprocess Engineering.
Lect. and lab. Reviews the recent developments in the fields of microbiology, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering that are of commercial value and benefit to mankind. Covers engineering implementation of such biological processes. Prereq., senior or graduate standing in engineering or science, or instructor consent. Same as CHEN 4800, except that a major term report is required.

CHEN 5805 (3). Biomaterials
Provides an overview of biomaterials. Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications, properties, degradation mechanisms, and characterizations methods, foreign body response, methods to control physiological response to biomaterial surfaces, biocompatibility, biomaterials used in soft and hard tissue replacements, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering, and design criteria for developing a material for a given biological application. Prereq., CHEN 2820 and CHEM 3331. Same as CHEN 4805.

CHEN 5820 (3). Biochemical Separations.
Lect. and lab. Presents purification methods, mass transfer coefficients, problems specific to biologicals, and scale-up of processes. Also covers chromatography, phase extraction, supercritical fluids, sedimentation, precipitation, electrophoresis, dialysis, affinity techniques, cell separation, application of separations to bioreactors, and comparison of batch and continuous processes. Prereq., senior standing or above in engineering or science. Same as CHEN 4820, except that reports and extra reading are required.

CHEN 5830 (1). Introduction to Modern Biotechnology.
Introduces students to the biotechnology enterprise. Topics include the biotechnology industry and profession, the various academic disciplines of biotechnology, intellectual property, financing, and ethics.

CHEN 5831 (2). Biotechnology Case Studies.
Capstone course required of all graduate students in the interdisciplinary graduate biotechnology certificate program. Reveiws molecular genetics, product synthesis and purification, economics intellectual property, and business planning. Working in teams, students present a biotechnology product plan. Prereq., CHEN 5830.

CHEN 5835 (3). Interfacial and Colloidal Phenomena.
Provides a deep exploration of the fundamental principles of colloid and interface science and of related applications. Core topics include fundamental equations of interfacial science, capillary phenomena, interfacial thermodynamics interfaces, molecular monolayers, electrical surface properties, and interfacial a forces. Advanced topics include wetting phenomena, adsorption isotherms, dynamic interfacial behavior, surface modification, tribiology, surfactant self-assembly, and foams/emulsions among others. Prereq., CHEN 3320 or graduate standing (min. grade C-).

CHEN 5836 (3) Nanomaterials.
Presents fundamental chemical and physical concepts that give rise to the unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials. Introduces important synthetic routes for producing nanomaterials, and interparticle forces governing colloidal behavior and self-assembly. Discusses current and potential applications in catalysis, biomedicine, renewable energy, and other fields. Prereq., senior or graduate standing. CHEN 4836 and 5836 are the same course.

CHEN 5838 (1-4). Special Topics in Chemical Engineering.
Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

CHEN 5840 (1-4). Independent Study.
Available to MS and PhD students.

CHEN 5900 (3). Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.
Incorporates biochemistry, pharmaceutical science, and engineering for application in the pharmaceutical industry. Emphasizes microscale mechanisms affecting drug delivery, bioavailability, and stability. Specific topics include thermodynamics of macromolecular conformational stability, crystallization kinetics, interfacial phenomena, and industrial protein folding. Prereq., graduate standing.

CHEN 6210 (3). Microhydrodynamics of Suspensions and Colloids.
Focuses on fluid mechanics and colloid science of suspensions of particles, cells, and drops. Covers fundamentals, applications, and research frontiers. Prereq., CHEN 5210 or equivalent.

CHEN 6820 (3). Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals.
Covers design and operation of fermentation processes, microbial and enzyme kinetics, multiple substrate and multiple species of fermentation, regulation of enzyme activity, energetics of cellular growth, immobilized enzyme and cell reactors, and transport phenomena in microbial systems and downstream processing. Prereq., graduate standing in CHEM, CHEN, or MCDB, or instructor consent.

CHEN 6940 (1-6). Master's Candidate.

CHEN 6950 (1-6). Master's Thesis.

CHEN 8990 (1-10). Doctoral Thesis.