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EVEN Option: Chemical Processing


The chemical processing option focuses on courses in Chemical Engineering. Environmental engineers trained in this area emphasize waste minimization during chemical processing, such as petroleum refining. They also have expertise in reactor designs to treat wastes from chemical processing industries, such as pharmaceuticals and plastics.
OPTION COURSES

CHEN 3220 Chemical Engineering Separations & Mass Transfer (required for this option, 3 credit hours, S; prerequisites: CHEN 3200, CHEN 3320; co-requisite: CHEN 3210 or MCEN 3022; or equivalents)
CHEN 4330 Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics (required for this option, 3 credit hours, S; prerequisites: CHEN 3320, CHEN 3210 or MCEN 3022)

Students select remaining 3 credits from among the following:
CHEM 3331 Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credit hours; prerequisite CHEM 3311 or 3351; co-requisite CHEM 3341 or 3381)
CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 credit hours, S; prerequisite: CVEN 3414)
CVEN 4474 Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management (3 credit hours, F; prerequisite: CVEN 3414)



DUAL MAJOR WITH CHEN

You may want to consider getting a dual B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering (CHEN). In 2010 the College of Engineering changed it rules such that to receive 2 degrees within the College of Engineering no longer requires a minimum of 158 credits. The student must fulfill all the degree requirements for both the CHEN and EVEN degrees. Careful planning may result in receiving both the CHEN and EVEN degrees for ~146 credits. Please consult an advisor in CHEN for more specifics.
CHEMISTRY MINOR

You may want to consider getting a minor in chemistry. The minimum 23 credits required for this minor can be largely included in the 128 EVEN degree with chemical processing option. If you plan carefully use your free elective and technical electives as chemistry courses that fulfill the minor requirements, only 3 additional credits on top of the 128 would be needed. See details of the chemistry minor here.

Specifically you will take: CHEN 1211 + CHEM 1221 (required for EVEN + minor); CHEM 3311-4 Organic Chemistry 1 (petition EVEN to replace CVEN 4424 requirement); CHEM 3321-1 Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 1 (use as tech elective); CHEM 3331-4 Organic Chemistry 2 (use toward chemical processing option in EVEN + tech elective); CHEM 3341-1 Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 2 (use as tech elective in EVEN); CHEM 4411 or CHEM 4511, and CHM 4531-3 Physical Chemistry 2 or CHEM 4011-3 Modern Inorganic Chemistry (this is required for minor but won't fit into EVEN 128 credits). Note that you must take an upper division earth science course for your final technical elective (3 credits)!

Research: Professor John Pellegrino conducts research on membranes, including applications in water treatment and supply and biofuels production. Link to Professor Pellegrino's web site.


Examples of Companies that Hire specialists in environmental Chemical Processing are:

ExxonMobil
MolsonCoors
Proctor & Gamble, Environmental Science Dept.


LINKS

American Chemical Society (ACS) - Division of Environmental Chemistry


Example 4-yr Course Layout for Chemical Processing Option

Courses offered only semester shown

 
         
First Year Fall
Credits
 
First Year Spring
Credits

APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
4
  APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
4
CHEN 1211 General Chemistry
3
  GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects
3
CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
2
  H&SS Elective II
3
EVEN 1000 Intro to Environ Engr
1
PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
4
COEN 1300 Intro to Engr Computing
3
  Technical Elective I
3
H&SS Elective I
3
   

 
16
 
 
17
         
Second Year Fall
Credits
 
Second Year Spring
Credits

APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
4
  APPM 2360 Intro Diff Eqns Lin Alg
4
CVEN 3414 Fund of Environ Engr
3
  CHEM 4521 Phys Chem for Engrs
3
H&SS Elective III
3
  CHEN 2120 Matl & Energy Balances
3
PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
4
  H&SS Elective III
3
PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
1
  Solid Mechanics
3

 
15
 
 
16
         
Third Year Fall
Credits
 
Third Year Spring
Credits

CVEN 4404/4414 Water Chem & Lab
4
  CVEN 4424 Environ Organic Chem
3
Engineering Economics
3
  Fluids - CHEN 3200
3
Probability/Statistics - rec CHEN 3010
3
  CVEN 4484 Intro Environ Microbiology
3
Required Communication Course
3
  H/SS elective V
3
Thermodynamics - CHEN 3320

3

  Air or Earth Lab or Field course
3

 
16
 
 
15
         
Fourth Year Fall
Credits
 
Fourth Year Spring
Credits

Technical Elective II

3

  CVEN 4434 Environ Eng Design
4
CVEN 4444 (5834) Env Eng Processes
3
  MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control

3

Heat Transfer - rec CHEN 3210
3
  CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology
3
Option Course
3
  Option Course - CHEN 3220 Sep Mass Transfer
3
Technical Elective III/senior thesis
3
  Technical Elective IV / Senior Thesis
3
.
.
  Option Course: CHEN 4330 Reaction Kinetics 3

 
15
 
 
19
         
     

Total Credits:

128

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Note: a more complete layout of the curriculum is shown here