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.
prior to spring 2011:
• 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 3311 Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credit hours; prerequisite: CHEN 1211; co-requisite: CHEM 3321 or 3361)
• CHEM 3331 Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credit hours; prerequisite CHEM 3311 or 3351; co-requisite CHEM 3341 or 3381)
• CHEN 4670 Environmental Separations (3 credit hours, every other S; prerequisite: CHEN 2120, senior or graduate)
• CHEN 4680 Environmental Process Engineering (3 credit hours; senior or graduate standing)
In fall 2011 the EVEN faculty approved the following courses for the Chemical Processing option.
1. CHEN 3220 Chemical Engineering Separations (required)
2. CHEN 4330 Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics (required)
3. Three credits from among: CHEM 3331 Organic Chemistry 2; CHEN 4670 Environmental Separations (intermittent); CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (spring); CVEN 4474 Hazardous Waste Management (fall)
Students should take CHEN 3320 Thermodynamics and CHEN 3200 Fluid Mechanics and are also recommended to take CHEN 3210 Heat Transfer (rather than the alternative AREN/CVEN/MCEN versions of these courses
Students may substitute CVEN 3311 Organic Chemistry 1 for CVEN 4424 Environmental Organic Chemistry.
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.
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:
CHEM 1131-5 General Chemistry 2(apply toward free elective and lower division technical elective in EVEN); 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 4521-3 Physisical Chemistry for Engineers (req'd for minor and EVEN degree), 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:
Proctor & Gamble, Environmental Science Dept.
American Chemical Society (ACS) - Division of Environmental Chemistry
Note: a more complete layout of the curriculum is shown here