Jun 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

James H. Edgar, Head

University Distinguished Professor: Edgar
Professors: Hohn and Schlup
Associate Professor: Anthony and Amama
Assistant Professors: Hansen, Hasegawa, Liu, and Suresh
Assistant Teaching Professor: Castro Diaz and Duncan
Adjunct: Czemak
Emeritus Professors: Akins, Erickson, Glasgow, Kyle, and Matthews

1701 A Platt St

1005 Durland Hall
Fax: 785-532-7372
E-mail: che@k-state.edu

Chemical engineers contribute to society by providing an essential link between the basic chemical sciences and commercial application and production. Chemical engineering is a core engineering discipline, firmly rooted in the basic sciences. Consequently, chemical engineering graduates have a broad array of career choices available to them. Chemical engineers find employment in the chemical and allied industries including energy, petrochemicals, biotechnology, agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, the environment, and microelectronics. 

Educational objectives

In consultation with the stakeholders for our baccalaureate program, the department has established the following program mission, objectives, and outcomes. The program objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments expected of our graduates during their first few years in the profession. The program outcomes describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. These program objectives and outcomes are directed toward the further development and continuous improvement of our undergraduate program.


The mission of the chemical engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates who strive to better the human condition throughout the world by application of their technical knowledge and professional skill.


As engineers, graduates:  (1) will demonstrate through their professional progress the ability to employ chemical engineering fundamentals in diverse professional environments, (2) will contribute both to society in general and their profession in particular, and (3) are life-long learners, demonstrating individual professional improvement.


Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Department at Kansas State University will have:  (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (g) an ability to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning; (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and (l) an ability to address the hazards associated with the design, analysis, and control of physical, chemical, and/or biological processes.

Areas of concentration

If a student desires to emphasize a particular area such as biochemical, food, computer and control systems, energy, materials, or environmental engineering, there are three possibilities: areas of emphasis, secondary majors, and minors.

For an area of emphasis the student selects appropriate technical electives. Lists of recommended technical electives for some of the areas for emphasis commonly chosen are available at our departmental website.

A student may also complete requirements for a secondary major in an area such as natural resources and environmental sciences or biological engineering. Other opportunities are described in the Secondary Majors  section of this catalog.

Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult the department offering the minor.
Students interested in preparing for medical or law school should consult the Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog.

Selection of technical electives and choices for areas of concentration should be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.



Bachelor of Science


Chemical Engineering