Oct 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering (CHE) (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Freshman year

Fall semester (15 credit hours)

Spring semester (16 credit hours)

Sophomore year

Junior year

Fall semester (17 credit hours)

Spring semester (14 credit hours)

Senior year

Fall semester (18 credit hours)

Spring semester (15 credit hours)


*These courses form the chemical engineering core program.
**Chemical Principles I (CHM 220) and Chemical Principles II (CHM 250) may be taken instead of CHM 210, CHM 230, and CHM 371. If this option is elected, two additional credit hours of technical electives are to be selected.

‡Chemistry/biochemistry/biology electives must include either Physical Chemistry I (CHM 585) or Physical Chemistry II (CHM 595). In addition, possible selections in each department for electives include the following. Chemistry: Organic Chemistry II (CHM 550), Instrumental Analysis (CHM 566), Physical Chemistry I (CHM 585) and Physical Chemistry II (CHM 595). Biochemistry: General Biochemistry (BIOCH 521), Physical Studies of Biomacromolecules (BIOCH 590), Biochemistry I (BIOCH 755), and Biochemistry II (BIOCH 765); Biology: BIOL 450 or above; some possible courses include Modern Genetics (BIOL 450), General Microbiology (BIOL 455), Plant Physiology (BIOL 500), Fundamentals of Ecology (BIOL 429) or Cell Biology (BIOL 541).

§The advanced laboratory experience is to be a 2-credit-hour laboratory course selected from the following courses: Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 532), Physical Methods Laboratory (CHM 596), General Biochemistry Laboratory (BIOCH 522), or Biochemistry I Laboratory (BIOCH 756).

The departmental requirements below must be satisfied.

  • 32 credit hours of electives are required, and they are to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. All electives must be on the lists approved by the department head and must support the program educational objectives and student outcomes of the chemical engineering program. A student’s overall program of study must meet university general education (K-State 8) criteria; both the required and elective components can contribute to satisfying the K-State 8 criteria. 17 credit hours of technical electives are required. These electives must include two chemistry/biochemistry/biology (3 credit hours) course, an advanced laboratory experience (2 credit hours), and a chemical engineering elective (3 credit hours).

    The remaining 6 credit hours of technical electives are to be chosen from courses identified as engineering topics, with at least one course selected from either analytical mechanics (both statics and dynamics must be represented) or circuits, fields, and electronics.
  • 15 credit hours of social sciences and humanities electives are required. These courses are to be selected from the list approved by the College of Engineering. At least 6 credit hours of 300-level or higher courses must be included within these 15 credit hours. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

A grade of C or higher in each course within the chemical engineering core program is required for graduation.

Of the 45 credit hours of required chemical engineering and chemical engineering elective courses, at least half of these credit hours must be completed at Kansas State University.

Total credit for undergraduate research (CHE 497 and/or CHE 499) applicable to the degree is limited to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

For information about the General Education program, check the requirements specified by the College of Engineering.

Humanities and Social Science Electives are to be selected from the list of courses approved by the College of Engineering. Students should select these courses as needed to complete the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education program.

Total hours required for graduation (128)