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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Chemical and Biological Engineering


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The chemical engineering program comprises a minimum of 39 courses, which include three free electives and three area electives: one in advanced chemistry, one in advanced chemical engineering, and one in a nonchemical engineering area. On completion of three years of the baccalaureate program, the student may continue to the fourth year or be admitted to the professional program. While individual variations may be made in the course sequence in consultation with a faculty adviser, all listed courses and elective credits in the curricula must be satisfactorily completed to qualify for the specified degrees. A program outline that indicates required courses and electives is provided below. The complete curriculum totals 132 credit hours.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Spring


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


Summer Arch*


*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnote 3 below)
     

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Chemical Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3

Spring


  • Lab Elective Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Chemistry Elective Credit Hours: 3

Electives


As is evident in the above outline, the B.S. program includes several types of electives, three of which are specifically designated. These designated electives are subject to the following constraints:

  • The chemistry elective must be in advanced chemistry or in an advanced chemistry-related subject.
  • The chemical engineering elective must be in chemical engineering or in an approved, advanced
    chemical engineering subject.
  • The engineering elective cannot be a chemical engineering course; it must be at least 2000-level and contain four credits of engineering topics.
  • The engineering elective cannot be ENVE 2110 or ENGR 2250.

The curriculum clearance officer, who maintains a list of appropriate courses, must approve selection of these three constrained electives. The three free electives are completely unconstrained.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives


In this area, the electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Students are urged to elect humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.

Footnotes


  1. These required courses may be taken in either order.
  2. CHME 1010 may be replaced by ENGR 1300, although CHME 1010 is recommended. ENGR 1400 may be replaced with ENGR 1200, although ENGR 1400 is recommended.
  3. One credit comes from PD I, for which  either STSS 4840 or PSYC 4170 may be selected.
  4. Choice of CHME 4160 or CHME 4170.

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