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Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Chemical Engineering, B.S.


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The chemical engineering program comprises a minimum of 42 courses, which include three free electives and two area electives: 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 advisor, 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 131 credit hours.

First Year


Fall (17 credits)


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Third Year


Please note: The third year of the program varies depending upon which semester the student chooses to take away following The Arch Summer Semester classes. Please note the following differences in curriculum:

  • If students are going to be away during the Fall semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Fall Away Track for year three of their program.
     
  • If students are going to be away during the Spring semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Spring Away Track for year three of their program.

The Arch Summer Semester* (17 credits)


*For more information on the ARCH process, please click here: The Arch 

 

Fall or Spring (17 credits)


  • CHME 4XXX Chemical Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3 5
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


Fourth Year


Fall (16 credits)


  • Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3 6
     

Spring (15 credits)


  • Free Elective II Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective III Credit Hours: 4

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 chemical engineering elective must be 4000-level and above 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 three credits of engineering topics.
  • This elective cannot be one of the following: BMED 4200 , ENVE 2110 , ENGR 2250 , MANE 2110 , MANE 2710 , MANE 2720 , MANE 4500 , MANE 4730 .

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. May be replaced by “ENGR 1300 , although CHME 1010  is recommended.
  2. May be replaced by “ENGR 1100 , although CHME 1100  is recommended.
  3. May be replaced with BIOL 1010  & BIOL 1015 , but BIOL 2120  & BIOL 2125  are recommended for those who have had biology in high school and who have had Chemistry I.
  4. Will be fulfilled from a list of courses published at the beginning of each semester.
  5. The chemical engineering elective must be 4000-level and above in chemical engineering or in an approved, advanced chemical engineering subject.
  6. The engineering elective cannot be a chemical engineering course; it must be at least 2000-level and contain 3 credits of engineering topics. This elective cannot be one of the following: BMED 4200 , ENVE 2110 , ENGR 2250 , MANE 2110 , MANE 2710 , MANE 2720 , MANE 4500 , MANE 4730 .
  7. ADMN 1030  is a zero-credit course that may be taken in the second-year fall or spring term (or possibly first year for ACCEL students); satisfactory completion is a graduation requirement.  Another graduation requirement is satisfactory completion of an ILEA 4400 , usually in fall or spring third year.

 

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