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Kansas State University

Chemical Engineering

Mary E. Rezac, Head

Professors Edgar, Erickson, Fan, Glasgow, King, Rezac, Schlup, and Walawender; Associate Professors Hohn and Pfromm; Assistant Professor Anthony; Emeriti: Professors Akins, Kyle, and Matthews.


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. As a result, 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, petrochemical, biotechnology, agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, 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 will: (1) be well grounded in the fundamentals of chemical engineering so as to be prepared for the spectrum of career opportunities available to them, (2) have developed the professional skills, such as communication, teamwork, and engineering ethics, necessary to practice their profession in a diverse world, (3) be capable of meeting the challenges of a world characterized by rapidly increasing technical complexity, (4) have an awareness of the impact of technology on society, (5) contribute both to society in general and to their profession in particular, and (6) compete favorably while pursuing advanced studies and become lifelong learners.


Graduates will have: (1) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering, (2) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, (3) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data, (4) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs, (5) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, (6) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, (7) an ability to communicate effectively, (8) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, (9) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning, (10) a knowledge of contemporary issues, and (11) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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, minors, and secondary majors.

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.

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

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

Curriculum in chemical engineering (CHE)

Bachelor of science in chemical engineering

128 hours required for graduation

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. 410-347-7700

Fall semester
MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
CHM 210Chemistry I**4
ENGL 100Expository Writing I*3
CHE 110Current Topics in Chemical Engineering1
DEN 015New Student Orientation Seminar
Humanities/social science elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Spring semester
MATH 221Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
CHM 230Chemistry II**4
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics I3
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
Humanities/social science elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Fall semester
MATH 222Analytic Geometry and Calculus III4
PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
CHM 371Chemical Analysis†4
CHE 320Chemical Process Analysis3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Spring semester
MATH 240Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5
CHM 531Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 416Computational Techniques in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 350Electronic Materials
CHE 352Structural Materials2
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Fall semester
CHE 520Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I2
CHE 530Transport Phenomena I3
ENGL 415Written Communication for Engineers*3
Chemistry/biochemistry elective‡3
Advanced laboratory experience§2
Humanities/social science elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Spring semester
CHM 595Physical Chemistry II3
CHE 521Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CHE 531Transport Phenomena II3
CHE 535Transport Phenomena Lab3
Technical elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Fall semester
CHE 550Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 560Separational Process Design3
CHE 570Chemical Engineering Systems Design I2
Technical elective3
UGE ≥ 300 level humanities and social science elective6
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
Spring semester
CHE 542Unit Operations Lab3
CHE 561Chemical Process Dynamics and Control3
CHE 571Chemical Engineering Systems Design II4
Chemical engineering elective3
Technical elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly
*The prerequisite for ENGL 415 is satisfied with an A or B in ENGL 100. Otherwise students must take ENGL 200, which may be substituted for 3 credit hours of technical electives.
**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.
†Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHM 566); (3 credit hours) and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHM567); (1 credit hour) may be substituted for Chemical Analysis (CHM 371). However, prerequisites would require that these courses be taken following Organic Chemistry I (CHM 531).
‡Chemistry/biochemistry/biology electives: Chemistry: Possible selections include Organic Chemistry II (CHM 550), Instrumental Analysis (CHM 566), and Physical Chemistry I (CHM 585). Biochemistry: Possible selections include 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 529) 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 Chemistry Laboratory I or II (CHM586 or CHM598), General Biochemistry Laboratory (BIOCH 522), or Biochemistry I Laboratory (BIOCH 756). General Microbiology (BIOL 455) may be counted as a 2-credit-hour laboratory experience with the remaining 2 credit hours being applied towards chemistry/biochemistry/biology electives.
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 or have the approval of the department head and must support the educational objectives of the chemical engineering program. Both the required and elective components of a student's overall program of study must meet UGE criteria. 17 credit hours of technical electives are required. These electives must include one chemistry/ biochemistry/biology (3 credit hours) course, an advanced laboratory experience (2 credit hours), and a chemical engineering elective (3 credit hours).
The remaining 9 credit hours of technical electives are to be selected to enhance the student's professional development. A minimum of 5 credit hours 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 hours of 300-level or higher UGE courses must be included within these 15 hours. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Chemical engineering courses

CHE 015. Engineering Assembly. (0) I, II.

CHE 110. Current Topics in Chemical Engineering. (1) I. Recent advances in chemical engineering and the impact of the profession on society. One hour lec. per week.

CHE 320. Chemical Process Analysis. (3) I. An introduction to chemical engineering with emphasis on material and energy balances. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHM 230 or 250 and MATH 222.

CHE 350. Electronic Materials. (2) I, II. Structure of materials, with particular emphasis on metals and semiconductors. Mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through changes in microstructure. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 210.

CHE 352. Structural Materials. (2). I, II. Structure of materials especially metals. Mechanical properties emphasized. Multiphase equilibrium and modification of properties through change in microstructure. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and properties. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 210.

CHE 354. Engineering Materials Laboratory. (1) I, II. A series of laboratory experiences to enhance and supplement the course content of CHE 350 and 352. Experiments demonstrating mechanical properties, phase behavior, and microstructure of materials. Three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 356. Corrosion. (1) I, II. An introductory survey of corrosion mechanisms and prevention. Emphasis is on the corrosion of metals. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 416. Computational Techniques in Chemical Engineering. (3) II. Use of computational techniques in chemical engineering. Two hours lec. and two hours of lab per week. Pr.: CHE 320.

CHE 497. Undergraduate Research in Chemical Engineering. (Var) I, II, S. An introduction to chemical engineering research. Pr. Consent of instructor.

CHE 499. Honors Research in Chemical Engineering. (Var.) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to students in the College of Engineering honors program. A report is presented orally and in writing during the last semester.

CHE 520. Ch.E. Thermodynamics I. (2) I. A study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, real gases, heat of solution and reaction. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 320. Pr. or conc.: MATH 240.

CHE 521. Ch.E. Thermodynamics II. (3) II. A continuation of the study of the second law, thermodynamic analysis of processes, phase equilibrium, chemical reaction equilibrium. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 416. Pr.: CHE 520.

CHE 530. Transport Phenomena I. (3) I. A unified treatment of the basic principles of momentum, energy, and mass transport. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 320 and MATH 240.

CHE 531. Transport Phenomena II. (3) II. Continuation of Transport Phenomena I with special emphasis on mass transfer. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 416. Pr: CHE 530.

CHE 535. Transport Phenomena Laboratory. (3) II. Laboratory experiments in momentum, heat, and mass transfer. Eight hours of laboratory per week, Pr. or conc.: CHE 531.

CHE 542. Unit Operations Laboratory. (3) II. Laboratory experiments on classical unit operations, e.g., distillation, absorption, extraction, and on chemical kinetics and process dynamics. Eight hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 535, 550, and 560. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.

CHE 550. Chemical Reaction Engineering. (3) I. Applied chemical kinetics and catalysis including the analysis and design of tubular, packed bed, stirred tank, and fluidized bed chemical reactors. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531.

CHE 560. Separational Process Design. (3) I. Development of the basic theory and design of separational processes such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, adsorption, and ion exchange. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531.

CHE 561. Chemical Process Dynamics and Control. (3) II. A study of the unsteady state behavior and control of chemical processes. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 550 and 416.

CHE 570. Chemical Engineering Systems Design I. (2) I. Basic concepts of process economics with application to the design of chemical processes. Two hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 550 and 560.

CHE 571. Chemical Engineering Systems Design II. (4) II. Basic concepts of process optimization with application to the synthesis and design of chemical processing systems. Emphasis will be on the solution of comprehensive systems design problems. Two hours rec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHE 550, 560, and 570. Pr. or conc.: CHE 561.

CHE 580. Problems in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. (Var.) I, II, S. An introduction to chemical engineering research. Pr.: Approval of department head.

CHE 626. Bioseparations. (2) II, in even years. Study of separations important in food and biochemical engineering such as leaching, extraction, expression, absorption, ion exchange, filtration, centrifugation, membrane separation, and chromatographic separations. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 531 or AGE575.

CHE 648. Processing of Composite Materials. (3) I, II. Principles of composite materials, including ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix composites; properties and processing of fibers; role of interfaces in composites; basic concepts in mechanics, failure, and testing of composite materials. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 650. Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar. (1) I, II, S. Topics in hazardous materials management and control, waste reduction and minimization, hazardous substance tracking, and hazardous waste engineering. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230.

CHE 653. Ceramic Materials. (3) I, II. Structure and bonding in glasses and ceramics; phase equilibrium and transformation kinetics; defects and microstructure within ceramic materials; mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of ceramics and glasses. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 661. Processing of Materials for Solid State Devices. (3) I, II. Structure, properties, and processing of materials for solid state devices. Crystal growth, epitaxy, oxidation, diffusion, lithography, and etching as applied to device fabrication. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 664. Electrochemical Engineering. (3) I, II. Thermodynamics, electrode kinetics, and transport phenomena of electrochemical systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 521 and 531.

CHE 681. Engineering Materials II. (3) I, II, S. The structure and bonding in crystalline and amorphous materials; crystallography; thermodynamic stability in materials; equilibrium diagrams and the phase rule; rate theory and kinetics of solid-state transformations; mechanical behavior of engineering materials; dislocations; failure mechanisms. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHE 350 or 352.

CHE 682. Surface Phenomena. (2) I, II, S. Principles and applications of interfacial phenomena, including capillarity, colloids, porosity, adsorption, and catalysis. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 520.

CHE 715. Biochemical Engineering. (3) I. The analysis and design of biochemical processing systems with emphasis on fermentation kinetics, continuous fermentations, aeration, agitation, scale up, sterilization, and control. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: CHE 550.

CHE 725. Biotransport Phenomena. (3) I, II. Principles of transport phenomena applied to biological and physiological processes. Membrane transport processes, circulatory system transport phenomena, transport and distribution of drugs. Pr.: CHE 530.

CHE 735. Chemical Engineering Analysis I. (3) I, II, S. The mathematical formulation of problems in chemical engineering using partial differential equations, vector and tensor notation. Solution of these problems by analytical and numerical methods. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHE 530.

CHE 745. Analysis of Physiological Processes. (3) II. Principles of process and systems analysis applied to problems in biology and medicine. Analysis of mixing inflow systems, principles and applications of tracer analysis, analysis of kinetic and adsorption processes. Pr.: CHE 550.

CHE 750. Air Quality Seminar. (1) I. Topics in air quality including health effects, toxicology, measurement, characterization, modeling, management, and control. One hour rec. a week. Pr.: CHE230.

CHE 768. Geoenvironmental Engineering Design. (3) II. A team design project in geoenvironmental engineering focused on resolving interdisciplinary issues related to containment of pollutants and remediation of soil and groundwater. Pr.: One of the following: AGRON 605, AGRON 746, BAE 690, CE 625, CE 654, CHE 531, GEOL 611.