Chemical Engineering

Purpose and Goals

Chemical Engineering is unique in the engineering profession in that it requires a strong foundation in chemical principles, as well as in the physical and engineering sciences common to all branches of engineering. An education in Chemical Engineering is one of the broadest—the chemical engineer may find employment in all phases of technical operations. Chemical process industries supply society with a vast array of products, including chemicals, fuels, plastics, metals, foods, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and cryogenic materials. In recent years, Chemical Engineers have found employment in the microelectronics industry and in the advanced materials, biochemical and biomedical engineering fields. Chemical Engineers also serve society by reducing and eliminating pollution.

The primary goal of the department is to prepare engineers who are well qualified to design and operate chemical processes. The goals of the department include the fostering of professional ethics, standards, and practices; the development of conceptual and analytical skills in problem solving; and the development of the student’s perception and creative faculties. More specifically, the department has the following objectives, which are to:

  1. Achieve success in advanced studies if they so choose, and in pursuing a design a successful professional career in new and emerging areas, as well as traditional chemical engineering areas;
  2. Attain leadership roles in professional careers in field of choice, with high levels of competence, ethics and safety consciousness;
  3. Maintain and raise their level of engineering competence and achievement by engaging in lifelong learning.

Admission Requirements

Table 1. First-time Freshmen Requirements for Direct Admission to the Chemical Engineering Program

Academic Major Meet PVAMU Admission Standards High School GPA SAT/ACT High School Rank THEA Passed
Chemical Engineering Yes 3.00 New SAT: 950/18

Table 2. Transfer Students Requirements for Direct Admission to the Chemical Engineering Program

Academic Major Meet PVAMU Admission Standards Transfer Grades Transfer GPA (Math; Science and Engineering)
Chemical Engineering Yes “C” or greater 2.50

These tables represent a summary of admission requirements. For more detailed requirements see the section in the catalog pertaining to the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Admission. 

Accreditation Status

The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Degree Program Requirements

Core Curriculum42
All core curriculum requirements are shown in the suggested degree program for majors in chemical engineering.
College Requirements
CHEG 1011Intro Engr, Comp Sci & Tech1
CHEG 1021Intro CHEG Lab1
CHEG 2043Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
CHEG/CVEG/ELEG/MCEG 4472Senior Design and Professionalism -I 12
CHEG/CVEG/ELEG/MCEG 4482Senior Design and Professionalism - II 12
CHEM 1021Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 1034Chemistry for Engineers4
CVEG 2454Statics and Dynamics4
ELEG 2053Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
GNEG 1121Engineering Lab II for Mathematics1
GNEG 2021Engr Lab III for Math1
GNEG 3051Professional Engineering1
MATH 1124Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2024Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 3023Probability and Statistics3
MATH 4173Advanced Math for Engineers3
PHYS 2511University Physics Lab I1
PHYS 2521University Physics Lab II1
Major Requirements
CHEG 2013Materials Science3
CHEG 2053Material and Energy Balances3
CHEG 3013Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transport3
CHEG 3023Unit Operations3
CHEG 3043Equilibrium Stage Separation Processes3
CHEG 3053Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CHEG 3063Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CHEG 4011Chemical Engineering Laboratory II1
CHEG 4031Chemical Engineering Laboratory III1
CHEG 4033Process Dynamics and Control3
CHEG 4043Chemical Process Design and Analysis3
Support Area Requirements
CHEM 2033General Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2043General Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3413Physical Chemistry3
Total Hours131
Chemical Engineering Concentration
3-Hour Advanced Chemistry Elective (select 3 hours from the following):3
Quantitative Analysis
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Inorganic Chemistry
Or Another Course Approved by the Department
2-Hour Chemistry Lab Elective (select from the following):2
General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
General Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Forensic Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Technical Electives 26
Introduction to Energy Systems
Introduction to Biotechnology
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Process Modeling and Simulation
Engineering Optimization
Design of Process Engineering Systems
Finite Element Analysis and Design
Energy System Design
Instrumental Analysis
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Principles of Solid State Devices
Linear Algebra
Advanced Calculus I
Introduction to Complex Analysis
Modern Physics I
Total Hours11
Bioengineering Concentration
CHEM 4033Biochemistry3
CHEM 4042Biochemistry Laboratory2
Technical Electives (select 6 hours from the following):6
Introduction to Biotechnology
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Total Hours11

 All students in the Bioengineering concentration must complete a project that is Bioengineering related.


Technical electives must  be 3000 level or higher.  3 hours may be in math, science or engineering.  The other 3 hours must be in engineering. Internship and co-op courses are not suitable as technical electives.

Technical Electives through Five-Year BS/MS Degree Plan Option

Students may, upon approval to the Five-Year BS/MS Degree Plan Option (see Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Other Programs section), apply up to six semester-credit hours of graduate courses toward technical electives requirements.

Eligibility to Take Upper Division College Courses

The Roy G. Perry College of Engineering requires an eligibility standard for the students to take upper division college courses. Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in all lower division (1000 and 2000 level) courses in English, Mathematics, Science, and Engineering to be eligible to enroll in upper division (3000 or 4000 level) courses in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. Students in the Chemical Engineering Program must complete a prescribed list of courses in the following with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.5 to be eligible to enroll in upper division (3000 or 4000 level) courses in the College. Students transferring to the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering with 60 or more semester hours from another institution will be allowed a period of one semester to comply. The following is a list of courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in upper division courses.

CHEM 1034Chemistry for Engineers4
CHEM 1021Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
ENGL 1143Technical Writing3
PHYS 2513University Physics I3
PHYS 2511University Physics Lab I1
MATH 1124Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 2024Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
CHEG 1011Intro Engr, Comp Sci & Tech1
CHEG 1021Intro CHEG Lab1
ELEG 1043Computer Applications in Engineering3

Requirements for Chemical Engineering as a Minor Field

Students must complete 27 semester credit hours as listed below to satisfy the requirements for a minor in the discipline of chemical engineering.

CHEG 2013Materials Science3
CHEG 2043Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
CHEG 2053Material and Energy Balances 13
CHEG 3013Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transport 13
CHEG 3023Unit Operations3
CHEG 3043Equilibrium Stage Separation Processes 13
CHEG 3053Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II 13
CHEG 3063Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design 13
CHEG 4043Chemical Process Design and Analysis 13
Technical Elective (any CHEG 3000-4000 level)3
Total Hours30

Indicates course requirements not eligible to be met with courses used to meet major requirements. 

Professional and Honor Societies

Student organizations play an important role in helping students to adjust to the responsibilities of their profession and in recognizing high academic achievement. Students are encouraged to become active members of the organizations sponsored by the department. The department sponsors the following organizations:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (A.I.Ch.E.) - Student Chapter. This chapter is a part of the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers organization, which is the premier professional society for chemical engineers nationwide. AIChE is the life-long home of chemical engineers nationwide. The student chapter promotes professionalism, professional development, and service to society.

Iota Beta Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon . This is a chapter of the National Honorary Society Omega Chi Epsilon. The objectives of this organization are to promote and recognize chemical engineering academic excellence, graduate research, professionalism, sociability, character, and leadership among the chemical engineering students.

American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) - Student Chapter. This chapter is a part of the national professional society for chemists and chemical engineers, and is sponsored in cooperation with the Department of Chemistry.

American Nuclear Society PV Chapter (ANS-PV) – Student Chapter. The objectives of this organization are to promote the diverse field of nuclear science and technology, increase awareness and understanding of its diverse application in modern engineering, and to introduce students to the emergent career opportunities in nuclear engineering nationally and internationally. The student chapter is supported by the nuclear engineering program within chemical engineering department. Membership is open to all who are motivated to be enlightened in the growing field of the nuclear science and technology.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (S.P.E.) - Student Chapter. This chapter is a part of the national Society of Petroleum Engineers organization. The SPE is an international technical/professional organization dedicated to the advancement of technology associated with oil and gas exploration, production, refining, and processing. Student membership provides students the opportunity to meet practicing professionals and active members in the industry while still attending school.

National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (N.O.B.C.Ch.E) - Student Chapter. This chapter is part of the national NOBCChE organization. Its goals are to promote professionalism and advance technical careers for African Americans, with chemistry and chemical engineers as a particular focus. Membership is open to all who share these objectives. This chapter is co-sponsored with the Department of Chemistry.

Students of chemical engineering are also eligible for membership in the other professional and honor societies of the college and the university.


CHEG 1011 Intro Engr, Comp Sci & Tech: 1 semester hour.

Introduction to basic engineering, computer science and technology concepts. Students will become aware of the various disciplines of engineering, computer science and technology, ethical and professional responsibilities in these fields, creativity and design.
Co-requisite: CHEG 1021.

CHEG 1021 Intro CHEG Lab: 1 semester hour.

Introduction to the field of engineering, industries, careers, and the curriculum. Basic engineering terms, concepts, calculations problem solving skills, ethics, and computer applications.
Co-requisite: CHEG 1011.

CHEG 2003 Eco Anal Technical Application: 3 semester hours.

Fundamental concepts of economic principles. Evaluation of technical alternatives, economic significance of technical proposals; interest, description, analysis, and forecasting.
Prerequisites: MATH 1124.

CHEG 2013 Materials Science: 3 semester hours.

Chemical bonding, atomic order and disorder, transport properties, single phase and multiphase materials, heat treatment, corrosion, and composites.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1043 (may be taken concurrently) or CHEM 1034 (may be taken concurrently).

CHEG 2043 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to chemical engineering calculations. PVT properties of fluids, equations of state. First and second laws of thermodynamics. Applications to heat effects and flow processes.
Prerequisites: (CHEM 1043 or CHEM 1034) and PHYS 2513.

CHEG 2053 Material and Energy Balances: 3 semester hours.

Application of the laws of conservation of mass and energy to reacting and non-reacting, simple and complex chemical systems. Application of both element and species balances to multiple reaction systems. Application of the degrees-of-freedom analysis to single process units and multi-unit process flow-sheets. Numerical solution techniques for the solution of balance equations.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2043 (may be taken concurrently).

CHEG 2153 Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals: 3 semester hours.

This course introduces biology fundamentals and associated subjects required for engineers to understand and design multidisciplinary technology in the complementary areas of biological sciences and engineering. To accommodate those who do not have the biological background, the course covers basic biological principles and engineering applications of general biology including: biochemistry, genetics, and physiology. Subsequently, special emphasis is placed on applying engineering concepts to biological problems.
Prerequisites: (CHEM 1043 or CHEM 1034) and CHEM 2033.

CHEG 2156 Chemical Engineering Internship I: 6 semester hours.

This course is an internship program of work experience with an approved engineering firm.

CHEG 3011 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I: 1 semester hour.

Quantitative experimental study of properties of fluids, fluid mechanics, metering, and heat transfer. Operation and evaluation of equipment, techniques of graphical and statistical data analysis. Strong emphasis is placed on safety, report writing and oral communication.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3013 (may be taken concurrently) and PHYS 2511 (may be taken concurrently) and PHYS 2521 (may be taken concurrently) and CHEM 1021 (may be taken concurrently) and (COMM 1003 (may be taken concurrently) or SPCH 1003 (may be taken concurrently)) and (ENGL 1133 (may be taken concurrently) or ENGL 1143 (may be taken concurrently)).

CHEG 3013 Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transport: 3 semester hours.

Macroscopic and differential balances for heat, mass, and momentum. Energy balances and mechanical energy balances. Ideal Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid behavior. Comparison of the transport processes in laminar and turbulent flow. Dimensional analysis.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2053 and MATH 2043.

CHEG 3023 Unit Operations: 3 semester hours.

Application of transport theory to the design of equipment for the pumping and transfer of fluids through pipes, heat exchange, interphase transfer of heat and mass for the separation and purification of process streams.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2053.

CHEG 3043 Equilibrium Stage Separation Processes: 3 semester hours.

Applications of heat and mass balances and phase equilibria to the design of staged separation processes. Use of graphical methods such as McCabe Thiele and Ponchon Savarit for the treatment of binary systems. Application to distillation, absorption, stripping, and extraction.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2053 and CHEG 3053.

CHEG 3053 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II: 3 semester hours.

Properties of ideal and non-ideal binary and multi-component mixtures. Study of phase equilibria for single- and multi-component systems based on methods of corresponding states, equation of states and activity coefficient. Chemical equilibria applied to both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2043 and CHEG 2053 (may be taken concurrently).

CHEG 3063 Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design: 3 semester hours.

Application of fundamental concepts of reaction stoichiometry, chemical and biochemical kinetics, and equilibria to the interpretation of reaction rate data. Application of reaction rate and heat and mass transfer correlations to the design of batch reactors, continuous staged reactors, and tubular reactors.
Prerequisites: MATH 2043 and CHEG 3053 and CHEG 2013.

CHEG 3113 Introduction to Energy Systems: 3 semester hours.

This course introduces fundamental physical and engineering principles associated with various energy systems. Basic energy concepts will be introduced describing the magnitudes and patterns of human energy needs. Historical evolution and present status of the conventional fossil and nuclear-fuelled energy will be investigated along with others such as hydropower, biofuels, and the developing renewable energy systems.
Prerequisites: MATH 2024 and PHYS 2523 and (CHEM 1034 or CHEM 1043).

CHEG 3153 Introduction to Biotechnology: 3 semester hours.

This course introduces students of chemical engineering, biological sciences, and chemistry to biological concepts and Nano scale considerations in engineering applications. It provides training for effective communication, hands-on skills, and analytical tools needed to pursue careers in biological/biochemical, and biopharmaceutical process industries. Ties to relevant current research will be explored.
Prerequisites: CHEG 2153 (may be taken concurrently).

CHEG 3156 Chemical Engineering Internship II: 6 semester hours.

This course is an internship program of work experience with an approved engineering firm.

CHEG 4011 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II: 1 semester hour.

Chemical engineering laboratory directed to separation processes such as gas absorption, fractional distillation, extraction, and drying. Study of reaction rates and equilibria in simple chemical systems. Emphasis is placed upon experimental data required for the scale-up to commercial scale equipment.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3023 (may be taken concurrently) and CHEG 3043 (may be taken concurrently) and (SPCH 1003 (may be taken concurrently) or COMM 1003 (may be taken concurrently)) and (ENGL 1133 (may be taken concurrently) or ENGL 1143 (may be taken concurrently)) and PHYS 2511 (may be taken concurrently) and PHYS 2521 (may be taken concurrently) and CHEM 1021 (may be taken concurrently).

CHEG 4031 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III: 1 semester hour.

Chemical engineering laboratory with emphasis on reactive and control systems. Measurement of reaction conversion, determination of reaction order and rate in a tubular reactor. Analysis of the dynamic responses of stirred tanks in series. Experimental study of the use of analog and digital controller for heat exchanger and flow and level control systems.
Prerequisites: CHEG 4033 (may be taken concurrently) and (SPCH 1003 or COMM 1003) and (ENGL 1133 or ENGL 1143) and PHYS 2511 and PHYS 2521 and CHEM 1021.

CHEG 4033 Process Dynamics and Control: 3 semester hours.

Dynamic response and control of chemical process equipment such as reactors, heat exchangers, distillation columns. Use is made of fundamental techniques of servomechanism theory such as block diagrams, transfer functions, and frequency response; stability analysis and control loop design. Unsteady state modeling and computer simulation of simple control systems.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3063 (may be taken concurrently) and (MATH 4173 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 3685 (may be taken concurrently)).

CHEG 4043 Chemical Process Design and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Use of material and energy balance calculations, thermodynamics, transfer operations, reaction kinetics and process economics for the synthesis and analysis of chemical processing systems. Design alternatives are analyzed by the use of case studies, computerized flow sheet modeling and simulation, and optimization methods. Safety and design codes are emphasized.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3013 and CHEG 3023 and CHEG 3043 and CHEG 3063.

CHEG 4103 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: 3 semester hours.

This course presents selected current and emerging topics in chemical engineering depending on need as determined by the department faculty.

CHEG 4133 Process Modeling and Simulation: 3 semester hours.

Construction and solution of mathematical models of process units and integrated systems for computer simulation. Both steady and dynamic models will be developed. Students will make use of one or more of the commercial flow sheet simulation programs for the analysis of specific systems.

CHEG 4153 Bioengineering: 3 semester hours.

Design and analysis of biochemical systems with applications in biomedical engineering and metabolic processes, enzyme catalyzed reactions and product separation, biomass production, and wastewater treatment. Emphasis is placed upon the application of biochemical systems structure, reaction kinetics, transport processes, and control in the design and use of biochemical reactors and separation units.

CHEG 4163 Engineering Optimization: 3 semester hours.

Optimization methodology, with a major focus on the techniques and stratagems relevant to engineering applications arising in design, operations and analysis, is emphasized. This includes linear, dynamic and nonlinear optimization techniques applied to engineering examples drawn from the chemical, industrial and mechanical engineering fields.

CHEG 4183 Design of Process Engineering Systems: 3 semester hours.

The course will stress the interdisciplinary nature of systems design and will include structural, hydraulic, process, utilities and control concepts. Development of one or more selected applications in optimal design of continuous and batch systems. Studies will involve the use of computer-aided design, cost estimation, engineering data bases, and project scheduling.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3013 and CHEG 3023 and CHEG 3043 and CHEG 3063.

CHEG 4472 Senior Design and Professionalism -I: 2 semester hours.

This is the first course of a two-semester capstone experience (CHEG 4482 must immediately follow 4472 or sequence must restart with 4472) involving engineering design of an industrial or advanced team project. Elements of ethics and professionalism in engineering practice are integrated into the project experience. The project will include application of relevant engineering codes and standards, as well as realistic constraints. Design achievements are demonstrated with written reports, and oral presentation, and professional standards and ethics examinations.
Prerequisites: CHEG 3013 and CHEG 3023 and CHEG 3043 and CHEG 3063.

CHEG 4482 Senior Design and Professionalism - II: 2 semester hours.

A continuation of CHEG 4472 with required design modifications of the team projects necessary to produce a working prototype of the designs initiated in Senior Design and Professionalism I. Design project deliverables include an oral presentation, as well as a final written report. Professionalism education will, and a formal demonstration of prototype, or model, of the design. Elements of professionalism reinforce the importance of professional engineering ethics, corporate culture, life-long learning, and globalization.
Prerequisites: CHEG 4472.

CHEG 4993 Independent Study: 1-3 semester hour.

Readings, research and/or field work on selected topics. This course is intended as a curriculum supplement for highly motivated students with special areas of interest. An individualized course of study, planned by student and advisor, is executed under the direction of the advisor.

CHEG 5013 Advanced Reaction Engineering: 3 semester hours.

Rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Thermo and catalytic reactions both homogeneous and heterogeneous with applications. Applications to design of new materials.

CHEG 5023 Microelectronics Materials: 3 semester hours.

Heterogeneous chemical reactions. Chemical engineering aspects of materials fabrication and processing. CVD thin film deposition techniques. Preparation of superconducting powders. Composites. Modeling and practical applications.

CHEG 5033 Environmental Processes: 3 semester hours.

Fundamentals of environmental engineering, chemistry, physical-chemistry and transport properties. Energy and mass balances. Reactions and reactors. Biological processes. Bioremediation.

CHEG 5043 Remediation Technologies: 3 semester hours.

Fundamentals of environmental remediation. Physical-chemical processes. Bioremediation. Stabilization and solidification. Thermal methods. Site characterization. Risk assessment. Containment. Remedial Alternatives Applications to real contaminated sites.