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[College of Engineering]


Professor Gary C. April, Department Head
Office: A-127 Bevill Building

Chemical engineers apply economics, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to the design and operation of industrial processes and to the development of new products. The many and varied problems in going from laboratory demonstration of chemical principles to their use in commercial processes and equipment all fall within the province of chemical engineering. Commercial chemical plant operation, research and development, synthesis of alternative fuels, energy conservation and conversion, air- and water-pollution control, process design and optimization, and process control are a few of the diverse areas in which a chemical engineer may be employed. The undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum places strong emphasis on basic science, yet a vital feature of the curriculum is the high degree of confidence and practical ability gained by the student from the design and laboratory courses. The bachelor of science degree is a professional degree that prepares graduates for employment, graduate study in chemical engineering, or study in other fields.

Design is the culmination of the engineering education. It is the salient feature that distinguishes engineering professions. Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision-making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet a stated objective. Among the fundamental elements of the design process included in this curriculum are the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation. The engineering design component of this curriculum includes most of the following features: development of student creativity, use of open-ended problems, development and use of modern design theory and methodology, formulation of design problem statements and specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, production processes, concurrent engineering design, and detailed system descriptions. The engineering design component of this curriculum also includes a variety of realistic constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact.

An honors sequence is provided for qualified students who wish to engage in independent study/research related to the interests of the department's faculty. Each student is required to schedule the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination administered by the Alabama State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Program Objectives

Chemical engineering graduates are expected to

Petroleum engineering certificate. Engineering offers a certificate in petroleum engineering to B.S. engineering students who complete 12 credit hours from the approved list of petroleum engineering courses. These courses are generally acceptable as approved electives in the College of Engineering. The certificate program requires 6 hours beyond the bachelor's degree program. A student completing all requirements will receive the B.S. engineering degree in his or her discipline and a certificate indicating completion of the additional requirements. The student's transcript will indicate completion of the petroleum engineering certificate program. Students interested in the certificate program should contact their advisers.

A student interested in a career within the petroleum exploration, production, or service industries may find the certificate a helpful addition to his or her baccalaureate degree. Courses within the program are designed to facilitate enrollment by a broad cross section of B.S. degree students who are interested in increasing their opportunities for employment within the petroleum industry, and are expected to give an entry-level advantage to certificate holders.

Certificate students are expected to complete CHEP 360, CHEP 451, and CHEP 466, plus either CHEP 468 or CHEP 462.

Environmental engineering certificate. An engineering student may earn a certificate in environmental engineering in addition to the B.S. degree. The certificate is listed on transcripts and is awarded to students who complete 12 hours of environmental engineering courses from an approved list (following the chemical engineering curriculum). Most of these courses are acceptable for elective credit toward the degree; however, of the 12 hours, at least 6 must be in addition to the B.S. degree requirements. Students should consult their advisers for more information.

An interdisciplinary master's degree in environmental engineering is also offered for students with B.S. degrees in biology, chemistry, geology, microbiology, and traditional engineering disciplines. The flexible program allows such students to design master's programs directed at their particular needs and interests. Pathways in both civil and chemical engineering are available. Details appear in the University of Alabama graduate catalog or may be obtained by writing The University of Alabama, Environmental Engineering Committee Chairperson, Box 870205, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0205.

Chemical engineering honors sequence. The honors sequence in chemical engineering is an integrated program involving a series of course credits selected from the following: CHE 495 Undergraduate Honors Seminar, CHE 496 Undergraduate Honors Seminar, CHE 498 Honors Special Problems, and CHE 499 Honors Special Problems.

An interested student should consult with a faculty adviser to design a plan of study that will allow the student to meet the program objectives as well as his or her own personal and professional objectives. The faculty adviser should assist the student in developing an honors course plan that meets the specific needs of the honors program, the major program (relative to elective credits), the student's interests and objectives, and the faculty member's interests and objectives.

Laboratories. The chemical engineering laboratories include all principal types of equipment needed to study and to demonstrate heat, mass, and momentum transfer; material and energy balances; process dynamics and control; chemical reactions; and thermodynamics. The laboratories are staffed and maintained by a full-time technician who is a qualified machinist. A high-pressure chemical reaction facility is available for the experimental study and demonstration of chemical reactions. The Unit Operations Laboratory contains pilot-scale industrial equipment with modern automatic controls. Important support equipment includes gas chromatographs, rheometers, and a microcomputer-based data-acquisition system. The Chemical Engineering High Bay Laboratory provides state-of-the-art visualization equipment for research and instruction in distillation, extraction, and reaction engineering.

Research. The primary research objectives of the Department of Chemical Engineering are centered around innovative materials and environmentally benign chemical processing. These objectives complement the activities of the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence (AIME), the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technology (CAVT), and the Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT). Chemical engineering faculty also conduct research in a wide variety of areas, including heterogeneous catalysis, hydrodynamic stability, multicomponent mass transfer, polymer rheology, fine particle technology, molecular modeling, microelectronic materials, colloid science, atomization, transport in porous media, mathematical modeling, biotechnology, controlled release, microencapsulation, diffusion in polymers, global carbon cycle, fuel cell technology, waste handling and recovery, contaminant transport and fate, global environmental change, pollution prevention, waste minimization, site remediation, soil remediation, and catalytic biomass conversion. Undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct research through an honors option, which includes up to 8 hours of honors-designated courses (CHE 495, CHE 496, CHE 498, and CHE 499). Qualified students may use these honor courses as elective credit in their B.S. degree programs.

Graduate programs. Graduate programs are offered leading to the master of science in chemical engineering and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemical engineering. Please refer to the University of Alabama graduate catalog for details of these programs.


First Semester Hours
CH 131 General Chemistry for Engineering Students I (N) 4
CHE 125 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I 3
MATH 131 Calculus I for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
      history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
Second Semester
CH 102 General Chemistry II (N) 4
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
GES 132 Foundations of Engineering II 2
MATH 132 Calculus II for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
       history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
First Semester
CH 231 Elementary Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 254 Chemical Engineering Calculations 4
MATH 231 Mathematics III for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
      history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
Second Semester
CH 232 Elementary Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 255 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (C) 4
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I 3
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
First Semester
CH 223 Chemical Equilibria and Analyses 3
CHE 304 Fluid Flow Operations 3
CHE 305 Separation Processes (C) 3
MTE 271 Engineering Materials: Structure and Properties 3
Approved elective (see adviser) 3
Second Semester
CHE 306 Heat Transfer Operations 3
CHE 319 Basic Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
CHE 354 Chemical Reactor Design 3
Approved elective (see adviser) 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
      history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
CHE 320 Operations Laboratory (W) 5
First Semester
AEM 201 Statics 3
CHE 481 Chemical Process Design I 3
CHE 493 Process Dynamics and Control 3
ECE 225 Electric Circuits or
      ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
      history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
Second Semester
CHE 424 Transport Phenomena (C) 3
CHE 482 Chemical Process Design II (W) 3
Advanced chemistry elective (see adviser) 3
Chemical engineering elective (see adviser) 3
Fundamentals of Engineering examination 0
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
      history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective* 3
Total: 132 hours

*Note: EC 110 is a recommended SB course.


CHEP 360 Petroleum Operations
CHEP 451/551 Reservoir Engineering
CHEP 462 Mineral Property Evaluation
CHEP 466/566 Petroleum Production Engineering
CHEP 468 Natural Gas Engineering


CHE 464 Health and Safety in the Chemical Process Industry
CHE 491 and CHE 492 Special Problems — Environmental Engineering
400-level waste minimization course
CHE 495 and CHE 496 Undergraduate Honors Seminar
CHE 498 and CHE 499 Honors Special Problems — Environmental Engineering

CE 420 Environmental Engineering Science
CE 422 Solid Waste Management
CE 423 Hazardous Waste Management
CE 424 Water and Wastewater Treatment
CE 425 Air Pollution
CE 427 Water Supply Engineering
CE 428 Environmental Aqueous Chemistry
CE 429 Environmental Systems Analysis
CE 442 Waste Containment Facilities
CE 475 Hydrology

GES 449 Radiation Safety
GES 500 Engineering Statistics

IE 454 Safety Engineering

ME 377 Noise Control

CE 5221 Solid Waste Management
CE 523 Hazardous Waste Management
CE 524 Air Pollution
CE 527 Water Supply Engineering
CE 528 Environmental Aqueous Chemistry
CE 529 Environmental Systems Analysis
CE 542 Waste Containment Facilities
CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
CE 575 Hydrology
500-level waste minimization course

1Some undergraduates mayqualify to enroll in 500-level courses.

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