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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING (CHBE)

A. James Clark School of Engineering
2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, 301-405-1935
www.chbe.umd.edu
Chair: S. Ehrman
Professors: R. Adomaitis, M. Anisimov, R. Calabrese, K. Choi, S. Raghavan, E. Wachsman, W. Weigand, M. Zachariah
Associate Professors: P. Dimitrakopoulos, J. Klauda, G. Sriram, C. Wang, N. Wang
Assistant Professors: A. Karlsson, D. Liu
Affiliate Professors: M. Al-Sheikhly, W. Bentley, D. DeVoe, J. Fisher, G. Jackson, P. Kofinas, S. Lee
Adjunct Professors: V. Dwivedi (Adjunct Asst Prof), M. Klapa, C. Peters (Adjunct Prof)
Professors Emeriti: S. Greer (Affiliate Prof, Prof Emerita), T. McAvoy, T. Regan, J. Sengers, T. Smith
Visiting Faculty: G. Mulholland

The Major

Students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland learn to use a combination of mathematical, physical, chemical, and biological science concepts within a rigorous engineering design framework, graduating with a unique set of skills highly valued by a wide range of employers in industry, academia, and the government.  The wide breadth of this profession and the Department's unique strengths in nanotechnology and biotechnology prepare our students for outstanding careers.

Because of the wide range of ultimate applications, the chemical engineer finds interesting and diverse career opportunities in such varied fields as chemical (inorganic and organic), food processing and manufacturing, metallurgical, polymer, energy conversion, environmental engineering, petroleum (refining, production, or petrochemical), and pharmaceutical industries.  Additional opportunities are presented by the research and development activities of many public and private research institutes and all government agencies.  Our graduates have taken jobs with companies like DuPont, ExxonMobil, Proctor & Gamble, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense.

On top of all the options and opportunities, chemical and biomolecular engineers have traditionally ranked at or near the top of starting salaries among all of the engineering professions!

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: ENCH & CHBE

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates with a solid foundation in chemical engineering science fundamentals as well as a broad background in science and mathematics to equip them to enter professional and chemical engineering practice and to enter graduate study at leading universities.
  • Graduates who will excel in traditional chemical engineering careers and diverse careers in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, law or business.
  • Graduates who are equipped with solid quantitative problem solving, teamwork, communication skills, adaptability to new technologies and a strong ethical foundation that will serve them throughout their careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to fully engage with the curriculum and the opportunities presented for learning and research.  Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals to identify and solve chemical engineering problems.
  • An ability to identify and solve problems in specialized areas related to chemical engineering.
  • An ability to apply mathematics relevant to engineering and the physical and chemical sciences to identify and solve technical problems.
  • A broad knowledge necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • An ability to identify engineering problems and propose appropriate solutions.
  • An ability to perform step-by-step design of engineered systems and chemical processes.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • The knowledge of computers and information technology necessary to function effectively as chemical engineers
  • An awareness of safety and environmental issues as an integral part of the chemical engineering profession.
  • An ability to successfully participate in teams.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and written reports.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Skills necessary for employment in a variety of positions in industry or government or for continued study in graduate or professional schools.
  • An understanding of current technological issues related to chemical engineering.
  • An ability to engage in structured research.
  • An appreciation for excellence and diversity.
  • An ability and the motivation to engage in life-long learning, and the ability to conduct research using resources beyond the undergraduate curriculum.

Requirements for the Major

IMPORTANT: This section contains requirements for incoming freshman or transfer students entering the B.S. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Fall 2010 and later. For students entering the program before Fall 2010 see requirements here ( www.chbe.umd.edu/undergraduate/fall2010tospring2011 ).

The undergraduate program is designed to be completed in four years.  It is important to follow the sample program as closely as possible, as nearly all CHBE classes are offered only once a year.  All Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering students must participate in an advising session prior to registering each semester.  Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the start of their first semester in the major. Questions about the undergraduate program may be sent to Kathy Lopresti at lopresti@umd.edu .

Courses appearing in bold are offered by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Freshmen Year: Fall semester

Course

 

Credits

ENES100

Introduction to Engineering Design

 3

MATH140

Calculus I

 4

CHEM135

General Chemistry for Engineers

 3

CHEM136

General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory

 1

 

General Education

 3

 Total Credits

 

14

Freshmen Year: Spring semester

Course

 

Credits

ENGL101

Introduction to Writing

 3

MATH141

Calculus II

 4

PHYS161

General Physics: Mechanics and Particle
Dynamics

 3

BIOE120

Biology for Engineers

 3

CHBE101

Introduction to Chemistry & Biomolecular
Engineering

 3

 Total Credits

 

 16

Sophomore Year: Fall semester

Course

 

 Credits

MATH241

Calculus III

 4

PHYS260

General Physics II

 3

PHYS261

General Physics II Laboratory

 1

CHEM231

Organic Chemistry I

 3

CHEM232

Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

 1

CHBE250

Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering

 3

CHBE301

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thermodynamics I

3

 Total Credits

 

18

Sophomore Year: Spring semester

Course

 

Credits

MATH246

Differential Equations for Scientists and
Engineers

 3

PHYS270

General Physics III

 3

PHYS271

General Physics III Laboratory

 1

CHEM241

Organic Chemistry II

 3

CHEM242

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

 1

CHBE302

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thermodynamics II

 3

 

General Education

 3

Total Credits

 

 17

Junior Year: Fall Semester

Course

 

 Credit

CHBE410

Statistics and Experimental Design

 3

CHBE422

Chemical and Biomolecular Transport
Phenomena I

 3

CHBE440

Chemical Kinetics & Reactor Design

 3

CHEM272

General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory

 2

ENGL393

Technical Writing

 3

 

General Education

 3

Total Credits     

 

 17

Junior Year: Spring Semester

 Course

 

 Credit

BCHM461 or
BCHM463

Biochemistry I or
Biochemistry of Physiology 

 3

ENMA300 or
ENMA425 or
BIOE453

Intro to Materials and Their Applications or
Introduction to Biomaterials or
Biomaterials

 3

CHBE424

Chemical and Biomolecular Transport
Phenomena II

 3

CHBE426

Chemical and Biomolecular Separation
Processes

 3

CHBE333

Communication Skills for Engineers

 1

 

General Education

 3

Total Credits

 

 16

Senior Year: Fall Semester

Course

 

Credit

CHBE437

Chemical & Biomolecular
Engineering Lab

 3

CHBE442

Chemical & Biomolecular Systems Analysis

 3

CHBE444

Process Engineering Economics and Design I

 3

TECH ELECT

Technical Elective*

 3

 

General Education

 3

Total Credits  

 

15

Senior Year: Spring Semester

Course

 

Credits

CHBE446

Process Engineering Economics & Design II

 3

TECH ELECT

Technical Elective*

 3

TECH ELECT

Technical Elective*

 3

 

General Education

 3

 

General Education

 3

Total Credits

 

 15

Technical Elective list of approved courses:  www.chbe.umd.edu/undergraduate/current

Degree Credits: 128 credits and fulfillment of all departmental, college, and university requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.

Advising

All students choosing Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as their primary field must see their assigned undergraduate advisor each semester. Please contact Kathy Gardinier (Lopresti) at 301-405-5888 or lopresti@umd.edu for your assigned advisor information.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

A unique aspect of the Department's undergraduate program is its high level of students’ participation in cutting-edge research. Approximately half of our students graduate with significant lab experience and most find it to be one of the high points of their undergraduate education.

Honors Program

The A. James Clark School of Engineering hosts a chapter of the Omega Chi Epsilon National Honor Society for chemical engineering, as well as a chapter of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Students operate a campus student chapter of the professional organization, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Omega Chi Episilon is the honorary Chemical Engineering Society.  OXE is our Honors Society.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Financial aid based upon need is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. A number of scholarships are available through the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  The department offers opportunities for research and other part-time employment.

Awards and Recognition

Annual awards are given to recognize scholarship and outstanding service to the Department, College, and University.

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