Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, BSCHE

This intercollege combined major serves students who would like to explore their interest in biochemistry while earning the benefit of a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. The program combines the fundamentals of biochemistry with the engineering skills necessary for scale-up of biochemical processes. Successful graduates will be well-qualified to enter the growing biotechnology industry and be able to converse from the chemistry of organisms to the design of vessels for successful synthesis of cells and pharmaceuticals.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum required in CHME courses

Mathematics/Science Requirement

Complete 44 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
and Lab for BIOL 3611
BIOL 4707Cell and Molecular Biology4
PHYS 1151
and PHYS 1152
and PHYS 1153
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Advanced Biology Elective
Complete one course in the following range:4
BIOL 2311 to BIOL 5999
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Advanced Science Requirement

Complete 23 semester hours in advanced science as indicated below.

BIOL 1115General Biology 1 for Engineers4
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
and CHEM 2319
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
and CHEM 2320
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
and Recitation for CHEM 2313
CHEM 2331
and CHEM 2332
Bioanalytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2331
Advanced Chemistry Elective
Complete one course in the following range:4
CHEM 2310 to CHEM 5999


Complete 50 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Engineering
CHME 2308Conservation Principles in Chemical Engineering4
CHME 2310Transport Processes 14
CHME 2320Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 14
CHME 3312Transport Processes 2 and Separations4
CHME 3315Chemical Engineering Experimental Design 14
CHME 3322Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 24
CHME 4315Chemical Engineering Experimental Design 24
CHME 4510Chemical Engineering Kinetics4
CHME 4512Chemical Engineering Process Control4
CHME 4701Capstone Design 1: Process Analysis4
CHME 4703Capstone Design 2: Chemical Process Design4
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

Complete 4 semester hours in professional development as indicated below.

Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
CHME 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
CHME 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from the following course will apply to the professional development area:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Additional NUpath Courses

A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3307 Advanced Writing in the Sciences
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
NUpath Requirements Through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Required General Electives

Complete four academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

145 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1151 (ND)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4CHME 23084Vacation0
CHEM 11530PHYS 1151 (ND)3MATH 23214 
ENGW 11114PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
MATH 1341 (FQ)4General elective4  
 17 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1115 (ND)4CHEM 23134BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
CHEM 23114CHEM 23141General elective4 
CHEM 23121CHEM 23200  
CHEM 23190CHEM 2331 (AD, WI)4  
CHME 23104CHEM 23321  
MATH 23414CHME 20001  
 CHME 23204  
 General elective4  
 17 19 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHME 33124BIOL 36114Co-op0
 CHME 3315 (Chem. Eng. Lab 1)4BIOL 3612 (WI)1 
 CHME 33224General elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0BIOL 47074Vacation0Co-op0
 CHME 30001  
 CHME 4315 (Chem.Eng.Lab 2)4  
 CHME 45104  
 CHME 47014  
 0 17 0 0
Year 5
Co-op0CHME 45124  
 CHME 4703 (EI, WI, CE)4  
 Advanced chemistry elective4  
 Advanced biology elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 145