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Chemical Engineering

Curriculum Details

The following is the curriculum required for all students in Chemical Engineering. Students interested in specific professional fields can find recommendations for electives below.

128 credit-hours required for graduation


Fall Semester - Total: 15 credit-hours
CHE 110Current Topics in ChE Engg1
CHM 210 **Chemistry I4
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
MATH 220Analytical Geom and Calc I4
 H/SS Elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0
Spring Semester - Total: 16 credit-hours
CHM 230 **Chemistry II4
MATH 221Anal Geom and Calc II4
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics I3
 H/SS Elective3
COMM 105Public Speaking 1A2
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0


Fall Semester - Total: 16 credit-hours
MATH 222Anal Geom and Calc III4
PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
CHM 371 **Chemical Analysis4
CHE 320 *Chemical Process Analysis3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0
Spring Semester - Total: 17 credit-hours
MATH 340Elem Differential Equations4
PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5
CHM 531Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 416 *Comp Tech in CHM Engg3
CHE 520 *  ChE Engg Thermodynamics I2
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0


Fall Semester - Total: 17 credit-hours
CHE 521 *ChE Engg Thermodynamics II3
CHE 530 *Transport Phenomena I3
 H/SS Elective3
ENGL 415Written Comm for Engineers3
 Chemistry/Biochemistry Elective ‡3
 Advanced Laboratory Experience §2
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0
Spring Semester - Total: 14 credit-hours
CHM 595Physical Chemistry II3
CHE 531 *Transport Phenomena II3
CHE 535 *Transport Phenomena Lab3
CHE 354Basic Material Science1
CHE 355 or 356Mechanical or Electrical Properties #1
 Tech Elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0


Fall Semester - Total: 18 credit-hours
CHE 550 *Chemical Reaction Engineering3
CHE 560 *Separational Process Design3
CHE 565 *Health & Safety in CHE3
CHE 570 *Chemical Engg Systems Design I3
 H/SS Elective (300-level or above)3
 Tech Elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0
Spring Semester - Total: 15 credit-hours
CHE 542 *Unit Operations Laboratory3
CHE 561ChE Process Dynamics and Control3
CHE 571 *ChE Engg Systems Design II3
 H/SS Elective (300-level or above)3
 Chemical Engineering Elective3
CHE 015Engineering Assembly0

* These courses form the core chemical engineering program.

** 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 must be selected.

‡ Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biology Electives must include either Physical Chemistry I (CHM 585) or Physical Chemistry II (CHM 595). In addition, possible selections in each department for electives include the following. Chemistry: Organic Chemistry II (CHM 550), Instrumental Analysis (CHM 566), Physical Chemistry I (CHM 585) and Physical Chemistry II (CHM 595). Biochemistry: 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 429) 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 Methods Laboratory (CHM 596), General Biochemistry Laboratory (BIOCH 522), or Biochemistry I Laboratory (BIOCH 756).

# Either Fundamentals of Mechanical Properties (CHE 355) or Fundamentals of Electrical Properties (CHE 356) must be taken.

The departmental requirements below must be satisfied.

  • Thirty-two (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. A student's overall program of study must meet university general education (K-State 8) criteria; both the required and elective components can contribute to satisfying the K-State 8 criteria. 17 credit hours of technical electives are required. These electives must include two chemistry/biochemistry/biology (3 credit hours) course, an advanced laboratory experience (2 credit hours), and a chemical engineering elective (3 credit hours).
  • The remaining 6 credit hours of technical electives 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 K-State 8 courses must be included within these 15 hours. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

A grade of C or higher in each course within the chemical engineering core program is required for graduation.


Of the 45 credit hours of required chemical engineering and chemical engineering elective courses, at least half of these credit hours must be completed at Kansas State University.


Total credit for undergraduate research (CHE 497 and/or CHE 499) applicable to the degree is limited to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.


For information about the General Education program, check the requirements specified by the College of Engineering.


Humanities and Social Science Electives are to be selected from the list of courses approved by the College of Engineering. Students should select these courses as needed to complete the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education program.