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Chemical Engineering Program

2019-20 Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program (CHEME-BS, BSH, BASH, or MIN)

UG Program Director: Andy Spakowitz -- Shriram Center 129, aspakow@stanford.edu
Student Services: John Whitney, Shriram Center 129, johnjwhitney@stanford.edu
Chair: Zhenan Bao chair-cheme@stanford.edu

Chemical Engineering is a discipline that relates to numerous areas of technology. In broad terms, chemical engineers are responsible for the conception and design of processes for the purpose of production, transformation, and transport of biochemicals, chemicals, energy, and materials.

More recently, chemical engineers are increasingly involved in the design of new products that are enabled by emerging process technologies. These activities begin with experimentation in the laboratory and are followed by implementation of the technology to full-scale production. The mission of the Chemical Engineering department at Stanford is to provide professional training, development, and education for the next generation of leaders in chemical sciences and engineering.

The large number of industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials place the chemical engineer in great demand. In addition to traditional examples such as the chemical, energy and oil industries, opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronic materials and device fabrication, and environmental engineering are increasing. The unique training of the chemical engineer becomes essential in these areas whenever processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter. For example, chemical engineers working in the chemical industry investigate the creation of new polymeric materials with important electrical, optical, or mechanical properties. This requires attention not only to the synthesis of the polymer, but also to the flow and forming processes necessary to create a final product.

In biotechnology, chemical engineers have responsibilities in the design of production processes and facilities to use microorganisms and enzymes to synthesize new drugs. Chemical engineers also solve environmental problems by developing technology and processes, such as catalytic converters and effluent treatment facilities, to minimize the release of products harmful to the environment.

To carry out these activities, the chemical engineer requires a complete and quantitative understanding of both the scientific and engineering principles underlying these technological processes. This is reflected in the curriculum of the chemical engineering department, which includes the study of applied mathematics, material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy and mass transfer, separations technologies, chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, biochemical engineering and process design. Courses are built on a foundation in the sciences of chemistry, physics, and biology.

The individual student’s mathematics and science course preparation for the chemical engineering major depends on his or her previous background in these areas. Following are six representative sequences or 4-year plans. Recommended plans 1A, 1B, 2, or 3 or alternative math plans 5 and 6 start at different points but all conclude with the same in-the-major depth requirements and completion of degree requirements. Plan 4 is representative of the schedule of courses for students approved for honors research, which requires a minimum of 12 units in addition to the normal requirements for the major.

Representative programs with the recommended engineering math (CME) courses:

1A) Little preparation in math and chemistry: This plan starts with MATH 19, 20, 21, and CHEM 31A & 31B.

1B) Little preparation in math; strong chemistry: This plan starts with MATH 19, 20, 21 and CHEM 31X.

2) No AP math credits, prepared to start with MATH 40 series, then move to CME math series. Strong chemistry preparation; start with CHEM 31X.

3) AP math credits, prepared to start with the CME math series, which is recommended instead of the MATH 50 series. Start with CHEM 31X. This plan has been included to serve as a reference for students who have previously taken the MATH 40 series.

4) Same preparation as #3, but with a degree goal of a B.S. with Honors in Chemical Engineering. This departmental Honors Program is by application only; see departmental student services. This plan is for students interested in an in-depth research experience in addition to the normal coursework for the major.

Alternative programs with MATH 50 series courses (require and additional 5 units of math):

5) No AP math credits, starting with MATH 40 series and continuing preparation with MATH 50 series. This plan has been included to serve as a reference for students who have previously taken the MATH 40 series.

6) 10 units AP math credits; start with MATH 50 series.

Our departmental website is at http://cheme.stanford.edu/ and that of our student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is at http://www.stanford.edu/group/aiche/. Our faculty, staff, and students would be glad to talk with you about majoring in Chemical Engineering. If you would like more information about this major, please contact our departmental student services staff in Shriram Center, room 129 or email at chemicalengineering@stanford.edu.

CHEME 4-Year Plans

CHEME Flowcharts

Objectives and Outcomes for Chemical Engineering

Objectives:

  1. Graduates will be effective in applying the basic chemical engineering principles along with analytical problem-solving and communication skills necessary to succeed in diverse careers including chemical engineering practice and academic research.
  2. Graduates will be effective life-long learners especially in a field whose focus areas, tools, and professional and societal expectations are constantly changing.
  3. Graduates will be equipped to successfully pursue postgraduate study whether in engineering or in other fields.
  4. Graduates will consider the broader context of social, environmental, economic and safety issues and demonstrate high standards of professional and ethical responsibility to become responsible citizens and leaders in the community and in the field of chemical science.

Outcomes:

  • (a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • (b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • (c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • (d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • (e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • (g) An ability to communicate effectively
  • (h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • (i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • (j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • (k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Instructions for Finding Out More About the Chemical Engineering Major

  1. Contact Chemical Engineering Student Services. Drop-in visits are encouraged, especially on weekdays from 2:30 and 4 p.m. in Shriram Center, room 129. To make an appointment with the student services specialist, email chemicalengineering@stanford.edu. We encourage you to let the department know that you are considering the major so we can give you an opportunity to ask questions and get more information about chemical engineering, our advising program, summer internships, year-round research opportunities, and so forth.
  2. Attend the annual ChemE advising symposium, first week of classes, autumn quarter.
  3. Attend monthly departmental advising sessions.
  4. Meet one-on-one with chemical engineering faculty and/or students.

ePS Planning Sheets (This link is to the ePS; or use Program sheet in Excel or pdf version)

Find current major requirements for this and all other School of Engineering major programs at Explore Degrees

Chemical Engineering Program Requirements

Mathematics and Science (47-53 Units)

Course Description Units Quarter Year
MATH 19, 20, 21 or 10 units AP Calculus Single Variable Calculus 10 A,W,S Fr
CME 100* or Math 51 AND 52   Vector Calculus for Engineers 5 A,W,S Fr, So

CME 102* or

Math 53  

Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers

Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

5

5

A,W,S,Sum

A,W,S

Fr, So

CME 104 or

CME 106

Linear Algebra & Partial Diff Eqs for ENGRs

Intro to Probability and Statistics for Engineers

5

4

S

W, Sum

 

CHEM 31M (formerly 31X) or 

CHEM 31A/B

Chemical Principles

Chemical Principles (two-quarter sequence)

5

10

A

A/W

Fr (or AP credit)

Fr

CHEM 33 Structure & Reactivity 5 W,S Fr
CHEM 121 (formerly 35) Organic Chemistry of Bioactive Molecules 5 A,S Fr
CHEM 123  (formerly 131) Organic Polyfunctional Compounds 3 A,W  So

PHYSICS 41 or

PHYSICS 41E (by application)

Mechanics

Mechanics, Concepts, Calculations, and Context

4

5

W

W

So (or AP credit)
PHYSICS 43 Electricity & Magnetism 4 S So (or AP credit)
  • CME 100 and 102 are the recommended math courses for ChemE majors.

Technology in Society (3-5 units)

Select one course from the approved TiS List; the course chosen must be on the SoE Approved List the year it is taken.

Engineering Fundamentals  (2 courses minimum)

  • ENGR 20, Intro to Chemical Engineering, 4 units, (S), Fr/So (same as CHEMENG 20)
  • ENGR Fundamentals elective from list of approved options; may not use a second version of E 25 as elective

CHE Professional Req'd

CHEMENG 10, The Chemical Engineering Profession, 1 unit, (A) Fr/So

Engineering Depth (54 units)

Course Description Units Quarter Year
CHEMENG 100 Chem Process Modeling, Dynamics, & Control 3 A Jr
CHEMENG 110A Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 A Jr
CHEMENG 110B Multi-Component and Multi-Phase Thermodynamics 3 W Jr
CHEMENG 120A Fluid Mechanics 4 W Jr
CHEMENG 120B Energy & Mass Transport 4 S Jr
CHEMENG 130A Microkinetics - Molecular Principles of Chemical Kinetics 3 S Jr
CHEMENG 150 Biochemical Engineering 3 W Sr
CHEMENG 170 Kinetics & Reactor Design 3 S Sr
CHEMENG 180 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 4 S Sr
CHEMENG 181 Biochemistry  I 4 A Jr
CHEMENG 185A Chemical Engineering Lab A (satisfies WIM) 4 A Sr
CHEMENG 185B Chemical Engineering Lab B 4 W Sr

 

  • Four electives from the group of options below or may substitute two of these depth electives with two other science and engineering 3-unit lecture courses; may not combine 160 & 162
Course Description Units Quarter Year
CHEMENG 140 or Micro & Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering 3 not offered 2019-20 Sr
CHEMENG 142 or Catalysis with Applications in Energy Transformations 3 S Sr

CHEMENG 160 or
Polymer Science and Engineering 3 S Sr
CHEMENG 162 or Polymers for Energy & Environmental Sustainability 3 not offered 19-20 Sr
CHEMENG 174 or Environmental Microbiology I, 3 A Jr
CHEMENG 177 or Data Science & Machine Learning in Chemical & Materials Engineering 3 S Sr
CHEMENG 183 or Biochemistry II 3 W Jr
CHEMENG 196 Entrepreneurship in Engineering & Science-based Industries 3 A Sr

Substitute a 100-level engineering course (see program sheet for details) OR
Substitute CHEMENG 190 or CHEMENG 190H (see program sheet for details)

Instructions for Declaring a Major in CHEME

  1. Log onto Axess and request to major in Chemical Engineering
  2. Print your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess
  3. Download a CHEME program sheet in Excel and complete it electronically. You must choose and follow the requirements from a year you were enrolled at Stanford. Enter "AP" instead of a course grade for any course waived due to AP credit.
  4. Save the electronic file for your records; print the PS
  5. Take your unofficial transcript and completed PS to the Services Specialist in Shriram Center room 129. The student services team is generally available is generally available during Wed/Thurs/Fri afternoons, 2:30-4 pm.

Additional Resources

Chemical Engineering
American Institute of Chemical Engineers