The undergraduate chemical engineering program provides a comprehensive education through broad-based course offerings in fundamental engineering science and in specialized courses that provide depth of knowledge in areas of particular interest.
Applicants are initially admitted to the BS program as lower-division students. A lower-division student must apply for progression to upper-division status after completing CBE 201, CBE 235, CBE 240, and CBE 250 with a grade of C- or better in each course and an overall GPA of 2.3 or better.
Progression of students to departmental courses numbered 301 and above is competitive and is based on capacity. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower-division courses, and evidence of satisfactory and orderly progress through the prescribed curriculum.
Students who have completed CBE 201, CBE 235, CBE 240, and CBE 250 with an overall GPA of at least 2.3 but who do not meet the requirement of a C- or better may apply for provisional status.
There is considerable flexibility in the choice of technical electives, subject to the two restrictions noted below. Any course that might be relevant to your professional career can fulfill the technical elective requirement if approved by the department. Usually, however, technical electives are chosen from the areas of engineering, the physical sciences, the biological sciences, the natural sciences, mathematics, and business-related areas. The two restrictions are:
At least one course must be taken in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
No more than one course may be taken in business-related areas unless the student is getting a business minor.
Interested students are encouraged to select related technical electives and earn an appropriate minor. Requirements for minors are established by the programs offering the minors. Some examples of minors often pursued by BS ChE students include chemistry, math, business administration, reliability and maintainability, engineering entrepreneurship, engineering leadership honors, and others. Refer to the UT Undergraduate Catalog for a full list of minors offered by the university.
The role of biology in chemical engineering has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. The original “three legs” of traditional chemical engineering have been chemistry, physics, and mathematics. However, the ability of biology to provide new, more efficient, highly selective routes to increasingly complex molecules used in the chemical process industry has led to a fourth leg: biology. In recognition of the importance of biology, we offer a concentration in biomolecular engineering. Students pursuing this concentration take the same required courses as those not pursuing the option but have a prescribed list of technical electives.