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Minor in Chemical Engineering


The minor in Chemical Engineering provides students from Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors with fundamental knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the chemical industry. The courses include fundamentals of process and chemical engineering, reactor design, mass transfer and unit operations, in addition to a variety of elective courses applied to contemporary topics and problems in industries (industrial catalytic processes, chemical product design etc). This minor is an opportunity for students to build a multidisciplinary background providing them an advantage when applying to job fields related to energy production, refineries, materials and chemicals production etc.

Program Objectives

A graduate with a minor in chemical engineering shall be able to:

  1. Design systems with efficient use of resources: raw materials, equipment, energy and human resources
  2. Upgrade existing systems and use them for new products manufacturing
  3. Make existing processes more sustainable and environmentally friendly

Student Outcomes

To prepare students for all phases of process systems design and operation, including:

  1. Design chemical reactors for a variety of applications
  2. Design units in order to manufacture products with required specifications
  3. Monitoring of processes in operation in terms of energy efficiency and quality control of products


For a Minor in Chemical Engineering, a students must complete 18 credits:

  • 9 core credits (12 for CIE)
  • 9 elective credits (6 for CIE)

Only 9 transfer credits (6 for CIE) can be used toward a minor in Chemical Engineering, and they must be equivalent to courses in the minor. Transfer courses are subject to review by the program coordinator and subject matter expert. Prerequisite substitutions are subject to review and approval by the program coordinator.

Core Courses (12 Cr. for CIE and 9 Cr. for PTE and MEE)

  • CHE542 Chemical Reactor Design (3 cr.)
  • CHE544 Mass Transfer Operations (3 cr.)
  • MEE403 Heat Transfer (3 cr.)
  • PTE450 Introduction to Process Engineering (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (6 Cr. for CIE and 9 Cr. For PTE and MEE)

Other courses may be counted as elective courses upon the approval of the program coordinator.

  • CHE546 Corrosion Engineering (3 cr.)
  • CHE548 Chemical Process Design (3 cr.)
  • CHE549 Industrial Catalytic Processes (3 cr.)
  • CHM205 Fundamentals of Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CIE528 Environmental Water Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CIE593 Construction Safety (3 cr.)
  • MEE301 Engineering Thermodynamics (3 cr.)
  • PTE516 Process Control Instrumentation (3 cr.)
  • PTE517 Industrial Process Management (3 cr.)