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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (CHE)
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering
 
CHE 1011 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering. (LE CAT5)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1151 or 1161 or pre or coreq Chem 1153 and 1154 or higher and Math 1296 or higher.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Investigation of chemical engineering careers. Use of science and mathematics in chemical engineering. Introduction to fundamental topics: process flow diagrams, continuous and batch operations, material and energy balances, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, reactor design, material science, process control, engineering economics. Group dynamics and ethics. Team project on industrial case study.



CHE 1020 - Sustainable Engineered Systems (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-High school algebra and chemistry; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Explore the engineered world using basic conservation tools (mass, momentum and energy balances). Use concepts from pollution control, unsustainable and sustainable systems, economics, history, and political contexts to understand what a sustainable future may look like. Develop problem solving skills and creativity.



CHE 2001 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1113 or higher, Math 1250 or higher; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Comprehensive survey of environmental engineering. Fundamental science and engineering principles as basis for analyzing environmental issues. Federal laws on air pollution, wastewater discharge, and hazardous waste. Wastewater treatment, air pollution control, waste minimization, resource recovery, and recycling.



CHE 2011 - Design of Engineering Experiments
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Math 1297 and (prereq or coreq 2111); A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Basic theories of experimental design, data analysis, and statistical process control, emphasizing their application to chemical engineering practice.



CHE 2111 - Material and Energy Balances
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1151 or 1161 or 1153 and 1154, Math 1296 or 1596 minimum grade of C; fall, spring, every year)
Elementary principles of chemical processes, emphasizing material and energy balances.



CHE 2121 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, (prereq or coreq Math 3280); A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Application of thermodynamic principles to chemical engineering, emphasizing pressure-volume-temperature relationships, thermodynamic laws, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and phase relationships.



CHE 3031 - Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, Math 3280, (prereq or coreq CS 1121); A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Modeling and simulation of chemical engineering processes; computational methods applied to chemical engineering; use of computation and process simulation tools.



CHE 3111 - Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; =[01422]; Prereq-BSChE cand, CHE 2111 prereq or coreq, Phys 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 3280, or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ME 3111 or CE 3221.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Mass and energy balances, Bernoulli's equation, momentum balance, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layer theory, pumps, compressors, and turbines.



CHE 3112 - Heat and Mass Transfer
(3.0 cr; =[ME 4112]; Prereq-BSChE candidate, 3111, (prereq or coreq 2121)or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theory and practice of heat and mass transfer. Fundamentals of diffusion, conduction, convection, and radiation with application to design of heat and mass transfer equipment and systems.



CHE 3196 - Cooperative Education I
(1.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-BSChE cand, department consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical work experience with an employer closely associated with student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and employer. Formal written report of work completed must be submitted to department at end of experience.



CHE 3211 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (COMM & LAN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE candidate, 3112, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Introduction to statistical uncertainty analysis and design of experiments. Experiments illustrating physicochemical, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer principles. Technical report writing and presentation. Standard laboratory practice and safety.



CHE 3231 - Properties of Engineering Materials
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE cand, 2121, Chem 1152 or 1162; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Thermodynamic, mechanical, and kinetic properties of materials: structure and bonding in metals, alloys, corrosion, crystals, semiconductors, polymers, colloids, ceramics, interfaces, and composites.



CHE 3241 - Principles of Particle Technology
(3.0 cr; =[CHE 4621]; Prereq-BSChE candidate, (prereq or coreq 3111), Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
The science and engineering dealing with the production, handling, modification and use of a wide variety of particulate materials, both wet and dry, in sizes ranging from the sub-micron to the centimeter scale.



CHE 3251 - Introduction to Pulp and Paper Process and Technology (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
This course introduces pulping and bleaching processes followed by the paper making process. The various processes in pulp and paper manufacturing, the grades of paper and language of the industry will be introduced and the equipment used in papermaking will be explored. Following the course, students will be able to do basic calculation related to pulp and paper and will understand the basic principles of pulp and paper manufacturing.



CHE 3296 - Cooperative Education II
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-BSChE candidate, CHE 3196 and department consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Continuation of practical work experience with an employer closely associated with student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and employer. Formal written report of work completed must be submitted to department at end of experience.



CHE 3311 - Transport Processes:Unit Operations of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
(5.0 cr; Prereq-BSCHE candidate, CHE 2121 pre or co-req, PHYS 2011 or 2013 and 2014 or 2017 and 2014, MATH 3280, instructor consent. Credit will not be granted if already received for CHE 3111 or CHE 3112 and ME 3111 or ME 4112 or CE 3221; A-F or Aud, summer, every year)
Bernouli's equation, momentum balance, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layer theory, pumps, compressors, and turbines. Fundamentals of diffusion, conduction, and radiation with application to design of fluid and heat transfer unit operations.
Effective: Summer 2015


CHE 3791 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-BSChE cand, department consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed individual study arranged with instructor and head of department before registration.



CHE 3894 - Chemical Engineering Research
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-BSChE candidate, maximum 6 credits, instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Experience in a selected research area. Student must present a satisfactory written report and oral presentation. Course may also be used for portion of a research proposal.



CHE 4111 - Separations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE Candidate, 3031, 3112; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Application of principles of mass transfer. Design of distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, drying, leaching, and membrane separation processes.



CHE 4141 - Material and Minerals Processing
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1153, 1154, Math 1297, Phys 2013; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Flow sheets and unit operations of processes for the separation of commercially valuable minerals from their ores; particle characterization, comminution, concentration, handling; economics, environment, introduction to pyro and hydrometallurgy.



CHE 4211 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE candidate, 3211, 4111, 4301, and (pre-req or coreq 4402), instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Statistical design of engineering experiments. Experiments illustrating principles of separations and reactor design. Technical report writing and presentation. Standard laboratory practice and safety.



CHE 4301 - Chemical Reaction Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3112; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, summer, every year)
Theory of rates of chemical reactions. Application of rate data to design of batch, tubular, continuous stirred-tank, and catalytic-chemical reactors.



CHE 4402 - Process Dynamics and Control
(3.0 cr; =[CHE 4401]; Prereq-BSChE candidate, 3031 (prereq or coreq 2121, 3112), Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016, instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Dynamic behavior of open-and closed-loop systems. Design and operation of automatic controllers for chemical process systems. The programming of a microcontroller.



CHE 4501 - Chemical Engineering Design I (SUSTAIN)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE candidate, prerequisite or corequisite 4111 and 4301; no Grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Preliminary design of chemical processing or hazardous waste treatment plant. Use of engineering economics and calculation of rate return and hazardous waste management as applied to chemical plants. Market survey, flow sheet preparation, material and energy balances.



CHE 4502 - Chemical Engineering Design II
(4.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE candidate, 4501, (prereq or coreq 3231, 4402); no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Continuation of ChE 4501. Equipment design, instrumentation, process control, hazardous waste management plan, plant safety, economic feasibility, and institute analysis for process chosen.



CHE 4601 - Biochemical Engineering I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 5601; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Application of chemical engineering principles to design and operation of industrial biological processes, emphasizing enzyme and cell growth kinetics.



CHE 4603 - Biorenewable Resources (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111 or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Comprehensive investigation of the engineering systems involved in the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources.



CHE 4612 - Hazardous Waste Processing Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, Chem 2521; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal and state regulations. Design of waste treatment processes. Management of hazardous wastes. Modifications of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation.



CHE 4613 - Air Pollution Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq-CHEM 1155, 1156, MATH 1297 or 1597, PHYS 2015, 2016; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Analysis of what air pollution is, where it comes from and where it goes on the local, regional and global scales. Discussion of the regulatory apparatus concerning air quality. Design of air pollution control equipment.



CHE 4621 - Particle Technology
(3.0 cr; =[CHE 3241]; Prereq-2111, 3111; credit will not be granted if already received for 5621.; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Applications of particle technology, especially in the chemical and minerals industry context. Particle concepts including: particle characterization, slurry characterization, size reduction, size enlargement, particle separation, and multi-phase processes. The major unit operations common to solids processing: mining, crushing, concentration by sedimentation, filtration, flotation, and pryrometallurgy.



CHE 4701 - Biochemical Engineering II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4601 or 5601; credit will not be granted if already received for 5701; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Continuation of ChE 4601/5601. Advanced design and operation of bioreactors for varied cultivation methods, transport limitations, and reactor types. Operation and control considerations for aeration, agitation, heat transfer, and instrumentation. Unit operations for recovery and purification of products. Microbial, animal, plant, and mixed culture applications.



CHE 5021 - Transport Phenomena
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3112 or Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Study of the fundamentals and field equations for momentum, heat and mass transport with emphasis on the prediction of transport rates in chemical engineering applications.
Effective: Fall 2015


CHE 5022 - Transport Processes in Wells and Pipelines
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3111, 3112 or Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Exposes students to various elements of fluid and heat flows that occur in oil/gas wells and pipelines. The fundamentals of multiphase flow are explained in terms of single-phase flow mechanics and configuration of the phases. Simplicity in modeling approach is retained. Field examples are used to reinforce understanding of the models.



CHE 5031 - Chemical Engineering Analysis
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4111 or Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, odd academic years)
Development of mathematical and statistical models for chemical engineering systems; simulation of these systems using digital computers; and system optimization and analysis of results.
Effective: Fall 2015


CHE 5121 - Advanced Thermodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2121 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Theory and application of phase equilibrium thermodynamics. Estimation and correlation of thermodynamic properties. Multicomponent systems. Solution theory. High pressure equilibrea. Corresponding states.



CHE 5131 - Polymer Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[(ChE 2121 or ME 3211), (ChE 3231 or ME 2105)] or Chem 4641 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Polymeric materials have a tremendous variety of applications in synthetic fibers, packaging, automobiles, electronic instruments, energy, sports, etc. This course will focus on theoretical and engineering applications of polymer design, processing, and production.



CHE 5193 - Process Optimization: Lean Six Sigma
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Instructor consent required; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Emphasis on applying Lean and 6 Sigma process design and improvement technicquest, data driven decision making, cultural transformation and effective change communication.



CHE 5250 - Advanced Process Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4402 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Investigation into the theory and practical application of the concept of process control dynamics, feedback, and stability. Emphasis will be on dynamic behavior, physical and empirical modeling, computer simulation, measurement, and control technology, basic control concepts, and advanced control strategies.



CHE 5301 - Advanced Chemical Reactor Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4301 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Theory of advanced chemical reactor design. Reaction rate theory. Heterogeneous catalysis and transport processes. Analysis of non-ideal reactors, Stability. Optimization. Multiphase systems.



CHE 5555 - Project Credits: MEng - Chemical Engineering
(3.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-MEng candidate, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Master of Engineering project work as determined by faculty adviser and student with approval by the department director of graduate studies.



CHE 5601 - Biochemical Engineering I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, grad student and instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 4601; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Application of chemical engineering principles to design and operation of industrial biological processes, emphasizing enzyme and cell growth kinetics.



CHE 5602 - Bioseparations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, grad student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4602; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Application of engineering principles to the isolation, purification, and finishing of biologically derived products. Design of unit operations specific to biochemical processes, including cell disruption, sedimentation, precipitation, filtration, extraction, chromatography, crystallization and drying. Integration of operations with upstream processing.



CHE 5610 - Recycling Process Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSChE candidate or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Investigation into the best available current technology for recycling processes. Processes used to recycle materials such as metals, oils plastics, cardboard, and white-goods will be investigated. Identification of current regulations and state of the art processes. Comparison of recycled vs. raw chemical property characteristics.



CHE 5612 - Hazardous Waste Process Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or BSChE candidate with ChE 2111, 3112 and 4111; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal, State and International regulations. Green Engineering - modification of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation. Life Cycle Management of hazardous substances. Design of waste treatment processes.



CHE 5615 - Pollution Control Technologies
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3111, Chem 1151 or 1161, Grad Student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4615 or SCei 4102.; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Sources, distribution, and ultimate fate of air, water, and solid/hazardous wastes. Principles of treatment of point and non-point source wastes. Case studies of successful remediation technologies. Models of contaminant movement in the environment; landfill construction and application of federal law.



CHE 5621 - Particle Technology
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3111 and Grad Student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4621; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Applications of particle technology, especially in the chemical and minerals industry context. Particle concepts including: particle characterization, slurry characterization, size reduction, size enlargement, particle separation, and multi-phase processes. The major unit operations common to solids processing: mining, crushing, concentration by sedimentation, filtration, flotation, and pryrometallurgy.



CHE 5642 - Mining and Environmental Quality
(3.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 60 credits, CHE 2001 or CE 3025 or ESCI 2210; or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Design of environmental engineering controls used in and discussion of environmental issues associated with mining and mineral processing activities. Includes mining industry regulatory/public policy issues.



CHE 5701 - Biochemical Engineering II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4601 or 5601, grad student; credit will not be granted if already received for 4701; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Continuation of ChE 4601/5601. Advanced design and operation of bioreactors for varied cultivation methods, transport limitations, and reactor types. Operation and control considerations for aeration, agitation, heat transfer, and instrumentation. Unit operations for recovery and purification of products. Microbial, animal, plant, and mixed culture applications.



CHE 5711 - Biomedical Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3111, 3112 or grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Introduction to the field of Biomedical Engineering. Topics covered include cell and tissue engineering, transport phenomena in biological systems, biomaterials, bioelectricity and neural engineering, development of biomedical devices, and government regulations in the biomedical industry.



CHE 5991 - Graduate Independent Study in Chemical Engineering
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-graduate student and instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Directed study of special interest topics not available in the standard curriculum. Must be arranged with instructor before registration. May include readings, research and/or special projects.



CHE 5995 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-Graduate student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Topics not available in the regular department curriculum. Topics may include specialties of the department or visiting faculty.



CHE 8150 - Seminar
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-graduate ChE major or instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Practice in preparation and oral presentation of reports on articles from the literature or on graduate research.
Effective: Fall 2015


CHE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
(1.0 - 10.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-graduate student; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
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Effective: Fall 2015


 
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