Oct 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Engineering Chemistry, B.S.

Requirements for the major in engineering chemistry, B.S. program

Coordinators: Daniel DelVescovo (SECS), Jennifer Tillinger (Chemistry)

The program in engineering chemistry, which is offered by the Department of Chemistry in cooperation with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in engineering chemistry. It is intended for well-qualified students who seek a basic preparation in engineering along with a highly professional chemistry program. 

Students in this program are not required to complete the College of Arts and Sciences college exploratory requirements.

Course requirements (minimum of 128 total credits)

To earn the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in engineering chemistry, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy writing requirement (also see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General Education

The General Education Requirements are comprised of three parts: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. In addition, U.S. Diversity requirements must also be met. For details, refer to the General Education section of the catalog. In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, in some of the general education areas students should select from the courses listed below:


  • Writing Foundations - WRT 1060 
  • Formal Reasoning (satisfied by MTH 1554; see Mathematics and Sciences)

Explorations: One course from each of the seven Explorations areas:

  • Arts
  • Language and Culture
  • Global Perspective
  • Literature
  •  Natural Science and Technology (satisfied by EGR 2400 or EGR 2500; see Engineering Core)
  •  Social Science
  • Western Civilization (satisfied by PHL 1310; see Additional Major Requirements)


  • Knowledge Applications (satisfied by MTH 1555; see Mathematics and Sciences)
  • Capstone (satisfied by ME 4999 or CHM 4996; see Required Professional Subjects) 

US. Diversity:

  • May be met by an approved course in the Explorations area

Writing Intensive:

  • Writing Intensive in the Major (satisfied by ME 4999 or CHM 4996; see Required Professional Subjects)
  • Writing Intensive in General Education (may be met by an approved course in the Explorations area)

Additional Major Requirements:

All engineering chemistry students must meet the following requirement. This course can meet general education exploration areas above.

  • Professional Ethics: PHL 1310 - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Major Standing

To enroll in 3000- or higher level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Engineering Chemistry, students must gain major standing in Engineering Chemistry. An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher level courses.  Forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate advising office or from the SECS website. At the time that major standing is approved, students with majors of Pre-Engineering Chemistry will have their major changed to Engineering Chemistry. Approval of both a major standing application and change of major to Engineering Chemistry is required prior to enrolling in any 3000- or higher-level courses.

To gain major standing in Engineering Chemistry, students must meet the following requirements:

A) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following mathematics and science courses: MTH 1554 , MTH 1555 , APM 2555 , PHY 1610 , PHY 1620 , CHM 1440 , CHM 1450 , CHM 1470  and CHM 1480 .

B) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following engineering core courses: EGR 1200 , EGR 1400 , EGR 2400 , EGR 2500 , EGR 2600  and EGR 2800 .

C) have no more than two grades below (C) in the required courses in A and B above.

D) have not attempted any course listed in A and B above more than three times.

E) have not repeated more than three different courses listed in A and B. Courses in which a (W) withdrawal grade is recorded will not be counted.

Conditional major standing may be granted in the semester in which the student will complete the courses listed in A and B above.

Performance requirements and additional general education notes

Students must complete the University’s General Education Requirements, including the capstone course of either CHM 4996 or ME 4999 (see Undergraduate Degree Requirements). In addition to the previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least (C) in the courses taken to satisfy the engineering and chemistry requirements and in the courses prescribed for the mathematics and science requirements.

Sample Engineering Chemistry schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Fall Semester – 14 credits

Winter Semester – 13 - 14 credits