Jan 27, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


Program Educational Objectives: Our graduates are expected within a few years of graduation to attain the following in the areas of career growth, professional development, innovation, and service:

  1. Career Growth: graduates are expected to attain: proficiency in current position, increasing responsibility, diversity of job functions, recognition, progression or job advancement.
  2. Professional Development: graduates are expected to attain: pursuit of additional educational activities, professional certifications or leadership opportunities.
  3. Service. graduates are expected to have involvement in the local community, professional societies, K-12 education, industry or humanitarian endeavors.
  4. Innovation and entrepreneurship: graduates are expected to attain: expertise in problem solving, new process, or methods development, in device or patent creation or in founding a business.

(For up-to-date educational objectives and learning outcomes, see the program’s web page at http://wmich.edu/pci/academics/chemical.html)


  1. To be admitted to this engineering curriculum, a student must complete all pre-engineering requirements with grades of “C” or better. These requirements may be found in the beginning of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences section of this catalog.
  2. Students seeking admission to this curriculum must submit an application following procedures established by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Upper level transfer students should complete an application prior to their first semester of enrollment. Only students in good academic standing, as defined by the University, will be admitted to this curriculum. 

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement

Students who have chosen the Chemical Engineering major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing requirement by successfully completing CHEG 4870:Senior Design Project.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical) degree must satisfy the following requirements in addition to those required by Western Michigan University:

  1. The requirement of departmental prefixed prerequisite will not be fulfilled with a grade less than “C”. Requests for exceptions to this policy must follow the departmental appeal policy (available in the department office).  If an exception is granted, the policy requires that the less than “C” grade be replaced within two regular semesters.
  2. No more than two grades of “D” or “DC” may be presented for graduation.
  3. The Chemical Engineering curriculum requires students to complete a course in General Education Area I, Area II, Area III, Area IV, Area V, and Area VIII. At least two of the General Education Area courses must be at the 3000/4000-level, and no more than two courses from any one department may be used to satisfy the Area requirements. Chemical Engineering majors are required to take ECON 2010 for Area V.
  4. Students must complete the following program of 135 semester credit hours, which includes the courses in one of the Emphasis Areas presented below at the end of the 8-semester example schedule. One emphasis area must be selected and taken in its entirety. The schedules below are examples leading to graduation in eight semesters, beginning in fall. However, depending on the individual’s curricular and scheduling needs, the program can take more than eight semesters.

First Semester (17 hours)

  • General Education Area I: Fine Arts*   Credits: 3 hours

The following courses are pre-engineering requirements:

Second Semester (18 hours)

  • General Education Area III: United States: Cultures and Issues*   Credits: 3 hours

The following courses are pre-engineering requirements:

Third Semester (17 hours)

  • Approved Elective   Credits: 4 hours

Fourth Semester (19 hours)

  • Approved Elective   Credits: 4 hours

Fifth Semester (15 hours)

  • General Education Area VIII: Health and Well-being*   Credits: 2 hours

Sixth Semester (16 hours)

  • General Education Area III: Humanities*   Credits: 3 hours

Seventh Semester (17 hours)

  •  Approved Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Eighth Semester (16 hours)

  • Approved Elective   Credits: 6 hours
  • General Education Area IV: Other Cultures and Civilizations*   Credits: 4 hours

Emphasis Areas

Emphasis in Energy Management (17 hours minimum)

Emphasis in Life Sciences (17 hours minimum)

Including at least one 3000-level course (not including CHP 3100):

Emphasis in Pollution Prevention and Sustainability (17 hours minimum)

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