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Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone (410) 347-7700.

The educational objectives for the Chemical Engineering program are:

  1. Graduates understand the fundamentals of chemical engineering and can apply these fundamentals to solve problems.
  2. Graduates demonstrate cultural awareness and ethical behavior; and understand the impact of their actions on the environmental and our global society.
  3. Graduates actively participate in professional development through contributions to society, life-long learning, and support of and participation in professional societies.
  4. Graduates function effectively as both team members and team leaders, understanding the dynamics of team behavior, communication, and leadership skills.
  5. Graduates display a diverse skill set, enabling them to adapt effectively to changing job responsibilities.

(For up-to-date educational objectives and learning outcomes, see the program’s web page at


  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).
  2. No more than two grades of “D” or “DC” may be presented for graduation.
  3. All departmental prefixed courses submitted for graduation must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. No exemptions will be permitted.
  4. * At least two of the General Education courses must be at the 3000-4000 level.
  5. Students must complete the following program of 136 semester credit hours, which includes the courses in one of the following elective options. One option 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)

  • Area I - Fine Arts*   Credits: 3 hours

The following courses are pre-engineering requirements:

Second Semester (18 hours)

  • 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

Sixth Semester (15 hours)

  • Area VIII - Health and Well-Being*  Credits: 2 hours

Seventh Semester (17 hours)

  • Approved Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Eighth Semester (16 hours)

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

Energy Management Option (17 hours minimum)

Inks and Imaging Option (15 to 17 hours)

Required Courses:

Select Either

Plus at least 10 hours from the following:

Life Sciences Option (17 hours)

Choose at least 17 hours from the following, including at least one 3000 or greater - level course (Not including CHEG 3100):

Pulp and Paper Option (17 hours)

Choose at least 17 hours from the following:

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