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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paper 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: as measured by metrics such as achieving proficiency in current position, increasing responsibility, diversity of job functions, recognition, progression and/or job advancement.
  2. Professional Development: as measured by metrics such as pursuing additional educational activities, professional certifications, leadership effectiveness, staying current with evolving technologies and/or demonstrating initiative.
  3. Service: as measured by metrics such as involvement in their communities, professional societies, and/or humanitarian endeavors.
  4. Innovation and entrepreneurship: as measured by metrics such as the development of new processes, devices, methods, patents, and/or founding a business.

(For up-to-date educational objectives and learning outcomes, see the Department’s web page at wmich.edu/chemical-paper/academics/paper)  


  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 Paper Engineering major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing PAPR 4850: Research Design.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Paper) 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 a “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. Students must complete the following program of 135 semester credit hours, which includes the courses in one of the following emphasis areas: Process Engineering or Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Processes. One emphasis area must be elected 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.
  4. The Paper 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. Paper Engineering majors are required to take ECON 2010 for Area V.


Paper Engineering

First Semester (17 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours
    Pre-engineering requirement

Second Semester (16 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 2 hours

Third Semester (19 hours)

Fourth Semester (19 hours)

  • Emphasis Elective  Credits: 3 hours

Fifth Semester (17 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 4 hours 
  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours

Sixth Semester (16 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours

Seventh Semester (16 hours)

  • Emphasis Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Emphasis Elective   Credits: 4 hours

Eighth Semester (15 hours)

  • Emphasis Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Emphasis Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Areas of Emphasis

Emphasis in Process Engineering (16 hours minimum)

Required Electives (4 hours)

Elective Courses (choose 12 hours minimum):

Emphasis in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Processes (16 hours minimum)

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