Sep 25, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22

Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E)


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Major code BS7251

Russ College of Engineering and Technology  
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  
171 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1492
www.ohio.edu/engineering/chemical/

Darin Ridgway, contact person
ridgway@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers an accredited B.S. in chemical engineering.  The undergraduate program’s objectives are for graduates to gain a strong foundation in chemical engineering theory and practice, have communication and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a professional environment, and have the ability to become scholars and professionals dedicated to the betterment of themselves and society.

Undergraduate study begins with foundation courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics.  Individual and team projects are introduced early and continue throughout the curriculum, providing professional development through teamwork, communication skills and the ability to solve problems beyond the textbook. Students progress from basic analysis of commercial chemical and biological processes to operating pilot-scale manufacturing equipment and designing a complete manufacturing process.

In addition to their core requirements, students select from a wide range of technical elective courses in engineering, science and mathematics, giving the degree a strong interdisciplinary flavor. The broad variety of technical electives allows students to experience a breadth of subjects or build a depth of knowledge in an engineering or science discipline of specific interest to them.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

To best prepare for the demands of the academic programs in Russ College, four years of college preparatory math, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics are necessary. Students ranked in the top 30 percent of their classes who score at least 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT are most likely to be successful in Russ College of Engineering and Technology.  

Change of Program Policy

Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher. The science course must be equivalent to CHEM 1210   or higher, or PHYS 2051 /PHYS 2054  &PHYS 2055   or higher. Students enrolled at any Ohio University campus who wish to transfer into any program in the Russ College cannot do so if they would be on academic probation after transferring into that major. The probation rules for Russ College are stricter than those for the University as a whole. In order not to be on probation, a student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses taken, for all courses taken in the Russ College, and for all courses taken in the intended major. Students must also have successfully completed all required courses in three attempts and have no required course they have attempted twice without success. For some courses, success means a grade of at least a C or C-.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students who have earned fewer than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for admission to Ohio University and have completed four years of college-prep math and one year each of chemistry and physics and have scored at least a 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT.

Transfer students who have earned more than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for transfer students, including a GPA greater than 2.5.Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher. The science course must be equivalent to CHEM 1210   or higher, or PHYS 2051 /PHYS 2054  &PHYS 2055    or higher.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering are prepared to enter a manufacturing job in areas such as, but not limited to bulk or specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, alternative fuels, plastics or materials. Areas such as production, quality control, environmental protection, or process design are common. Others are involved with sales, marketing, or management. Still others are more devoted to fundamental or applied research, whether in industry, academia, national laboratories, or regulatory agencies.

Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology


View the College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology .

Core Curriculum


Complete the following course:

Basic Math and Science Requirements


Complete the following courses. A miniumum of 31 semester hours must be earned in Basic Math and Science.

Mathematics


Complete the following courses:

Chemistry


Complete the following courses:

Biology


Complete either the Environmental and Plant Biology Option or the Biological Sciences Option:

Environomental and Plant Biology Option


Complete the following course:

Biological Sciences Option


Complete the following courses:

Engineering - Not Chemical Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Technical Electives


Complete a minimum of 18 hours of technical electives (see complete list below).

  • Complete at least 6 hours of advanced chemistry courses from the list below (any CHEM course in the technical electives list).
  • Complete at least 6 hours of chemical engineering courses from the technical electives list).
  • Complete at least one of the following approved laboratory courses:  ChE 4410L, Chem 3080, Chem 2410L, Chem 4530L, Chem 4903, Bios 3105, Bios 3205, Bios 3325, Bios 3435, Phys 2701, Phys 3701.

Note: These requirements are not exclusive. For example, a course can be both a technical elective and an advanced chemistry course.

Technical Elective Courses


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