Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

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The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Students seeking the BSChE degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits. This includes 62 credits in Math & Sciences/Humanities & Social Sciences; 52 credits in Engineering; 3 credits in Engineering Elective, and 3 credits in a Science/Engineering elective course. See the B.S. Ch.E. Program Handbook (PDF) for more information.

Educational Emphasis

The Department of Chemical Engineering, through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, gives students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and (iii) Nanotechnology. Descriptions follow.

(i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment: Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to leach hazardous chemicals from landfills and use micro- organisms and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction devices to convert air and water pollutants to harmless compounds.

(ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine: Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex bioproducts such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural biochemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prostheses.

(iii) Nanotechnology: Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres, includes the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.. Chemical Engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices, and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and Engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.

News

Associate Professor Preethi Chandran Awarded $500K NSF Grant for Biological Research

Tue, September 29, 2020

Chemical Engineering Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Preethi Chandran, Ph.D., received a $500K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Excellence in Research (EiR) program to study the biophysics of the shield of sugars (glycans) that typically covers pathogens.Read More >>

Associate Professor Preethi Chandran Partners with Heart of Tabitha Foundation on STEM and College Readiness Workshop

Fri, September 11, 2020

The Heart of Tabitha Foundation partnered with Howard University Chemical Engineering Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Preethi Chandran, Ph.D., and Catholic University Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Otto Wilson, Ph.D., to continue offering its annual summer workshop for local high school students in a virtual setting. The workshop focused on college readiness and STEM careers and featured speakers from several professions. Read More >>

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