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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 130

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: A cumulative GPA not less than 2.0 in CHE courses including technical electives.

Other Requirements: Entrance into the Chemical Engineering program requires that students have a PC-compatible laptop computer capable of running Mathcad ©, Microsoft Office © and Aspen ©.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  CHE 479

Contact Information: Hemant Pendse, Chair, 115 Jenness Hall, 581-2290 pendse@maine.edu

The mission of the Chemical Engineering program reflects the mission of Maine’s Land Grant University, specifically to provide teaching, research and public service in the discipline of chemical engineering. The goals of the program are to provide a high quality educational program at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to conduct research projects that further fundamental understanding and address practically relevant problems, to act as a center of technical expertise and service to industry and to government agencies that may require assistance in the general area of chemical engineering, and to sustain our established strength as a center of excellence for teaching, research and service in areas related to the pulp and paper industry. The program educational objectives are to provide graduates with:

• a sound foundation in the principles of chemical engineering and an understanding of the scientific principles on which chemical engineering is based.

• engineering problem solving skills enabling them to pursue careers in industry, government agencies, consulting firms, educational institutions, business, law, and medicine.

• a broad understanding of the chemical engineering profession provided by practical training and cooperative education opportunities.

• an awareness of their moral, ethical, legal, and professional obligations to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.

• the ability to function effectively in the workplace through teamwork and effective communication of technical and professional information.

• the ability to use modern computer tools, including advanced process simulation programs, and apply them to solve chemical engineering problems.

• an appreciation of the necessity for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning.

Chemical Engineers design, operate and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products. In the design and operation of such facilities the two competing concerns are maximizing profits while minimizing environmental impact. Since chemical engineers are employed in many different industries, the basic training is general and not industry-specific.

Program Description
The program provides a broad base of knowledge for engineering practice in today’s society. The curriculum includes core courses in engineering, mathematics and science combined with electives in engineering, humanities, and social sciences. The engineering courses follow the “process engineering” approach. The required courses cover both the scientific foundations of the subject and the relevant engineering sciences such as stoichiometry, thermodynamics, kinetics, fluid mechanics and unit operations. Economics and process design are learned in the senior year. Technical electives in the junior and senior years give students the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge in areas of interest. Additional information about the program is available on the Web at http://www.umche.maine.edu/chb/

Chemical Engineering majors interested in production of biofuels, biopharmaceuticals and biopolymers may take advantage of a Bioprocess Engineering Concentration. Additionally, UMaine’s College of Engineering offers a Biomedical Engineering Minor, a five-year BS-MBA degree with the Maine Business School, as well as a minor in Engineering Leadership and Management.

Students intending to apply for admission to Medical School may consider completing a Minor in Pre-Medical Studies. Coursework in addition to the Chemical Engineering requirements is required. Some of these courses can be used to fulfill the technical elective requirements. For more details on the Pre-Medical Minor see http://catalog.umaine.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=51&poid=4623&returnto=1099

The undergraduate program prepares students for immediate employment as well as graduate and professional studies. The degrees of Master of Science (Chemical Engineering) and Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) are also offered in the Department. Several assistantships are available. The program is described in the University of Maine Graduate School online Catalog and on the Web.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 130 credits with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 and a cumulative grade point average in Chemical Engineering courses, including technical electives, of not less than 2.0. The program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Cooperative Work Experience Program Option in Chemical Engineering
Students with satisfactory academic standing at the end of their fourth semester may elect to participate in the Co-Op program. This fifteen month program involves two fourteen-week sessions of paid, supervised professional experience as a junior engineer. The Co-Op sessions are typically scheduled during alternating semesters of the third year with a semester of coursework between the sessions. Students are able to participate in the Co-Op experience and still graduate in four years by scheduling one of the third-year semesters of coursework during a summer term. Participating students must register for six credits but, in general, these cannot be substituted for the courses required for the BS degree. Students who do their Co-Op work experience within the Pulp and Paper sector are strongly advised to take the introductory course PPA 264 prior to their first Co-Op term. This 200-level course is allowed to satisfy a technical elective requirement for those students.

Employment Opportunities
Chemical Engineering graduates find employment in all the major process industries: petroleum refining, petrochemicals, commodity chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers, production of semiconductors and the pulp and paper industry. Job functions cover a wide range of activities including research and development, process design, control, operation and management of production facilities and technical sales.

Students entering the Chemical Engineering program are required to have a PC-compatible laptop computer capable of running Mathcad ©, Microsoft Office, and Aspen. Visit our website for recommended configuration details.

Many Chemical Engineering undergraduates enjoy some degree of scholarship support. The following scholarships are offered on a competitive basis:

Charles A. Brautlecht Scholarship
Eileen M. Byrnes Scholarship
Louis Calder Foundation Scholarship
Richard E. Durst Scholarship
S.T. Han Memorial Scholarship
Thomas G. Mangan and John W. Mangan Scholarship
Omar F. and Lenora L. Tarr Memorial Scholarship
Les Trois Amis Scholarship

In addition, the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation supports undergraduate students with full tuition scholarships. Entry scholarships are offered to competitive first-year students based on their high school records. For more information about the opportunities, contact the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation online or call 207-581-2297.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Chemical Engineering

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is shown below. Copies can also be obtained in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering office with detailed explanations of the requirements. This program can be adapted to a student’s special scheduling needs in consultation with an academic advisor.



Incoming students who have credit for MAT 126/127, CHY 121/122/123/124 and PHY 121, will be given the option to waive CHE 111 and 112. Students will need to make up the credits for these courses as well as fulfill the General Education Ethics requirement through another course.

First Year - First Semester

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Special Requirements:

Approved Technical Electives (12 credits):
The technical electives program requires 3 credits of an appropriate 300, 400 or 500 course with a major emphasis on chemistry plus 9 credits of approved technical electives . A list of preapproved electives is available at http://www.umche.maine.edu/chb/undergrad/techelec.htm. Students may also select other courses with approval of the Curriculum Committee of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.


The course sequence CHE 111, CHE 477, CHE 479 and CHE 493 satisfies the University of Maine general education requirement for ethics. Transfer students who do not complete this sequence of courses should make sure that they satisfy the ethics requirement through their choice of General Education Human Values and Social Context electives or by taking the course CIE 410.

Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

Students are encouraged to take the FE examination.


  • These four courses count as pre-approved technical electives for BS in CHE.   You will need to select either PPA 465 or PPA 466.  Both of these courses are pre-approved tech electives for BS in CHE.
  • The 16 credit-hour concentration requirement can double count 9 credits of technical electives. 
  • MET 320 is a Special Topics Course (Lean Six Sigma).  The College of Engineering will issue the Lean Six Sigma Certificates.

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