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B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering

B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering

The field of chemical engineering deals with the science and engineering of chemical reactions and separation processes. It applies physical and life sciences together with engineering and economic principles to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy.

A BSc in Chemical Engineering program educates engineers to design, develop, and operate chemical processes by which chemicals, petroleum products, food, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods can be produced economically and safely. The program incorporates extensive laboratory work and computer process simulation to reinforce the principles and concepts used in the classroom.

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  • Successful practice of the chemical engineering profession.
  • Design and safe operation of process plants.
  • Successful career in research and development.

Students graduating with a BSc in Chemical Engineering degree will attain the following:

(a)

An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(b)

An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(c)

An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

(d)

An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

(e)

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

(f)

An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

(g)

An ability to communicate effectively.

(h)

A recognition of the need for broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

(i)

A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

(j)

A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k)

An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Facilities

The Chemical Engineering Program laboratories include:

  • CatalysisLaboratory
  • Computing Laboratory
  • InstrumentationLaboratory
  • Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
  • Polymer Processing Laboratory
  • Polymer Properties andCharacterizationLaboratory
  • Reaction Engineering Laboratory
  • ThermodynamicsLaboratory
  • Unit OperationsLaboratory
  • Petroleum Refinery Laboratory

Professional Chapters

The Chemical Engineering program is supported by a student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE).The aim of the chapter is to promote chemical engineering and establish a bridge between the students and the professional community at large. AIChE holds regular meetings for its members and organizes social and technical activities open to all students.

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Chemical Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 29 credits), as well as Chemical Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The normal length of the program is 136 credits.

Additional Math/Sciences Requirements (14 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, the BSc in Chemical Engineering requires the following Mathematics and Sciences courses in addition to the Math/Science required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
CHEM211 Organic Chemistry 4 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.

Chemical Engineering Core Requirements (52 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
CHEG205 Principles of Chemical Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG210 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG213 Experimental Design 3 cr.
CHEG230 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I 3 cr.
CHEG232 Fluid Mechanics 4 cr.
CHEG312 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers 3 cr.
CHEG324 Mass Transfer 3 cr.
CHEG332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II 4 cr.
CHEG335 Heat Transfer 4 cr.
CHEG350 Materials Science and Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG412 Process Dynamics and Control 4 cr.
CHEG443 Reaction Engineering 4 cr.
CHEG485 Separation Processes 4 cr.
CHEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
CHEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.

Chemical Engineering Technical Electives (12 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the Technical Electives requirement for the BSc in Chemical Engineering program. Students must select a total of 12 credits from this list. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CHEG325 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology 3 cr.
CHEG380 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG381 Polymer Chemistry and Reaction Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG391/491 Independent Study 3 cr.
CHEG395/495 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG415 Combustion and Air Pollution Control 3 cr.
CHEG416 Corrosion Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG423 Gas Processing Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG424 Petroleum Refining and Processing 3 cr.
CHEG470 Industrial Catalysis 3 cr.
CHEG472 Water Treatment and Membrane Processes 3 cr.
CHEG488 Polymer Properties 3 cr.

CHEG 205 Principles of Chemical Engineering (3-0-3)

Co-requisites: PHYS 121; CHEM 116

Basic principles and calculations in chemical engineering. Processes and process variables. Introduction to the principles of conservation of mass and energy. Material and energy balances. Applications to chemical processing systems. Single and multi-phase systems. Balances on nonreactive and reactive processes.

CHEG 210 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 205

Chemical engineers working in the process industries are making increased use of biological systems for production and environmental management. To optimize these processes, chemical engineers need to understand the fundamentals of biological processes and their applications. This course is designed to teach chemical engineers key modelling aspects associated with biochemical processes such as enzymatic reaction kinetics, cell growth models, chemostat, etc.  Moreover, key principles of biomolecular sciences such as the basic structure and function of biomolecules/biomacromolecules, immobilized enzyme, cellular functions and genetic engineering will be covered.

CHEG 213 Experimental Design (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 231 

This course would develop the ability to design experiments, analyze and interpret data to make decisions by applying statistical tools. The course starts with description of random variables and probability distributions. The use of statistical decision-making tools, empirical models to optimize engineering systems are covered prior to application of designed experimentation. Finally application of statistical process control in manufacturing process to ensure product quality.

CHEG 230 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CHEG 205; PHYS 122

Fundamentals of classical thermodynamics for application to chemical engineering processes and systems. Application of first and second laws to the analysis of thermodynamic cycles and processes; volumetric and thermodynamic properties of liquids and gases; heat effects.

CHEG 232 Fluid Mechanics (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 205

The course aims to develop a working knowledge of fluid mechanics through the theories, applications and experiments of transport processes and fluid flows in chemical engineering science. The course focuses on the fundamentals of macroscopic fluid phenomena and their practical applications in chemical engineering systems.

CHEG 312 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 206; ENGR 113

This course gives an extensive and broad introduction to the numerical solution of problems that a chemical engineer is most likely to encounter. The emphasis is to develop skills in logical thinking through designing mathematical and numerical solutions to chemical engineering problems. Materials to be covered include but not limited to: Systems of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; numerical integration; numerical solution of ODEs; and finite differences to solve elliptic and parabolic PDEs.

CHEG 324 Mass Transfer (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:CHEG 335

The fundamentals of separation processes of interest to the chemical industry are covered. The principles of diffusion and convective mass transfer in gas, liquid, and solids are reviewed. The general mass and energy balances are established for continuous-contact and equilibrium-staged processes. The applications of these fundamentals and the concepts of vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria to the unit operations of absorption, distillation, and extraction are discussed.

CHEG 325 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:PHYS 122 

Introduction to the fundamental principles which govern product and process designin nano-engineering. Topics include:building of nano materials, properties and methods for nanomaterial characterization. Applications of nano technology in chemical, mechanical, environmental, biological, and electronics fields are covered.

CHEG 332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 230 

Fundamentals of classical thermodynamics for application to chemical engineering processes and systems. Thermodynamic solution theory; multiphase equilibria of ideal and non-ideal systems, chemical reaction equilibria and topics in phase equilibria.

CHEG 335 Heat Transfer (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 230 

Theory and applications of thermal energy transport: conduction, convection and radiation. Fundamentals of microscopic phenomena and application to macroscopic systems.  Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simulation.

CHEG 350 Materials Science & Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 116 ; PHYS 122

Introduction to materials science and engineering. Metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites; inter-atomic bonding, crystal structure and defects; diffusion, nucleation and microstructure; phase diagrams and phase transformations; mechanical properties; material failure; corrosion and degradation.

CHEG 380 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (2-3-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 211

Definitions, industry overview, nomenclature, basic organic chemistry of polymers, polymerization, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. Basic polymerstructure and thermomechanical behaviour and structure property relationship. Mechanical properties, definitions, viscoelasticity, othermechanical properties. Basic rheology and introduction to polymer processing techniques, recycling. Concepts will be reinforced by the laboratory component of the course.

CHEG 381 Polymer Chemistry and Reaction Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 211

This course introduces the chemistry of polymerization and the polymer manufacturing process. It begins with basic concepts about polymers and polymerization and covers each major type of polymerization with relevant kinetics.Thequalitative effect of reactor design on polymer manufacture is discussed as well as actual polymer manufacturing processes including those taking place in the UAE.

CHEG 391 Independent Study I (variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Approval of department and junior standing 

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

CHEG 395 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

Prerequisite: Topic specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Chemical Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

CHEG 412 Process Dynamics & Control (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 443; CHEG 312

Mathematical modeling and analysis of transient systems. Applications of control theory to response of dynamic chemical engineering systems and processes.

CHEG 415 Combustion and Air Pollution Control (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 324; CHEG 335 

This course presents the fundamentals of air pollution impact on the environment. Topics covered include hydrocarbon fuelenergy, the different combustion device sand systems, pollutant emission predictions from chemical equilibrium and ideal flow reactors, design of flues and chimneys, atmospheric dispersion models, airpollution sampling and measurement, and air pollution control methods and equipment. Applications in the petroleum industry are stressed.

CHEG 416 Corrosion Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Senior Standing 

This course presents fundamental material on corrosion and oxidation thermodynamics and electrochemical thermodynamics. The course then describes commonly encountered corrosion environments and discusses typical forms of corrosion encountered in each environment typical to the petroleum industry. Methods of corrosion control are then described, and the course concludes with a description of important corrosion and oxidation monitoring techniques.

CHEG 423 Gas Processing Engineering (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 332; CHEG 324 

An overview of natural gas industry, from well head to marketplace. Process flow diagram of gasplant. Description and design of the major processes for gas compression, dehydration, acidgas removal and tailgas cleanup, sulfur recovery, cryogenic extraction of natural gas liquids(NGL). Process simulation of natural gas processes.

CHEG 424 Petroleum Refining and Processing (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 324

Characterization of crude oil.  Petroleum products and refinery configuration.  Basics on heterogeneous catalysis. Unit operations of petroleum refining including distillation, catalytic cracking, reforming, hydrotreating and hydrocracking, coking and gas treatment. Gasoline components. Refinery products and economics. Manufacture of petrochemical feedstocks from petroleum and petroleum products. Environmental control. Refinery safety measures and handling of hazardous materials. Quality control of products.

CHEG 443 Reaction Engineering (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 332; CHEM 211

Applications of the fundamentals of thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry to the engineering of reactive processes. Reactor design; acquisition and analysis of rate data; heterogeneous catalysis. Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simulation.

CHEG 470 Industrial Catalysis (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 230 

The course presents basic concepts of catalysis and briefly reviews different categories of catalysts with commercial  importance  for  oil  and  gas  processing  as  well  as  for petrochemical  and  other  chemical commodities manufacturing. The core of the course is focused on heterogeneous catalysis and to a smaller extent to homogeneous catalysis. Catalytic materials, their properties and preparation, catalyst characterization and selection are presented with an emphasis on new synthesis and characterization methods. Several case studies of industrial processes are selected to offer an insight into the strong interaction among catalyst type, catalytic reactor design and process operating variables. The selected processes are analyzed in their evolution, limits and challenges and new technological solutions are suggested.

CHEG 472 Water Treatment and Membrane Processes (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 324 

This course deals with the fundamental principles and practical applications of membrane processes in water treatment facilities. The topics covered in this course are water chemistry, membrane structure and performance, membrane transport, concentration polarization, membrane fouling and fouling characterization in relation to water engineering. Applications of nano-filtration, ultra- filtration, micro-filtration, reverse osmosis, and electro-dialysis membranes in various water treatment plants are covered.

CHEG 485 Separation Processes (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEG 324 

This course presents an overview of all industrially relevant separation processes, including equilibrium based separations (distillation, absorption, extraction), rate-controlled separation processes (adsorption, drying, crystallization, membrane separation) and mechanical separations (filtration, sedimentation). For every separation process, you should be able to understand the basic fundamentals, to calculate the mass and energy balances, and to determine the feasibility and equipment sizing.

CHEG 488 Polymer Properties (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CHEG 380 

Review and discussion of the properties of polymers with emphasis on structure-property correlations. The principles  and  practical  applications  of  the  main  techniques  used  for characterization  of the mechanical, physical, and transport properties will  be discussed. Some applications of polymers in relationship to their properties are illustrated.

CHEG 491 Independent Study II (variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Approval of department and senior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

CHEG 495 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

Prerequisite: Topic specific 

This course mainly deals with new trends in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

CHEG 497 Senior Design Project I (2-3-3)

Prerequisite:CHEG 213; CHEG 324 

The students learn the design process including: problem definition and analysis; process synthesis, process simulation and modeling; safety and environmental protection in design; written and oral communication for design reports. A significant portion of the term work will be devoted to a group design project, culminating in a preliminary design proposal that will be presented to the department.

CHEG 498 Senior Design Project II (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:CHEG 497

Continuation of CHEG 497

  Fall   Spring  
Year 1  ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Summer         
Year 2     ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. CHEG210 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. CHEG213 Experimental Design 3 cr.
CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I 4 cr. CHEG232 Fluid Mechanics 4 cr.
CHEG205 Principles of Chemical Engineering 3 cr. CHEG230 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I 3 cr.
Summer         
Year 3     ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Eng. Design 4 cr. CHEG324 Mass Transfer 3 cr.
CHEG312 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers 3 cr. CHEG350 Materials Science & Engineering 3 cr.
CHEG332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II 4 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
CHEG335 Heat Transfer 4 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences Elective* 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences Elective* 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
    Technical Elective 3 cr.
Summer  ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 CHEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr. CHEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
CHEG485 Separation Processes 4 cr. CHEG412 Process Dynamics and Control 4 cr.
CHEG443 Reaction Engineering 4 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences Elective* 3 cr.
BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 136

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements.

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