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Although chemical engineering has existed as a field of engineering for only 100 years, its name is no longer completely descriptive of this dynamic profession. The work of the chemical engineer is not restricted to the chemical industry, chemical changes or chemistry. Instead, modern chemical engineers are concerned with all the physical and chemical changes of matter that can produce an economic product or result that is useful to mankind.
The education of the chemical engineer is based on the fundamental sciences of physics and chemistry, on mathematical and computer techniques and on basic engineering principles. This background makes the chemical engineer extremely versatile and capable of working in a variety of industries; chemical, petroleum, materials, microelectronics, environmental, and food processing. It is also a good preparation for law and medical schools.
The chemical industry alone provides an opportunity for the chemical engineer to participate in the research, development, design or operation of plants for the production of new synthetic fibers, plastics, chemical fertilizers, vitamins, antibiotics, rocket fuels, nuclear fuels, paper pulp, photographic products, paints, fuel cells, transistors and the thousands of chemicals that are used as intermediates in the manufacture of these products.
The department’s mission is to offer high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in chemical engineering and to conduct research that helps educate graduate students and serves the needs of Florida and the nation.
To prepare students for life-long careers in the chemical engineering profession.
The department policy is to admit the best-qualified applicants as demonstrated by high academic achievement. Successful applicants must have earned a 2.5 grade point average or higher in the eight pre-professional courses and have earned a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in each of the pre-professional course sequences (calculus, chemistry and physics). For the purposes of determining admission to or retention in the department, grade point averages will be based on the last of no more than two attempts for each course. Students must maintain satisfactory progress (GPA of 2.0 or higher) in chemical engineering courses as well as in their overall record. Also, to proceed to succeeding courses, C grades or better are required in ECH 3101, 3023, 3203, 3223, 3264 and COT 3502 within two enrollments (including withdrawals) for each course. However, since enrollment in selected courses that are prerequisites to senior-level professional courses, may be limited, minimum performance may not guarantee completion of the curriculum.
Any course taken to satisfy a degree requirement (general education, required course or technical elective), with the exception of ECH 4948 and 4949, cannot be taken under the S-U grade option. Please see the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Studies Web site (undergraduate.che.ufl.edu) for the most up-to-date departmental policies.
1Or take BSC 2211 Integrated Principles of Biology II.
2Or take CHM 2210 and CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry.
3Visit the undergraduate chemistry Web site, www.undergraduate.che.ufl.edu for an approved list of advanced chemistry courses
4Or take EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering.
5An area specialization consists of technical elective courses having a coherent theme. Technical elective courses are defined as department approved upper-division courses with significant science and/or mathematical content. Provision is made for receiving up to three credits for approved co-op and internship experience. Military courses cannot be used for technical electives. See undergraduate.che.ufl.edu/options for pre-approved options and technical elective courses.
6The Integrated Product and Process Design program (ECH 4912 and ECH 4913) requires six hours of course work and is offered as a sequence of two three-credit courses during fall and spring of the senior year. These two courses are pre-approved substitutes for three credits of technical electives and for ECH 4644 (Process Design).
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