Summary of Course Requirements

The undergraduate program of study is fairly standard, combining required and elective courses. In 
the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Program, students are required to fulfill their general, 
humanities/social science, and technical elective requirements.

Typical Four Year Curriculum

General Electives: Any course except the ones on this list can be a general elective.

Humanities/Social Science Electives: A list of acceptable humanities/social science 
electives.

Technical Electives: Math and science-related courses. 

Special Problems (155:491, 492): Special Problems gives students the opportunity to do 
laboratory research under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. Employers and 
graduate schools look for this experience. Students must contact faculty members directly to inquire 
about open research positions. The Special Problems Registration Form must be completed and 
returned to the Undergraduate Office before a special permission number will be issued. Only three 
credits each of 491 and 492 are counted toward the 131 credits needed for graduation. 

Co-Op Program (155:496, 497): The Co-Op Program gives undergraduates the 
opportunity to earn degree credits while working in industry. Up to six co-op credits are accepted 
toward the graduation requirements. Co-op credits count as technical or general electives. 

The Major Average: Academic standing is often decided on the basis of your major 
average. The major average includes all grade-bearing Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (155:xxx) courses.