Description

The mission of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln chemical and biomolecular engineering program is to provide qualified students with a foundation in engineering sciences and engineering design methods to prepare them for successful professional careers and to contribute to the needs of society.

Program Educational Objectives

In pursuit of the program’s mission, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has established the Educational Objectives given below.
 

Succeeds professionally. Graduates will succeed professionally by making positive contributions to address the needs of society, generating new knowledge, and providing leadership in their respective industry or field.

Solves engineering and scientific challenges. Graduates will use critical thinking and engineering techniques and strategies to develop economical solutions to technical challenges, within practical constraints and limitations.

Communicates effectively to diverse audiences. Graduates will demonstrate respect for different perspectives and use effective communication skills with broad and diverse audiences.

Acts safely and ethically. Graduates will uphold the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Code of Ethics and will influence others to do the same.

Engages in life-long learning. Graduates will engage in self-initiated, life-long learning for professional growth in their chosen career paths.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a course of study designed for students who plan careers in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the chemical and process industries to biotechnology, electronics, and the environment. Students receive training in the basic subjects of mathematics, English, and physics in common with other students in engineering, but in addition receive extensive training in chemistry. In various courses the emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, separation processes, thermodynamics, kinetics, and process dynamics, as well as process economics and design of chemical processes.

The instructional laboratories provide opportunities for students to operate experimental equipment, to test the theories and correlations developed in the classroom, and to design their own experimental equipment for the solution of special problems.

Graduates are qualified to undertake work in research, design, development, production, maintenance, and technical sales in a wide variety of industries including chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals, rubber, plastics, agricultural chemicals, food, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, paper, fabrics, aircraft, automotive, electronics, energy conversion, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is located in Othmer Hall. A state-of-the-art unit operations laboratory, used to give hands-on chemical process experience, is located there. Laboratory equipment is provided for the study of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, staged operations, process control, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and polymerization. The department operates its own microcomputer facility. Additional research equipment is available for independent and graduate study in several areas.

Major Department Admission

To earn Professional Admission to the chemical engineering degree program, a student must complete a minimum of 43 credit hours applicable to the chemical engineering degree and complete CHME 202 Mass and Energy Balances with a grade of C- or higher. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher to be professionally admitted. The faculty of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department reviews students for professional admission once they have earned 43 credit hours and completed CHME 202. A student may be reviewed twice for professional admission to chemical engineering. If the student is denied professional admission to chemical engineering twice, then the student will be required to change their major and will not be allowed to complete a chemical engineering degree. After the student is awarded professional admission to chemical engineering, they will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate 300- and 400-level engineering courses.

Other

University Honors Program

For those students who have been admitted to the University Honors Program, junior- and senior-level chemical and biomolecular engineering classes are available as honors-designated classes (i.e., CHME xxxH) on a “contract basis” between the student and the instructor with approval by the department faculty. The requirement of an honors thesis research project is fulfilled by completion of a minimum of 3 credits of CHME 499H Honors Thesis under the direction of a department faculty member. Additional information on the University Honors Program, including admission requirements, can be found in the Honors Program section.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.
  2. 4 units of English.
  3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).
  4. 2 units of a single foreign language.
  5. 3 units of social studies.
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in chemical engineering will have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. (a)
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (b)
  3. 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. (c)
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. (d)
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. (e)
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. (f)
  7. An ability to communicate effectively. (g)
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. (h)
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. (i)
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues. (j)
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (k)

NOTE: Letters are references to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission outcomes (a through k).

Major Requirements

Specific Major Requirements

Any student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program whose grade point average in required chemical and biomolecular engineering courses is less than 2.4 will be admitted to the required courses of the following year only with the special permission of the department.
 

First Semester
CHEM 113Fundamental Chemistry I 14
CHME 113Introduction to Chemical Engineering I2
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
MATH 106Calculus I5
Oral Communication Elective
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Engineering Leaders
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Technical Communication II
Business and Professional Communication (SLO 2)
ACE Elective 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Second Semester
CHEM 114Fundamental Chemistry II 13
CHME 114Introduction to Chemical Engineering II2
CSCE 155NComputer Science I: Engineering and Science Focus3
MATH 107Calculus II4
PHYS 211General Physics I4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Third Semester
CHEM 261Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 263AOrganic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHME 202Mass and Energy Balances3
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
MATH 208Calculus III4
PHYS 212General Physics II4
ACE Elective 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Fourth Semester
CHEM 262Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 264AOrganic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHME 223Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
ECEN 211Elements of Electrical Engineering I3
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
MATH 221Differential Equations3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Fifth Semester
CHEM 221Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
CHME 323Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHME 331Equilibrium Stage Operations3
CHME 332Transport Operations I3
ACE Elective 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Sixth Semester
CHME 312Chemical Engineering Computation3
CHME 330Chemical Engineering Laboratory I3
CHME 333Transport Operations II3
CHME 434Diffusional Operations3
Advanced Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
Select one of the following: 3
Molecular Processes and Applications
Analytical Chemistry
Structure and Metabolism
Inorganic Chemistry
Biochemical Engineering
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Seventh Semester
CHME 420Chemical Process Safety3
CHME 442Chemical Reactor Engineering and Design3
CHME 452Chemical Engineering Process Economics and Optimization3
CHME 462Automatic Process Control3
Technical Electives 33
ACE Elective 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Eighth Semester
CHME 430Chemical Engineering Laboratory II4
CHME 453Chemical Engineering Process Design and Safety3
CHME 460Automatic Process Control Laboratory1
ENGR 400Professional Ethics and Social Responsibilities1
Technical Elective 33
ACE Elective 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours131
1

The sequence CHEM 109 General Chemistry I, CHEM 110 General Chemistry II is an acceptable alternative to CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I, CHEM 114 Fundamental Chemistry II.

2

Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses. BSEN 206 Engineering Economics, ACE 8, is not degree applicable.

3

The 6 hours of technical electives must be approved by the advisor.

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

Special emphasis options available in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering include:

  • Biotechnology/Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Technical Electives

The purpose of technical electives is to provide the student with an opportunity to gain new knowledge in an area of engineering or science beyond the basic undergraduate chemical engineering program. The technical electives may be in engineering design, engineering science, physical science, life science, and/or math.
 

  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of technical electives are required.
  • All technical electives must be approved by a departmental academic advisor prior to registration for the course.
  • Students are expected to complete their technical elective requirements during their junior and senior years with corresponding level of courses.
  • With the pre-approval of the student’s academic advisor, a maximum of 3 credit hours of CHME 499 Senior Problems or CHME 499H Honors Thesis may be applied toward the technical electives requirement.
  • Introductory 100-level courses are not accepted as technical electives.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) high school classes are not allowed as technical electives.
  • Courses lacking a quantitative physical science foundation such as accounting, marketing, economics, or law are normally not acceptable as technical electives.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select their technical electives from the following list. Course(s) may be taken outside of this list with approval of a departmental academic advisor prior to registration for the course.

Biotechnology/Bioengineering/Chemistry

CHME 412 / CHME 812Introduction to Atomistic Simulations3
CHEM 431 / CHEM 831 / BIOC 431 / BIOS 431 / BIOS 831Structure and Metabolism3
CHEM 432 / CHEM 832 / BIOC 432 / BIOS 432 / BIOS 832Metabolism and Biological Information3
CHEM 441Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 471Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 481Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 482Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 486 / CHEM 886 / BIOC 486 / BIOS 486 / BIOS 886Advanced Topics in Biophysical Chemistry3
CHME 470Biomanufacturing Laboratory3
CHME 473 / CHME 873Biochemical Engineering3
CHME 474 / CHME 874Advanced Biochemical Engineering2-6
CHME 475 / CHME 875Biochemical Separations3
CHME 476 / CHME 876Micro/Nano systems for Engineering and Life Sciences3
CHME 477 / CHME 877Molecular Bioengineering3
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 206General Genetics4
BIOS 213Human Physiology3
BIOS 214Human Anatomy5

Environmental Engineering

BSEN 455 / BSEN 855 / CIVE 455 / CIVE 855Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering3
CHME 489 / CHME 889Air Pollution, Assessment and Control3
CIVE 326 / BSEN 326Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CIVE 327 / BSEN 327Environmental Engineering Laboratory1
CIVE 421 / CIVE 821Hazardous Waste Management and Treatment3
CIVE 422 / CIVE 822 / BSEN 422 / BSEN 822Pollution Prevention: Principles and Practices3
CIVE 424 / CIVE 824Solid Waste Management Engineering3
CHEM 421 / CHEM 821Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 423 / CHEM 823Analytical Chemistry Laboratory2
ENVR 491Environmental Studies Seminar1

Materials Engineering

CHME 482 / CHME 882Polymers3
MATL 360Elements of Materials Science4
MATL 460Mechanical Aspects of Materials3
MATL 462 / MATL 862X-ray Diffraction3
MATL 469 / MATL 869Physical Materials Systems3
MATL 471 / MATL 871Electron Microscopy of Materials3
MATL 473 / MATL 873Corrosion3
MECH 325Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3
MECH 381Elements of Computer-Aided Design3
PHYS 422 / PHYS 822 / ECEN 422 / ECEN 822Introduction to Physics and Chemistry of Solids3

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 314 / MATH 814Linear Algebra3
MATH 322 / MATH 822Advanced Calculus3
MATH 424 / MATH 824Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
STAT 380 / MATH 380Statistics and Applications3

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

GPA Requirements

Any student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program whose grade point average in required chemical and biomolecular engineering courses is less than 2.4 will need special permission of the department to be admitted to the required CHME courses the following year.

CHME113
Introduction to Chemical Engineering I

Description: The profession of chemical enginering. Chemical engineers' impact on today's societal issues, team problem solving, communication skills, and the introduction of chemical process flow sheets.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHME114
Introduction to Chemical Engineering II

Prerequisites: MATH 106 or parallel, CHEM 113 or CHEM 109 or parallel

Description: Analytical and computational methods for solving problems related to chemical process measurements, properties of single compounds, properties of mixtures, stoichiometry.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 202

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CHME202
Mass and Energy Balances

Prerequisites: CHEM 113; a grade of C- or better in CHME 114; MATH 107 or parallel. Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Application of the principle of conservation of mass and energy in the analysis of steady-state chemical processes. Topics in physical, chemical, and thermal property estimation.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 223; CHME 331

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME223
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

Prerequisites: A grade of C- or better in CHME 202; CSCE 155N or parallel

Description: Application of the three fundamental laws to chemical engineering problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME312
Chemical Engineering Computation

Prerequisites: Junior standing; CSCE 155A, 155E, 155H, 155N, or 155T; MATH 221; or permission.

Description: Computational methods in orthogonal polynomials, numerical integration, matrix operations and ordinary differential equations as they apply to chemical engineering problems such as separations, reactor design, transport operations and control.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME323
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and KineticsCrosslisted with CHME 823

Prerequisites: CHME 223

Description: Application to multi-component systems; thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical reaction equilibria, and process analysis.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 324; CHME 847, CHME 447

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME324
Molecular Processes and Applications

Prerequisites: CHME 323 or parallel

Description: Microscopic processes, such as statistical thermodynamics and molecular kinetics are introduced. Emphasis is placed on an engineering approach to developing problem-solving skills in systems requiring molecular-level understanding.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME330
Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

Prerequisites: CHME 331, 332; CHME 333 or parallel

Description: Selected experiments in chemical engineering thermodynamics, heat and momentum transfer, and separations. Emphasis on interpretation of results and written reports.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME331
Equilibrium Stage Operations

Prerequisites: MATH 107; a grade of C- or better in CHME 202; CHME 223, CSCE 155N or parallel

Description: Phase equilibrium and mass and energy balances applied to staged mass transfer operations.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 330

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME332
Transport Operations ICrosslisted with CHME 832

Prerequisites: MATH 208; a grade of C- or better in CHME 202.

Description: Mass, momentum and energy transport phenomena and their application in chemical engineering.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325; AGEN 344, BSEN 344; CHME 330; CHME 420; CHME 835

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME333
Transport Operations IICrosslisted with CHME 833

Prerequisites: CHME 332

Description: Continuation of CHME 332/832.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 835

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME412
Introduction to Atomistic SimulationsCrosslisted with CHME 812

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Theory and application of quantum-based computational methods used to model, predict and analyze materials properties.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME420
Chemical Process Safety

Prerequisites: CHME 332

Description: Introduction to chemical process safety with topics emphasizing industrial hygiene, toxicology, hazard identification, inherently safer design, and engineering controls.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME430
Chemical Engineering Laboratory IICrosslisted with CHME 830

Prerequisites: CHME 330; CHME 442 or parallel; CHME 462 or parallel. Parallel: CHME 460. Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Selected experiments in chemical engineering. Emphasis on experimental design, interpretation of results, and formal oral and written presentation.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHME434
Diffusional OperationsCrosslisted with CHME 834

Prerequisites: CHME 331, MATH 221.

Description: Application of diffusional theory to the design of processing equipment required for absorption, adsorption, leaching, drying, and chemical reactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME442
Chemical Reactor Engineering and DesignCrosslisted with CHME 842

Prerequisites: CHME 323 or permission

Description: Basic principles of chemical kinetics are coupled with models descriptive of rates of energy and mass transfer for the analysis and design of reactor systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME447
Principles and Applications of Catalysis in Reaction EngineeringCrosslisted with CHME 847

Prerequisites: CHME 323 or permission.

Description: Principles and applications of heterogeneous catalysis, mechanisms, catalytic reactor types and catalyst characterization and performance. Case studies on current catalytic technologies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME452
Chemical Engineering Process Economics and OptimizationCrosslisted with CHME 852

Prerequisites: Senior standing in chemical engineering.

Credit toward the degree may be earned only in CHME 452/852.

Description: Criteria of chemical process economics: cost and asset accounting, time value of money, profitability, alternative investments, minimum attractive rate of return, sensitivity and risk analysis. Process optimization in: plant operations, unit operations, using successive calculations, linear programming and dynamic programming.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME453
Chemical Engineering Process Design and SafetyCrosslisted with CHME 853

Prerequisites: CHME 331, 333, 442, 452.

Description: Design, evaluation, and safety considerations of chemical engineering process applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CHME454
Chemical Process EngineeringCrosslisted with CHME 854

Prerequisites: CHME 430 and 312 or permission.

Description: Practical and theoretical aspects of chemical process analysis, simulation, and synthesis. Case studies used to illustrate principles. Use of the digital computer as a tool of the process engineer is stressed.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME460
Automatic Process Control LaboratoryCrosslisted with CHME 860

Prerequisites: CHME 462 or parallel. Parallel: CHME 430.

Description: Selected laboratory experiments to demonstrate the theory of the dynamics and control of chemical processes.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CHME462
Automatic Process ControlCrosslisted with CHME 862

Prerequisites: MATH 221, CHME 333

Description: Analysis and design of automatic control systems. Dynamic responses of measuring instruments, control elements, stability of control systems, and process equipment included in control loops.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME470
Biomanufacturing Laboratory

Prerequisites: CHME 473 or permission

Description: Selected experiments in molecular biology, bioprocess development, fermentation, purification, and analytical methods as they pertain to biomanufacturing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME473
Biochemical EngineeringCrosslisted with CHME 873

Prerequisites: CHEM 262, CHEM 431

Description: Dynamics of microbial growth and death. Engineering processes for microbiological synthesis of cellular materials and industrial products, with emphasis on food and pharmaceutical production by bacteria and fungi.

This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 470

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME474
Advanced Biochemical EngineeringCrosslisted with CHME 874

Prerequisites: CHME 473/873 or permission.

Description: Recent theoretical and technical developments in biochemical engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:2-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2-6

ACE:

CHME475
Biochemical SeparationsCrosslisted with CHME 875

Prerequisites: CHME 333/833

Description: Separation and purification of compounds of biological origin from an analytical perspective. Application of unit operations for these separations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME476
Micro/Nano systems for Engineering and Life SciencesCrosslisted with CHME 876

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Introduction to a number of biological problems facing living systems and show how micro/nanotechnology is being used to solve those problems. Emphasis on engineering perspectives of the life sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME477
Molecular BioengineeringCrosslisted with CHME 877

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission.

Description: Introduction to fundamentals and up-to-date developments in the field of bioengineering at the molecular level. Topics to cover include recombinant DNA methods, protein engineering, microbial cell factories, synthetic and systems biology, DNA and protein therapeutics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME482
PolymersCrosslisted with CHME 882

Prerequisites: CHEM 262 and 264.

Description: Introduction to polymer technology stressing polymerization kinetics, methods of resin manufacture and applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME486
Electrochemical EngineeringCrosslisted with CHME 886

Prerequisites: CHME 333, and 442, or MECH 310 and MATL 360, or permission.

Description: Thermodynamic and kinetic principles of electrochemistry are applied to the design and analysis of electrochemical processes, including chemical production, batteries, fuel cells, and corrosion prevention.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME489
Air Pollution, Assessment and ControlCrosslisted with CHME 889

Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Survey of the present status of the air pollution problem and the application of engineering and scientific principles to its practical and effective coordinated control.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CHME496
Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering ComputationCrosslisted with CHME 896

Prerequisites: CHME 312 or CSCE 455/855 or ENGM 480/880, and permission

Description: Intensive treatment of special topics of current research interest in such areas as steady-state and dynamic process simulation, design optimization, chemical process synthesis, computer-aided product research, stochastic optimization, and numerical methods applied to transport problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

CHME499
Senior Problems

Prerequisites: Senior standing in chemical engineering.

Description: Research and development problems which include literature surveys, equipment design and operation, and development of correlations.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

CHME499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Honors thesis research project meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in the presentation of an honors thesis to the department and college.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Process Engineer, ExxonMobil - Beaumont TX
  • Leadership Development Program, Ardent Mills - Hastings MN
  • Optimized Operations Engineer, 3M - Nevada MO
  • Project Engineer, Cargill - Blair NE
  • Lab Technician, Lincoln Industries - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • CHME Co-op, UTC Aerospace - York NE
  • CHME Co-op, ExxonMobil - Houston TX
  • EOT Materials and Process Engineering Intern, The Boeing Company - Seattle WA
  • Chemical Engineering Intern, Black Veatch - Leawood KS
  • Maintenance and Reliability Intern, Novozymes - Blair NE

Grad Schools

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University - Palo Alto CA
  • Chemical Biomolecular Engineering, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Juris Doctor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law - Lincoln NE
  • Petroleum Engineering, Ph.D., Texas AM University - College Station TX