Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are concerned with the application and control of processes leading to changes in chemical composition. The four focus areas in the University of Texas at Tyler’s Chemical Engineering Program are in: (a) Energy, including petroleum and natural gas production and processing, (b) biochemical engineering manufacturing and production processes, (c) environmental contamination and remediation, and (d) materials manufacturing and process design. 

Chemical engineers have a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and basic engineering. Chemical engineering courses include thermodynamics, transport phenomena, mass transfer operations, materials engineering, process dynamics and control, kinetics, and plant design. Students will have the opportunity to operate small-scale equipment and the program will strive to build strong partnerships with local industry in order to provide a practice based approach to learning.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering that can be completed through study in Tyler, Texas. The Chemical Engineering baccalaureate program is seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET  The Chemical Engineering program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


The faculty and staff provide the opportunity for chemical engineering students to develop state-of-the-art engineering knowledge and skills through student-centered education and research. Teamwork, professionalism and the importance of life-long learning are hallmarks of our program. Students and faculty provide outreach through innovative chemical engineering solutions to significant regional, national, and global issues.


The department will be a leader in chemical engineering education through the integration of design in the curriculum. Upon graduation, our students will be able to excel in the global chemical engineering community. We will be a recognized center for innovative chemical engineering research and expertise that meets the needs of industry, government, and society.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become engineering leaders and assume responsibility for multidisciplinary engineering design; project construction, and asset management; and ethical decision making in professional practice.

Graduates continue to grow intellectually and professionally through participation in professional society activities, continuing engineering education, graduate studies, and/or self-study during their professional career.

Graduates demonstrate effective oral, written, and graphical communication skills to meet increasing professional demands.

Graduates understand the importance of engineering licensure.

Student Outcomes

Graduates can demonstrate:

an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Graduation Requirements

During a chemical engineering student’s first semester at The University of Texas at Tyler, a college advisor is assigned as the student’s academic advisor to work with the student in planning a program of study to complete degree requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor throughout the semester and are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester or summer session.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree, a student must:

complete the general baccalaureate degree requirements for the university;

earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet the degree requirements;

attempt the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. A senior may take the FE exam within one year of completing the BSCHE curriculum. The FE exam may be taken more than once, and seniors will be encouraged to take the exam at the earliest opportunity; and

complete the Chemical Engineering curriculum requirements specified in the following sections.

Freshman Year

First Semester (16 hours)

ENGR 1201 Intro to Engineering
ENGL 1301 College Composition I
MATH 2413 Calculus I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 Chemistry Lab I
HIST 1301  US History I

Second Semester (15 hours)

ENGL 1302 College Composition II
MATH 2414 Calculus II
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112  Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 2325  University Physics I
PHYS 2125  Physics I Lab

Sophomore Year

First Semester (17 hours)

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
SPCM 1315 Fundamentals of Speech
CHEN 2310 Intro to Chem Eng
MATH 3404 Multivariable Calculus
CHEM 3342 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3143 Organic Chemistry I Lab

Second Semester (17 hours)

CHEN 2320 Chem Eng Mechanics
CHEN 3301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
CHEM 3344 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3145 Organic Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 2326 University Physics II
PHYS 2126 Physics II Lab
MATH 3305 Differential Equations

Junior Year

First Semester (16 hours)

MENG 3310 Fluid Mechanics
CHEN 3302  Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
CHEM 3310* Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 3111* Analytical Chemistry Lab
CHEN 3310 Chem Eng Materials
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

Note: Students with Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering electives can substitute CHEM 4334 Biochemistry I and CHEM 4135 Biochemistry Laboratory

Second Semester (16 hours)

CHEM 3352 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3153 Physical Chemistry Lab
MENG 3316 Heat Transfer
CHEN 3320 Mass Transfer
CHEN Approved Elective 3 hrs.
CORE - Creative Arts 3 hrs.

Senior Year

First Semester (16 hours)

CHEN 4310 Separation Processes
CHEN 4320 Chem Eng Lab
CHEN 4330 Process Safety
CHEN Approved Elective 3 hrs.
POLS 2306 Introductory TX Politics
ENGR 4109 Senior Seminar
ENGR 4009 FE Exam Prep

Second Semester (15 hours)

CHEN 4340 Reactor Design
CHEN 4350 Plant Design
CHEN 4360 Chem Eng Lab II
HIST 1303  History of Technology and Innovation in US Society since 1865
POLS 2305 Introductory American Govt

Approved Chemical Engineering Electives:

CHEN 3370 Energy Processes I
CHEN 4370 Energy Processes II
CHEN 3380 Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals
CHEN 4380 Biochemical Engineering Design
CENG 3371 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CENG 4371 Environmental Engineering Design
MENG 3319 Materials Science and Manufacturing
MENG 4320 Design for Manufacturing