- Students will apply knowledge of mathematics and chemistry to typical problems encountered in chemical engineering practice.
- Students will apply knowledge of engineering to typical problems encountered in chemical engineering practice.
- Students will demonstrate the use of chemical engineering science fundamentals in developing solutions of problems typical of those encountered in chemical engineering practice.
- Students will be able to design and conduct laboratory experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data using factorial design methods.
- Students will be able to use chemical process simulators and other techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.
- Students will be able to design a chemical engineering system, unit, or chemical process to meet desired needs.
- Students will be able to present technical material through oral presentations with visual aids.
- Students will be able to present technical material including analysis and conclusions through technical reports.
- Students will be able to work in multi-functional teams.
- Students will be able to find information and to learn independently.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to professional and ethical responsibility.
- Students will be able to describe how economic, political, and social issues affect and are affected by the chemical engineering profession.
- Students will comprehend the topics and ideas of familiar subjects in a foreign language.
Program Educational Objectives
Within six years of graduation, our graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following milestones:
- Advance professionally in the chemical process industries or in their chosen career field.
- Earn advanced degrees in chemical engineering (or a related technical discipline), medicine, law, or business.
- Attain leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.
Degree Requirements (131-143 hours)
See College of Engineering and Computing for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.
- Carolina Core (34-46 Hours)
- Other General Requirements (28 Hours)
- Lower Division Engineering (14 Hours)
- Chemical Engineering Major (30 Hours)
- Electives (22-25 Hours)
1. Carolina Core Requirements (34-46 Hours)
CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Writing Component (6 Hours)
ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (8 Hours)
SCI: Scientific Literacy (8 Hours)
AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core course for AIU
GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours)
- Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.
GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core course for GHS
GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding - Social Sciences (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core course for GSS
CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 Hours)
VSR: Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (0-3 Hours)
INF: Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)
- USC ENGL 102 or any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course
2. Other General Requirements (28 Hours)
Required Courses (20 Hours)
Chemistry Electives (6 Hours)
A list of acceptable Chemistry Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. These include
Chemistry Laboratory Electives (2 Hours)
A list of acceptable Chemical Laboratory Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. These include
3. Lower Division Engineering (14 Hours)
4. Chemical Engineering Major (30 Hours)
5. Electives (22-25 Hours)
Professional Development Elective (1 Hour)
A list of acceptable Professional Development Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. The list includes:
ECHE 202 - Exploring the Chemical Engineering Workplace
BMEN 202 - Professional Development and Ethics in Biomedical Engineering II
Engineering Electives (6 Hours)
A list of acceptable Engineering Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. The list includes:
Technical Electives (12 Hours)
A list of acceptable Technical Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. The list includes
Liberal Arts Electives (3-6 Hours)
At least one course used to satisfy Carolina Core AIU, CMS, GHS, GSS, VSR, or Liberal Arts Elective, must be at the 300-level or above and in the same field of study as one of the other five courses. A list of acceptable Liberal Arts Elective courses is maintained in the department office and on its website. This list includes:
- All approved Carolina Core Courses for AIU, CMS, GFL, GHS, GSS, and VSR
- AERO 401 (POC cadets only) - National Security Affairs
- AERO 402 (POC Cadets only) - Preparation for Active Duty
- AFAM 201 - Introduction to African American Studies: Social and Historical Foundations
- AFAM 202 - Introduction to African-American Studies: Arts and Cultural Foundations
- AFAM 335 - The American Civil Rights Movement
- ANTH 101 - Primates, People, and Prehistory
- ANTH 102 - Understanding Other Cultures
- ANTH 219 - Great Discoveries in Archaeology
- ANTH 300- and above except 399 , 501
- ARTE 101 - Introduction to Art
- ARTH 105 - History of Western Art I
- ARTH 106 - History of Western Art II
- ARTH 300 and above except 399, 498, 499, 599
- ARMY 406 (Army cadets only) - American Military Experience
- ARMY 407 (Army cadets only) - Evolution of Warfare
- CPLT Any course; courses 270 and above count as 300 - level
- DANC 101 - Dance Appreciation
- ECON 221 - Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 222 - Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECON 224 - Introduction to Economics
- ECON 300 and above except 399, 421, 499, 524, 595
- ENGL Any course above 102 (**) except 460 through 467
- Foreign languages 121 Elementary
- Foreign languages 300 and above except intensive reading courses or courses about teaching
- GEOG 103 - Introduction to Geography
- GEOG 121 - Globalization and World Regions
- GEOG 300 and above except 399, 595
- HIST Any course
- LASP 301 - Interdisciplinary Study of Latin America
- LASP 311 - Latin American Cultures
- LASP 315 - South American Indian Cultures
- LASP 322 - Mesoamerican Prehistory
- LASP 331 - Geography of Latin America
- LASP 351 - Politics and Governments of Latin America
- LASP 398 - Special Topics in Latin American Studies
- LASP 425 - Prehistoric Archaeology of South America
- LASP 451 - International Relations of Latin America
- LING 300 - Introduction to Language Sciences
- LING 340 - Language, Culture, and Society
- LING 405 - Topics in Linguistics
- LING 505 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Linguistics
- LING 540 - Topics in Language and Culture
- LING 541 - Language and Gender
- LING 542 - Research in Language Conflict and Language Rights
- LING 543 - Discourse, Gender, and Politics of Emotion
- LING 545 - Anthropological Approaches to Narrative and Performance
- LING 567 - Psychology of Language
- LING 600 - Survey of Linguistics
- MUSC 110 - Introduction to Music
- MUSC 140 - Jazz and American Popular Music
- MUSC 145 - Introduction to Music Literature
- MUSC any music history course at or above 300 level
- NAVY 303 (Midshipmen only) - Evolution of the Art of War
- PHIL 102 - Introduction to Philosophy
- PHIL 300 and above
- PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 103 - Psychology of Adjustment
- PSYC 300 and above except 570 to 599
- POLI Any course except 379, 399
- RELG Any course
- SOCY 101 - Introductory Sociology
- SOCY 300 and above except 399
- THEA 200 - Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre
- THEA 561 - History of the Theatre I
- THEA 562 - History of the Theatre II
- WGST 111 - Women in Culture
- WGST 112 - Women in Society
- WGST 113 - Women’s Health
- WGST 300 - Sex and Gender
- WGST 301 - Psychology of Marriage
- WGST 304 - Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
- WGST 305 - Sociology of Families
- WGST 307 - Feminist Theory
- WGST 308 - African-American Feminist Theory
- WGST 310 - Psychology of Women
- WGST 351 - The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
- WGST 352 - Gender and Politics
- WGST 358 - Gender and Culture
- WGST 430 - Topics in Women’s Studies
- WGST 454 - Women and the Law
- WGST 525 - The Psychology of the Midlife Woman
- WGST 554 - Women and Crime
- WGST 555 - Language and Gender
Students may pursue any of the following concentrations by choosing specified engineering, technical, and chemistry elective courses to fulfill degree requirements:
- Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering
- Concentration in Energy
- Concentration in Interdisciplinary Engineering
- Concentration in Materials
- Concentration in Environmental Engineering
- Concentration in Numerical Methods and Computing
To fulfill the requirements for any concentration, a student must complete five courses (15 credit hours) in one area. Consult the department website or advising handbook for the most up to date list of approved concentration courses. Although these courses are designated as electives in the B.S.E. curriculum in chemical engineering, certain courses in the lists are designated as “required” with respect to fulfilling concentration requirements. Also note that the lists may not include all of the prerequisites for some of the listed courses.
Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering
- Required: BIOL 302* and CHEM 550.
- Required: one course from the following list: BMEN 271, BMEN 391.
- Required: two courses from the following list: BIOL 303, BIOL 460, BIOL 505, BIOL 530, BIOL 665, BMEN 271, BMEN 342, BMEN 389, BMEN 391, BMEN 392, BMEN 499 (3 credit hours), BMEN 572, BMEN 589. Multiple distinct 389/589 courses may be counted.
*Advising note: BIOL 101 and 102 are prerequisites for BIOL 302.
Concentration in Energy
- Required: ECHE 573.
- Four courses from the following list: ECHE 372, ECHE 389 (designated energy electives), ECHE 499 (approved energy-related research project, up to 3 credit hours), ECHE 571, ECHE 574, ELCT 363, ELCT 510, ELCT 563, EMCH 551, EMCH 552, EMCH 553, EMCH 576, ECHE 589 (designated energy electives), EMCH 592, EMCH 594. Multiple distinct 389/589 courses may be counted.
Concentration in Interdisciplinary Engineering
- Required: five courses from the following list: EMCH 200 (or ECIV 200 or ENCP 200), EMCH 220, EMCH 260, EMCH 310, MATH 526, STAT 509, CSCE 206 or ECHE 456, ELCT 220 or ELCT 221, ECHE 372 or EMCH 371, CHEM 621.
Concentration in Materials
- Required: ECHE 372.
- Required: One course from the following list: ECHE 389 (designated materials courses), ECHE 571, ECHE 572, ECHE 589 (designated materials courses).
- Three courses from the following list: CHEM 511, CHEM 633, CHEM 644, ELCT 363, (ELCT 563 or ELCT 581), EMCH 573, ECHE 389 (designated materials electives), ECHE 499 (approved materials-related research project, up to 3 credit hours), ECHE 571, ECHE 572, ECHE 589 (designated materials electives). Multiple distinct 389/589 courses may be counted.
Concentration in Environmental Engineering
- Required: ECIV 350, ECIV 362, ECIV 558
- One course from the following list: CHEM 623, CHEM 624
- One course from the following list: ENVR 231, ENVR 321, ENVR 322, ENVR 331
Concentration in Numerical Methods and Computing
- Required: BMEN 211 or EMCH 201 or ENCP 201
- Four courses from the following list: CSCE 145, CSCE 146, MATH 374 or 574, MATH (500 level or higher), GEOL 575, EMCH 501, ECHE 589 (depending on topic coverage, multiple versions possible).
B.S.E. with Distinction
The B.S.E. with Distinction is available to students majoring in chemical engineering who wish to participate in significant research and/or design activities in chemical engineering with a faculty mentor.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 in major courses, 3.50 in all engineering courses, and 3.50 overall at the time the student applies to enter the departmental undergraduate research track.
The student should apply to enter the departmental undergraduate research track and choose the members of the thesis committee as early as possible but in all cases at least one year before submitting and defending the thesis. The thesis committee will consist of a thesis advisor, who must be a tenure-track faculty member in chemical engineering, and two other tenure-track or research faculty members in chemical engineering or in any other department.
By the end of the semester in which the student is admitted into the research track, a short description of the research must be agreed upon by the thesis committee and the student, and filed in the college office. Projects involving research and/or design are acceptable. The design projects or research projects for ECHE 465 , 466 , 567 , or other courses are not acceptable as the thesis. The student must also choose three credit hours of engineering or technical elective courses related to the thesis topic. The course(s) must be approved by the thesis committee and completed by the student at least one semester before the thesis is submitted and defended.
Before submitting and defending the thesis, the student must have completed three credit hours of ECHE 499 - Special Problems under the thesis advisor, preferably one credit hour per semester. During the semester in which the thesis is submitted and defended the student must also complete three credit hours of ECHE 497 - Thesis Preparation , one credit hour under each of the three members of the thesis committee. At least two months before submitting and defending the thesis, the student must present a progress report to the thesis committee orally and in writing.
By the end of his/her last semester, the student must have presented the research at a national meeting of a professional society (such as AIChE, ACS, ECS, etc.), at Discovery Day at USC, or at a comparable venue. The student must also submit a written thesis describing the research and defend it orally before the thesis committee. The defense must be announced at least one week in advance and be open to the general public.
Students who successfully fulfill all of these requirements with a GPA of at least 3.50 in the three hours of ECHE 497, 3.50 in all major courses, 3.50 in all engineering courses, and 3.50 overall, will be awarded their degree with “Distinction in Chemical Engineering” upon graduation.
Major GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Major GPA for the Chemical Engineering B.S.E. program: all Lower Division Engineering courses, all Chemical Engineering Major courses, and all Engineering Electives.