Honors in Major

The Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering Department offers an Honors in Major program which is open to all students in Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.  The Honors in Major programs requires 12 credits of honors course work in the major and a 4 credit thesis experience.  This means that at least three 4 credit courses  or four 3 credit courses need to be completed at the honors level.  The following required courses may be designated as honors courses:

Course # Title Credits
CHBE 601 Fluid Mechanics & Unit Operations 3 credits 
CHBE 602 Heat Transfer & Unit Operations 3 credits
CHBE 603 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers 4 credits
CHBE 604 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 credits
CHBE 614 Separation Processes 3 credits
CHBE 703 Mass Transfer & Stagewise Operations 3 credits
CHBE 707 Chemical Engineering Kinetics 3 credits 
CHBE 752 Process Dynamics and Control 4 credits 

In addition, the following elective courses can be designated as honors courses.

Course # Title Credits
CHBE 705 Fossil Fuels & Renewable Energy Resources  4 credits
CHBE 706 Electrochemical Methods for Energy Applications 4 credits
CHBE 709 Fundamentals of Air Pollution and its Control 4 credits
CHBE 712 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering

4 credits

CHBE 714 Chemical Sensors 4 credits
CHBE 722 Introduction to Microfluidics 4 credits
CHBE 744 Corrosion 4 credits
CHBE 755 Computational Molecular Bioengineering 4 credits
CHBE 761 Biochemical Engineering 4 credits
CHBE 762 Biomedical Engineering 4 credits
CHBE 766 Biomaterials 4 credits 

To designate a course as an honors course, the student meets with the instructor during pre-registration and together they determine the honors experience expected for the course.  Shortly after the course begins, the student completes an Honors Designation form which is signed by the instructor and the department honors liaison (Dr. McLarnon) and delivered to the Registrar's Office. 

Students can complete the Honors thesis requirement by working with a faculty mentor on a research project and register for 4 credits of CHBE 695 Chemical Engineering Project.  A brief proposal indicating the objectives of the project, the faculty mentor, and how the thesis will be presented should be submitted to the department honors liaison when the thesis is chosen. Chemical Engineering majors can designate CHBE 708 as an honors class and independently complete the National AIChE Student Design Problem in the specified time instead of the honors thesis.