Honors in Major

The Chemical Engineering Department offers an Honors in Major program which is open to all students in Chemical Engineering 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:

CHE 601 Fluid Mechanics 3 credits 
CHE 602 Heat Transfer 3 credits
CHE 603 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers 4 credits
CHE 604 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 credits
CHE 614 Separation Processes 3 credits
CHE 703 Mass Transfer 3 credits
CHE 707 Chemical Engineering Kinetics 3 credits 
CHE 752 Process Dynamics and Control 4 credits 

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

CHE 705 Natural and Synthetic Fossil Fuels   4 credits
CHE 712 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering

4 credits

CHE 722 Introduction to Microfluidics 4 credits
CHE 761 Biochemical Engineering 4 credits
CHE 762 Biomedical Engineering 4 credits
CHE 709 Fundamentals of Air Pollution and its Control 4 credits 
CHE 772 Physicochemical Processes for Water and Air Quality Control 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 in one of two ways.  The student can work with a faculty mentor on a research project and register for 4 credits of ChE 695 Chemical Engineering Project.  Alternatively, the student can designate ChE 708 as an honors class and independently complete the National AIChE Student Design Problem in thirty days.  A brief proposal indicating the objectives of the project, the faculty mentor and how the thesis will be presented is to be submitted to the department liaison when the thesis is chosen.