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Minors

Undergraduate students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering within the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering can choose to enhance their education by obtaining a minor in any of the areas below. Interested students should visit the issuing department’s web site to obtain the requirements for that department’s minor.

Minor in Chemical Engineering

This minor is available to all students (except Chemical Engineering undergraduates). A cumulative QPA of 2.0 must be achieved for these courses in order for the student to be awarded the Minor in Chemical Engineering. The student must receive a passing grade (D- or higher) in all courses to receive the minor. If the student receives a failing or incomplete grade in any of the courses (e.g. F,G,I) the minor will not be granted even if the overall QPA is greater than 2.0. These courses would have to be completed or taken over and passed prior to the student receiving the minor. Prerequisites include General Chemistry 1 and 2 and MATH 0220 and 0230.
 

Requirements

For students outside the Swanson School of Engineering, or for Engineering majors that are not required to take a Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena course in their major, the following three courses and their recitations and labs are required (a total of 21 credits):

  • CHE 0100 & 0101: FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND LAB, (7 CREDITS) (FALL)
  • CHE 0200 & 0201: THERMODYNAMICS AND LAB, (7 CREDITS) (SPRING)
  • CHE 0300 & 0301: TRANSPORT PHENOMENA & LAB, (7 CREDITS) (FALL)

For students with the Swanson School of Engineering whose major does require that they take both a Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena course (i.e., BioE and ME majors), the following two courses and their recitations and labs are required (a total of 13 credits). Note, both the Transport Phenomena and Thermodynamics courses must be completed prior to enrolling in ChE 0400.

  • CHE 0100 & 0101: FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND LAB, (7 CREDITS) (FALL)
  • CHE 0400 & 0401: REACTIVE PROCESSES AND LAB, (6 CREDITS) (SPRING)


Minor in Petroleum Engineering

This minor is available to all undergraduate engineers. 

The successful completion of four PETE courses is required for the minor. A cumulative QPA of 2.0 must be achieved for these courses in order for the student to be awarded the Minor in Petroleum Engineering. The student must receive a passing grade (D- or higher) in all courses to receive the minor. If the student receives a failing or incomplete grade in any of the courses (e.g. F,G,I) the minor will not be granted, even if the overall QPA is greater than 2.0. These courses would have to be completed or taken over and passed prior to the student receiving the minor.  Prerequisites: MATH 0290 or equivalent and ChE 0100 or approval of PETE program director.

Requirements

The minor consists of four courses and has a total of 12 credits.

  • PETE 1160: PETROLEUM RESERVOIR ENGINEERING, (3 CREDITS), (FALL)
  • PETE 1201: RECOVERY OF OIL BY WATERFLOODING, (3 CREDITS), (FALL)
  • PETE 1204: ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY PROCESSES, (3 CREDITS), (SPRING)
  • PETE 1205: PETROLEUM PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, (3 CREDITS), (SPRING)
  • PETE 1207: PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS PROCESSING, (3 CREDITS), (FALL)
  • PETE 1208: PETROLEUM DRILLING AND WELL COMPLETION DESIGN, (3 CREDITS), (SPRING)
  • PETE 1097: PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SPECIAL PROJECT, (6 CREDITS - 2 three credit projects or 1 six credit project), (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER) HYDRAULIC FRACTURING MECHANICS & APPLICATIONS
  • PETE/CEE 1209: HYDRAULIC FRACTURING MECHANICS & APPLICATIONS, (3 CREDITS), (SPRING)

** PETE 1097 projects can be conducted with a professor doing petroleum engineering related studies (Enick, Holder, Morsi) and may be replaced by two additional 3 credit PETE courses or a combination of PETE 1097 and a single 3 credit PETE course.


Minor in Polymer Engineering

This minor is available to all undergraduate engineers. The successful completion of six of the following courses is required for the minor. A cumulative QPA of 2.0 must be achieved for these courses in order for the student to be awarded the Minor in Polymer Engineering. The student must receive a passing grade (D- or higher) in all courses to receive the minor. If the student receives a failing or incomplete grade in any of the courses (e.g. F,G,I) the minor will not be granted, even if the overall QPA is greater than 2.0. These courses would have to be completed or taken over and passed prior to the student receiving the minor. Prerequisites include General Chemistry 1 and 2, and Math 0220 and 0230.

Requirements

The minor consists of six courses There are two core courses.

  • CHE 1754: PRINCIPLES OF POLYMER ENGINEERING, (3 CREDITS), (FALL)
  • CHEM 1600 and 1605 (Lab): SYNTHESIS AND CHAR. OF POLYMERS, (4 CREDITS), (SPRING)

Two chemistry courses are also required:

  • CHEM 0310: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1, (3 CREDITS), (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)
  • CHEM 0320: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2, (3 CREDITS), (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)

Two research projects with polymer content:

  • CHE 1097: SPECIAL PROJECT, (3 CREDITS), (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)
  • CHEM 1710: DIRECTED STUDY, (3 CREDITS), (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER)

Both courses can be CHE 1097, or both courses can be CHEM 1710, or a combination of CHE 1097 and CHEM 1710 can be taken.