Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Pillar Topics


The fundamental engineering science of the discipline has been broken down into six integrated units, which we call Pillar courses. Each course comprises several different -- but complementary -- traditional topics. In this way, we can integrate chemical engineering knowledge in a way not possible in a traditional curriculum and, ultimately, more closely mimic the success exhibited by integrated freshman engineering programs.

The following Pillars have been developed:
CHE 0100 - Foundations of Chemical Engineering: Combines topics from traditional Mass/Energy Balances courses with Thermodynamics and Staged Separations.
CHE 0200 - Thermodynamics: Combines topics from both the traditional "single-phase" and "chemical equilibrium" Thermodynamics courses.
CHE 0300 - Transport Phenomena: Combines all three modes of Chemical Engineering Transport Phenomena into one monolithic course.
CHE 0400 - Reactive Process Engineering: Combines topics from traditional Separations with Kinetics and Reactor Design.
CHE 0500 - Systems and Dynamics: This course expands the basic material from a traditional Process Control course and is strongly integrated with Design.
CHE 0600 - Design: This course expands the basic material from a traditional Process Design course, yet adds a Product Design component, and is strongly integrated with Systems and Dynamics.