Curriculum - Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Program

Freshman Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Ma 111 Calculus I4
Ch 110 General Chemistry3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving3
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science3
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions3
Total Credits Fall Semester18


Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 113 Calculus II4
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics4
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry3
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New3
Total Credits Spring Semester15.5


Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar0
ChE 221 Energy and Material Balances3
Ma 223 Vector Calculus2
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena4
ESC 211 Materials Science for Chemical Engineers3
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory1.5
Ch 231 Organic Chemistry I3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Total Credits Fall Semester19.5


Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
Ch 232.1 Organic Chemistry II2
Ch 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
ChE 232 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Total Credits Spring Semester16


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
Ma 224 Probability2
EE 221 Basic Principles of Electrical Engineering2
Ch 351 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory2
Ch 361 Physical Chemistry I3
ChE 331 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
ChE 341 Fluid Mechanics and Flow Systems3
Engineering Elective3
Total Credits Fall Semester18


Spring Semester:Credits
Ch 362 Physical Chemistry II2
ChE 332 Chemical Reaction Engineering3
ChE 342 Heat and Mass Transfer4
ChE 352 Process Simulation and Mathematical Techniques for Chemical Engineers3
Engineering or Science elective3
Free Elective3
Total Credits Spring Semester18


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ChE 371 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I1.5
ChE 381 Process Evaluation and Chemical Systems Design I3
ChE 351 Separation Process Principles3
ChE 361 Chemical Process Dynamics and Control3
Engineering or Science Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Fall Semester16.5


Spring Semester:Credits
ChE 372 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II1.5
ChE 382 Process Evaluation and Chemical Systems Design II3
Engineering or Science Elective3
Free Elective3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total Credits Spring Semester13.5
Total credits required for degree135


The Chemical Engineering Department does not permit the substitution of any courses. See Course Substitutions and Credits under Bachelor of Engineering Curriculum.


A minor can be obtained by a student in chemical engineering taking any four (4) courses in one of the fields below. The courses require permission of the student’s adviser and the department chair. The courses listed are examples currently in The Cooper Union catalog. Note that some may require prerequisites or permission of the instructor. Additionally, note that it is not necessary to obtain a minor in any field in order to graduate with a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering.

Upon completion of the minor a student should submit a list of courses that he or she wishes to be considered for certification to the department chair. Successful completion of the minor will be acknowledged by a certificate from the department accompanied by a letter listing the minor achieved and the courses taken.

Environmental Engineering

  • CE 344/Environmental Systems Engineering (also EID 344)
  • CE 343/Water Resources Engineering (also EID 343)
  • CE 414/Solid Waste Management (also EID 414)
  • CE 440/Industrial Waste Treatment Design (also EID 438)
  • CE 441/Water and Wastewater Technology (also EID439)
  • CE 446/Pollution Prevention or Minimization (also EID 446)
  • CE 447/Stream and Estuary Pollution
  • CE 449/Hazardous Waste Management (also EID 449)
  • ChE 447/Sustainability and Pollution Prevention (also EID 447)

Biomedical Engineering

  • Bio 201/Biology for Engineers I
  • Bio 202/Biology for Engineers II
  • Ch 340/Biochemistry
  • Ch 440/Biochemistry II
  • ChE 475/Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • ECE 444/Bio-instrumentation
  • EID 221/Biotransport Phenomena
  • EID 222/Biomaterials
  • EID 223/Injury Biomechanics
and Safety Design
  • EID 224/Biomechanics
  • EID 320/ Special Topics in Bioengineering I
  • EID 321/ Special Topics in Bioengineering II
  • EID 322/ Special Topics in Bioengineering III
  • EID 323/ Special Topics in Bioengineering IV
  • EID 325/Science and Application of Bioengineering Technology
  • EID 327/Tissue Engineering

  • EID 424/Bioengineering Applications in Sports Medicine

Energy Engineering

  • ChE 421/Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • ChE 430/Thermodynamics of Special Systems (also EID 430 and ME 430)
  • ChE 434/Special Topics in Combustion (also ME 434)
  • ME 331/Advanced Thermodynamics
  • ME 326/Energetics (also EID 225)
  • ME 431/Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 432/Introduction to Nuclear Power Plant Technology
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