Curriculum - Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Program

Freshman Year Credits

Fall Semester: Credits
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar 0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra 2
Ma 111 Calculus I 4
Ch 110 General Chemistry 3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving 3
EID 102 Engineering Graphics 1
CS 102 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions 3
Total Credits Fall Semester 18


Spring Semester: Credits
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar 0
Ma 113 Calculus II 4
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics 4
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory 1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry 3
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New 3
Total Credits Spring Semester 15.5


Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester: Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar 0
ChE 221 Material and Energy Balances 3
Ma 223 Vector Calculus 2
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena 4
ChE 211 Materials Science for Chemical Engineers 3
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory 1.5
Ch 231 Organic Chemistry I 3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society 3
Total Credits Fall Semester 19.5


Spring Semester: Credits
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar 0
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics 3
Ch 232.1 Organic Chemistry II 2
Ch 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
ChE 232 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics 3
Total Credits Spring Semester 16


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester: Credits
Ma 224 Probability 2
Ch 351 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
Ch 361 Physical Chemistry I 3
ChE 331 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II 3
ChE 341 Fluid Mechanics and Flow Systems 3
Engineering Elective 3
Total Credits Fall Semester 16


Spring Semester: Credits
Ch 362 Physical Chemistry II 2
ChE 332 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
ChE 342 Heat and Mass Transfer 4
ChE 352 Process Simulation and Mathematical Techniques for Chemical Engineers 3
Engineering or Science elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Credits Spring Semester 18


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester: Credits
ChE 371 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I 2
ChE 381 Process Evaluation and Chemical Systems Design I 3
ChE 351 Separation Process Principles 3
ChE 361 Chemical Process Dynamics and Control 3
Engineering or Science Elective 3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective 3
Total Credits Fall Semester 17


Spring Semester: Credits
ChE 372 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II 2
ChE 382 Process Evaluation and Chemical Systems Design II 4
Engineering or Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective 3
Total Credits Spring Semester 15
Total credits required for degree 135


The Chemical Engineering Department does not permit the substitution of any courses as outlined in the Course Substitutions and Credits section of the Bachelor of Engineering curriculum.


A concentration 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 concentration in any field in order to graduate with a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering.

Upon completion of the concentration 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 concentration will be acknowledged by a certificate from the department accompanied by a letter listing the concentration 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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