BS in Chemical Engineering

Degree Program Description

The curriculum provides a well-rounded general education and rigorous technical education in order to hone an appreciation of the relationship between technology and society. The technical curriculum focuses on the basic sciences, as well as chemical engineering theory and practice. Throughout the curriculum, problem solving, design, critical thinking, and teamwork skills are built by integrating team-based design projects, laboratories, and reports. Our graduates work in traditional chemical engineering areas such as the petroleum and chemical industries, as well as microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, materials, polymers, environmental protection, consumer products, and engineering consulting. Our graduates also pursue careers in business management or government as well as advanced studies in medicine, law, business, basic sciences, and other engineering disciplines.

Major Program Requirements

Each graduate must complete the required curriculum designed to demonstrate knowledge and integration of chemical engineering science and practice using analytical, computational, and experimental techniques. Students are also required to complete one cultural awareness course which is selected from an approved list, created and maintained by the College of Engineering or which meets the Arts and Science (A&S) diversity requirement. In addition, each graduate must have a comprehensive background in advanced chemistry. Graduates have a detailed working knowledge of the entire spectrum of chemical engineering activities.

All requirements listed below are in addition to University graduation requirements, including University general education and College of Engineering requirements. Students may also add an emphasis in the Biochemical, Environmental, or Materials areas by completing that emphasis area’s requirements.

Major core requirements

Required entry-level courses
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
Chemical engineering core
CH_ENG 1000Introduction to Chemical Engineering2
CH_ENG 2225Mass and Energy Balance3
CH_ENG 2226Engineering Process Computations3
CH_ENG 3233Chemical Engineering Fluid Dynamics3
CH_ENG 3234Heat and Mass Transfer3
CH_ENG 3235Separation Processes3
CH_ENG 3243Chemical Engineering Laboratory I a3
or CH_ENG 3243W Chemical Engineering Laboratory I - Writing Intensive
CH_ENG 3261Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
CH_ENG 3262Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CH_ENG 4363Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology3
CH_ENG 4370Process Dynamics and Control c3
CH_ENG 4385Chemical Engineering Design I3
CH_ENG 4980Process Synthesis and Design a, b3
or CH_ENG 4980W Process Synthesis and Design - Writing Intensive
Additional requirements
Chemical engineering electives9
Engineering technical elective3
Social/behavioral sciences6
2000 level or greater course in humanities or social/behavioral sciences as part of 18 CR of humanities and social sciences
Economics elective from approved list3
Chemistry elective from approved list 3
One technical elective c3
One general elective3



 Satisfies capstone requirement


MATH 4140 is recommended for CH_ENG 4370

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Approved Economics Electives
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
ECONOM 1015Principles of Macroeconomics3
IMSE 2710Engineering Economic Decision-Making3
Approved Chemistry Electives
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry (I)3
BIOCHM 4272Biochemistry (II)3
CHEM 3200Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 4330Physical Chemistry II3
CHEM 4340Physical Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 4010Advanced Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM 4200Instrumental Methods of Analysis with Lab3
CHEM 4160Intermediate Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 4170Medicinal Chemistry3
CHEM 4280Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 4400Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4490Physics and Chemistry of Materials a3
CHEM 4600Introduction to Radiochemistry with Lab3

CHEM 4490 is the same as BIOL_EN 4480, BME 4480, NU_ENG 4319, and PHYSCS 4190.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
CH_ENG 10002PHYSCS 27505
ENGLSH 10003CH_ENG 22253
Approved history/poli. sci. elective3 
 17 17
Second Year
MATH 23003MATH 41003
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
PHYSCS 27605CHEM 21302
CH_ENG 22263CH_ENG 32623
CH_ENG 32613Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 17 14
Third Year
CH_ENG 32333CH_ENG 32343
CH_ENG 32353CH_ENG 43703
STAT 47103Chemistry elective 3
Economics elective3Engineering technical elective 3
Technical elective3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CH_ENG 32433CH_ENG 49803
CH_ENG 43633Chemical engineering elective3
CH_ENG 43853Chemical engineering elective3
Chemical engineering elective 3General elective3
Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 15 15
Total Credits: 125

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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