Chemical Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The chemical engineering BS degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice.

Acceptance Information

See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Acceptance Criteria in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The curriculum includes many elective courses that permit the student to pursue particular interests related to chemical engineering. Often these are used by the student to develop depth in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, information technology, or materials science; other students use these courses across disciplines to develop instead their breadth of expertise.

The typical class size for:

Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 70
Upper level/advanced courses is: 55

In Chemical Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs grade homework and supervise labs.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Faculty are very active in education and research, and are well recognized within and outside the university for their accomplishments. Distinctions include four recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, six National Science Foundation Young Investigator awards, three members of the National Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, a recipient of the National Medal of Technology (the National Medal provides the nation's highest scientific/technology honor), as well as numerous other national research and teaching awards. Our faculty ranks also include two SUNY Distinguished Professors and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Students enrolled in the B.S. CE program may participate in the departmental Honors Program during their senior year. Application forms for the CE Honors Program are available in the departmental office, 303 Furnas Hall, North Campus. CE Honors students must achieve a GPA of 3.20 or higher in all required chemical engineering courses. Requirements for honors also include 6 credits of independent study supervised by a member of the faculty and participation in the department's Research Fair. During the first semester of independent study the student enrolls in either CE 496 (industrial-based project) or CE 498 (university research-based project). This experience may be used to satisfy one of the CBE technical elective requirements for the CE degree. During the second semester of independent study the student enrolls in CE 497, which culminates in the completion and defense of an undergraduate thesis. The three credits obtained via participation in CE 497 are in addition to the standard requirement for the B.S. CE degree, i.e., the course does not satisfy a CBE technical elective requirement. Departmental honors are noted on transcripts as highest distinction (GPA of 3.75 to 4.00), high distinction (3.50 to 3.74), or distinction (3.20 to 3.49).

Internships and Co-Ops
Students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities as part of their undergraduate experience

Work experience opportunities are posted via UB's Career Services BullsEye website. Occasionally, information regarding opportunities may be distributed via the departmental listserv. In many cases, students can receive academic credit for their work experiences by participating in CE 496 Internship/Practicum. Interested students should contact the CBE Internship Coordinator for more information.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Undergraduate research experiences are available for course credit. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities. Alternatively, research activities may instead be arranged directly between students and faculty members

Extracurricular Activities

The student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is very active, and hosts many fundraisers to support group activities. Each year students participate in the national "Chem-E Car" competition, traveling to the national meeting to compete.

Students and faculty also have regular joint activities, such as bowling outings and an annual banquet. Town meetings are held each semester to solicit feedback and constructive criticism from students on the curriculum and operation of the courses.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a biotechnology minor for chemical engineering majors.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:34 EST