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Undergraduate Course Information

A listing of the undergraduate courses offered in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

CBE 20255 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis

This is a foundation course in which the students learn to apply the concepts of material and energy balances to problems involving chemical processes, biological systems and environmental phenomena. Within this context, they learn problem-solving techniques and acquire a working knowledge of phase equilibria, physical properties, and computer applications. Fall

CBE 20258 - Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering

Algorithms for solving algebraic (e.g., Gaussian Elimination, PLU decomposition, etc.) and differential equations (e.g., Runge-Kutta, Shooting methods) are derived and implemented using Matlab. Statistics and error analysis constitute a significant part of the course. Spring

CBE 20260 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

The course provides an introduction to modern applied thermodynamics, with a focus on aspects relevant to chemical engineers. It begins with the first law energy balance, followed by the development of the second law entropy balance. Thermodynamic constitutive equations for gases and liquids are developed from a molecular-level perspective, followed by applications involving thermodynamic cycles and energy conversion. Spring

CBE 20290 - Career Choices for Engineers

A seminar series featuring selected speakers who are employed or consult with high tech business enterprises of both national and global involvement. The presentations and open symposium format will emphasize business ethics, competitive pressures, people skills, and most importantly, career opportunities for engineering graduates. Spring

CBE 30338 - Chemical Process Control

While the idealization of chemical processes is that they are operated at steady-state, they are in fact usually dynamic (unsteady state). Process feed compositions may change slightly, ambient conditions may change, pipe leaks may develop, steam pressures may vary, etc. There are any number of such disturbances that may cause the process to deviate from its desired steady-state. In some cases, such deviations may be catastrophic, in other cases a severe loss of product quality may be caused. Thus process control devices are installed that detect deviations from the desired steady-state and attempt to correct them. In this course, students will be introduced to the analysis of chemical process dynamics, and to the design and analysis of process control systems. Spring

CBE 30355 - Transport Phenomena I

Basic conservation principles of energy, mass, and momentum are used to derive the integral and differential forms of the transport equations. These equations are used to solve fluid flow problems of both fundamental and practical interest. Fall 

CBE 30356 - Transport Phenomena II

Integral and differential transport equations are applied to the solution of heat and mass transfer problems of interest to chemical engineers. Spring 

CBE 30357 - Biotransport

This course is an introduction to momentum transport with applications to biological and medical systems. It will serve as a replacement for CBE 30355 for interested students. Fall

CBE 30361 - Science of Engineering Materials

This is an introductory course that examines the relationship between the structure, processing, and properties of engineering materials. Common engineering materials, including steel, concrete, ceramics, and polymers are discussed. Mechanical, chemical, electrical, and magnetic properties of various materials are examined. The process dependence of microstructural development and defects levels are described.  Fall

CBE 30363 - Materials Science of Advanced Engineering Materials

The topics covered by this course are to provide a materials science and engineering background to engineering students, emphasizing the interrelationship between structure, properties, processing and performance, as well as engineering applications of a number of advanced engineering materials, with an emphasis of polymer materials. These topics include a general introduction to materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites), material selection and engineering applications, materials properties, techniques for characterizing the materials, and engineering and processing of materials in the context of modern, real-world applications. Fall

CBE 30367 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

Principles of phase and chemical equilibria are defined and used in the solution of chemical engineering problems drawn from the traditional process industries, biological systems, materials processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other industries. Fall

CBE 30385 - Introduction to Bioengineering

The fundamental principles of mass, energy, charge and momentum conservation are introduced in the form of algebraic and differential conservation equations. These are applied to engineering problems drawn from human health and other biological systems. Fall

CBE 31358 - Chemical Engineering Lab I

Chemical engineering laboratory courses are comprised of experiments that cover most of the major subject areas of chemical engineering. The rationale for combining all of the topics into two separate courses, as opposed to distributing them into the different lecture courses, is to provide a focused learning experience emphasizing experimental techniques to observe fundamental behavior, understanding of the phenomena in terms of the appropriate theory and experience at technical report writing. Formal and informal oral presentation skills are also an important part of the courses. Spring

CBE 40411 - Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Seminar

Discussions of current events from a chemical engineers prospective. Fall

CBE 40435 - Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Fuel cells and batteries directly convert chemical energy to direct-current electrical energy via electrochemical reactions. Such electrochemical conversion and storage of energy is an attractive alternative energy option for transportation and stationary applications. This course offers a comprehensive look at the electrochemical nature of energy conversion and storage in fuel cells and batteries, the engineering requirements that must be fulfilled for their efficient operation and the technology of their construction. Spring

CBE 40443 - Separation Processes

This course demonstrates the application of the principles of phase equilibria, transport processes, and chemical kinetics to the design and characterization of stagewise and continuous separation processes. Both graphical and rigorous numerical techniques are used, and the general procedures applicable to different specific processes are emphasized. Example problems are drawn from the petroleum, chemical, food, biochemical, and electronic materials processing industries. The AspenONE software package is used. Fall

CBE 40445 - Chemical Reaction Engineering

The basic concepts of chemical rate processes are applied to the theory of the design and operation of the various types of commercial reactors for both noncatalytic and catalytic reactions. Topics covered include mole balances, rate laws and stoichiometry, collection and analysis of rate data, multiple reactions, isothermal and nonisothermal reactor design, catalysis and catalytic reactors. Fall

CBE 40447 - Computational Chemistry

This course will introduce the basis of modern approaches to computing the thermodynamics and kinetics of gas-phase, condensed-phase, and surface chemical reactions from first principles. Quantum chemical wavefunction and density functional approaches for treating the electronic structure of molecules, solids, and surfaces will be described. Optimization methods and statistical mechanical techniques for determining structures, spectroscopies, and thermodynamic and kinetic properties will be covered. Software for calculating these properties will be introduced and applied in hands-on exercises and a class project. Spring

CBE 40448 - Chemical Process Design

This course represents a capstone in the chemical engineering curriculum. In this course students will have the opportunity to apply the basic concepts learned in previous courses to the design and analysis of a chemical processing system. This will be done primarily through the design project. Supporting material to be covered in lectures includes the following: computer-aided design (process simulation), economic analysis, process safety, flowsheet synthesis (conceptual design), and decision-making analysis (optimization). The AspenONE software package is used. Spring

CBE 40455 - Process Operations

This course introduces students to methods for the anlaysis of process operations and their application. Topics will include process modeling, continuous and discrete optimization, scheduling, supply chains, scenario anlaysis, and financial analysis for process operations. Special emhasis will be given to practical implementation of methods for real world applications. Fall

CBE 40456 - Polymer Engineering

A course for seniors and graduate students in science and engineering who are interested in applications of engineering to polymer science and technology. Topics include polymerization reactions and the structure, properties, processing, and production of polymers. (Every year). Spring

CBE 40461 - Structure of Solids

This class seeks to provide students with an understanding of the structure of solids, primarily as found in metals, alloys, and ceramics applied in technological applications. The structure of crystalline solids on the atomic level as well as the microstructural level will be discussed. Imperfections in the arrangements of atoms will be described, especially as regards their impact on properties. The study of structure through X-ray diffraction will be a recurring theme. A sequence of powder diffraction laboratory experiments (four to five class periods) also will be included. Fall

CBE 40465 - Polymer and Colloid Science

This course is an intermediate level introduction to the fundamental physical chemistry and physics of polymer and colloid materials. The lectures will focus on the underlying concepts and principles in polymer and colloid phenomena and demonstrate them using some up-to-date applications in current energy and biomedical relevant materials. Fall

CBE 40472 - Modeling- Ecology and Environment

This course covers various topics pertaining to the Earth's ecological and biogeochemical systems and the effects of disturbances or imbalances, particularly those caused by human/industrial activities. Based on fundamentals incorporated in such subject areas as chemical reaction engineering, process dynamics, and transport phenomena, the principal topics center on population and ecosystem dynamics, and on the Earth's natural and altered environments. Examples and applications are drawn from such subjects as the endangerment or extinction of species, biogeochemical cycles, greenhouse gases and global warming, ozone pollution in the troposphere and depletion in the stratosphere, pollutant dispersion, and acid rain. The course makes extensive use of methods of mathematical modeling, nonlinear dynamics, and computer simulations. In major course assignments, students work in small groups on modeling/simulation  Fall

CBE 40775 - Molecular Modeling and Simulation

This course provides an introduction to atomistic Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation methods, with an emphasis on the application of these methods to compute the thermodynamic and transport properties of materials. A prior course in thermodynamics is required, and it is recommended to also have had a course in statistical mechanics. Fall

CBE 40477 - Nanoscience and Technology

This course focuses on the unique scientific phenomena that accrue to matter with characteristic nanometer-scale dimensions and on the technologies which can be constructed from them. Special optical, electronic, magnetic, fluidic, structural and dynamic properties characteristic of nanostructures will be addressed. Spring

CBE 40479 - Introduction to Cellular and Tissue Engineering

This course is divided into two parts. The first half will cover principles of cell and developmental biology that guide current approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. An emphasis will be placed on the computational and quantitative analysis of biological processes such as cell-cell signaling and morphogenesis. The second half covers techniques involved in cultivating cells for applications in recombinant protein production as well as the design of bioartificial organs and regenerative therapeutics. Optimization techniques for culture medium development will also be covered. Spring

CBE 40483 - Topics in Biomolecular Engineering

The objective of this class, intended for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students, is to illustrate the emerging field of bioengineering which fuses molecular life sciences with engineering. The students will gain a fundamental understanding in the principles of how biological systems function, and learn about the innovative approaches that engineers take for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases, design of novel materials, devices, and processes, and in enhancing environmental health. Topics will include: Biological systems, Cell functions, Molecular scale (what is nano?), Molecular interactions & Multivalency, Synthetic molecules, Molecular biology, -Fermentation, Cell culture, & Combinatorial methods-,Protein purification, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biomedical engineering, Drug delivery, Biosensors. Spring

CBE 40489 - Engineering Applications of Medical Phisiology

Principles of Human Physiology are defined and are examined along with engineering principles, such as thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and transport phenomena, to provide a foundation for the understanding and development of biomedical technology. Fall

CBE 40498 - Energy and Climate

This course integrates the principles of physical sciences and engineering as they pertain to energy, its sources and uses and the impact of these on the environment. The great majority of energy used by society comes from fossil fuels. The consequences are that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have been increasing and that readily available sources of oil have been depleted. Prospects for sustainable energy use will be discussed including an engineering cost/benefit analysis of different sources. A question that will be examined in particular detail, is the effect of energy use on climate change both now and in the future. To do this we will analyze the complex couplings and feedback mechanisms that operate between the geosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere as related to global climate change. Spring

CBE 40667 - Mass Transfer in Membrane Systems

Membranes separations, which are gaining increased attention because of their ability to avoid the thermodynamic limitations associated with heat use, offer an alternative to thermally-driven separations. Membranes are also central to many of the functions of biology. Regardless, of where a membrane is found, an understanding of the mass transfer process that transports materials across the membrane is essential to understanding the membrane function. This course will cover a variety of mass transfer mechanisms and the theories developed to describe them (e.g., diffusion-solubility, hindered flow through pores, and facilitated transport). The relevance of these theories to the operation of reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, dialysis, and gas separations systems will also be examined in this course. Fall

CBE 41459 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II

Chemical engineering laboratory courses are composed of experiments that cover most of the major subject areas of chemical engineering. The rationale for combining all of the topics into two separate courses, as opposed to distributing them into the different lecture courses, is to provide a focused learning experience emphasizing experimental techniques to observe fundamental behavior, understanding of the phenomena in terms of the appropriate theory and experience at technical report writing. Formal and informal oral presentation skills are also an important part of the courses. Fall

CBE 41910 - Biomolecular Engineering Lab

In this course students will be exposed to modern laboratory methods in bioengineering and experimental design. Students will be expected to develop and execute laboratory protocols, write laboratory reports, and present orally their findings. Fall

CBE 48901 - Undergraduate Research

A research project at the undergraduate level under the supervision of a faculty member.

CBE 48902 - Advanced Undergraduate Research

This course is intended for students with previous research experience and requires at least one credit of 48901 as a prerequisite. It requires a written final report. This course will count as a technical or engineering elective.

CBE 48903 - Undergraduate Thesis

This course requires a written thesis document that is defended to a committee of faculty. At least one credit of 48901 research is a prerequisite, although several semesters are recommended. This course will count in place of a chemical engineering elective.