Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Curriculum details for the undergraduate ChE program at UVA are provided here. While most begin taking chemical engineering courses during their second year, students with sufficient AP or transfer credit can begin taking chemical engineering courses (typically ChE 2215 and/or ChE 2246) during their first semester at UVA!


Please Note: The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at: http://www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html.

  • ChE Curriculum Tracks
  • Three-Year Plan Curriculum

    AP or College Credits Needed*

    APMA 1110 Single Variable Calculus II 4
    APMA 2120 Multivariable Calculus 4
    CHEM 1410 Intro Chem for Engineers 3
    CHEM 1420 Intro Chem for Engineers II 3
    PHYS 1425 General Physics I 3
    PHYS 2415 General Physics II 3
      HSS Elective (see note 1 below) 3
      HSS Elective (see note 1 below) 3
      Unrestricted Elective (see note 5 below) 3
    Total   29
     
    Semester 1
    APMA 2130 Ordinary Differential Equations 4
    ENGR 1624 Introduction to Engineering 4
    CHE 2215 Material and Energy Balances 3
    CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CS 1110 Introduction to Programming 3
    CHEM 1411 Intro Chemistry for Engineers Lab I 1
    Total   18
     
    Semester 2
    APMA 3110 Applied Probability & Statistics 3
    CHE 2202 Thermodynamics 3
    CHE 2216 Model & Sim in ChE 4
    CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CHEM 1421 Intro Chemistry for Engineers Lab II 1
    STS 1500 Engineering Technology & Society 3
    Total   17
     
    Semester 3
    CHE 3316 Chemical Thermodynamics
    and Unit Operations
    4
    CHE 3321 Transport Processes I 3
    CHEM 3610 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Theory 3
    CHEM 2411 Organic Chemistry Lab 3
    Phys 1429 General Physics I Workshop 1
      Unrestricted Elective (see note 5 below) 3
    Total   17
     
    Semester 4
    CHE 3318 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
    CHE 3322 Transport Processes II 4
    CHE 3398 Chem Engineering Lab I 3
    Phys 2419 General Physics II Workshop 1
    STS 2XXX/3XXX STS Elective (see note 6 below) 3
      Unrestricted Elective (see note 5 below) 3
    Total   17
     
    Semester 5
    STS 4500 STS and Engineering Practice 3
    CHE 4491 Chemical Engineering Lab II 3
    CHE 4438 Process Synthesis, Modeling & Control 3
      CHE Elective (see note 4 below) 3
      Technical Elective (see note 2 below) 3
    Total   15
     
    Semester 6
    STS 4600 The Engineer, Ethics, & Prof. Responsibility 3
    CHE 4476 Chemical Engineering Design 3
      CHE Elective (see note 4 below) 3
      Engineering Elective (see note 3 below) 3
      HSS Elective (see note 1 below) 3
    Total   15
     
    128 Credits Minimum required for graduation.
     

    Notes:

    *NOTE: Any student contemplating a three year degree should meet with the undergraduate coordinator soon after arriving at UVA to carefully evaluate whether or not it makes sense for them. This schedule is intended as a sample to allow students to gauge the possibility, and may require slight adjustments depending on a student's high school preparation.

    1. Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Electives: chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall or from the SEAS website.
    2. Technical electives: any 2000 to 5999 course in: APMA, MATH, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL, BIOM, CHE (other than required courses), CE, CS, ECE (except ECE2066), MSE (except MSE 2010), MAE, SYS plus ENGR 4880, ENVS 2050, 2800, 3200, 3600, 3860, 4280, 4640,4660, 4090. Special Topics and Special Projects courses as well as other courses introduced after the 2011-12 academic year must be individually approved.
    3. Engineering elective: Students must complete one course with substantial engineering content. The list of acceptable choices can be obtained from the department office or through the 'Academic Requirements' page on SIS.
    4. CHE electives: Chosen from: CHE 3347, CHE 4442, CHE 4448, CHE 4449, CHE 4450, CHE 4561*, CHE 4562* (*courses listed under this special topics designation must be individually approved).
    5. Unrestricted electives: chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH1310 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS2010, 2020; CS1010, 1020; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. If APMA1090 is taken as part of mathematics sequence, it counts as an unrestricted elective.
    6. Any course that meets the Second Writing Requirement, as specified by the College of Arts & Sciences (CLAS) may be substituted for STS 2xxx/3xxx.

     

    Students uncertain about the acceptability of a course to satisfy the degree requirements should seek approval from their advisor and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. The 'Academic Requirements' page in SIS, found under 'Plan' and then 'Plan by Academic Requirements', also provides a complete list of all courses satisfying the criteria for each elective.

    In all cases, courses that substantially duplicate any others taken for the degree, including PHYS 2010 and 2020, CS1010, CS1020, or any additional introductory programming course, cannot be used to satisfy elective requirements.

  • Elective Courses (ChE Program)
    TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Any 2000 to 5999 course in: APMA, MATH, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL, BIOM, CHE (other than required courses), ENGR 4880, CE, CS, ECE (except ECE 2066), MSE (except MSE 2010), MAE, SYS plus EVSC 2050, 2800, 3200, 3600, 3860, 4280, 4640, 4660, 4090. Special Topics and Special Projects courses as well as other courses introduced after the 2011-12 academic year must be individually approved.
    CHE ELECTIVES CHE3347
    CHE4442
    CHE4448
    CHE4449
    CHE4450
    CHE4456
    CHE4561*
    CHE4562*
    *Courses listed under this special topics designation must be individually approved.
    ENGINEERING ELECTIVES Students must complete one course with substantial engineering content. The list of acceptable choices can be obtained from the department office or through the 'Academic Requirements' page on SIS.
    UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES There are no restrictions
    HSS ELECTIVES See SEAS List

    The 'Academic Requirements' page in SIS, found under 'Plan' and then 'Plan by Academic Requirements' provides a complete list of all courses satisfying the criteria for each elective.

    Courses that substantially duplicate any others taken for the degree, including PHYS 2010 and 2020, cannot be used to satisfy elective requirements.

  • Prerequisites for ChE Courses
    Course Pre-requisites Co-requisites
    CHE2202   APMA2120
    CHE2215 CHEM1410, APMA1110 APMA2130
    CHE2216 CS1110
    APMA2130
    CHE2215
     
    CHE3316 CHE2202
    CHE2215
     
    CHE3318 CHE2216
    CHE3316
    CHE3322
    CHE3321 APMA2130
    CHE2215
    CHE2216
     
    CHE3322 CHE2216
    CHE3316
    CHE3321
     
    CHE3347 CHE2246
    CHE3321
    or Instructor Permission
    CHE3322
    CHE3318
    CHE3398 CHE2215
    CHE3321
    CHE3316
    CHE3322
    CHE4438 CHE3318
    CHE3322
     
    CHE4442 Permission of instructor  
    CHE4448 CHE3322  
    CHE4449   CHE3321
    CHE4476 CHE2216
    CHE3318
    CHE3322
    CHE4438
     
    CHE4491 CHE3318
    CHE3322
    CHE3398
     
  • Minimum Grade Requirements for ChE Courses

    A grade of C- is the standard required in core CHE courses that are prerequisites for other CHE courses. Students cannot have more than one passing grade of less than C- in core CHE prerequisite courses in order to enroll in higher-level CHE courses. Students with more than one grade below C- in more than one core CHE prerequisite course (CHE 2202, 2215, 2216, 3316, 3318, 3321, 3322, 3398, and 4438) will have to retake the prerequisite(s) and receive a grade of C- or higher before taking any higher-level CHE courses. This policy applies to students pursuing a B.S. in chemical engineering and to students pursuing a minor in chemical engineering. 

  • Policy on Chemistry Courses in the ChE Curriculum

    General Chemistry

    • ChE students need to take CHEM 1410 (3 hours), CHEM 1411 (1 hour), CHEM 1420 (3 hours), and CHEM 1421 (1 hour).
    • Students with AP Chemistry credit are still required to take the CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1421 labs.
    • Note: The CHEM 16XX series may also be used to satisfy this requirement.

    Organic Chemistry

    • ChE students take CHEM 2410 (3 hours), CHEM 2420 (3 hours), and the laboratory CHEM 2411 (3 hours).

    1800 Series Chemistry

    • Students in the 1800 series of chemistry must take all the following courses in order to satisfy the chemical engineering requirement of CHEM 1410 (3 hours), 1411 (1 hour), 1420 (3 hours), 1421 (1 hour), 2410 (3 hours), 2420 (3 hours), and 2411 (3 hours):
      • CHEM 1810 Principles of Chemical Structures (3 hours)
      • CHEM 1811 Principles of Chemical Structures Lab (3 hours)
      • CHEM 1820 Principles of Organic Chemistry (3 hours)
      • CHEM 1821 Principles of Org Chem Lab (3 hours)
      • CHEM 2810 Principles of Chemical Reactions II (3 hours)

    Physical Chemistry

    • ChE students take CHEM 3410 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Theory (3 hours).
    • CHEM 3410 is cross-listed as CHEM 3610
  • Minor in Chemical Engineering

    A minor in chemical engineering consists of the five courses CHE 2215, CHE 3316, CHE 3318, CHE 3321 and CHE 3322. Note that all of these courses have prerequisites that must also be fulfilled; basic preparation in thermodynamics, numerical methods and partial differential equations is assumed.

    If a student's major does not include these topics, then a student may need to complete CHE 2202 and/or CHE 2216 prior to enrolling in the 3XXX level courses.

    Students interested in pursuing a chemical engineering minor should consult with the undergraduate program coordinator.