Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)



Chair: Michael H. Peters;
Professor: Peters;
Associate Professors: Alamo, Arce, Chella, Locke, Palanki, Telotte, Vinals;
Assistant Professors: Gibbs, Kalu, Malvadkar, Wesson;
Associate in Research: Finney;
Affiliate Faculty: Garmestani, Gielesse

Chemical engineering encompasses the development, application, and operation of processes in which chemical, biological, and/or physical changes of material are involved. The work of the chemical engineer is to analyze, develop, design, control, construct, and/or supervise chemical processes in research and development, pilot-scale operations, and industrial production. The chemical engineer is employed in the manufacture of inorganic chemicals (e.g., acids, alkalis, pigments, fertilizers), organic chemicals (e.g., petrochemicals, polymers, fuels, propellants, pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals), biological products (e.g., enzymes, vaccines, biochemicals, biofuels), and materials (e.g., ceramics, polymeric materials, paper, biomaterials).

The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the application of computer analysis in chemical engineering, as well as laboratory instruction in modern, state-of-the-art facilities in the transport phenomena/measurements and unit operations laboratories. In order to meet newly developed interests in chemical engineering and related fields, elective courses are available in bioengineering, polymer engineering, chemical-materials engineering, molecular engineering, electrochemical engineering, and chemical-environmental engineering, with additional courses under development.

Three diverse areas of study complementing the normal curriculum track in chemical engineering have recently been instituted by the department. These major options (environmental, bioengineering, and materials) reflect new directions in the broader field of chemical engineering.

Environmental. Chemical engineers will play a pivotal role in developing future pollution prevention strategies by improving and replacing current products and processes. Upcoming efforts will focus on integrating the design and production of goods with their ultimate disposal and reuse. Chemical engineers will provide the means to not only prevent pollution, but move to the concept of creating a sustainable society where most products are recycled repeatedly.

Bioengineering (biochemical/biomedical engineering). Biochemical engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field that has arisen from the application of chemical engineering principles to the production of materials derived from living systems. A number of processes and products, including fermentation for making alcohols and various foods, the efficient use of enzymes for tanning leather, the use of bacteria for biological waste treatment, and the production of antibiotics from mold culture, have been developed and utilized in the past. Biomedical engineering concerns the application of chemical engineering principles and practices to large scale living organisms, most specifically human beings. As one of the newest subdisciplines of chemical engineering, the field is a rapidly evolving one involving chemical engineers, biochemists, physicians, and other health care professionals. Biomedical research and development is carried out at universities, teaching hospitals, and private companies, and it focuses on conceiving new materials and products designed to improve or restore bodily form or function.

Materials. Chemical engineers have extensively developed and studied the molecular structures and dynamics of materials-including solids, liquids, and gases-in order to develop macroscopic descriptions of the behavior of such materials. In turn, these macroscopic descriptions have allowed the construction and analysis of unit processes that facilitate desired chemical and physical changes. This constant interplay between molecular scale understanding and macroscopic descriptions is unique and central to the field of chemical engineering.

The graduate in chemical engineering is particularly versatile. Industrial work may involve production, operation, research, and development. Graduate education in medicine, dentistry, and law, as well as chemical engineering and other engineering and scientific disciplines, are viable alternatives for the more accomplished graduate.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. CHM 2045/2045L;
  2. CHM 2046/2046L;
  3. CHM 2210/2210L;
  4. CHM 2211/2211L;
  5. ENC X101;
  6. ENC X102;
  7. MAC X311;
  8. MAC X312;
  9. MAC X313;
  10. MAP X302;
  11. PHY X048/X048L;
  12. PHY X049/X049L;
  13. Six (6) semester hours in humanities;
  14. Six (6) semester hours in social science;
  15. Three (3) additional semester hours in humanities or social science;
  16. Three (3) semester hours in computer programming in structured language.

Requirements for a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering

A program of study encompassing one hundred thirty (130) semester hours is required for the bachelor of science (BS) degree in chemical engineering. A candidate for the bachelors degree is required to earn a C- or better in all engineering courses, and must achieve a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in all chemical engineering courses. In addition, students must achieve a grade of C- or better in all courses transferred into the Department of Chemical Engineering. Students should contact the department for the most up-to-date information concerning the chemical engineering curriculum requirements.

Four majors exist within the chemical engineering bachelors degree program. These include chemical engineering, chemical engineering-environmental, chemical engineering-bioengineering, and chemical engineering-materials. Most of the curriculum is common to all four majors, and includes topics in liberal studies, mathematics/basic science/prerequisites, advanced chemistry, engineering science, and chemical engineering science and design. History/social science and humanities/fine arts electives are to be selected to satisfy the liberal studies requirement and the College of Engineerings social science and humanities national accreditation (ABET) requirement. Students in all four majors should successfully complete the following courses in addition to the liberal studies, other University, and College of Engineering requirements:

Math/Basic Science/Prerequisites

MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)

MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)

MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5)

MAP 3305 Engineering Mathematics I (3)

CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3)

CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3)

CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Laboratory (2)

PHY 2048C General Physics A (5)

PHY 2049C General Physics B (5)

ECO 2023 Economics of the Price System (3)

CGS 2402 C for Nonspecialists (3)


CGS 3460 FORTRAN for Nonspecialists (3)

Advanced Chemistry

CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3)

CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3)

CHM 4410 Physical Chemistry I (3)

CHM 4410L Physicochemical Measurements and Techniques I (1)

CHM 4411 Physical Chemistry II (3)

General Engineering

EGM 3512 Engineering Mechanics (4)

EEL 3003 Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3)

EEL 3003L Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1)

Chemical Engineering Science and Design

ECH 3023 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (4)

ECH 3101 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)

ECH 3264 Transport Phenomena I (3)

ECH 3264L Transport Phenomena I Laboratory (3)

ECH 3265 Transport Phenomena II (3)

ECH 3854 Chemical Engineering Computations (3)

ECH 4323 Process Control (3)

ECH 4323L Process Control Laboratory (1)

ECH 4403 Transport Phenomena III (3)

ECH 4403L Transport Phenomena III Laboratory (3)

ECH 4504 Kinetics and Reactor Design (3)

ECH 4604 Chemical Engineering Process Design I (4)

ECH 4615 Chemical Engineering Process Design II (3)

Major Requirements

In addition to the courses listed above that are required for all majors, the following courses are specifically required for each of the four majors.

Major in Chemical Engineering

Advanced Chemistry Elective. The advanced chemistry elective is to be selected from the following courses offered in the Department of Chemistry, or selected other courses in either chemical engineering or biological science specifically approved by the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (3)


CHM 3120C Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (4)


CHM 4135C Instrumental Analysis (3)


BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I (3)

Chemical Engineering Electives. The two chemical engineering electives (three [3] semester hours each) are to be selected from the 4000 level elective courses offered in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Major in Chemical Engineering-Environmental

Advanced Chemistry Elective

CHM 3120C Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (4)


CHM 4135C Instrumental Analysis (3)

Chemical Engineering Electives

ECH 4782 Chemical Engineering Environmental (3)


BSC 2010 Biological Science I (3)

BSC 2010L Biological Science I Laboratory (1)


GLY 2010C Physical Geology (4)

Major in Chemical Engineering-Bioengineering

Advanced Chemistry Elective

BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I (3)

Chemical Engineering Electives

ECH 4746 Chemical Engineering Bioengineering (3)


BSC 2010 Biological Science I (3)

BSC 2010L Biological Science I Laboratory (1)


MCB 2013 Microbiology (3)

Major in Chemical Engineering-Materials

Advanced Chemistry Elective

CHM 3120C Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (4)


CHM 4135C Instrumental Analysis (3)

Chemical Engineering Electives

One of

ECH 4823 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (3)


ECH 4824 Chemical Engineering Materials (3)


ECH 4937 Special Topics in Chemical Engineering [Molecular Engineering] (3)

and one of

EML 3234 Materials Science and Engineering (3)


PHY 3101 Modern Intermediate Physics (3)


PHY 3221 Intermediate Mechanics (3)

Honors in the Major

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a program in honors in chemical engineering to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, contact the department, and see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Definition of Prefix

ECH - Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Courses

ECH 3023. Introduction to Chemical Engineering (4). Prerequisites: MAC 2312, CHM 1046; Corequisites: MAC 2313; PHY 2048C; CHM 2210; and either CGS 3410 or 3460. Material and energy balances on chemical process systems and process measurements.

ECH 3101. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3023 and 3264 with grades of C or better; MAP 3305; PHY 2049C; Corequisite: CHM 4410. Energy balances and entropy analysis for systems of chemical engineering interest. Computer calculations involving real fluids, mixtures, phase equilibrium, and chemical equilibrium.

ECH 3264. Transport Phenomena I (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313; CHM 1046; and either CGS 3410 or 3460; Corequisites: ECH 3023; MAP 3305; PHY 2049C. Theory and applications of momentum transfer analysis. Basic rheology, velocity profile calculations, and design of fluid flow equipment.

ECH 3264L. Transport Phenomena I Laboratory (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3265; CHM 4410; Corequisite: ECH 4403. This course is designed to reinforce principles of physical property measurement and transport phenomena through a series of laboratory experiments. The main emphasis of the course is placed on the written and oral communication of the lab results.

ECH 3265. Transport Phenomena II (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305; PHY 2049C; ECH 3264 with a grade of C or better. Corequisites: CHM 4410; EEL 3003, 3003L. Theory and applications of heat transfer analysis. Temperature profile calculations and design of heat transfer equipment.

ECH 3854.Chemical Engineering Computations (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3264; CGS 3460; MAP 3305. Introduction to the central concepts of practical numerical techniques using computers for solving chemical engineering problems. Includes solution of equations in one variable, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, initial value problems for ordinary differential equations, direct methods for solving linear systems, iterating techniques in matrix algebra, and numerical solution of nonlinear systems of equations.

ECH 3949r. Cooperative Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 4323. Process Control (3). Prerequisites: ECH 4504, 4604. A systematic introduction to dynamic behavior and automatic control of industrial processes. Synthesis of feedback control loops for linear systems and synthesis of control structures.

ECH 4323L. Process Control Laboratory (1). Corequisite: ECH 4323. Experiments designed to illustrate and apply control theory, measurement techniques, calibration, tuning of controls, characterization of sensors, and control circuits.

ECH 4403. Transport Phenomena III (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3101, 3265; CHM 4410; Corequisites: ECH 3264L; EGM 3512; CHM 4411. Principles of mass transfer theory, and the practical applications and design of mass transfer operations.

ECH 4403L. Transport Phenomena III Laboratory (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3264L, 4403. Familiarizes students with the principles taught in ECH 4403. Emphasis is on the analysis of results including the use of computers, and on oral/written communications skills.

ECH 4504. Kinetics and Reactor Design (3). Prerequisites: ECH 3264L, 4403; Corequisite: ECH 4604. Homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction kinetics, analysis of batch, mixed, plug, and recycle reactors. Analysis of multiple reactions and multiple reactors, reactor temperature control, and catalytic reactor design.

ECH 4604. Chemical Engineering Process Design I (4). Prerequisites: ECH 3264L, 4403; ECO 2023; Corequisite: ECH 4504. Engineering economics review and cost-estimation techniques. Design of chemical process equipment. Computer-aided design calculations.

ECH 4615. Chemical Engineering Process Design II (3). Prerequisites: ECH 4504, 4604. Design of chemical process facilities and computer-aided design. An individual design project is completed by each student.

ECH 4702. Semiconductor Processing Operations (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. An introduction to semiconductor properties and processing operations. Emphasis is placed on engineering analysis of crystal growth and processing operations involved in the fabrication of integrated circuits.

ECH 4741. Biomedical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. An introduction to the field of biomedical engineering with particular emphasis on the general engineering role. Emphasis is placed on hemodynamics, human physiology, pharmacodynamics, artificial organs, biomaterials, biomechanics, and clinical engineering.

ECH 4746. Chemical Engineering-Bioengineering (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering; Corequisite: ECH 4504. Introduction to the major principles of the life sciences (microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics) that are important for biotechnological applications. Extension of the chemical engineering principles of kinetics, reactor design, heat and mass transport, thermodynamics, process control, and separation processes to important problems in bioengineering.

ECH 4782.Chemical Engineering-Environmental (3). Prerequisite: ECH 4403; Corequisite: ECH 4504. Introduction to applications of environmental engineering from a chemical engineering perspective. Thermodynamics, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, and physical chemistry are utilized in addressing pollution control and prevention processes. Analysis of particle phenomena, including aerosols and colloids. Applications of fundamentals to analyze gas and liquid waste treatment processes.

ECH 4823. Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. Introduction to the physical chemistry, reaction kinetics, reaction engineering, and processing of polymeric systems.

ECH 4824. Chemical Engineering-Materials (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. Introduction to materials science and engineering from a chemical engineering perspective. Fundamentals of engineering materials, including polymers, metals, and ceramics are studied. Emphasis is placed on the strong interrelationship between materials structure and composition, synthesis and processing, and properties and performance.

ECH 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

ECH 4906r. Honors Work in Chemical Engineering (1-3). Prerequisite: Acceptance in honors program. May be repeated for a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

ECH 4937r. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (1-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in chemical engineering. Topics in chemical engineering with emphasis on recent developments. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

ECH 5126. Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (3).

ECH 5128. Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3).

ECH 5261. Advanced Transport Phenomena I (3).

ECH 5262. Advanced Transport Phenomena II (3).

ECH 5263r. Special Topics in Transport Phenomena (3).

ECH 5325. Advanced Process Control (3).

ECH 5526. Advanced Reactor Design (3).

ECH 5626. Chemical Process Optimization (3).

ECH 5740. Fundamentals of Biomolecular Engineering (3).

ECH 5782. Chemical Engineering Environmental (3).

ECH 5784. Chemical Engineering Environmental (3).

ECH 5840. Advanced Chemical Engineering Mathematics II (3).

ECH 5841. Advanced Chemical Engineering Computations (3).

ECH 5842. Advanced Chemical Engineering Mathematics I (3).

ECH 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3).

ECH 5910. Supervised Research (3). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 5935r. Chemical Engineering Seminar (0). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 5937r. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (3).

ECH 5971r. Thesis (1-12). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 6127. Phase Equilibria (3).

ECH 6272. Molecular Transport Phenomena (3).

ECH 6283. Microrheology (3).

ECH 6506. Chemical Engineering Kinetics (3).

ECH 6536. Surface Science and Catalysis (3).

ECH 6848. Operator-Theoretic Methods in Engineering Sciences (3).

ECH 6980r. Dissertation (1-24). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 8965r. Doctoral Preliminary Exam (0). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 8976. Thesis Defense (0). (S/U grade only.)

ECH 8985. Dissertation Defense (0). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


CHEMICAL PHYSICS: see Graduate Bulletin Chemical Engineering