Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Major Requirements

To receive a B.S. in chemical engineering, students must complete 199* units for graduation, which includes 48* units of general education (G.E.) requirements of their colleges and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET requirements in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, The balance consists of basic sciences (fifty-four units), chemistry core (twenty units), chemical engineering core (thirty-two units), process laboratory and design (sixteen units), general engineering (twelve units), and an area of specialization (sixteen units). Beyond the fifty-three units of basic sciences, the science and engineering courses total to ninety-six units. A one-unit introductory seminar (CENG 1) is required of all incoming freshmen and transfer students. The organization is shown in the chart below. Click on any of the boxes below to pop up the more specific breakdown and course numbers. Also included below is a chart of major classes and their prerequisites. Course descriptions can be found here.

* The 199 units for graduation and 48 units of G.E. requirements are shown for Warren College students as an example to fulfill the general education requirements.  Students in other colleges need to adjust the plan to match their own college requirements.


Basic sciences (54 units): This lower-division requirement includes twenty-four units of mathematics (Math. 20A-F), fourteen units of physics (Phys. 2A-C, 2CL), and sixteen units of chemistry (Chem. 6A-C, 7L).

Chemistry core (20 units): Five advanced chemistry electives must be selected from among:  Chem. 130, 131, 132, 140A, 140B, 114A (or BIBC 100), 114B (or BIBC 102), 120A, 120B, or 143A. (Note: Students may not receive credit for both BIBC 100 and Chem 114A; or BIBC 102 and Chem 114B).

Two recommended options are Chem. 140A, 140B, 114A (or BIBC 100), 114B (or BIBC 102), and 143A for those interested in biochemical/organic; Chem. 130, 131, 132, 120A, and 140A for those interested in inorganic/materials. 

Chemical engineering core (32 units): This requirement covers chemical process modeling, solution thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, process control, and unit operations (CENG 100, 101A–C, 102, 113, 120, 122).

Process laboratory and design (16 units): This requirement is crucial to fulfill the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET design content (CENG 124A-B, 176A-B),

General engineering (12 units): This requirement covers basics in computer programming, probability and statistics, and instrumentation. The computer programming requirement can be satisfied with CENG 15. Probability and statistics can be satisfied with ECE 109 or an approved course with equivalent content. Instrumentation is satisfied with MAE 170.

Electives in an area of specialization (16 units): Electives are intended to broaden and enhance professional goals. They may be chosen to achieve either breadth or depth in one’s education. All electives must be upper-division courses in engineering. Suggestions are listed below.

See Technical Electives.