Undergraduate CENG Curriculum

The Chemical Engineering program (B.S.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Every course (except CENG 4 and CENG 199) must be taken for a letter grade. 

All CENG core courses are taught only once per year and are scheduled to be consistent with the curriculum shown below.

The courses listed here other than CENG are under the control of other departments. They may not be offered in the quarter shown here.  Each student is responsible for determining the prerequisites, when the courses are to be offered and making a schedule of taking the courses that fits into his or her own graduation plan. 

Tentative NANO and CENG course offerings for 2021-2022 can be found here.

Effective Fall 2017: 

All courses are 4-units unless stated below.


Taking additional courses beyond twelve quarters (students entering in fall 2019 or thereafter): A student who enrolls as a first-year student is allowed to enroll for twelve quarters to complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree. If a student reaches the twelve-quarter limit and needs more time beyond twelve quarters to complete those requirements, they will be required to submit an academic plan and have it approved by their college prior to enrolling for additional quarters to continue work towards the degree. (Summer session, as well as quarters during which students are approved for part-time status or have withdrawn from all courses, will not count toward the allowable number of quarters.) More information can be found in the UCSD Catalog. 

To view the current and past catalog information, please click here.  

*CENG 15:  This course will be offered in the Fall and may be offered in the Winter Quarters. If you cannot register for CENG 15 in the Fall, you may enroll in MAE 8 in Winter or Spring Quarters, if it is being offered.  

**MATH 18 formerly MATH 20F

1General Education (G.E.) Requirements: The 48 units shown are 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. To meet program requirements, students must have up to twenty-four units in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, not including subjects such as accounting, industrial management, finance, and personnel administration.   

2Chemistry Core: Three advanced chemistry electives must be selected from among the pre-approved list: CHEM 130, 131, 132, 40A*, 40B*, 114A (or BIBC 100), 114B (or BIBC 102), 120A, 120B, or 40C. (Note: Students may not receive credit for both BIBC 100 and CHEM 114A, or BIBC 102 and CHEM 114B).

Two recommended options are:
- CHEM 40A, 114A (or BIBC 100), and 40C for those interested in biochemical/organic
- CHEM 120A, 130, and 40A for those interested in inorganic/materials. 

*Effective Fall 2017 the following courses were reclassified and renumbered as follows: CHEM 140A is CHEM 40A: Organic Chemistry I (4 units), and CHEM 140B is CHEM 40B: Organic Chemistry II (4 units)

4Area of Specialization/ Technical Electives: The three required technical electives must be upper-division or graduate courses in engineering, based on the pre-approved courses. Otherwise, the selections must receive prior approval of the department.  Pre-approved courses are listed here.

5Process Dynamics and Control: If a student chooses the Process Dynamics and Control as the area of specialization, CENG 120 can be replaced by MAE 143B within the approved set of courses for specialization in process control.