Chemical Engineering

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)

Nature of Program

The Chemical Engineering program emphasizes undergraduate instruction. Graduates of this program have the skills and knowledge to become effective professional practitioners in a variety of industries and service organizations, as well as to be successful in programs of advanced study.

The Chemical Engineering department supports the development of West Virginia, the nation, and the global community by educating graduates who are employed in organizations that significantly contribute to the well - being of humanity.

This mission is filled by the achievement of the following program objectives:

  • Program graduates will find employment in the energy, chemical, materials processing, biotechnology, and related industries. They may take positions in manufacturing, design, environmental affairs, technical service, and technical sales.
  • Program graduates will progress into positions having significant professional responsibilities. These responsibilities may include management and supervisory duties, significant contributions on projects having value to the employer, and entrepreneurial activity.
  • Program graduates will continue with advanced study. This may include graduate work in engineering, business, or the sciences, as well as the study of medicine or law.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

curriculum requirements

GEF Requirements9
A minimum GPA of 2.0 across all classes applied to the major.
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
BIOL 240Microbiology4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry3
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics4
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking (GEF 4)3
CHE 100Introduction to Chemical Engineering2
CHE 211Material Balances3
CHE 212Energy Balances3
CHE 316Transport Operations4
CHE 317Transport Operations 24
CHE 318Particle Processing Operations2
CHE 320Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 327Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CHE 330Modeling and Analysis3
CHE 350Chemical Engineering Laboratory2
CHE 357Design Laboratory 11
CHE 358Design Laboratory 21
CHE 435Chemical Process Control3
CHE 450Unit Operations Laboratory 12
CHE 451Unit Operations Laboratory 22
CHE 457Design Laboratory 32
CHE 458Design Laboratory 42
ENGR 111Software Tools for Engineers3
ENGR 401Senior Engineering Seminar1
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Advanced Science Electives4
Materials Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
Vertebrate Embryology
Behavioral Ecology
Systematic Zoology
Organismal Botany
Cell Biology
Comparative Anatomy
Plant Taxonomy
Principles of Evolution
Special Topics
Introductory Modern Physics
Any Advanced Chemistry Course from below
Advanced Chemistry Electives 3
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
Quantum Chemistry
Special Topics
Chemical Engineering Electives3
Advanced Heat Transfer
Advanced Separation Processes
Polymer Science and Engineering
Special Topics
Senior Thesis
General Electives12
Total Hours126

suggested plan of study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CHE 1002ENGR 1113
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 1911GEF 53
 14 17
Second Year
CHE 2113CHE 2123
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 2343
MATH 2514BIOL 2404
PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4PHYS 1124
 CSAD 270 (GEF 4)3
 15 17
Third Year
CHE 3164CHE 3174
CHE 3203CHE 3182
CHE 3303CHE 3273
CHE 3571CHE 3502
GEF 63CHE 3581
Enhancement Elective3Enhancement Elective3
 17 15
Fourth Year
CHE 4353CHE 4512
CHE 4502CHE 4582
CHE 4572ENGR 4011
GEF 73Advanced Chemistry Elective3
Advanced Science Elective4Chemical Engineering Elective3
Enhancement Elective3Enhancement Elective3
 17 14
Total credit hours: 126

Major Learning Goals

Chemical Engineering

Our graduates will be able to:

  • Use the principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics in the solution of engineering problems
  • Use engineering science – conservation relations, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and kinetics - in the solution of engineering problem
  • Design systems and products that meet economic, quality, safety, and environmental requirements
  • Use creativity and synthesis skills in the solution of open - ended problems
  • Devise experiments, to use principles of experimental design, to collect data effectively, to evaluate data using appropriate statistical tools, and to draw sound conclusions from the analysis
  • Use computing tools – mathematical analysis, information retrieval, document preparation, and communications
  • Apply good safety practices and practice good environmental stewardship in both laboratory and design work
  • Effectively communicate ideas, plans, and research in verbal and written form
  • Gain new knowledge and/or enhance their skills through independent learning
  • Work effectively as an individual and as a team member
  • Apply professional codes of conduct to resolve ethical dilemmas
  • Assess the political, cultural, economic, and aesthetic aspects of engineering practice, and to recognize the potential impact of technological developments on current events



  • Garth E. Thomas Jr. - M.S.ChE (West Virginia University)


  • Michael V. Minnick - Ph.D. (Clemson University)

Associate professor

  • Gifty Osei-Prempeh - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

Assistant professor

  • Kimberlyn Gray - Ph.D. (Louisiana Technical University)