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Chemical Engineering Major

Chemical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse field in all of engineering. Any commercial process or product that uses or contains molecules probably involved a chemical engineer at some stage of development. This includes all materials used by the military, including such basic items as food, clothing, fuel, water, explosives, metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, medicines, artificial organs, and prostheses, just to name a few. Chemical engineers design these materials at the molecular level, optimize the design for specific applications, and develop efficient methods for production, packaging, and distribution. Chemical engineers are also very concerned with the conversion between matter and energy, particularly since almost all chemical reactions require or produce energy. In terms of contemporary societal problems, chemical engineers are at the forefront of the effort to design new and more efficient fuels, and we are critical to efforts at environmental remediation, including waste recycling and remediation. Within the military, chemical engineers are uniquely qualified to address problems in fuel and water production and distribution, power generation, as well as detection, decontamination, and protection against chemical and biological agents.
Chemical Engineering Mission
The mission of the chemical engineering program is to prepare commissioned leaders of character who are proficient in applying chemical and engineering principles to solve problems in a complex operational environment.
Program Educational Objectives
During a career as commissioned officers in the United States Army and beyond, program graduates:
  • Demonstrate effective leadership and chemical engineering expertise
  • Contribute to the solution of infrastructure or operational problems in a complex operational environment
  • Succeed in graduate school or other advanced study programs
  • Advance their careers through clear and precise technical communication
Chemical Engineering Student Outcomes
On completion of the chemical engineering program, our graduates demonstrate an ability to


1.    Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.  
2.    Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3.     Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4.    Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5.    Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6.    Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7.     Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
8.     Understand the chemical engineering curriculum, including:
   Material and energy balances,
   Safety and environmental factors,
   Thermodynamics of physical and chemical equilibria,
   Heat, mass, and momentum transfer,
   Chemical reaction engineering,
   Continuous and staged separation processes
   Process dynamics and control,
   Modern experimental and computing techniques, and
   Process design


A cadet majoring in Chemical Engineering must complete 24 core and 18 program courses for a total of 42 academic courses. The program includes 15 required and 3 elective courses.
The Chemical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.orgABET logo EAC-BW-B-L.png


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One of the Army’s ROWPUs, or reverse-osmosis water purification units.
Open Engineering Elective 
Industrial Engineering
SE301  Fndations of Eng. Design & Sys Mngment
EM411  Project Management
EM420  Production Operations Management
Decision Analysis
SE301  Foundations of Eng. Design & Sys Mngment
EM481  Systems Simulation
SM484  System Dynamics Simulation
Advanced Control Systems
EE360  Digital Logic w/ Embeded Systems
SM484 System Dynamics Symulation
XE475  Mechatronics
Energy Conversion Systems
EE377  Electrical Power Engineering
ME472  Energy Conversion Systems
ME480  Heat Transfer
Power Systems
MC306  Dynamics
ME491  Mechanical Power Plants
EE377  Electrical Power Engineering
Nuclear Energy
NE300  Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
NE350  Radiological Engineering Design
NE450  Nuclear Weapons Effects

(Additional electives are available; see program director for approval)