Undergraduate Curriculum

The Typical Undergraduate Course of Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
MATH 104 Calculus, Part I
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
CHEM 053 General Chemistry Lab I
Writing Requirement/
or Social Science/Humanities/Free Elective
CBE 150 Introduction to Biotechnology Technical Elective or PHYS 140 Principles of Physics I
CBE 160 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
MATH 114 Calculus, Part II
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
CHEM 054 General Chemistry Lab II
PHYS 141 Principles of Physics II
Free Elective or Social Science/ Humanity (department recommends EAS 203/ the Ethics requirement)

Year 2

Fall Spring
CBE 230 Material and Energy Balances
MATH 240 Calculus, Part III
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I
Social Science or Humanities Elective
Free Elective
CBE 231 Thermodynamics of Fluids
MATH 241 Calculus, Part IV
CHEM 242 or 251 Organic Chemistry II
EAS 105 Engineering Computer Elective
Social Science or Humanities Elective

Year 3

Fall Spring
CBE 350 Fluid Mechanics
CBE 353 Advanced Chemical Engineering Science
CHEM 221 or MSE 221 Physical Chemistry I
CBE Elective
Social Science or Humanities Elective
CBE 351 Heat and Mass Transport
CBE 371 Separation Processes
CBE 480 or CHEM 223 or CHEM 245
Chemistry Lab Elective
Social Science or Humanities Elective
Free Elective

Year 4

Fall Spring
CBE 400 Introduction to Process Design
CBE 410 Chemical Engineering Lab
CBE 451 Chemical Reactor Design
Social Science or Humanities Elective
Technical Elective
CBE 459 Process System Design Projects
CBE 460 Chemical Process Control
CBE Elective
Technical Elective
Social Science or Humanities Elective

Course Planning Guides:

The Course Planning Guide (CPG) assists the student in planning a course of study to complete the program as expected. A sample CPG is available to assist with planning.

Entering Fall 2017 and later:

Entering Fall 2013 and later:

Entering Fall 2011 & 2012:

Entering Fall 2010 and EARLIER:

NOTE: While the paper CPG is a useful goal-planning tool, all students are required to tally courses taken on the electronic worksheets located at the Penn InTouch Web site.

Additional Information:

CBE Minor

The Minor in  CBE consists of 6 engineering courses in CBE, selected with the approval of the Undergraduate Curriculum Chair.  Detailed information concerning minors in the School of Engineering is available here.

Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations

The official academic rules and regulations governing the undergraduate course of study are found in the SEAS Undergraduate Handbook.

In This Section:

Your CBE Contact:

Marissa Tartaglia
Undergraduate Coordinator
Office: 311A Towne Building
Phone: 215-898-8352
Email: mtartag@seas.upenn.edu

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