About the Curriculum

The hallmark of Rowan's College of Engineering is a four-year Engineering Clinic sequence. All engineering students (chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical/computer engineering) upon entering Rowan are immediately immersed into engineering fundamentals in the First-Year  Engineering Clinic. This year-long course is designed to give students some exposure to all four engineering disciplines, and some practical, hands-on experience. Favorite First-Year Clinic activities have included a reverse-engineering module in which students analyze a beer-brewing process and a module called Hands on the Human Body in which students examine chemical and mechanical processes within their own bodies. The First-Year Clinic is complemented by courses in chemistry, physics, calculus, computer science and composition.

In the sophomore year, Chemical engineering students take their first Bio-Fuel Cellchemical engineering, Principles of Chemical Processes. This again is a year long course in which mass and energy balances are introduced to the student. In addition to this course chemical engineers take Organic Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mathematics and course in Biological systems and Applications. This course is required of all chemical engineering students and introduces them to the aspects of biology and microbiology that are essential for engineers to work in the sustainable industries of the future. In addition, to these courses is the Sophomore Engineering Clinic, in which students solve open-ended engineering design problems, and also gain practical experience in technical writing and public speaking.

The Junior/Senior Engineering Clinic gives each studentExxonMobil Group Image the opportunity to work on engineering problems for four full semesters. These projects are multidisciplinary and range from original research to industrially funded technical problems. Students work in multi-disciplinary teams and work under close faculty supervision to study and solve new and important engineering problems.

Most of the chemical engineering clinic projects are funded by companies or agencies outside the university, and many produce results that are publishable.

In addition, juniors and seniors take courses such as Heat and Mass Transfer, Separation Processes, Reaction Engineering and Process Dynamics and Control. Through electives, you can emphasize your area of special interest, such as Materials Engineering, Green/Sustainable Engineering and Biological/Biochemical Engineering.

See below for courses and course sequence in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum.


Bachelor of Science in CHE Curriculum

(Fall 2020 and after)

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Calculus I MATH01.130 4 Calculus II MATH01.131 4
Chemistry I CHEM06.100 4 Chemistry II CHEM06.101 4
Introductory Mechanics PHYS00.220 4 Composition I COMP01.111 3
First Year Engineering Clinic I ENGR01.101 2 First Year Engineering Clinic II ENGR01.102 2
Rowan Core Elective 3 Rowan Core Elective 3
Total 17 Total 16
Principles Chemical Processes I CHE06.201 2 Principles Chemical Processes II CHE06.202  2
Calculus III MATH01.230 4 Math for Engineering Analysis MATH01.235  4
Organic Chemistry I CHEM07.200 4 Chem. Eng. Fluid Mechanics CHE0601.241  2
Soph. Engineering Clinic I ENGR01.201 4 Soph. Engineering Clinic II ENGR01.202  4
    Approved Adv. Chemistry Elective 3
Total  14 Total  15
Chem. Eng. Thermodynamics I CHE06.310  3 Chem. Eng. Thermodynamics II CHE06.315  3
Separation Processes I CHE06.312  2 Separation Processes II CHE06.314 3
Process Fluid Transport CHE06.309  2 Chemical Reaction Engineering CHE06.316  4
Heat Transfer Processes CHE06.311  3 Chem. Eng. Materials CHE06.381  2
Chem. Eng. Modeling CHE06.385 2 Junior Engineering Clinic II ENGR01.303  2
Junior Engineering Clinic I ENGR01.303 2    
Total 14 Total 14 
Chem. Process Component Design CHE06.401  3 Chemical Plant Design CHE06.406  3
Chemical Process Safety CHE06.407 2 Unit Operations Lab CHE06.403  3
Process Dynamics & Control CHE06.405 3 Approved Chem. Eng. Elective II CHE06.___  3
Approved Chem. Eng. Elective I CHE06.___  3 Approved Chem. Eng. Elective III CHE06.___  3
Senior Engineering Clinic I ENGR 01.403 2 Senior Engineering Clinic II ENGR01.403  2
Rowan Core Elective  3    
Total  16 Total 14

Rowan Core and Rowan Experience

All incoming first-year students (Fall ’18 and beyond) are required to follow the Rowan Core/Rowan Experience general education model. The Rowan Core (RC) is based on 6 literacies that reflect contemporary priorities, while maintaining a strong liberal arts foundation. Three of the 6 literacies--Communicative, Quantitative and Scientific--are fulfilled by the required courses in the Chemical Engineering curriculum.

The Artistic, Global and Humanistic Literacies are satisfied by student-selected Rowan Core electives (3 credits required in each literacy).

Rowan Experience requirements are met through your required program of study. For example, Senior Engineering Clinic II fulfills the Writing Intensive (WI) course, and First-Year Clinic I fulfills the Rowan Seminar (RS) requirement. The broad-based literature course requirement may be combined with one of the RC electives.

Please refer to the Rowan Core/Rowan Experience Guidelines, linked here.