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Chemical Engineering

We provide our undergraduates with excellent preparation to enter either industry positions or to continue their educational training at the graduate level in M.S. and Ph.D. programs or professional degree programs such as MBA, Pharm.D, DDS, MD or JD. In addition to the required degree coursework, many of our students also acquire hands-on training through industry internships or research positions in academic laboratories. The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. All the areas of emphasis within Chemical Engineering are part of the Chemical Engineering accreditation.

ChemE Program Educational Objectives

Chemical Engineering graduates are expected to attain the following educational objectives within a few years of graduation:
  • Analyze, model and design complex processes where physical, chemical or biochemical transformations are utilized to produce products and services that benefit society in an environmentally conscious and economic manner.
  • Obtain engineering employment in allied organizations, pursue graduate studies and/or professional education in related fields.
  • Thrive in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings.
  • Assimilate increasingly rapid technological changes through continuous personal and professional development
  • Assume leadership roles in industry, academy, or society.

Student Outcomes

Upon completing their degree in Chemical Engineering, graduates are expected to have gained abilities to:
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to 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.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Enrollment

USC Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science program in:

Total Program Enrollment (All Continuing Undergraduates) in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Number of Students Graduating from this Program during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Chemical Engineering

49

18
Chemical Engineering (Biochemical)
20
7
Chemical Engineering (Environmental)
7
3
Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology)
4
1
Chemical Engineering (Petroleum)
10
3
Chemical Engineering (Polymer/Materials)
11
5
Chemical Engineering (Sustainable Energy)
14
18

Petroleum Engineering Emphasis

For undergraduates interested in Petroleum Engineering, a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering may be obtained with an emphasis in Petroleum Engineering. In addition, a Minor in Petroleum Engineering is available to other Science or Engineer majors.

A minor in petroleum engineering consisting of 16 required units is available to undergraduate majors in various fields of engineering and applied science. Besides preparing  for graduate study in petroleum engineering, the program will prepare  students for careers in areas of national need such as the exploration, recovery and production of subterranean resources, and the underground  disposal of hazardous wastes.

Prerequisite courses:

MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 226, MATH 245, PHYS 151L and CHEM 105aL

Required Courses

PTE 461 Formation Evaluation (3 units)

PTE 462 Economic, Risk and Formation Productivity Analysis (4 units)

PTE 463L Introduction to Transport Processes in Porous Media (3 units)

PTE 464L Petroleum Reservoir Engineering (3 units)

PTE 465L Drilling Technology and Subsurface Materials (3 units)