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Undergraduate Programs - B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineers are concerned primarily with the design, operation and management of processing systems to alter and upgrade raw materials into products that are more useful to society (and therefore more valuable). In the design and operation of such facilities two competing concerns are generally paramount: the need to minimize both costs and environmental impact. Since chemical engineers are employed in many different industries, the basic training is general and not industry-specific.

The Bachelor of Science program in Chemical Engineering is broadly based and built on a thorough grounding in mathematics, physics and chemistry followed by the study of thermodynamics, kinetics, fluid mechanics and unit operations. Economics, process design and more specialized technical electives are studied during the final year.

Key objectives of the program are to develop analytical and problem solving skills, communication skills and a level of general education that will allow the graduate to function effectively as a chemical engineer in the twenty-first century.

Program Objectives

Our objectives are that in the time frame of three to five years after graduation our students will:

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, our students will have:

Program Requirements

The program requires successful completion of 130 credits of course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in Chemical and Biological Engineering courses, including technical electives credits. The program can be completed in four academic years of full time study. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

The UMaine Office of Institutional Research annually compiles statistical data for all programs across campus.  Enrollment and graduation data for all Engineering programs can be found at:

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Chemical and Biological Engineering
5737 Jenness Hall, Room 117
Orono, Maine 04469-5737
Phone: (207) 581-2277 | Fax: (207) 581-2323E-mail: albertco@umche.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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