B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. This program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

Recommended CHE B.S. Curriculum
Sample Honors and CHE B.S. Curriculum
CHE Prerequisites Flowchart

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 goals 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:

  • Hold positions that utilize their engineering training and have advanced in their job responsibilities, or be pursuing postgraduate education.
  • Be working as engineering professionals, act ethically by adhering to standards and being committed to the health and safety of employees and the general population.
  • Be pursuing innovative solutions to current societal challenges and continue to improve themselves through a variety of learning opportunities.
  • Contribute to their employer and society by working effectively in the global economy, contribute to professional, civic, or governmental organizations, be leading or working collaboratively in teams, and be communicating with diverse groups.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, our students will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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.

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:

Pulp & Paper Management Certificate Concentration

  • BUA 201 – Principles of Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  • GEE 230 – Introduction to Engineering Leadership and Management Credits: 1
  • CHE 493 – Chemical Engineering Seminar Credits: 1
  • CHE 494 – Chemical Engineering Practice Credits: 2
  • MET 320 – Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering Technology II Credits: 3 *
  • PPA 264 – Introduction to the Pulp and Paper Industry Credits: 3 *
  • PPA 466 – Paper Technology Credits: 3 * or PPA 465 – Pulp and Biorefinery Technology Credits: 3 *


  • These four courses (marked by *) count as pre-approved technical electives for BS in CHE. You will need to select either PPA 465 or PPA 466. Both of these courses are pre-approved tech electives for BS in CHE.
  • The 16 credit-hour concentration requirement can double count 9 credits of technical electives.
  • MET 320 is a Special Topics Course (Lean Six Sigma). The College of Engineering will issue the Lean Six Sigma Certificates.