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and sophomore students normally take the core courses in mathematics,
physics, chemistry, and biology (Ma 1 abc, Ma 2 ab, Ph 1 abc,
Ph 2 ab, Ch 1 ab, and Bi 1 --see the Caltech
Catalog for descriptons). They also take the second-year
chemistry course, Ch 41 abc, and the basic chemical engineering
courses, ChE 63 ab and ChE 64. It is strongly recommended that they also take a course in computer programming (e.g. CS 1 or CS 2).
3 b, Ch 41 abc, ChE 63 ab, ChE 64, ACM 95 abc, Ch 21ab1,
ChE 101, ChE 103 abc, ChE 105, ChE 126, Ch/ChE 91 (or En 84), three science/engineering electives (two if ChE 90 ab is selected), and one of Ec 11, BEM 101,
or BEM 1032.
of a track (biomolecular, environmental, process systems,
or materials), each consisting of eight science or engineering courses.
Students should inform the executive officer of their track choice by the beginning of the spring quarter of the sophomore year by providing a planned schedule for completion of all degree requirements. Requirements for the tracks are as follows:
- Biomolecular track: Bi/Ch 110, BE 151, 152, 153, [ChE/BE 163 or ChE/BE 1693], [ChE 130 or ChE 90 ab], two additional bioengineering or related electives.
- Environmental track: ESE/CE 148 abc, [ChE 128 or ChE 90 ab], four additional ESE or related courses.
- Process systems track: ChE 110 ab, [ChE 128 or ChE 90 ab], five engineering electives.
- Materials track:
- ChE 128 or ChE 90 ab.
- One course on materials synthesis and processing: Ch/ChE 1473, ChE 1893, or MS 133.
- One pair of courses on the physical bias of structure and properties selected from: [Ch120 a and ChE/Ch 1483], or [MS 131 and MS 132], or APh 114 ab.
- Four materials science elective courses; these may be any combination of the remaining courses from those listed above, and/or any of the following courses: ChE/Ch 155, ChE/Ch 164, Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc, Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab, Ae/AM/MS/ME 213, Ae/AM/CE/ME 214 abc, ME 35 abc, AM/ME 165 ab, APh 109, APh 125 abc, Ch 121 ab, Ge 114 ab, or any MS courses.
grades must be earned in all courses required by the Institute
and the option.
1 Ch 21ab may be taken in the junior or senior year. Ch24a may be substituted for Ch21b.
2 These 9 units partially satisfy the Institute
requirements in humanities and social sciences.
3 Given in alternate years.
research is emphasized, and students are encouraged, even
in the freshman year, to participate in research with the
faculty. In order to obtain a basic intellectual background,
all students take courses in the fundamentals of chemical
engineering through the junior year. During the junior and senior years,
students can diversify into one of four tracks to achieve
concentrated study in areas of chemical engineering. An optional
senior thesis is
a unique aspect of the chemical engineering program.
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for more on course design, curriculum and requirements. See
Schedule for details on a typical
course schedule including sample tracks and a template. If
you are attending high school, or have graduated from high
school but have never enrolled at a college or university
as a degree-seeking student, apply
as a freshman.