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Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

BS - Chemical Engineering

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements30
Of the 51 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major31
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
Requirement of the Major72
Core Courses14
CE 099. Introductory Statics2
EE 098. Introduction to Circuit Analysis3
ENGR 010. Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 100W. Engineering ReportsZ+R3
MATE 025. Introduction to Materials3
Required Courses in Engineering and Science49
CHE 115. Industrial Chemical Calculations3
CHE 151. Process Engineering Thermodynamics4
CHE 158. Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CHE 160A. Unit Operations I4
CHE 160B. Unit Operations II4
CHE 161. Process Safety and Engineering Ethics1
CHE 161L. Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory2
CHE 162. Engineering Statistics and Analysis3
CHE 162L. Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory1
CHE 165. Plant Design4
CHE 185. Chemical Process Dynamics and Control3
CHE 190. Introduction to Transport Phenomena3
CHEM 112A. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 112B. Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 113A. Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHEM 161A. Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 162L. Physical Chemistry Lab2
Technical Major Electives6
Electives must be selected from the approved departmental list in consultation with the students' advisor.
Upper Division Chemistry Elective3
Electives must be selected from the approved departmental list in consultation with the students' advisor.

Total Units:135

A semester-by-semester schedule for meeting these requirements is available in the department office or on the departmental website at

Note: The Lower Division Core (LD Core) consists of all the first and second year math, science and engineering classes. CE 095 may be taken in place of CE 099 to satisfy completion of the LD Core. The LD Core must be satisfied with a GPA of 2.0 or better in order to graduate. The following portion of the Lower Division Core must be satisfied with course grades of "C-" or better in order to enroll in the CHE Junior Core: PHYS 050 and PHYS 051; MATH 031, MATH 032 and MATH 133A, CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B.

The CHE Junior Core consists of a 2.0 average in {CHE 115, CHE 151, CHE 160A, CHE 162 and CHE 190} and ENGR 100W. Students receiving a grade less than "C-" in a Junior Core course may have to repeat the course. The Junior Core must be satisfied in order to enroll in Senior Core courses.

The CHE Senior Core consists of {CHE 161L, 162L, 165, 185, 160B, and 158}.

One (1) Technical or Chemistry elective must have a laboratory component.