Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

BS - Chemical Engineering

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustment/s for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements21
Core Lower Division General Education9
Of the 39 units required by the university, 30 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education0
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions12
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
AMS 001A. American CivilizationM46
AMS 001B. American CivilizationM56
Physical Education0
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
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 ChemistryB1+B35
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
Requirements of the Major68
Core Courses14
CE 099. Introductory Statics2
EE 098. Introduction to Circuit Analysis3
ENGR 010. Introduction to EngineeringE3
ENGR 100W. Engineering ReportsZ+R3
MATE 025. Introduction to Materials3
Required Courses in Engineering and Science45
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 IIS4
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 DesignV4
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 Lab2
ENGR 195A. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringS1
ENGR 195B. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringV1
Must take CHE 161,CHE 160B, CHE 165 AND ENGR 195A and B to meet GE Area requirements
Technical Major Electives9
Electives must be selected from the approved departmental elective track list in consultation with the students' advisor

Total Units:120

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}.