Discover what it's like to be a chemical engineer at UB. See what types of courses you might take and what classes are required to earn your degree.
Exploring our curriculum flowsheet is the best way to get an overview of the program, decide which courses to take each semester, and review the prerequisites for any given course.
All academic requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, including course and elective listings. Note: The edition of the catalog that contains students’ university and major requirements is determined by their academic year of entry or reentry and academic year of acceptance to the major.
Students can also check our curriculum flowsheet to see the order in which required courses can be taken.
In addition to the courses outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, students must also take three technical electives of their choice, namely one 200+ Technical Elective, and two CE Technical Electives.
A 200+ technical elective is any 200, 300 or 400-level science or technology (non-Gen. Ed.) course offered at UB that is not explicitly required for the Chemical Engineering BS. This elective is meant to broaden or deepen your scientific background in an area of interest to you. It can be any course offered by a department (identified by prefix) appearing in the following list drawn from various UB schools.
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) departments – allowed course prefixes are:
College of Arts and Science (CAS) departments – allowed course prefixes are:
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) departments – allowed course prefixes are:
The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) - allowed course prefixes are:
Some courses with the above prefixes are disallowed because their content overlaps with that of required courses for the BS degree. Be sure to check the list of unacceptable courses. If you have any doubt that a particular course may be invalid as a technical elective, students should check with their academic advisor before registering for the course.
Being a non-required course with the CE prefix, a CE Technical Elective course (discussed below) is perforce valid as a 200+ Technical Elective, although taking it represents more than the minimum necessary effort in the sense that a lower (200 or 300)-level course would be sufficient.
If you don't know what you want to take, look at the list of suggested courses to get ideas.
Some courses with the above prefixes are disallowed because their content overlaps with that of required courses for a Chemical Engineering BS. Be sure to check the list of unacceptable courses. If you have any doubt that a particular course may be invalid as a technical elective, students should check with their academic advisor before registering for the course.
Here are some courses you might consider as technical electives. We don't mean to endorse the quality or value of the courses by singling them out here, and there are many other courses not listed here which fulfill the technical elective requirements. We present these only as reasonable and perhaps useful choices. This should show you the breadth of options that you have.
Also consider courses offered by a specific engineering department.
There are many courses to choose from to fulfill the CE technical elective requirement. These courses can be any 400 level CE course that is not explicitly required for the BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Most of these are classroom courses, but some are tutorial courses (CE 406, CE 496, CE 498, CE 499). CE 496 (Internship/Practicum) and CE 498 (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity) represent exciting hands-on experiences in industrial and academic research settings, respectively.
Certain courses from Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (namely, CIE 334, 340, 343, 441, 442, 444) can also be used to fulfill the CE technical elective requirement. The reason is that these courses relate to environmental engineering, which is a field of interest in chemical engineering. You must obtain permission from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering to enroll in any of these courses.
In some instances, graduate courses may be used as TE's. For more information about this see your CBE Advisor.
In addition to the required courses and technical electives, students must complete the UB Curriculum, which is comprised of general education courses that build a liberal background tailored to your interests. The main element of choice here is the courses you take for your Global and Thematic pathways. For guidance, check out the good and clear advice posted by SEAS.