Courses

Courses Offered in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 101 Introduction to Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 199 Introduction to Undergraduate Research
CME 201-H Sustainable Energy
CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers
CME 300 Writing in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
CME 310 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I: Unit Operation and Fundamentals
CME 312 Material and Energy Balance
CME 314 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
CME 315 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering Analysis
CME 318 Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
CME 320 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II: Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 322 Chemical Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer
CME 323 Reaction Engineering and Chemical Kinetics
CME 330 Principles of Engineering for Chemical Engineers
CME 355 Chemical Process Safety
CME 360 Nanomaterials and Applications
CME 369 Polymer Engineering
CME 371 Biomedical Polymers
CME 372 Colloids, Micelles and Emulsion Science
CME 401 Separation Technologies
CME 410 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III: Instrumentation, Material Design, and
Characterization
CME 420 Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV: Senior Thesis
CME 427 Molecular Modeling for Chemical Engineers
CME 440 Process Engineering and Design I
CME 441 Process Engineering and Design II
CME 470 Polymer Synthesis: Theory and Practice, Fundamentals, Methods, Experiments
CME 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
CME 480 Cellular Biology for Chemical Engineers
CME 481 Advanced Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers
CME 488 Industrial Internship in Chemical Engineering
CME 490 Preparation for the Chemical Engineering/Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
CME 499 Research in Chemical Engineering

Requirements for the Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Acceptance into the Major
Freshman and transfer applicants who have specified their interest in the major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering may be accepted directly into the major upon admission to the University. Applicants admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the Chemical and Molecular Engineering major may apply for acceptance at any time during the academic year by contacting the director(s) of the undergraduate program. Final decisions on admission will be made by the undergraduate program director(s). Minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:
1. Students must have a grade of B or higher in all 100-level mathematics, physics and chemistry courses required by the major. A grade of B- or better is required in CHE 321, CHE 383 or 327, and CME 304, unless permission to waive is granted by the undergraduate program director(s).
2. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.2 with not more than one grade of C+ or lower in any course, unless permission to waive is granted by the undergraduate program director(s).
3. Department must receive completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major. A minimum of one semester, carrying a full-time load with a minimum of 12 credits in residence at Stony Brook University is required for all transfer students.

Requirements for the Major
The curriculum begins with a focus on mathematics, physics, and chemistry, followed by courses covering specific chemical engineering topics as well as an intensive laboratory sequence. In addition, each student chooses a three-course sequence at the 300 level or above (four courses if admitted prior to Fall 2012) as an area of specialization which may also qualify the student for a minor in the respective department. The program culminates in the submission and acceptance of a senior thesis describing an original research project completed by the student which is defended at the end of the senior year. Students are encouraged to select original research projects which can be published in peer reviewed journals.


Completion of the major requires approximately 100 credits.

1. Mathematics
a. AMS 151, 161 Applied Calculus I, II or MAT 125, 126, 127 or Mat 131,132 or MAT 141,142 or MAT 171
b. AMS 261 Calculus II or MAT 203 or MAT 205
c. AMS 361 Calculus IV or MAT 303 or MAT 305

2. Natural Sciences
a. Chemistry
CHE 131, 132 General Chemistry I, II
CHE 133, 134 General Chemistry Laboratory I, II
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 326 Organic Chemistry IIA or CHE 322 Organic Chemistry IIB
CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques or CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques

b. Physics
PHY 131, 132 Classical Physics I, II or PHY 125, 126, 127 or PHY 141, 142
PHY 133, 134 Classical Physics Laboratory I, II
ESG 281 Engineering Introduction to the Solid State or
PHY 251 Modern Physics and PHY 252 Modern Physics Laboratory

3. Computer Programming
One of the following:
CSE 130 Introduction to Programming in C
ESG 111 C Programming for Engineers
ESE 124 Computer Techniques for Electronic Design (with permission of the ESE Department)

4. Chemical Engineering
CME 101 Introduction to Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers
CME 300 Writing in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
CME 310 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
CME 312 Material and Energy Balance
CME 314 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
CME 315 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering Analysis
CME 318 Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
CME 320 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
CME 322 Chemical Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer
CME 323 Reaction Engineering and Chemical Kinetics
CME 330 Principles of Engineering for Chemical Engineers
CME 401 Separation Technologies I
CME 410 Chemical Engineering Laboratory III
CME 420 Chemical Engineering Laboratory IV
CME 427 Molecular Modeling for Chemical Engineers
CME 440 Process Engineering and Design I
CME 441 Process Engineering and Design II
CME 480 Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers

5. Specializations in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
Chemical and Molecular Engineer­ing students may choose from one of the eight specializations offered or, with the approval of a program director, create a custom specialization. Each specialization requires the completion of three technical elective courses at the 300-level or higher (students who entered the program before Fall 2012 are required to complete four specialization courses). Specializations must be chosen by the end of the Sophomore semester.

6. Upper-Division Writing Requirement:
CME 300 Writing in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for engineering majors. All Chemical and Molecular Engineering students must complete the writing course CME 300 concurrently with CME 310. The quality of writing in technical reports submitted for CME 310 is evaluated, and students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. Satisfactory writing warrants an S grade for CME 300, thereby satisfying the requirement.

 

Sample Sequence with SBC Requirements (Effective Fall 2014):
Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Freshman Fall Credit Freshman Spring Credit
First Year Seminar 101 1 First Year Seminar 102 1
AMS 151 (QPS) 3 CME 233 3
WRT 102 (WRT) 3 AMS 161 3
CME 101 2 CHE 132, CHE 134 5
CHE 131, CHE 133 (SNW) 5 PHY 132, PHY 134 4
PHY 131, PHY 133    
Total credits 18   Total credits 16
       
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
AMS 261 4 AMS 361 4
CHE 321 4 CHE 326 4
CHE 383 2 CHE 384 3
CME 304 3 CME 312 3
ESG 111 3 CME 314 3
SBC 3
Total credits 19 Total credits 17
       
Junior Fall   Junior Spring  
ESG 281 4 CME 323 3
CME 310, CME 300 2, 0 CME 320 2
CME 315 3 CME 330 2
CME 318 3 SBC 3
CME 322 3 SBC 3
SBC 3 Specialization Course 3
Total credits 18 Total credits 16
       
Senior Fall   Senior Spring  
CME 401 3 CME 420 2
CME 410 2 CME 441 (SBC Cat. 3 & 4) 3
CME 440 (SBC Cat. 3& 4) 3 CME 427 3
CME 480 3 SBC 3
SBC 3 SBC 3
Specialization Course 3 Specialization course 3
Total credits 17 Total credits 17


Sample CME Course Sequence Grid
Effective for Students who Entered CME Prior to Fall 2014

Freshman Fall Credit Freshman Spring Credit
First Year Seminar 101 1 First Year Seminar 102 1
DEC A 3 CME 233 Ethics & Business Practices for Engineers 3
CME 101 Intro to CME 2 AMS 161 Calculus II 3
AMS 151 Calculus I 3 CHE 132, 134 General Chemistry II 5
CHE 131, 133 General Chemistry I 5 PHY 132, 134 Class Phy II 4
PHY 131, 133 Classical Physics I    
Total credits 18   Total credits 16
       
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
AMS 261 Calculus III 4 AMS 361 Calculus IV 4
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHE 326 Organic Chemistry IIB 4
CHE 383 Intro Synth & Spect Lab Tech 2 CHE 384 Intemediate Synth & Spect Lab Tech 3
ESG 111 C-Programming 3 CME 314 Thermodynamics II 3
CME 304** Thermodynamics I 3 CME 312 Materials and Energy Balance 3
DEC 3
Total credits 19 Total credits 17
       
Junior Fall   Junior Spring  
ESG 281 Solid State Physics 4 CME 323 Reaction Engineering & Chemical Kinetics 3
CME 310, 300 Lab I, Writing 2, 0 CME 320 CE Lab II 2
CME 315 Num Methods 3 CME 330 Principles of Engineering for CE's 2
CME 318 Fluid Mechanics 3 DEC 3
CME 322 Heat and Mass Transfer 3 DEC 3
D.E.C. 3 Specialization course 1 3
Total credits 18 Total credits 16
       
Senior Fall   Senior Spring  
CME 401 Separation Technologies 3 CME 420 Lab IV Sr. Thesis 2
CME 410 CE Lab III 2 CME 441 Process Eng and Design II 3
CME 440 Process Eng and Design I 3 CME 427 Molecular Modeling 3
DEC 3 DEC 3
CME 480 Cell Biology for CE's 3 DEC 3
Specialization course 2 3 Specialization course 3 3
Total credits 17 Total credits 17
** Requires a final grade of B- or better

Grading
All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1-6 above must be taken for a letter grade of B or higher in all 100-level Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry courses required by the major. A grade of B- or better is required in CHE 321, CHE 383 or 327 and CME 304 unless permission to waive is granted by the undergraduate program director(s). 

For full description of CME offered courses, see the on-line bulletin at: www.stonybrook.edu/ugrdbulletin/current/majors.shtml

Specializations
A specialization consists of three courses (9 credits) at the 300-level or higher in the chosen discipline (students who entered the CME Program prior to Fall 2012 are required to complete four 300-level courses - 12 credits). 

Specializations give students the opportunity to concentrate their education in a particular area of interest. Below are the specializations offered by the CME program. The specializaton must be chosen by the end of the Sophomore semester.

Course details for each of these options can be found in the online bulletin at:
www.stonybrook.edu/ugrdbulletin/current/majors.shtml

  • Materials Science
    ESG  333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties 4 Credits
    ESM 334 Materials Engineering 4 Credits
    ESM 335 Strength of Materials 4 Credits
    ESM 336 Electronic Materials 3 Credits
  • Polymer Science
    CME 371 Biomedical Polymers 3 Credits
    CME 470 Polymer Synthesis 3 Credits
    CME 369 Polymer Engineering 3 Credits
    CME 370 Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers 3 Credits
  • Tissue Engineering
    BME 404 Essentials of Tissue Engineering 3 Credits

    And any two of the following (three for students admitted prior to Fall 2012)

    BIO 310 Cell Biology 3 Credits
    BIO 311 Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology 3 Credits
    BIO 317 Principles of Cellular Signaling 3 Credits
    BIO 318 Bioethics and Policy 3 Credits
    BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology 3 Credits
    BIO 335 Animal Physiology Laboratory 3 Credits
    CHE 346 Biomolecular Structure & Reactivity 3 Credits
    CME 371 Biomedical Polymers 3 Credits
    CME 480 Cellular Biology for Chemical Engineers 3 Credits
  • Business, Chemistry, Physics

    9 credits of upper level courses not already required for the major (12 credits for students entering CME prior to Fall 2012).

  • Custom Specialization

    In addition to the five specializations listed above, students can customize a specialization of their interest. This can be done by consulting with one of the CME Program Co-Directors.

Minors

The specializations described in the preceding section are mandatory and the 3-course/4-course requirement for specialization is a part of the CME grid. However, the foundation courses required by the CME curriculum are common with those required for degrees in other related disciplines. Consequently, students can elect a specific subset of courses that are in addition to those listed under specialization which will satisfy the requirement of the following departments for conferring a minor degree. Please check with respective departments for requirements regarding their minors.

Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year, the CME student picks an advisor and a research topic. Through work done in the lab sequence, the student develops the research proposal into a senior thesis which is defended at the end of the senior year. The students are encouraged to select original research projects which can be published in peer reviewed journals.

Senior Design

The CME student will also have first-hand experience designing a chemical engineering process from beginning to end. Although not required, many students combine their research with their design projects for an optimal, integrated final year of learning which moves them one step ahead of the competition.

The Fundamentals Exam (FE)

Students accepted into the program, beginning in the Fall 2007 semester, are encouraged to take the FE exam. The FE exam is not a requirement for graduation. The FE exam data will provide us, as well as the student, an external evaluation of his/her mastery of the ABET based Chemical Engineering curriculum relative to other chemical engineering students in the United States.