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Undergraduate: Chemical and Molecular Engineering

  • Program Overview

    Chemical and Molecular Engineering

    The Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering offers two majors leading to the Bache­lor of Engineering (B.E.) degree, En­gineering Science (see entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs) and Chemical and Molecular Engineering. The program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering is designed to meet the expanding demand for chemical engineers in the nanotechnology, neutraceutical, pharmaceutical, environmental, and energy industries. It emphasizes engineering at the molecular level rather than traditional large-scale process engineering. In a rigorous cross-disciplinary environment, the program provides students with knowledge in the basic physical sciences, mathematical techniques, and computational modeling tools that form the foundation of modern chemical and molecular engineering. A broad spectrum of courses prepares students to assimilate and apply their knowledge creatively to solve complex problems involving not only scientific but also ethical and moral considerations, and utilizing effective communication skills for working in an interdisciplinary team. Employment opportunities for graduates of the program include high-technology industries and institutions that are engaged in research and advanced manufacturing related to nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, future fuels, waste management, and the synthesis of new materials. The Chemical and Molecular Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

    The program's mission is to serve the community by becoming a resource for regional economic development and to serve the nation by training students who can assume leadership in technological innovation, public service, and ethical standards. Its goal is to achieve international recognition as a center of excellence in molecularly based chemical engineering education and research.

    Program Educational Objectives

    The undergraduate program in chemical and molecular engineering has the following four specific program
    educational objectives:

    1. The graduates from the program will assume positions in industry or research institutions that require
    knowledge of chemical engineering principles. 
    2. The graduates from the program will demonstrate leadership, teamwork, ethical conduct and effective
    communication skills. 
    3. The graduates of the program will be engaged in lifelong learning in order to meet the constantly emerging
    needs of the chemical engineering profession.  
    4. The graduates of the program will succeed in graduate programs in chemical engineering or related
    professions such as medicine, business and law.

    Student Outcomes

    The students will demonstrate the following:

    1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
    2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
    3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
    5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inlcusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
    6. An ability to develop and conduct approrpriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.







  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

    Acceptance into the Major

    Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.

    Intellectual honesty and academic integrity are cornerstones of academic and scholarly work. The department may table any applications for major/minor admission until academic judiciary matters are resolved. An academic judiciary matter will be identified by a grade of “Q” in the instance of a first offense.

    Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)
    Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:

        • Students must have a grade of B or higher in all 100-level mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses required by the               major.
        • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.2 with no more than one grade of C+ or lower in any course, unless permission to             waive is granted by the undergraduate program director.
        • Department must receive completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements           of the major.
        • Transfer students must complete a minimum of one semester, carrying a full-time load with a minimum of 12 credits in                 residence at Stony Brook University. Transfer students who have completed, by way of transfer credit, all requirements in             the first criterion, must demonstrate a grade of B or higher in CME 304.

    Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below.

    Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants
    Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.

    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 students 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, AMS 161 Applied Calculus I, II
    b. AMS 261 or MAT 203 Applied Calculus III or Calculus III with Applications
    c. AMS 361 or MAT 303 Applied Calculus IV:Differential Equations or Calculus IV with Applications
    Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161: MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 141, MAT 142

    2. Natural Sciences

    a. Chemistry
    CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II 
    CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory I, II 
    CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I or CHE 331 Molecular Science II
    CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory or CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques

    Note: The following alternate chemistry/organic chemistry course sequence may be substituted for CHE 131/CHE 133/CHE 132/ CHE 134: CHE 152 Molecular Science I and CHE 154 Molecular Science Laboratory I

    b. Physics
    PHY 131, PHY 132 Classical Physics I, II
    PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics Laboratory I, II
    Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C and Laboratories or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors

    3. Computer Programming
    ESG 111 Programming for Engineers

    4. Chemical Engineering
    CME 101 Introduction to Chemical and Molecular Engineering
    CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers
    CME 304, CME 314 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I, II
    CME 312 Material and Energy Balance
    CME 315 Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering Analysis
    CME 318 Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
    CME 322 Chemical Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer
    CME 323 Reaction Engineering and Chemical Kinetics
    CME 310, CME 320, CME 410, CME 420 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I, II, III, IV
    CME 401 Separation Technologies
    CME 405 Process Control in Engineering Design
    CME 425 Introduction to Catalysis or CME 427 Molecular Modeling for Chemical Engineers
    CME 440, CME 441 Process Engineering and Design I, II
    CME 480 Cellular Biology for Chemical Engineers or BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

    5. Specializations in Chemical and Molecular Engineering
    Chemical and Molecular Engineer­ing students must choose from one of the eight specializations offered. Each specialization requires the completion of three (four for students admitted prior to Fall 2012) technical elective courses at the 300 level or higher.

    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.


    All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1-6 above must be taken for a letter grade of C or higher, except in CME 304 which must be taken for a letter grade of B- or higher.


    Students must complete three (four for students admitted prior to Fall 2012) courses in a chosen specialization. (In some cases, there is also a pre or co-requisite course attached to one of the courses.) In consultation with a program director, students select their area of specialization by the Spring semester of their sophomore year in the Chemical and Molecular Engineering program. Students are urged to meet regularly with their advisors regarding completion of the course requirements for the chosen specialization. Other courses may be used towards this requirement with the prior permission of the undergraduate program director.

    A.  Materials Science

    Provides a foundation in properties of materials, engineering mechanics, and electronic materials for students interested in computer-related industries, nanotechnology, and electronics.
    ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
    ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties
    ESM 335 Strength of Materials
    ESM 336 Electronic Materials

    B.  Nanotechnology

    CME 360 Nanomaterials and Applications
    CME 460 Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Processing and Characterization 

    Students can select any one of the following courses (provided the course was not used to  satisfy a core requirement):
    CME 425 Intro to Catalysis
    CME 427 Molecular modeling
    CME 369 Polymer Engineering
    CME 372 Colloids, emulsions, micelles

    C.  Polymer specialization

    CME 369  Polymer Engineering
    CME 371  Biomaterials
    CME 470  Polymer Synthesis

    Students may replace any one of the above by selecting  any one of the following courses (provided the course was not used to  satisfy a core requirement):
    CME 425 Intro to Catalysis
    CME 427 Molecular modeling

    D.  Tissue Engineering

    Recommended for students who are interested in the biochemical foundations of cellular function and the design of materials scaffolds for tissue engineering. It is also recommended for students interested in drug delivery systems and premedical or pharma­cological professions.

    The following courses can be used to satisfy the CME Tissue Engineering Specialization:

    BME 404 Essentials of Tissue Engineering

    Any TWO  (three for students admitted prior to Fall 2012) of the following courses:
    CHE 346  Biomolecular Structure and Reactivity
    CME 371  Biomaterials
    BIO 310  Cell Biology
    BIO 328  Mammalian Physiology
    BIO 335  Neurobiology Laboratory
    BIO 317  Principles of Cellular Signaling
    CME 481 Advanced Cell Biology for Chemical Engineers

    E.  Business

    The Business specialization is recommended for students interested in the economic implications of chemical engineering and in financial management of intellectual property.
    The Business specialization consists of 9 credits of any upper division (300 level or above) Business courses not required for the CME major.

    F.  Chemistry

    The Chemistry specialization consists of 9 credits of upper level CHE 300 courses not already required for the CME Major.

    G.  Physics

    The Physics specialization consists of 9 credits of any upper division (300 level or above) Physics courses not required for the CME major.

    H.  Custom Specialization

    This category is created to allow students to choose their own specialization. Students will select three upper level courses (four for students admitted prior to fall 2012) related to the chosen specialty within the courses offered at the university and approved by the CME undergraduate program director. The goal is to provide a basic foundation for students and prepare them for the job market in the chosen specialty.

    The Accelerated B.E./M.S. Degree Program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

    The accelerated B.E./M.S. program in chemical and molecular engineering allows students to use up to six graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both B.E. and M.S. degree requirements, thus reducing the normal time required to complete both degrees. The program is designed for upper-division chemical and molecular engineering students with superior academic records. For detailed program require­ments, including admission require­­ments, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.


  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

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    FALL Credits
     First Year Seminar 101 1
     WRT 102 (WRT) 3
     AMS 151 (QPS) 3
     CME 101 2
     CHE 131, CHE 133 (SNW) 5
     PHY 131, PHY 133 4
    Total 18
    SPRING Credits
     First Year Seminar 102 1
     SBC 3
     AMS 161
     CHE 132, CHE 134
     PHY 132, PHY 134
     Total  16

    FALL Credits
    AMS 261 4
    CHE 321 or CHE 331 4
    CHE 383 or CHE 327 2
    CME 304  3
    ESG 111 3
     Total  16
    SPRING Credits
    AMS 361  4
    CME 233  2
    CME 312  3
    CME 314  3
     Total 15

    FALL Credits
    SBC 3
    CME 310, CME 300 3, 0
    CME 318  3
    SBC  3
    CME 315 3
     Total 15
    SPRING Credits
    CME 323 3
    CME 320 2
    CME 405 3
    CME 322 3
    Specialization Course 3
     Total  14

    FALL Credits
    CME 401   3 
    CME 410  2
    CME 440*  3
    CME 480  3
    SBC  3
    Specialization course or CME 425  3
     Total 17
    SPRING Credits
    CME 420  2
    CME 441* 3
    CME 427 or Specialization course  3 
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Specialization course 3
      Total  17

    *Note: This course partially satisfies the following: ESI, CER, SPK, WRTD, SBS+, STEM+, EXP+. For more information contact the CEAS Undergraduate Student Office.

  • Contact

    Chemical and Molecular Engineering (CME)

    Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

    Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Chairperson: Dilip Gersappe

    Undergraduate Program Director: Tadanori Koga

    Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Advisor: Samantha Riccardi

    OFFICE: Engineering 231

    PHONE: (631) 632-8381



    Minors of particular interest to students majoring in Chemical and Molecular Engineering: Business (BUS), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Science (ESM), Physics (PHY), Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS), Pharmacology (BCP)

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