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Undergraduate: Engineering Chemistry

  • Program Overview

    Engi­neering Chemistry (ECM)

    The interdisciplinary major in Engi­neering Chemistry, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the chemistry and materials technology underlying modern materials engineering.

    This program emphasizes a strong background in physical chemistry, infused with an orientation toward the solid-state sciences and materials technology. Its central theme is a chemistry core streng­thened by materials science and laboratory courses, the latter with a unique "chemistry of materials" component. The choice of suitable electives helps the student to prepare for work or advanced study in areas such as electronic materials, interfacial phenomena, solid-state science and technology, polymers, ceramics, biomaterials, etc.

    Jointly sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the program is a basic preparation for training chemical and materials professionals who can enter a wide range of industries or proceed to graduate work in either solid-state chemistry or materials science.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major in Engineering Chemistry (ECM)

    Students Pursuing Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) Requirements

    Students majoring in Engineering Che­mistry must meet the SBC learning outcomes required of the College of Arts and Sci­ences, including completion of the LANG learning outcome.

    Students Pursuing Diversified Education Curriculum (D.E.C.) Requirements

    Students majoring in Engineering Che­mistry must meet the D.E.C. requirements of the College of Arts and Sci­ences, with the following exceptions:

    A. An elementary foreign language course numbered 101 or 112, if taken to fulfill the entry skill in foreign language requirement, may also be used for one of the two courses needed to fulfill the D.E.C. category G requirement.

    B. Only one course need be taken from D.E.C. category F.

    Major in Engineering Chemistry (ECM)

    The interdisciplinary major in Engine­ering Chemistry leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The following courses are required and must be taken for a letter grade; G/P/NC grades are not acceptable. All of the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major (CHE, MAT, ESG, PHY, etc.) must be passed with a grade of C or higher, with the exception of three courses, for which the grade may be C-. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be used to fulfill any major requirement. At least six credits each of upper-division work in chemistry and in materials science and engineering must be taken at Stony Brook.

    Completion of the major requires approx­­imately 66 to 68 credits.

    A. Mathematics and Basic Science Requirements

    1. MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II (See note below) If students do not place into MAT 125 or  131 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 (or MAT 119/MAT 123) is a required course for the major.
    2. One of the following pairs of courses: AMS 261 and AMS 361 Engineering Mathematics I, II; or MAT 203 and MAT 303 Calculus III, IV with Applications
    3. ESG 111 Computer Science for Engineers, CHE 358 Computing in Chemistry, or equivalent computer course
    4. CHE 129/CHE 130, CHE 132 or CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry or CHE 152 Molecular Science I
    5. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory or CHE 154 Molecular Science Lab I (CHE 199 General Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers acceptable with permission)
    6. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and labs or PHY 141/133, PHY 142/134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors or PHY 125, PHY 126/PHY 133, PHY 127/PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C plus labs
    7. PHY 251/252 Modern Physics and Laboratory or ESG 281 An Engineering Introduction to the Solid State

    Note: The following alternate calculus sequences may be substituted for MAT 131, MAT 132: MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171 or MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or AMS 151, AMS 161. MAT 307 and MAT 308 may be substituted for MAT 203 and MAT 303, but only after consultation with the Mathematics Department.

    B. Core Program

    1. CHE 301, CHE 302 Physical Chemistry I, II
    2. CHE 303 Solution Chemistry Laboratory
    3. CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
    4. CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I or CHE 331 Molecular Science II
    5. CHE 378 Materials Chemistry
    6. ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
    7. ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
    8. ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties

    C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    Each student majoring in Engineering Chemistry must take CHE 303 until a satisfactory grade is achieved. CHE 303 requires several papers which are evaluated for cogency, clarity, and mechanics, and satisfies the university Stony Brook Curriculum WRTD learning objective.


    Students make a selection of technical and open electives to total 120 credits. Students are advised to divide their electives among courses within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Chem­istry that strengthen their professional interests, and courses in the social sciences and humanities that help them place the problems of society and industry in perspective.

    Students who wish to meet the Ame­rican Chemistry Society certification requirements must take, in addition to the above, CHE 322 or CHE 332 (organic), CHE 346 (biological), CHE 375 (inorganic), the laboratories CHE 383 or CHE 327 and CHE 328 or CHE 384, and one of the following: 1. CHE 487 (6 or more credits), 2. CHE 495-496, 3. CHE 357 and CHE 487 (3 or more credits), or 4. a research experience in the chemical sciences at another college, university, or government laboratory of at least 180 hours. Students who fulfill ACS requirements with an off-campus research experience must register for CHE 487 (0 credits). All students using CHE 487 to fulfill ACS requirements must prepare a written research report that will be evaluated by a Stony Brook Chemistry faculty member.

    Bachelor of Science Degree/Master of Science Degree in Chemistry Program

    A student interested in this research-intensive graduate program, intended to prepare students for professional em­ployment in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, may apply for admission at the end of the junior year. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Chemistry at the end of the fourth year and a Master of Science in Chemistry at the end of the fifth year. During the senior year, the student is expected to take two 500-level CHE courses, GRD 500 Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship, and begin research in the senior research sequence CHE 495-CHE 496. In the fifth year, the student works full-time on research, earning 24 credits in CHE 599.

    Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry/Master of Science Degree in Materials Science

    Engineering Chemistry students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in materials science may wish to apply for the five-year program at the end of their junior year. For further details, contact the director of the program in engineering chemistry.




  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Engineering Chemistry 

    For more information about SBC courses that fulfill major requirements, click here.


    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    MAT 131   4 
    CHE 131   4
    CHE 133   1 
     SBC  3
     Total  16
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    CHE 132   4
    CHE 134   1
    MAT 132  4 
    ESG 111  3
     Total 16 

    FALL Credits
     CHE 301   4
     CHE 303  2
     AMS 261   3 
     PHY 131/PHY 133  4
     SBC  3
     Total  16
    SPRING Credits
    CHE 302   4 
    AMS 361  3 
    PHY 132/PHY 134 4
     SBC  3
     Total 17

    FALL Credits
    CHE 321  4 
    CHE 378  3 
    ESG 281 or PHY 251/PHY 252  3-4
    ESG 332  3
    SBC 3
     Total  16-17
    SPRING Credits
    ESM 325 3
    CHE 304
    Upper-division SBC
    SBC 3
     Total 14

    FALL Credits
     ESG 333  4
      CHE 495  3 
     Upper-division SBC  3
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
     Total 16
    SPRING Credits
    CHE 496  3 
    Upper-division SBC  3
     Upper-division SBC   3 
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15 



  • Contact

    Engineering Chemistry (ECM)

    Interdisciplinary Major in Engineering Chemistry

    Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Director: Dale Drueckhammer, Chemistry


    Student Affairs Coordinator: Katherine Hughes

    Office: 109 Chemistry 

    Phone: (631) 632-7886







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