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Courses Offered in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Requirements for the Major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering

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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 425 Introduction to Catalysis
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 SBC 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 CME 233 3
CHE 383  2 CME 312 3
CME 304 3 CME 314 3
Total credits 16 Total credits 16
Junior Fall   Junior Spring  
ESG 111 3 CME 315 3
ESG 281 3 CME 320  2
CME 310, CME 300 2 CME 323 2
CME 318 3 SBC 3
CME 322 3 Specialization Course 1 3
Total credits 14 Total credits 14
Senior Fall   Senior Spring  
CME 401  3 CME 420  2
CME 410 2 CME 441 3
CME 440 3 CME 427  3
CME 480 3 SBC 3
SBC  3 SBC 3
Specialization Course 2 3 Specialization course 3 3
Total credits 17 Total credits 17

Sample CME Course Sequence Grid 

Effective for Students who Entered CME Prior to Fall 2014, click here.

** Requires a final grade of B- or better

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). 

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