Undergraduate Curriculum Information
Two Chemical Engineering degree options are offered at Yale.
- ABET-accredited B.S. in Chemical Engineering: This degree program builds on courses in general, organic, and physical chemistry as the foundation for advanced study in the areas of chemical process or products. This major is suited for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Chemical, Biomedical, or Environmental Engineering. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
- B.S. in Engineering Sciences (Chemical): This degree program provides a strong background in the discipline while simultaneously offering additional opportunities for students to enroll in courses in other disciplines perhaps in pursuit of a dual degree.
Prerequisites. Both degrees have 9 prerequisite credits: MATH 112, 115, CHEM 161, 165 (or 163, 167) & 134L, 136L, PHYS 180, 181 (or 200, 201, or 260), ENAS 130 (or CPSC 112), 151 (or MATH 120). Prerequisite math courses may be bypassed depending on high school preparation. Prerequisite chemistry may be bypassed by placement exam during Opening Days of College; Freshman organic chemistry (CHEM 124, 125, 126L, 127L) fulfills the organic chemistry requirement for the major (CHEM 220, 221, 222L, 223L). A physics sequence is required; a more advanced sequence may be appropriate depending on high school preparation.
The sequencing of required courses and examples of typical course sequences are presented below. Consultation with the program’s DUS is expected to ensure that the correct courses are taken.
The Yale College requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees can be found here.
ABET-accredited B.S. in Chemical Engineering Typical Course Sequence
This program requires 18 technical credits beyond the 9 prerequisite courses listed above: CHEM 220, 221, 222L, 223L, 332, 333, ENAS 194, CENG 210, 300, 301, 315, 411, 412, 416, 480, MENG 361, and 3 engineering electives selected according to the criteria described below.
The required courses (including prerequisites) must be taken in a sequence compatible with the prerequisite diagram above.
A typical schedule of required courses in partial fulfillment of the 36 courses and distributional requirements of Yale College shown below.
Engineering electives. The following courses are approved as engineering electives towards the ABET degree: CENG 351: Biotransport and Kinetics; CENG 373: Air Pollution Control; CENG 377: Water Quality Control; CENG 410: Biomolecular Engineering; CENG 471: Independent Research; ENVE 360: Green Engineering; MENG 280: Mechanical Engineering I: Strength and Deformation of Mechanical Elements; MENG 285: Introduction to Materials Science; MENG 280: Mechanical Engineering III: Dynamics; MENG 440: Applied Numerical Methods I; MENG 441: Applied Numerical Methods II; EENG 310: Signals and Systems; EENG 320: Introduction to Semiconductor Devices; EENG 410: Physics and Devices of Optical Communication; EENG 428: Sensors and Biosensors; BENG 249: Introduction to Biomedical Computation; BENG 350: Physiological Systems; BENG 353: Introduction to Biomechanics; BENG 352: Biomedical Signals and Images.
Other engineering electives can be selected from CENG, ENVE, MENG, BENG, EENG, and ENAS courses subject to DUS approval.
B.S. in Engineering Sciences (Chemical) Typical Course Sequence
This program requires 11 technical credits beyond the 9 prerequisite courses listed above: CHEM 220, 332 & 221 or 333, ENAS 194, CENG 210, 300, 301, 315, 411, 416 (or 490), MENG 361.