Introduction

The Chemical Engineering Program at Youngstown State University--supplemented with courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and general engineering--provides a broad preparation for design, operation, and management in the chemical, biomedical, biological, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and energy-conversion industries, as well as graduate study leading to research positions in industry and government and to academic careers.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Pedro Cortes - Associate Professor
(330) 941-7455
pcortes@ysu.edu

Dr. Jeanette Garr - Professor
(330) 941-1737
jmgarr@ysu.edu

Dr. Holly Martin - Assistant Professor
(330) 941-3022
hjmartin02@ysu.edu

Dr. Douglas Price - Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
(330) 941-3019
dmprice@ysu.edu

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the chemical engineering program at YSU:

  •  Pursue careers as practicing chemical engineers in chemical and energy-related industries as well as in areas of materials, environmental, and biomedical engineering and biotechnology.
  •  Demonstrate strong, functional command of chemical engineering fundamentals and communication skills.
  •  Are aware of the scope of the chemical engineering profession and its global opportunities and requirements.
  •  Exhibit professional responsibility and a sensitivity to a broad range of societal concerns including ethical, environmental, political, regulatory, and global issues in making decisions.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is structured to achieve the following outcomes as prescribed by ABET:

  •  Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  •  Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
  •  Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  •  Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  •  Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  •  Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  •  Ability to communicate effectively (orally and written)
  •  The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economic, environmental, and societal context
  •  Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  •  Knowledge of contemporary issues
  •  Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Mission

The mission of the Chemical Engineering program is to:

  1. Offer a wide variety of electives to students according to the global trend in chemical engineering
  2. Provide real world experiences to students through laboratory study and capstone experiences
  3. Conduct research with faculty in the areas commonly associated with traditional chemical engineering disciplines and their impact on the local and global environment
  4. Participate in interdisciplinary programs.

Admission into the Program

To be admitted into the program, students are required to have an overall GPA of 2.3 and a grade of "C" or higher in CHEM 1515/L, MATH 1571, and ENGL 1550. Students can only repeat these courses one time.

Graduation Policy

In addition to the overall recalculated "C" average required by the University, an unrecalculated "C" average in the major is required. Also, an unrecalculated "C" average in all engineering courses is required.

Accreditation

  • The Chemical Engineering Program at Youngstown State University has been continuously accredited by ABET from October 1, 1974, to the present.
  • The last campus visit by ABET was October 27 - 29, 2013.
  • The next campus visit by ABET will be in the 2019 - 2020 academic year.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ANNUAL ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION DATA

Term          Enrollment            Term                Enrollment

Fall 2010           57                   Spring 2011             62                 

Fall 2011            58                   Spring 2012            58

Fall 2012           49                    Spring 2013           48

Fall 2013           58                    Spring 2014           55

Fall 2014           66                    Spring 2015           77 

Fall 2015          100                   Spring 2016          101           

Fall 2016          130

Academic Year     Degrees Awarded

2010-2011                      19                  

2011-2012                      22

2012-2013                      11                 

2013-2014                      17

2014-2015                      17

2015-2016                      23

Co-Operative Education and Internships

The Chemical Engineering Program encourages all of its students to participate in co-ops and internships prior to graduation. Students should register with the STEM Office of Professional Practice in order to participate.

Facilities

The chemical engineering laboratories are well-equipped for undergraduate instruction and student and faculty research. The equipment includes fluid flow apparatus, concentric tube and plate and frame heat exchangers, thermal conductivity apparatus, boiling heat transfer apparatus, tray dryer, double effect evaporator, computer-controlled distillation tower, gas absorption and liquid-liquid extraction columns, chemical reactors, electrostatic particle separator, centrifuges, filter presses, and other miscellaneous equipment.

For more information, contact Douglas M. Price, Program Coordinator.

COURSETITLES.H.
Chemical Engineering Courses
CHEN 2650Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering2
CHEN 2683Chemical Engineering Principles 13
CHEN 2684Chemical Engineering Principles 23
CHEN 3771Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 13
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Recitation1
CHEN 3785LTransport Phenomena Laboratory1
CHEN 3786Transport Phenomena 14
CHEN 3787Transport Phenomena 2/Unit Operations 13
CHEN 3787LUnit Operations Laboratory 11
CHEN 4815Unit Operations 23
Unit Operations 2 Recitation1
CHEN 4880Chemical Reactor Design 13
Chemical Reactor Design Recitation1
CHEN 4882Process Dynamics3
CHEN 4887Process and Plant Design 13
CHEN 4888Process and Plant Design 23
Chemical Engineering Elective 13
Chemical Engineering Elective 23
Mathematics Courses
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
MATH 2673Calculus 34
Honors Calculus 1 and 2 can be subsituted for Calculus 1, 2, and 3
MATH 3705Differential Equations3
Chemistry Courses
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1515LGeneral Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
CHEM 1516General Chemistry 24
CHEM 1516LGeneral Chemistry 2 Laboratory0
CHEM 3719Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 3719LOrganic Chemistry 1 Laboratory0
CHEM 3720Organic Chemistry 24
CHEM 3720LOrganic Chemistry 2 Laboratory0
CHEM 3739Physical Chemistry 14
Physical Chemistry 1 for Chemical Engineers can be substituted for Physical Chemistry 1
CHEM 4860Regulatory Aspects of Industrial Chemistry1
Advanced Chemistry/Biology Elective3
Physics Courses
PHYS 2610General Physics 14
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
Communication Courses
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
General Education Courses
Arts and Humanities
PHIL 1561Technology and Human Values3
OR
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
OR
PHIL 2626Engineering Ethics3
OR
PHIL 2628Business Ethics3
Other Arts and Humanities Elective3
Social Science Elective
Select 2 Courses
Social and Personal Awareness Elective
Select 2 Courses
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
ENGR 1500 Engineering Orientation 1
ENGR 1550 Engineering Concepts 2
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
GER AH-1 Arts and Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGR 1560 Engineering Computing 2
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
MATH 2673 Calculus 3 4
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
CHEN 2650 Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering 2
CHEN 2683 Chemical Engineering Principles 1 3
 Semester Hours17
Spring
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MATH 3705 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
CHEN 2684 Chemical Engineering Principles 2 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
Fall
Engineering Elective 3 3
CHEM 3739
3739L
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEN 3771 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 3
CHEN 3771 Recitation 1
CHEN 3786 Transport Phenomena 1 4
 Semester Hours15
Spring
GER SS-1 Social Science Elective 3
Advanced Chemistry/Biology Elective 2 3
CHEM 4860 Regulatory Aspects of Industrial Chemistry 1
CHEN 3787 Transport Phenomena 2/Unit Operations 1 3
CHEN 3785L Transport Phenomena Laboratory 1
CHEN 4880 Chemical Reactor Design 1 3
CHEN 4880 Recitation 1
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GER SPA-1 Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
GER AH-2 Arts and Humanities Elective: Ethics 1 3
CHEN 3787L Unit Operations Laboratory 1 1
CHEN 4815 Unit Operations 2 3
CHEN 4815 Recitation 1
CHEN 4887 Process and Plant Design 1 3
CHEN Elective-1 Chemical Engineering Elective 4 3
 Semester Hours17
Spring
GER SS-2 Social Science Elective 3
GER SPA-2 Social & Personal Awareness Elective 3
CHEN 4815L Unit Operations Laboratory 2 1
CHEN 4882 Process Dynamics 3
CHEN 4888 Process and Plant Design 2 3
CHEN Elective-2 Chemical Engineering Elective 4 3
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours127

Note: Transfer students from any two- or four-year academic program at other institutions or at this University who wish to pursue studies in chemical engineering should consult with the program coordinator for individual counseling to develop a program of study that fully uses their educational background and requires a minimum of time to satisfy the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in chemical engineering.

COURSETITLES.H.
1. Ethics Elective3
Select one of the following:
Technology and Human Values
Introduction to Professional Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Business Ethics
2. Advanced Chemistry/Biology Elective3
Select one course from the following:
Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals (can be used as CHEN elective but not counted in both catagories)
Principles of Biomedical Engineering (can be used as CHEN elective but not counted in both catagories)
Fundamentals of Polymer Science (can be used as CHEN elective but not counted in both catagories)
Corrosion Engineering (can be used as CHEN elective but not counted in both catagories)
Upper Division Chemistry or Biology course
Other courses may be used at the discretion of program coordinator
3. Engineering Elective3
Select one course from the following:
Engineering Materials
Energy Assessment
Basic Circuit Theory 1
Statics
STEM Internship (3 sh can be used as CHEN elective but not counted in both catagories)
Failure Analysis Using the SEM
Engineering Statistics
Statistical Methods
Probability and Statistics
Other courses may be used at the discretion of the program coordinator
4. Chemical Engineering Elective6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Energy Assessment
Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals
Elementary Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Chemical Engineering Projects
Special Topics
Principles of Biomedical Engineering
Advanced Transport Phenomena
Industrial Pollution Control
Fundamentals of Polymer Science
Industrial Processes
Corrosion Engineering
Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
Other courses may be used at the discretion of the program coordinator

ENGR 1500    Engineering Orientation    1 s.h.

Introduction to engineering careers and the different engineering disciplines. Academic success strategies and university resources to support student success.

ENGR 1550    Engineering Concepts    2 s.h.

Introduction to the basic skills needed in engineering including engineering computing and an introduction to the engineering design process utilizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fundamentals. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: Eligibility to take MATH 1513 or higher level math course.

ENGR 1560    Engineering Computing    2 s.h.

Computing skills required in engineering. Structured programming. Engineering problems and open ended design projects are solved in teams with results professionally presented. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prereq.: ENGR 1550, MATH 1571 or concurrent.

CHEM 1515    General Chemistry 1    4 s.h.

An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry, including measurement and calculation; chemical stoichiometry; the properties of gases; atomic and molecular structure; bonding; thermochemistry; and periodic properties. Intended for majors in the natural sciences and engineering. Three hours lecture, three hours lab-discussion.
Prereq.: CHEM 1501 or equivalent; MATH 1513 or equivalent.
Concurrent: CHEM 1515L; CHEM 1515R if major or repeating CHEM 1515.
Gen Ed: Science Substitute.

CHEM 1515L    General Chemistry 1 Laboratory    0 s.h.

General Chemistry 1 Laboratory.

CHEM 1516    General Chemistry 2    4 s.h.

A continuation of the study of the principles of chemistry, including solution properties; acids and bases; chemical equilibrium; thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; and electrochemistry. Intended for majors in the natural sciences and engineering. Three hours lecture, three hours lab-discussion.
Prereq.: "C" or better in CHEM 1515; Concurrent: CHEM 1516L; CHEM 1516R if major or repeating CHEM 1516.
Gen Ed: Science Substitute.

CHEM 1516L    General Chemistry 2 Laboratory    0 s.h.

General Chemistry 2 Laboratory.

CHEM 3719    Organic Chemistry 1    4 s.h.

Organic compounds, reactions and theories. Typical preparations and procedures of analysis. Three hours lecture, three hours lab-discussion.
Prereq.: "C" or better in CHEM 1516.

CHEM 3719L    Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory    0 s.h.

Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory.

CHEM 3720    Organic Chemistry 2    4 s.h.

Organic compounds, reactions and theories. Typical preparations and procedures of analysis. Three hours lecture, three hours lab-discussion.
Prereq.: "C" or better in CHEM 3719.

CHEM 3720L    Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory    0 s.h.

Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory.

CHEM 3739    Physical Chemistry 1    4 s.h.

Principles and applications of thermodynamics and kinetics to chemical systems. Three hours lecture, three hours lab-discussion.
Prereq.: "C" or better in CHEM 3720, PHYS 2611, PHYS 2611L, MATH 1572.

CHEM 4860    Regulatory Aspects of Industrial Chemistry    1 s.h.

Roles and responsibilities of industrial chemists. Industrial hygiene and safety. Industrial chemical processes, their waste products, their environmental effects, and the treatment of pollutants. Governmental regulations relating to waste disposal, product safety, occupational safety, resource conservation, environmental protection, and problems of awareness and compliance.
Prereq.: CHEM 3720.

MATH 1571    Calculus 1    4 s.h.

A sequence of integrated courses in analytic geometry and calculus. A detailed study of limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions of one and several variables with applications.
Prereq.: MATH 1513, minimum grade of "C", or MATH 1510 and MATH 1511, minimum grade of "C" in both courses, or at least Level 70 on the Mathematics Placement Test.
Gen Ed: Math Substitute.

MATH 1572    Calculus 2    4 s.h.

A sequence of integrated courses in analytic geometry and calculus. A detailed study of limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions of one and several variables with applications.
Prereq.: MATH 1571.
Gen Ed: Math Substitute.

MATH 2673    Calculus 3    4 s.h.

A sequence of integrated courses in analytic geometry and calculus. A detailed study of limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions of one and several variables with applications.
Prereq.: MATH 1572.

MATH 3705    Differential Equations    3 s.h.

Methods and theory of solving differential equations with applications. Existence, uniqueness. First order equations. Higher order linear equations. Introduction to partial differential equations and boundary value problems, including Laplace's equation.
Prereq.: MATH 2673.

PHYS 2610    General Physics 1    4 s.h.

A course in mechanics; the kinematics and dynamics of masses in translation and rotation; Newton's Laws; gravity; the conservation laws of energy and momentum; simple harmonic motion and introduction to wave motion and sound.
Prereq.: High school physics or PHYS 1501.
Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1571.
Gen Ed: Science Substitute.

PHYS 2611    General Physics 2    4 s.h.

Study of electric and magnetic fields and their effects; introduction to electric circuits; light as an electromagnetic wave; introduction to geometrical and physical optics.
Prereq.: PHYS 2610.
Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1572.
Gen Ed: Science Substitute.

CHEN 2650    Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering    2 s.h.

Application of computational software packages and spreadsheets to solve chemical engineering problems. Utilization of process simulation packages. Real-time computing applications in laboratory automation.
Prereq.: ENGR 1560, ENGR 1560H or consent of instructor.

CHEN 2683    Chemical Engineering Principles 1    3 s.h.

Engineering units and dimensions. Methods of analysis and measurement. Perfect gas and real gas relationships. Material and energy balances for both non-flow and flow systems.
Prereq.: MATH 1571 or MATH 1585H and CHEM 1515.

CHEN 2684    Chemical Engineering Principles 2    3 s.h.

Cascade theory and design of staged separation processes. Concepts of reflux, algebraic solutions for linear systems and graphical methods of analysis. Design of distillation columns and stagewise separations. Continuation of topics discussed in CHEN 2683.
Prereq.: CHEN 2683.

CHEN 3771    Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1    3 s.h.

Development of the concepts and formalisms of thermodynamics and their applications to chemical engineering systems. Real and ideal behavior of single and multicomponent systems. Introduction to the thermodynamics of phase equilibria. Analysis and design of thermal systems. Additional topics include applications in transport phenomena and plant design.
Prereq.: MATH 2673 or MATH 2686H and CHEN 2684.

CHEN 3785L    Transport Phenomena Laboratory    1 s.h.

Experimental studies of transport properties and momentum, energy and mass transfer using industrial type equipment. Correlation of data and comparison with theory. Oral presentations and preparation of technical reports. Three hours laboratory.
Prereq.: CHEN 3786 or concurrent.

CHEN 3787    Transport Phenomena 2/Unit Operations 1    3 s.h.

Mass transfer processes. Diffusional operations and separation processes with emphasis on evaporation, humidification and drying. Derivation of design equations from mass and energy balances, and application to equipment design. Solution of simultaneous differential equations of mass, momentum, and energy.
Prereq.: CHEN 3786.

CHEN 3787L    Unit Operations Laboratory 1    1 s.h.

Experiments in absorption, cascade operations, reaction kinetics, mixing and other chemical engineering operations employing industrial and pilot plant size equipment and instrumentation. Treatment of experimental data, correlations and comparison with theory. Oral presentations and preparation of technical reports. Three hour laboratory.
Prereq.: CHEN 3787.

CHEN 4815    Unit Operations 2    3 s.h.

Gas absorption and desorption, interphase mass transfer processes, liquid extraction and leaching. Physical separation processes including filtration, settling, and size reduction. Derivation of the design equations for the above processes, and applications of the design equations to equipment design.
Prereq.: CHEN 3787.

CHEN 4815L    Unit Operations Laboratory 2    1 s.h.

Experiments in absorption, cascade operations, reaction kinetics, mixing and other chemical engineering operations employing industrial and pilot plant size equipment and instrumentation. Treatment of experimental data, correlations and comparison with theory. Oral presentations and preparation of technical reports. Three hour laboratory.
Prereq.: CHEN 4815.

CHEN 4880    Chemical Reactor Design 1    3 s.h.

Chemical reaction equilibria. Theoretical developments and methods of interpreting experimental data pertaining to chemical kinetics. General design principles and construction features of reactors with application of these principles to the design of specific reactors.
Prereq.: CHEN 3771.

CHEN 4882    Process Dynamics    3 s.h.

Introduction to automatic control and control loop concepts. Laplace transform techniques. Linear open-loop and closed-loop systems. Root-locus and frequency response methods. Design of control systems.
Prereq.: CHEN 3786.

CHEN 4887    Process and Plant Design 1    3 s.h.

An examination of engineering economic analysis to include: cost estimation, profitability, optimum design, principles of fixed and operating costs, materials and site selection, and general and specialized design techniques.
Prereq.: CHEN 3787 and unrecalculated GPA of 2.0 or better in major courses.

CHEN 4888    Process and Plant Design 2    3 s.h.

The application of chemical engineering and cost principles to the component design and selection of process equipment. The application of chemical engineering and cost principles to the design of chemical plants and processes including societal aesthetic, environmental, and safety considerations.
Prereq.: CHEN 4887.