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Everything you need to know to become a Chem E


Chemical and Biological Engineering Undergraduate Booklet

Department of

2011-2012 CatalogRevised April 2011


Chemical & Biological Engineering FacultyNAMER. C. Brown G. Burnet A. R. Clapp E. W. Cochran L. K. Doraiswamy R. O. Fox C. E. Glatz L. F. Hanneman K. R. Hebert J. C. Hill A. C. Hillier L. R. Jarboe K. R. Jolls M. H. Lamm S. D. Loveland S. K. Mallapragada B. Narasimhan J. ODonnell P. J. Reilly D. K. Rollins R. C. Seagrave I. C. Schneider B. H. Shanks J. V. Shanks C. K. Stiehl R. D. Vigil T. D. Wheelock

TITLEProfessor Dist Professor Emeritus Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Dist Professor Emeritus Dist Professor University Professor Engr Career Service, Dir. Professor University Professor ProfessorAssistant Professor


PHONE4-7934 4-7642

3033 Sweeney 1035 Sweeney 1031 Sweeney 3162B Sweeney 2162B Sweeney 301 Marston 2037 Sweeney 3155 Sweeney 3133 Sweeney 3051 Sweeney 2155 Sweeney 1037 Sweeney 2052 Sweeney 3035 Sweeney 104 Marston 2033 Sweeney 2031 Sweeney 1033 Sweeney

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Professor Associate Professor Senior Lecturer Professor and Chair Professor, Associate Dean Assistant Professor Distinguished Professor Professor, Assistant Dean Dist Professor Emeritus Assistant Professor Professor Professor Lecturer Associate Professor Univ. Professor Emeritus

3053 Sweeney 1140L BRL 3031 Sweeney 3063 Sweeney 3037 Sweeney 3157 Sweeney

4-0450 4-1895 4-4828 4-5825 4-6438 4-5226

Support StaffJody Danielson Linda Edson Program Coordinator Program Assistant 2119 Sweeney 2117 Sweeney 2159 Sweeney 2162A Sweeney 2162 Sweeney 2114 Sweeney 1144 Sweeney 4-0270 4-1660 4-5927 4-3960 4-7643 4-7642 4-4919

Shannon Grundmeier Academic Advisor Brenda Kutz Christi Patterson DeAnn Pitman Don Schlagel Academic Advisor/ Advising Coordinator Program Assistant Secretary Computer Support Specialist


TABLE OF CONTENTSImportant Deadlines & Dates 2011-2012 Introduction v vi 6

Part 1: General InformationThe Profession of Chemical Engineering Chemical & Biological Engineering Facilities Department Administration Undergraduate Student Lounge Small Group Meeting Rooms Computation Laboratories Release of Student Information Advising Academic Integrity American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Code of Ethics Tornado/Severe Weather Guidelines

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Part 2: Curriculum & RequirementsOutcomes of the Program Basic Program Requirements Core Course Requirement Design Experience Social Science and Humanities (SSH) Electives Electives Biological Engineering Option Suggested Emphases for Technical Electives (prerequisites & *co-requisites) General Graduate School Preparation General Industrial Preparation Biochemical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Environmental Science and Engineering Food Engineering Materials Science BioEngineering Minor Undergraduate Curriculum in Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum in Chemical Engineering - Biological Engineering Option Undergraduate Degree Planning Policies Transfer Credits English Proficiency Requirement Diversity/International Perspectives Graduation Requirements Pass-Not Pass Policy

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Part 3: Opportunities for UndergraduatesInternational Studies in Chemical & Biological Engineering International Summer Study Program International University Exchanges National University of Singapore Monterrey Tec University College London Chemical and Biochemical Engineering University of Limerick, Ireland Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Bogazii University (BU) & Middle East Technical University (METU) Turkey Other International Opportunities Honors Program Undergraduate Research Program and Independent Study Faculty and Their Research Interests American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Omega Chi Epsilon Other Honor Societies Employment & Scholarship Opportunities Loans Part-Time Employment Research Helpers Student Assistants Cooperative (Work-School) Program Internships Process for Relevant Work Experiences

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Part 4: Preparing for the FuturePermanent Employment Graduate Study in Chemical & Biological Engineering Preparation for Non-Engineering Graduate Study Medical School Business School (MBA) Law School

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Important Deadlines & Dates 2011-2012Fall 2011 Classes Start (call instructor if you miss first day) Undergraduate graduation applications (forms:, click on Undergraduate pdf under Graduation Applications) due in Registrars Office, 210 Enrollment Services Fee Payment Due University holiday, offices closed, classes not in session Second half-semester courses begin (Midterm) Web Registration (for the next term) Start (Make an appointment to see your advisor) Schedule Changes (Forms in 2162 Sweeney) Last day through AccessPlus Last day without fee Last day to drop without appearing on permanent record or counting toward total course drop limits Last day to change a course from audit to credit Last day to change from Pass-Not Pass to grade basis without counting toward total Pass-Not Pass allowance Last day to elect to audit a course instructor must approve Last day to drop without extenuating circumstances Last day to indicate a non-automatic designated repeat Last day to change to or from Pass/Not Pass basis. Course will count toward the total P/NP credits allowed. Break Final Exams (schedule on web from beginning of semester) 8/26 8/26 8/26 8/26 9/2 9/2 10/28 10/28 10/28 11/21-25 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/23 1/23 3/23 3/23 3/23 3/12-16 8/22 Spring 2012 1/9

5/6/11 8/20 9/5 10/17

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IntroductionThis booklet has been prepared to help you plan your program in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University and is intended to guide you through the chemical engineering curriculum, to describe various opportunities and options, and to relay important policies and procedures. Other information sources are: General Catalog (curriculum and course information) Schedule of Classes ISU Information Handbook (academic regulations) ISU Academic Calendar ISU Academic Information Technologies Academic Departments at ISU Chemical & Biological Engineering Department ISU Registrar Forms Student Answer Center Course Equivalency Guide Experimental (###X) Course Descriptions College of Engineering Premed Information Pre-Law Information Scholarship Information Student Organizations Tuition & Fees Weather Writing Center The Iowa State Daily The undergraduate bulletin board at the east entrance of Sweeney Hall The Chemical Engineering Student Services Office in Room 2162 Sweeney Hall


Part 1: General Information



The Profession of Chemical EngineeringChemical engineering is an exciting and diverse profession with a tremendous range of occupations and opportunities. Chemical engineers have always been proud of their flexibility. A solid and very general technical background enables them to work effectively in and adapt quickly to many different fields. The chemical engineer is an expert at dealing with the chemical and physical changes of matter and with the conversion of energy. Most chemical engineers use this knowledge in jobs that involve the application of chemical research to the production of chemical materials and products. This entails product development and market research; economic feasibility studies; research; development and design of chemical processes; design of process equipment; supervision of the construction, start-up, operation, and maintenance of chemical plants; and process improvement for pollution


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