Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is concerned with the manufacturing of products from laboratory bench-scale testing to full production through deep knowledge of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, chemical reaction kinetics, equipment design, plant design, process dynamics and control as well as process safety, economics, and management. It has an impact on essentially everything on our daily life from food processing to producing pharmaceutical drugs, generating fuels and even the manufacturing of silicon chips and other microelectronics. At the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, we strive to help students see how a Chemical Engineering degree can accomplish their dreams and we establish the means to make it happen. The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • PEO-1: Have successful careers in various fields related to chemical engineering and have leadership roles in industry/organizations.
  • PEO-2: Demonstrate high level of professionalism, commitment to ethical and social responsibility, and desire for life-long learning.
  • PEO-3: Demonstrate innovative solutions for the industry through creative thinking.
  • PEO-4: Pursue advanced degrees and careers in engineering, academia, research and development, or business.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Thorough grounding in chemistry, physics, biology, math and engineering subjects such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer, and reaction kinetics; and the ability to apply knowledge of these subjects in chemical engineering practice. (A)
  • An ability to design and conduct different chemical engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (B)
  • An ability to analyze, design, and control a system, component and/or process dealing with fluids handling, separation, and chemical/biochemical reactions to meet desired needs (C)
  • An ability to work and interact effectively in groups/teams which have diverse personalities, cultures, and backgrounds. (D)
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical engineering problems (E)
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (F)
  • Ability to develop effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. (G)
  • Ability to evaluate the potential risks, i.e. consequences and probabilities of engineering solutions which may affect society and the environment. (H)
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in independent-learning and life-long learning (I)
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues (J)
  • An ability to use of computer software such as spreadsheets, mathematics packages, word processors, and design packages in solution of chemical engineering problems. (K)

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 147 hours

General Education (req. CH:42)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (2.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG215Engineering Ethics  12.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU107Introduction to Academic English For Engineering3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  23.000
2 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG315Engineering Economics  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH1110Calculus I for Engineering  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS1110Physics I for Engineering   54.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHME585Graduation Project I3.000
CHME590Graduation Project II  63.000
6 : Also counts towards the Major


College of Engineering

Required Courses (23.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM175Chemistry Lab I for Engineering1.000
GENG220Engineering Thermodynamics3.000
MATH1120Calculus II for Engineering3.000
MATH2210Differential Equations for Engineering 3.000
MATH2220Linear Algebra for Engineering3.000
PHYS1120Physics II for Engineering 4.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000
ELEC330Computer Programming3.000


Chemical Engineering

Required Courses (70.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
CHEM112General Chemistry II2.000
CHEM251Physical Chemistry I3.000
CHEM351Physical Chemistry II3.000
CHEM282Organic Chemistry for Non-Majors3.000
CHEM355Physical Chemistry Lab I1.000
CHME300Introduction to Chemical Engineering3.000
CHME310Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering1.000
CHME322Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3.000
CHME330Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics3.000
CHEM3707Instrumental Analysis for Chemical Engineering2.000
CHME411Reactor Design3.000
CHME413Heat Transfer3.000
CHME418Chemical Eng Laboratory I2.000
CHME421Mass Transfer3.000
CHME495Industrial Training15.000
CHME506Process Modeling & Simulation3.000
CHME508Process Control 3.000
CHME510Process and Plant Design3.000
CHME517Mass Transfer Operations3.000
CHME519Chemical Engineering Lab II2.000
CHME390Engineering and Strength of Materials3.000

Elective Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM283Biochemistry for Non-Majors3.000
PETE424Safety & Environment Impact3.000
CHME433Water Desalination 3.000
CHME441Industrial & Wastewater Treatment3.000
CHME444Renewable Energy Sources3.000
CHME452Biochemical Treatment3.000
CHME453Biofuels Technology3.000
CHME454Biochemical Separation3.000
CHME457Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering3.000
CHME461Natural Gas Processing 3.000
CHME462Petroleum Refining Engineering3.000
CHME463Petrochemical Technology3.000
CHME464Polymer Engineering3.000
CHME570Special Topics in Chemical Engineering3.000
CHME575Independent Studies in Chemical Engineering3.000