Dave Ford
Professor and Department Head
3202 Bell Engineering Center
479-575-3739
Email: daveford@uark.edu

Christa N. Hestekin
Graduate Coordinator
3202 Bell Engineering Center
479-575-3416
Email: chesteki@uark.edu

Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering Website

Chemical engineering deals with the creation, design, operation, and optimization of processes that derive practical benefits from chemical or physical changes principally involving chemical and biochemical reactions. The profession is quite broad and has traditionally provided the technology for: supplying energy and fuel; synthesizing materials such as plastics, chemicals, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals; and managing environmental and safety concerns of physical and chemical processes. Some new applications of the principles of chemical engineering at nanoscales are being made in sustainable energy production and detection of gene mutations, protein configurations, and virus serotypes as well as thermal destruction of cancer cells.

Chemical engineers have a variety of traditional job opportunities in industries such as petroleum production and processing, chemical manufacturing, food processing, pharmaceutical production, and process equipment manufacturing. Job opportunities may involve research, development, design, manufacturing, sales, or teaching as professional activities. The chemical engineer can also move easily into environmental engineering, nuclear engineering, oceanography, biomedical engineering, pharmacology, law, medicine, or other multidisciplinary fields.

In chemical engineering, students obtain a broad foundation in chemistry, mathematics, physics, communication skills, economics, and the humanities. Courses in material and energy balances, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, process control, computer methods, safety, and design provide students with the background and learning skills required of the practicing chemical engineer. The curriculum includes elective courses that enable a student to prepare for immediate employment or further study at the graduate level or the professional level, such as for medical school. The chemical engineering program also serves as an excellent preparation for dental, pharmacy, or law school.

The educational objective of the undergraduate program in the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering is to prepare students for careers and professional accomplishment after graduating, including:

  • Successful practice as an engineer or in some other professional pursuit, including traditional or emerging fields of chemical engineering;
  • Entrance and successful participation in a graduate or professional program (such as medical school) that continues their career development.

The program prepares graduates to achieve these educational objectives through development of their skills as outlined in our educational outcomes and taught in our curriculum.

By the time of graduation, students have the opportunity to attain the following educational outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • An 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;
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These outcomes are reinforced and demonstrated in a senior capstone safety, design, and laboratory course sequence.

Requirements for B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Each student in chemical engineering is required to complete 128 hours of coursework including the 35-hour University Core. To be eligible for graduation, all students must complete at least 30 hours of Chemical Engineering (CHEG) classes at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville that are required for the degree. Each student in chemical engineering is also required to complete six semester hours of technical electives, three semester hours of Advanced Science electives, three semester hours of Chemical Engineering electives, and three semester hours of Advanced Science or Chemical Engineering electives.  As discussed in the department’s Undergraduate Advising Manual, students can select elective courses to better prepare for employment or further study in areas such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Food process engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Pre-medicine
  • Simulation and optimization

Additional opportunities are available to enhance the educational experience of students in these areas. Students should consult their academic adviser for recommendations.

Chemical Engineering B.S.Ch.E.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

The following section contains the list of courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. Not all courses are offered every semester, so students who deviate from the suggested sequence must pay careful attention to course scheduling and course prerequisites. Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Entering freshmen will be required to participate in selected Freshman Engineering Student Services.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)4  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)3  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034)4  
GNEG 1111 Introduction to Engineering I1  
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)  3
CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)  1
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture)  4
GNEG 1121 Introduction to Engineering II  1
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603)4  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I3  
CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1  
CHEG 2113 Introduction to Chemical Engineering I3  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113)
or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123)
or PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
3  
Humanities or Social Science Elective3  
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations  4
CHEM 3613 Organic Chemistry II  3
CHEM 3611L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  1
CHEG 2133 Fluid Mechanics
or CHEG 2133H Honors Fluid Mechanics
  3
CHEG 2313 Thermodynamics of Single-Component Systems
or CHEG 2313H Honors Thermodynamics of Single-Component Systems
  3
Humanities or Social Science Elective  3
Year Total: 17 17
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
CHEM 3813 Elements of Biochemistry
or CHEM 4813H Honors Biochemistry I
3  
CHEG 3144 Heat and Mass Transfer4  
CHEG 3323 Thermodynamics of Multi-Component Systems
or CHEG 3323H Honors Thermodynamics of Multi-Component Systems
3  
Technical Elective3  
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice
or ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
3  
Humanities or Social Science Elective3  
CHEG 3713 Chemical Engineering Materials Technology  3
CHEG 3333 Chemical Engineering Reactor Design
or CHEG 3333H Honors Chemical Engineering Reactor Design
  3
CHEG 3253 Chemical Engineering Computer Methods  3
CHEG 3233L Chemical Engineering Laboratory I  3
Humanities/Social Science Core Elective  3
Year Total: 19 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
CHEG 4163 Separation Processes
or CHEG 4163H Honors Separation Processes
3  
CHEG 4413 Chemical Engineering Design I
or CHEG 4413H Honors Chemical Engineering Design I
3  
CHEG 4813 Chemical Process Safety
or CHEG 4813H Honors Chemical Process Safety
3  
Advanced Science Elective3  
Technical Elective3  
CHEG 4332L Chemical Engineering Laboratory II  2
CHEG 4423 Automatic Process Control
or CHEG 4423H Honors Automatic Process Control
  3
CHEG 4443 Chemical Engineering Design II
or CHEG 4443H Honors Chemical Engineering Design II
  3
Advanced Science or Chemical Engineering Elective  3
Chemical Engineering Elective  3
Year Total: 15 14
 
Total Units in Sequence:  128

Elective Options in Chemical Engineering

Each student in chemical engineering is required to complete six semester hours of technical electives, three semester hours of Advanced Science electives, three semester hours of Chemical Engineering electives, and three semester hours of Advanced Science or Chemical Engineering electives.

Technical Electives

In general, any upper level (3000-level or above) course in the sciences, math or engineering may serve as a technical elective, with prior approval by your academic adviser. BIOL 2013, BIOL 2213, BIOL 2323 and BIOL 2443 are 2000-level courses that can also serve as technical electives, and are also useful for students applying to medical school. INEG 2313, INEG 2333, INEG 2413 and INEG 3513 are statistics-oriented classes, and may be used for technical elective credit.  Upper-level courses in non-technical areas such as business may also serve as technical electives with prior approval by your academic adviser.  There is no specific list of approved technical electives.

Advanced Science and Chemical Engineering Electives

A list of the approved Advanced Science or Chemical Engineering courses is shown below.  Once again, each student in chemical engineering is required to complete three semester hours of Advanced Science electives, three semester hours of Chemical Engineering electives, and three semester hours of Advanced Science or Chemical Engineering electives.  Courses not on the list may satisfy the requirement with student appeal and approval by the Chemical Engineering faculty. 

Advanced Science Electives

CHEM 2263Analytical Chemistry Lecture3
CHEM 2261LAnalytical Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 3453Elements of Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 3451LElements of Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 3504Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 3514Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4213Instrumental Analysis3
CHEM 4211LInstrumental Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 4843HHonors Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4853Biochemical Techniques3
PHYS 3113Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 3544Optics4
PHYS 3613Modern Physics3
PHYS 4333Thermal Physics3
PHYS 462VLModern Physics Laboratory1-3
PHYS 4734Introduction to Laser Physics4
FDSC 4304Food Chemistry4

Chemical Engineering Electives

CHEG 4273Corrosion Control3
CHEG 5273Corrosion Control3
CHEG 5013Membrane Separation and System Design3
CHEG 488VSpecial Problems1-6
CHEG 5033Technical Administration3
CHEG 5043Colloid and Interface Science3
CHEG 5113Transport Processes I3
CHEG 5133Advanced Reactor Design3
CHEG 5213Advanced Chemical Engineering Calculations3
CHEG 5333Advanced Thermodynamics3
CHEG 5353Advanced Separations3
CHEG 5513Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals3

Students are encouraged to select elective courses to better prepare for employment or further study in areas such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Food process engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Pre-medicine
  • Simulation and optimization

Additional opportunities are available to enhance the educational experience of students in these areas.  Students should consult their academic adviser for recommendations.

Honors Program Requirements

Chemical engineering students enrolled in the Honors College are encouraged to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. In addition to grade point requirements, Honors College students must complete a total of at least 12 hours of honors course credits including a minimum of 6 hours of honors course credits in chemical engineering. The student must also participate in a design or research project culminating in an Honors Thesis. Thesis credit in the department will be satisfied by Honors College students in one of the following ways:

  • Completion of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Design Competition Problem individually following contest rules as part of CHEG 4443 Design II;
  • Completion of a design contest problem as part of a team, such as the WERC competition in CHEG 4443 Design II; or
  • Completion of CHEG 488V Special Problems at the direction of a faculty mentor.

Regardless of the thesis project, an Honors Thesis and oral presentation will be prepared by the student and approved by the Department Honors Committee and the faculty mentor.

Ackerson, Michael D., Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Missouri-Rolla), Associate Professor, 1986.
Babcock, Robert Earl, Ph.D., M.S.Ch.E., B.S. (University of Oklahoma), Professor, 1965.
Beitle, Robert R., Ph.D., M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Pittsburgh), Professor, 1993.
Clausen, Ed, Ph.D., M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Missouri-Rolla), Professor, 1981.
Ford, David M., Ph.D., M.S., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Pennsylvania), Professor, 2017.
Greenlee, Lauren F., Ph.D., M.S. (University of Texas, Austin), BSChE (University of Michigan), Assistant Professor, 2015.
Havens, Jerry A., Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma), M.S.Ch.E. (University of Colorado-Boulder), B.S.Ch.E. (University of Arkansas), Distinguished Professor, 1970.
Herman, Jeremy J., Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), B.S.Ch.E. (University of Toledo), Clinical Assistant Professor, 2013.
Hestekin, Jamie A., Ph.D. (University of Kentucky), B.S.Ch.E. (University of Minnesota-Duluth), Professor, 2006.
Hestekin, Christa, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), B.S.Ch.E. (University of Kentucky), Associate Professor, 2006.
Roper, Donald K., Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), B.S., B.S.Ch.E. (Brigham Young University), Associate Professor, 2008.
Servoss, Shannon, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), B.S.Ch.E. (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Associate Professor, 2007.
Spicer, Tom O., Ph.D., M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Arkansas), Professor, 1981.
Thoma, Greg, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University), M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Arkansas), Professor, 1993.
Walker, Heather L., Ph.D., M.S.Ch.E., B.S.Ch.E. (University of Arkansas), Clinical Assistant Professor, 2008.
Wickramasinghe, Ranil, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), M.S., B.S. (University of Melbourne, Australia), Professor, 2011.

Courses

CHEG 2113. Introduction to Chemical Engineering I. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the field of chemical engineering. Industries, careers, and the curriculum are discussed. Basic chemical engineering terms, concepts, and calculations are presented. Mass balance calculations are performed and the application of computers to chemical engineering problems is introduced. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1133 or CHEM 1223.

CHEG 2133. Fluid Mechanics. 3 Hours.

Analysis and design of fluids handling equipment and systems. Application of the principles of fluid statics, fluid dynamics, compressible flow, etc. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2574 or MATH 2574C and (CHEG 2113 or BENG 2632 or BMEG 2613 or INEG 2103).

CHEG 2133H. Honors Fluid Mechanics. 3 Hours.

Analysis and design of fluids handling equipment and systems. Application of the principles of fluid statics, fluid dynamics, compressible flow, etc. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2574 or MATH 2574C and (CHEG 2113 or BENG 2632 or BMEG 2613 or INEG 2103).

This course is equivalent to CHEG 2133.

CHEG 2313. Thermodynamics of Single-Component Systems. 3 Hours.

A detailed study of the thermodynamic "state principles," energy and entropy balances, and their application to the solution of problems involving single-component physical systems and processes. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2574 or MATH 2574C and (CHEG 2113 or BENG 2632 or BMEG 2613 or INEG 2103).

CHEG 2313H. Honors Thermodynamics of Single-Component Systems. 3 Hours.

A detailed study of the thermodynamic "state principles," energy and entropy balances, and their application to the solution of problems involving single-component physical systems and processes. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 2574 or MATH 2574C and (CHEG 2113 or BENG 2632 or BMEG 2613 or INEG 2103).

This course is equivalent to CHEG 2313.

CHEG 3144. Heat and Mass Transfer. 4 Hours.

Applications of the principles of conduction, convection and radiation to the analysis and design of chemical processing heat transfer equipment and systems. Fundamentals of chemical diffusional and convection processes. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3323. Prerequisite: CHEG 2133 and MATH 2584.

CHEG 3144H. Honors Heat and Mass Transfer. 4 Hours.

Applications of the principles of conduction, convection and radiation to the analysis and design of chemical processing heat transfer equipment and systems. Fundamentals of chemical diffusional and convection processes. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3323. Prerequisite: CHEG 2133 and MATH 2584.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 3144.

CHEG 3233L. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I. 3 Hours.

Experimental measurements of various physical properties and comparison with published values and theoretical predictions. Experimental investigation of fluid flow and thermodynamics. Interpretation of results using graphical, numerical and statistical tools, and presentation of results in written technical reports and oral briefings. Identification and quantification of sources of experimental error. Identification of relevant experimental parameters to achieve an objective. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3144. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 2133 and CHEG 2313.

CHEG 3253. Chemical Engineering Computer Methods. 3 Hours.

Application of computer methods to chemical engineering problems including a review of structured programming principles. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3144 and CHEG 3323. Prerequisite: MATH 2584.

CHEG 3323. Thermodynamics of Multi-Component Systems. 3 Hours.

The use of the state principle and energy and entropy balance developed in CHEG 2313 is extended to allow processes. Physical and chemical equilibrium processes are considered in detail. Prerequisite: CHEG 2313 and MATH 2574.

CHEG 3323H. Honors Thermodynamics of Multi-Component Systems. 3 Hours.

The use of the state principle and energy and entropy balance developed in CHEG 2313 is extended to allow processes. Physical and chemical equilibrium processes are considered in detail. Prerequisite: CHEG 2313 and MATH 2574.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 3323.

CHEG 3333. Chemical Engineering Reactor Design. 3 Hours.

Principles of kinetics of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, catalysis, and reactor design with applications, drawn from industrial processes. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3253. Prerequisite: CHEG 3323.

CHEG 3333H. Honors Chemical Engineering Reactor Design. 3 Hours.

Principles of kinetics of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, catalysis, and reactor design with applications, drawn from industrial processes. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3253. Prerequisite: CHEG 3323.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 3333.

CHEG 3713. Chemical Engineering Materials Technology. 3 Hours.

Selection of metals, polymers and ceramics for service in process conditions (including corrosion). In addition to static strains on materials, specialized materials such as semiconductors,, composites, and nano-materials are studied. The relationship between molecular structure and macroscopic properties is emphasized including processing and manufacture. Prerequisite: CHEM 3603 and PHYS 2054 and CHEG 3323.

CHEG 4163. Separation Processes. 3 Hours.

Applications of chemical engineering design to stagewise and continuous separations in systems approaching equilibrium. Prerequisite: CHEG 3144.

CHEG 4163H. Honors Separation Processes. 3 Hours.

Applications of chemical engineering design to stagewise and continuous separations in systems approaching equilibrium. Prerequisite: CHEG 3144.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 4163.

CHEG 4273. Corrosion Control. 3 Hours.

Qualitative and quantitative introduction to corrosion and its control. Application of the fundamentals of corrosion control in the process industries is emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEG 2313.

CHEG 4332L. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II. 2 Hours.

Experimental investigations of mass transfer and kinetics/reactor design. Special attention to attaining a high order of accuracy and to presenting results in complete written reports, with emphasis on quality rather than quantity work performed. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 3333 and CHEG 4163. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 3233L.

CHEG 4413. Chemical Engineering Design I. 3 Hours.

Principles of cost estimation, profitability, economic analysis, and economic balances as practiced in the chemical process industries. Special emphasis on the solution of problems involving the combination of engineering principles and economics. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 4163. Prerequisite: ECON 2013 (or ECON 2143) and CHEG 3144 and CHEG 3333.

CHEG 4413H. Honors Chemical Engineering Design I. 3 Hours.

Principles of cost estimation, profitability, economic analysis, and economic balances as practiced in the chemical process industries. Special emphasis on the solution of problems involving the combination of engineering principles and economics. Corequisite: Drill component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 4163. Prerequisite: ECON 2013 (or ECON 2143) and CHEG 3144 and CHEG 3333.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 4413.

CHEG 4423. Automatic Process Control. 3 Hours.

Application of mathematical modeling methods to the description of transient phenomena of interest to process engineers. Modes of control and principles of feedback control are introduced with applications to process engineering problems. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 4163. Prerequisite: CHEG 3253.

CHEG 4423H. Honors Automatic Process Control. 3 Hours.

Application of mathematical modeling methods to the description of transient phenomena of interest to process engineers. Modes of control and principles of feedback control are introduced with applications to process engineering problems. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEG 4163. Prerequisite: CHEG 3253.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 4423.

CHEG 4443. Chemical Engineering Design II. 3 Hours.

Responsibility for decision making is placed on the students in the solution of a comprehensive, open ended problem based on an industrial process. Both formal oral and formal written presentation of results are required. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 4413.

CHEG 4443H. Honors Chemical Engineering Design II. 3 Hours.

Responsibility for decision making is placed on the students in the solution of a comprehensive, open ended problem based on an industrial process. Both formal oral and formal written presentation of results are required. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 4413.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 4443.

CHEG 4813. Chemical Process Safety. 3 Hours.

Application of chemical engineering principles to the study of safety, health, and loss prevention. Fires and explosions, hygiene, toxicology, hazard identification, and risk assessment in the chemical process industries. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 3144 and CHEG 3323.

CHEG 4813H. Honors Chemical Process Safety. 3 Hours.

Application of chemical engineering principles to the study of safety, health, and loss prevention. Fires and explosions, hygiene, toxicology, hazard identification, and risk assessment in the chemical process industries. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: CHEG 3323 and CHEG 3144.

This course is equivalent to CHEG 4813.

CHEG 488V. Special Problems. 1-6 Hour.

Special problems. Prerequisite: Senior standing.May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.