Undergraduate Curriculum

The Chemical Engineering (CENG) program of study requirements include a solid foundation in math and science, major-specific core material in chemical and biomolecular engineering, plus exposure to the humanities and social sciences. In order to graduate with a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering, students must fulfill the following requirements: 

Major Specific: The engineering courses, including the core chemical engineering courses*, engineering and technical electives, and the advanced specialization electives. *A minimum grade of C- must be earned in each CENG required core course in order to receive credit for the Bachelor’s degree.

Newcomb-Tulane College (NTC) Core Curriculum: Courses that ensure attainment of basic competencies in writing, scientific inquiry, cultural knowledge, and interdisciplinary scholarship. More details on the NTC core curriculum can be found here.

Public Service: One service learning course at the 1000-3000 level no later than the fifth semester, and a subsequent second-tier public service requirement. More information on the service learning requirements can be found here. The CBE department offers courses which satisfy both the lower and upper-level service learning requirements (CENG 1180/1891 and CENG 3240/3890).


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Undergraduate Core Requirements

The following courses are required by the university to obtain a degree:

  • Writing (ENGL 1010, 4 credits)
  • Scientific Inquiry (9-12 credits) This requirement is satisfied by the basic mathematics and science sequence comprising MATH 1220, 2210, 2240; PHYS 1310, 1320; and CHEM 1070/1170, 1080/1180
  • Cultural Knowledge (18 credits): Satisfied by 18 credits including at least six credit hours of Humanities/Fine Arts and at least six credit hours of Social Science
  • Public Service (2-3 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (3+ credits): Satisfied by CENG 4310

Certain modifications to the freshman program may be made by:

  • Achievement of advanced standing through Advanced Placement Tests offered by the CEEB
  • Use of advanced placement tests in mathematics and chemistry offered on campus during Orientation Week
  • Submission of transcripts from other universities for equivalent courses taken prior to entering Tulane

New majors are assigned an individual faculty advisor based on their expected graduation year, and they should consult with him or her regularly for class and career planning. Faculty members can be reached by email or in person to set up meeting times.

Class of 2024 – WT Godbey, Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Class of 2025 – Katie Russell, Nicholas Sandoval
Class of 2026 – Katie Russell, Julie Albert
Class of 2027 – WT Godbey, Nicholas Sandoval 
First-year students – WT Godbey

Special Advising for transfer students - Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Chemical Engineering Program of Study

Typical First Year

Fall Semester:
CHEM 1070,1075: Chemistry I and Lab [4 Credits]
PHYS 1310: General Physics I and Lab [4 Credits]
MATH 1210*: Calculus I [4 Credits]
TIDE: Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminar [1 Credit]
ENGL 1010: Writing [4 Credits]
Total: 17 Credits

Spring Semester:
CHEM 1080,1085: General Chemistry II and Lab [4 Credits]
PHYS 1320: General Physics II and Lab [4 Credits]
MATH 1220*: Calculus II [4 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge I [3 Credits]
Lower Level Service Learning [1 Credit]
Total: 16 Credits

* Students receiving a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP/AB calculus test are encouraged to enroll in consolidated calculus MATH 1310. Students receiving a 4 or 5 on the AB/BC calculus test are encouraged to enroll in MATH 1220. See here for FAQ's on the calculus sequence.

Typical Second Year

Fall Semester:
CENG 2110: Material and Energy Balances [3 Credits]
CENG 2500: Intro to Biotechnology [3 Credits]
CHEM 2410: Organic Chemistry I [3 Credits]
CHEM 2430: Organic Chemistry Lab I [1 Credit]
MATH 2210: Calculus III [4 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge II [3 Credits]
Total: 17 Credits

Spring Semester:
CENG 2120: Thermodynamics I [3 Credits]
CENG 2320: Transport Phenomena I [3 Credits]
CHEM 2420: Organic Chemistry II [3 Credits]
CHEM 2440: Organic Chemistry Lab II [1 Credit]
MATH 2240: Introduction to Applied Mathematics [4 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge III [3 Credits]
Total: 17 Credits

Typical Third Year

Fall Semester:
CENG 3110: Thermodynamics II [3 Credits]
CENG 3230: Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineering [3 Credits]
CENG 3390: Transport Phenomena II [3 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge IV [3 Credits]
Advanced Specialization Elective I [3/4 Credits]
Total: 15/16 Credits

Spring Semester:
CENG 3240: Unit Operations Lab [4 Credits]
CENG 3340: Separation Processes [3 Credits]
CENG 4150: Kinetics & Reactor Design [3 Credits]
CENG 3890: Tier 2 Service Learning* [0 Credits]
Engineering Elective [3/4 Credits]
Advanced Specialization Elective II [3/4 Credits]
Total: 16/18 Credits

Typical Fourth Year

Fall Semester:
CENG 4310: Chemical Process Design [3 Credits]
CENG 4750: Practice School** [6 Credits]
CENG 4891: Tier 2 Service Learning* [1 Credit]
Technical Elective [3 Credits]
Total: 13 Credits

Spring Semester:
CENG 4500: Process Control [3 Credits]
Advanced Engineering Elective [3 Credits]
Advanced Technical Elective [3 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge V [3 Credits]
Cultural Knowledge VI [3 Credits]
Total: 15 Credits

*Students should select 1 Tier 2 service learning course.

**Practice School is ONLY offered in the FALL of senior year.

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