Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering: Bioprocess and Biochemical Engineering Specialization, BS

Contact Information

Dr. Patrick Gilcrease
Karen M. Swindler Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
(605) 394-1239
E-mail: Patrick.Gilcrease@sdsmt.edu

Department Website

A specialization is considered a separate major in South Dakota Mines’ student record system. In order to pursue this specialization, please request a change of major even if you are currently pursuing a major in the non-specialized version of Chemical Engineering .

Specialization requirements:

To complete the specialization, the following requirements must be met. These requirements are applied towards the Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Lab electives, the Engineering Elective, and the Department Approved Electives within the main Chemical Engineering major (listed below specialization requirements), which must also be completed. Work with your advisor to apply your electives accordingly within the requirements of the Chemical Engineering major.

Microbiology requirement:

Select one course from the following:

Chemical and Biological Engineering requirements:

Science requirement:

Select one course from the following:

Degree requirements:

The following requirements represent the requirements for the main Chemical Engineering degree. 

Contact Information

Dr. Zhengtao Zhu, Interim Department Head
Karen M. Swindler Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
(605) 394-2421
E-mail: Zhengtao.Zhu@sdsmt.edu

Department Website

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

The Chemical Engineering (BS) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

CBE Flowchart    

Curriculum Checklist

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 18

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 12

Total credits: 130


Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

Two-credit version required for major.

One-credit version required for major.

Three-credit version required for major.

CHE Electives

Select eight credits from the following list:

Engineering Elective

Work with your advisor to select three credits of engineering courses with a prefix other than CBE; requires advisor approval. These courses are typically at a 200 level or higher.

Department Approved Elective

Work with your advisor to select six credits from CBE, Chemistry, or other approved courses. These courses are typically at a 120 level or higher. May include up to six credits of Cooperative Education ; up to three credits of advanced military science, humanities, social science, or business; one credit of physical education or music ensemble; and EXPL 485 .

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates apply fundamental and practical knowledge of unit operations, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, process control and design of safe, economical, and sustainable chemical/biological processes.
  2. Graduates are successfully employed and advancing in governmental and industrial positions requiring chemical engineering expertise.
  3. Graduates are prepared to succeed in graduate and professional programs.

Student Outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.