Program Information

The undergraduate program has one degree, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, but two concentration options:  (1)  Chemical Engineering and (2) Bio-Molecular Engineering.  Both concentrations contain the same core chemical engineering courses, but the latter concentration has more of a focus on the increasingly important bio-related areas of chemical engineering. 


Advisement for class registration will be held at a designated time each semester. The week prior, a list of student names and their respective advisors will be posted outside the ChE office, as will a notice of student registration times.  Note that the students can obtain their advisors name from their Banner accounts.

First-year students will need to schedule an appointment with his or her advisor for recommendations/approval of the next semester’s course scheduling.  Check the office door of your advisor for available times.

For students beyond their first year, they can either sign-up for a time with their advisor or identify the courses that they need to take themselves by completing a Student Advisement Record form (available in the ChE Office) and handing in the completed form back to the Departmental Secretary in the ChE Office.  At that point, their advisor will review their Student Advisement Record and approve the selection (or respond directly to the student if an issue arises).

All students will need an alternate PIN to register.  Once you have a completed and approved (by your advisor) Student Advisement Record form, you will be given your alternate PIN by the Departmental Secretary.

Class schedules are accessed either directly through Eagle Online or on the Class Schedules website.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers the B.S. degree with two concentrations:  (1)  Chemical Engineering and (2) Bio-Molecular Engineering.  Both options result in a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree and, in both options, students take the same core chemical engineering courses.

A PDF of the curriculum for Chemical Engineering and the Bio-Molecular Option may be found below.

Click here for Curriculum

In an effort to provide an additional learning opportunity for qualified engineering undergraduates, the Department of Chemical Engineering has joined with the Honors Program to develop a special Distinction in the Major program.

This program, which started in Fall 2004, allows select senior-level undergraduate students to participate in an integrated research experience with departmental faculty on a cutting-edge research project over the course of a full academic year. As a requirement of the program, students must present a Research Proposal (both written and oral) to their DITM Thesis Committee, which is composed of the DITM Program Coordinator, their DITM Thesis Advisor, and a faculty member affiliated with the TTU Honors Program. At the conclusion of the year, the students defend their research in an oral presentation. Finally, they publish the results of their work in a “mini” thesis that is bound and archived within the department.

There are several major benefits to this program from a student perspective. First, it provides the students with

 something exceptional to enhance their resumes and make them more attractive to potential employers. Second, the program can serve as a practice for graduate school if a student is undecided about whether to attempt an M.S. or a doctorate. Finally, the research that the student has performed can make them much more competitive in attempting to secure prestigious graduate school grants, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

In order to provide a well-rounded experience, the DITM program is linked with the existing Honors Program on campus. Although students do not have to be members in the TTU Honors Program to participate in the DITM program, they must participate in several enrichment opportunities offered by the Honors Program. Additionally, the DITM students participate in a special graduation ceremony for Honors students held the day prior to general commencement.

Qualifications for the DITM program are:

  • An overall GPA of 3.2
  • A ChE course GPA of 3.0
  • Junior standing
  • Acceptance into program by DITM committee

Each spring the ChE Distinction in the Major Program coordinator and committee members review applications and required recommendation letters to select a small number of candidates from the applicant pool. Additionally, a successful completion (oral defense and thesis) of the DITM Program by a ChE student is equivalent to six credit hours of ChE technical electives.

DITM Application: Chemical Engineering DITM Application (fill-on-line) 

2006 DITM Research Projects

Advisor: Pedro E. Arce

  • Jennifer Pascal, “Electrokinetic-based Drug Delivery in Skin-Mediated Approaches”

2005 DITM Research Projects

Advisor: Joseph J. Biernacki

  • Kurt Johanns – “Thermoporosimetry of Cement-based Materials"

Advisor: Donald P. Visco, Jr.

  • Crystal Childers – “I-QSAR Studies Using Signature on COX-2 Inhibitors”
  • Robyn Rawlings – “I-QSAR Studies Using Signature on DHFR Inhibitors”

Advisor: Chunsheng Wang

  • Richard Lawson – “Polymer-ceramic composite membrane for fuel cell applications”

The Chemical Engineering Fast-track Master of Science (MS) program is designed to enable Tennessee Technological University ChE undergraduates to accumulate up to nine credit hours of graduate coursework while still pursuing their undergraduate degrees and to transition to the graduate program with anticipated accelerated completion. ChE Fast-track MS students receiving their bachelor's degrees at the end of the Spring semester will be expected to complete the MS by the end of the Summer term of the following year.

Students admitted to the Fast-track CHE MS program will meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate CHE student at TTU with at least Junior standing
  • Have at least an overall GPA of 3.25
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in ChE

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. In addition to the requirements for admission to the CHE Fast-track MS program, all requirements for admission to the CHE graduate program must also be met upon graduation.

Participation in the CHE Fast-track MS program does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate degree. All students in the MS program take 30 credit hours: 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of research and thesis.

Students who are accepted into the Fast-track MS program will be given strong consideration when prioritizing funding for graduate students research assistantships. Sources of funding usually include the Department, the Centers of Excellence, or external agencies. Selection is based on academic merit and student interest in a particular research area of the faculty and/or Centers of Excellence.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers the B.S. degree with two concentrations:  (1)  Chemical Engineering and (2) Bio-Molecular Engineering.  Both options result in a B.S. Chemical Engineering degree and, in both options, students take the same core chemical engineering courses.

Students interested in biological areas of chemical engineering, such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, bio-fuels, bio-remediation, etc., should consider enrolling in the Bio-Moleceular Engineering concentration.  Even if you are registered as a Chemical Engineering major, you still need to "join" the Bio-Molecular Engineering concentration (abbreviated BMOL).  To do this, you will need to fill out a "change-of-major" form.  See the Departmental Secretary for more details on obtaining this form.

A link to the curriculum for the Bio-Molecular Engineering option in the catalog is found here.

A pdf of the curriculum for the Bio-Molecular Engineering option is also found below.

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