Chemical Engineering - Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

The BS Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Requirements (Total Credits 124)

In addition to satisfying the requirements of New Mexico State University and the College of Engineering, CHME majors must pass departmental courses with a grade of C- or better.

CHME majors must have completed CHME 201 Energy Balances & Basic Thermodynamics prior to taking any 400-level CHME elective courses.

Degree requirements can also be found summarized in flow diagrams found on the CHME website (

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 124 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 14
Rhetoric and Composition 14
English Composition - Level 23
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Oral Communication3
Principles of Human Communication3
Area II: Mathematics4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Viewing a Wider World 33
Departmental/College Requirements
CHME 101Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations2
CHME 102Material Balances2
CHME 201Energy Balances & Basic Thermodynamics3
CHME 303Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics4
CHME 305Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow3
CHME 306Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer4
CHME 307Transport Operations III: Staged Operations3
CHME 323 LTransport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory I1
CHME 324 LTransport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory II1
CHME 352 LSimulation of Unit Operations1
CHME 361Engineering Materials3
CHME 392Numerical Methods in Engineering3
CHME 412Process Dynamics and Control3
CHME 423 LUnit Operations Laboratory I1
CHME 424 LProcess Control Laboratory1
CHME 441Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering3
CHME 448Industrial Safety3
CHME 452Chemical Process Design & Economic Evaluation3
CHME 452 LChemical Process Simulation1
CHME 455Chemical Plant Design3
CHME 455 LChemical Plant Simulation1
CHME Electives 46
Non-Departmental Requirements
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Natural Science
CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 433Physical Chemistry I3
I E 311Engineering Data Analysis3
I E 365Quality Control3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1240
Total Credits124

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHME 101 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations 2
CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I 4
MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
CHME 102 Material Balances 2
CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
PHYS 215G Engineering Physics I 3
PHYS 215GL Engineering Physics I Laboratory 1
COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication 3
Second Year
CHME 201 Energy Balances & Basic Thermodynamics 3
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 3
PHYS 216G Engineering Physics II 3
PHYS 216GL Engineering Physics II Laboratory 1
ENGL 218G Technical and Scientific Communication 3
CHME 303 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 4
CHME 305 Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow 3
I E 311 Engineering Data Analysis 3
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
MATH 392 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Third Year
CHME 306 Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer 4
CHME 323 L Transport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory I 1
CHME 361 Engineering Materials 3
CHME 392 Numerical Methods in Engineering 3
CHEM 433 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHME 307 Transport Operations III: Staged Operations 3
CHME 324 L Transport Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory II 1
CHME 352 L Simulation of Unit Operations 1
CHME 441 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3
Viewing A Wider World Course 3 3
Fourth Year
CHME 412 Process Dynamics and Control 3
CHME 423 L Unit Operations Laboratory I 1
CHME 448 Industrial Safety 3
CHME 452 Chemical Process Design & Economic Evaluation 3
CHME 452 L Chemical Process Simulation 1
CHME Elective 4 3
CHME 424 L Process Control Laboratory 1
CHME 455 Chemical Plant Design 3
CHME 455 L Chemical Plant Simulation 1
CHME Elective 4 3
I E 365 Quality Control 3
Area V: Humanitites Course 2 3
 Total Credits124