C&PE 111. Introduction to the Chemical Engineering Profession. 1 Hour.
The career opportunities for chemical engineers are described and students are introduced to the resources available to them at KU, in the School of Engineering, and in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department. The students are introduced to the curriculum requirements and emphasis options, engineering ethics, basic safety considerations, teamwork, and technical writing. The course includes fundamental calculations and laboratory experiences in material and energy balances and fluid flow. Prerequisite: Corequisite: CHEM 130 or CHEM 170 or CHEM 190. LEC.
Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it possesses a body of knowledge used in the synthesis, design testing, scale-up, operation, control, and optimization of processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers have played central roles in the industrial development of materials that have had major social influence, such as the production of fuels and lubricants, fertilizer, synthetic fibers, and plastics. They will be centrally involved in reducing the polluting effects of certain byproducts and cleaning up unwanted residues from previous processes.