Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics have historically been the foundations upon which the chemical engineering curriculum has been built. Increasingly, chemical engineers have turned to biological reactions for the development of pharmaceuticals, processing of raw materials for various products, and the development of both environmentally benign chemistries and products. An understanding of basic biology is thus becoming a fourth foundational science for chemical engineering. To help ensure that graduates of WMU's Chemical Engineering program are well prepared for the future of chemical engineering, two courses in biology have been added to the program. Effective with the entering class of Fall, 2008, WMU chemical engineers will be required to take BIOS 1500 (Introduction to Organismal Biology) and CHEG 3550 (Bioprocess Technology). The links below are to the revised program, and show how the program can be completed in 8 academic semesters. Please note that the sequence of courses given in the tables is only one of many possible sequences. Many students choose to take lighter courses loads and then take summer courses to compensate or take more than 4 calendar years to complete their course work.
Freshman & Sophomore Years
Junior & Senior Years.