Carnegie Mellon University
This Chemical Engineering curriculum applies to the Class of 2020 and beyond.

First Year - Fall

Course Description Units
21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus 10
76-xxx Designated Writing/Expression Course 9
99-101 Computing @ Carnegie Mellon 3
06-100 Intro to Chemical Engineering 12
09-105 Intro to Modern Chemistry I 10
Total Units Required 44

First Year - Spring

Course Description Units
21-122 Integration, Differential Equations & Approximation 10
xx-100/101  Introductory Engineering Elective (other than ChE) 12
33-141 Physics I for Engineering Students 12
xx-xxx Select one: 73-100, 73-230, 80-100, 85-102, 88-104, 79-104,   PPC, or SDM or 100-level Modern Language course 9
Total Units Required 43

Second Year - Fall

Course Description Units
21-259 Calculus in Three-Dimensions 9
06-221 Thermodynamics 9
06-222 Sophomore Chemical Engineering Seminar* 1
09-106 Modern Chemistry II 10
xx-xxx Computer Sci./Physics II** 10 or 12
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, or GE 9
39-210 Experiential Learning I 0
Total Units Required 48 or 50

Second Year - Spring

Course Description Units
06-261 Fluid Mechanics 9
06-262 Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineerig 12
09-221 Lab I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis 12
xx-xxx  Physics II/Computer Sci.** 12 or 10
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, GE (exclude   category(ies) fulfilled after 1st yr) 9
39-220 Experiential Learning II 0
Total Units Required 54 or 52

Third Year - Fall

Course Description Units
06-321 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 9
06-322 Junior Chemical Engineering Seminar* 2
06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer 9
09-217/219 Organic Chemistry I or Modern Organic Chemistry 9 or 10
09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry 12
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, GE (exclude   category(ies) fulfilled after 1st yr) 9
39-310 Experiential Learning III 0
Total Units Required 50 or 51

Third Year - Spring

Course Description Units
06-361 Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering 9
06-363 Transport Processes Laboratory 9
06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering 9
03-232 Biochemistry*** 9
xx-xxx Unrestricted Elective 9
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, GE (exclude   category(ies) fulfilled after 1st yr) 9
Total Units Required 54

Fourth Year - Fall

Course Description Units
06-421 Chemical Process Systems Design 12
06-423 Unit Operations Laboratory 9
xx-xxx Unrestricted Elective 9
xx-xxx Unrestricted Elective 9
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, GE (exclude   category(ies) fulfilled after 1st yr) 9
Total Units Required 48

Fourth Year - Spring

Course Description Units
06-462 Optimization Modeling and Algorithms 6
06-463 Chemical Product Design 6
06-464 Chemical Engineering Process Control 9
xx-xxx Unrestricted Elective 9
xx-xxx Unrestricted Elective 9
xx-xxx Select one: PPC, SDM, I&I, W&E, GE (exclude   category(ies) fulfilled after 1st yr) 9
Total Units Required 48

Courses include projects.


* For students pursuing a Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering double major, the Chemical Engineering Junior Seminar course (06-322) is replaced by the Biomedical Engineering course Professional Issues in Biomedical Engineering (42-201).


** Computer Science/Physics II: Students should complete 15-110 (Introduction to Programming) or 15-112 (Fundamentals of Programming & CS) as well as 33-142 (Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students) by the end of the second year.   The recommended sequence is 33-141 / 142 for engineering students, however, 33-151 / 152 will also meet the CIT Physics requirement.

For those students who have not taken 06-100 as one of the two Introductory Engineering Electives, 06-100 should be taken in the Fall Semester of the Second year. The General Education Course normally taken during that semester may be postponed until the Third year. These students should consult with their faculty advisors as soon as possible.


***Students pursuing a Chemical Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy double major are waived from taking the Biochemistry Elective.  They will take 36-220.


  1. In addition to the graduation requirement of an overall QPA of 2.0 (not counting the First year), the Department of Chemical Engineering requires a cumulative QPA of 2.0 in all chemical engineering courses (all those numbered 06-xxx).
  2. Minimum number of units required for degree: 389.
  3. All mathematics (21-xxx) courses required for the engineering degree taken at Carnegie Mellon must have a minimum grade of C in order to be counted toward the graduation requirement for the BS engineering degree.
  4. A minimum grade of C must be achieved in any required mathematics (21-xxx) course that is a pre-requisite for the next higher level required mathematics (21-xxx) course.
  5. Overloads are permitted only for students maintaining a QPA of 3.0 or better during the preceding semester.
  6. Electives: To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, students must complete 06-100 and one other Introductory Engineering Elective.  There are also five Unrestricted Electives. At most, 9 units of ROTC or Physical Education can be counted toward these electives. Students must discuss their choices of electives with their faculty advisors.
  7. Undergraduate Research: Independent research projects are available by arrangement with a faculty advisor.  Many students conduct these research projects for elective credit by enrolling in 06-200, 300, or 400 (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Research Projects) or 39-500 (CIT Honors Research) for eligible seniors. 


The environment in which today's engineering graduates will find themselves working is evolving rapidly. Technical innovation is becoming ever more critical to retaining a competitive edge. This is true for individuals, for firms and for nations. Start-ups, as well as established companies, have significant international opportunities but also face more competition in a global economy. Seizing these opportunities and dealing with the associated challenges requires an understanding of the global context in which engineers work, as well as understanding multi-disciplinary approaches to technological innovation across cultures.

The College of Engineering has developed General Education Requirements designed to ensure that our students are ready to work effectively in the global economy, and become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

Complete the Following Requirements to Graduate (72 units)

First year

  • 76-101, Interpretation and Argument (some students may need to      take 76-100 first)
  • One course from the following list:

–      73-100 Principles of Economics

–      73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics

–      80-100 Introduction to Philosophy

–      85-102 Introduction to Psychology

–      88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions

–      79-104 Global Histories: Globalization Through History

–      or one other PPC or SDM course (defined below) or 100-level Modern Language course

After First Year

Students must complete each of the categories (descriptions of categories follow below):

  • Peoples, Places, and Cultures (PPC)
         9 units from the PPC list; or a 9-12 unit course in a modern language at      the 200+ level (Students can receive exemption through an approved study      abroad program. These students would have three General Education      Electives to complete instead of two.)
  • Social Analysis and Decision Making (SDM)
         9 units from the SDM list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit courses)     
  • Innovation & Internationalization (I&I)
         9 units from the I&I list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit      courses)
  • Writing and      Expression (W&E)
         9 units from the W&E list of courses (in addition to 76-101)
  • General Education      Electives (GE)
         At least 18 units (any combination) from the four categories: I&I,      PPC, SDM or W&E, or non-technical academic courses from the Dietrich      College or the College of Fine Arts excluding those listed on the General      Education Exclusions page.
  • Experiential Learning
         6 EL points by participating in a variety of approved activities in the      following timeframe:
    • 39-210:       0 units, sophomore fall semester
    • 39-220:       0 units, sophomore spring semester
    • 39-310:       0 units, junior fall semester



People, Places and Cultures (PPC)
courses are designed to help you gain better understanding of the diversity of the world in which we live, and the way in which social, political, economic and technical factors interact to shape that world.


Social Analysis and Decision Making (SDM)
courses are focused on helping you to gain an understanding of different ways in which individuals and societies approach and make decisions.

Innovation and Internationalization (I&I)
courses are intended to expose to you the opportunities and potential that engineering provides with regard to developing cutting-edge technologies and leveraging the fundamental skills you gain in your education to make these pioneering ideas come to fruition in a global context.

Lifelong Learning (LLL)
Being curious and constantly looking for inspiration are critical parts of lifelong learning. To be successful as an engineer and as a citizen, your education must not stop when you graduate from Carnegie Mellon. The LLL requirement aims to encourage a habit of lifelong learning about innovation and the growing internationalization in engineering and, indeed of many other aspects of the modern world. The goal of this requirement is to help inspire the habits of being open to new ideas as successful, innovative engineers.

To do that, during both semesters of your sophomore year, and the first semester of your junior year, we require you to choose a few related activities that are not part of your formal course work. Examples could include:

  • Attending approved seminars and then submitting a one page write up of your thoughts on what you heard;
  • Participating in one of the "country courses" or other weekend courses that the University runs (for details see:
  • Holding an official leadership position (eg President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) in a student organization.

**Prerequisites or prior upperclass enrollment may restrict a first-year student’s access to many of these courses**