NME Option for BS Chemical Engineering Majors

Admission: Admission to the CHEM E NME Option is competitive. General admission to the CHEM E NME Option is upon completion of NME 220. Admission decisions are based upon grades including NME 220 and CHEM E courses taken up to this point. A small number of students may be admitted into the NME Option upon application to the department. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record and prior experience/work in the field of nanoscience and/or molecular engineering. Students selecting to apply for the NME Option should indicate so in their Chemical Engineering application and discuss their interests and background in the essay.

Program Requirement for the CHEM E NME Option (22 credits): CHEM E 455 (3 credits), CHEM E 499 (3-6 credits), NME 220, NME 221, NME 321; NME 421; minimum of two additional approved nanoscience and molecular engineering electives. Contact the CHEM E Advising Office for the current list of approved electives. (See also CHEM E NME Course Catalogue)

NME Option Courses in Chemical Engineering

The following are required NME Option Courses in ChemE:

NME 220 (4) Lecture: Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles. Offered Spring.
NME 221 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar I. Offered Spring.
NME 321 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar II. Offered Spring.
NME 421 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar III. Offered Spring.
CHEM E 455 (3) Laboratory: Surface and Colloid Science Laboratory. Offered in Autumn and Spring.
CHEM E 499 (3-6) Research: Undergraduate Research. In order to take CHEM E 499, students must have a GPA in chemical engineering courses of 3.00 or higher. Arrange with research advisor.

NME Plan of Study for Chemical Engineering Majors

Required Course Schedule for NME CHEM E Option (after admission to the NME Option Program):

Year 2
Spring Quarter
NME 220 (4)
NME 221 (1)
Year 3
Spring Quarter
NME 321 (1)
Year 4
Fall (or Spring) Quarter
CHEM E 455 (3)
Year 4
Spring Quarter
NME 421 (1)

Suggested Course Schedule for NME ChemE Option Electives and Research Experience*

Year 3
Winter Quarter
NME Option Elective and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3)
Year 3
Spring Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3), or Engineering Co-op
Year 4
Fall Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3)
Year 4
Winter Quarter
NME Option Elective (3) and/or CHEM E 499 Research (3)

*CHEM E 499, Engineering Co-op and NME Electives (12 credits). A minimum of 3 credits in research related activity.