Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Bamin Khomami, Head
Brian J. Edwards, Associate Head

Advincula, R. (Governor’s Chair of Advanced and Nanostructured Materials), PhD – Florida
Edwards, B.J., PhD – Delaware
Frymier, P.D., PhD – Virginia
Khomami, B. (Granger and Beaman Distinguished University Professor), PhD – Illinois
Kilbey, S.M., PhD – Minnesota
Paddison, S.J. (Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering), PhD – Calgary (Canada)
Ragauskas, A.J. (Governor’s Chair for Biorefining), PhD – Western Ontario (Canada)
Stein, G. E. (Prados Professor), PhD – California (Santa Barbara)
Zawodzinski, T.A. (Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage), PhD – SUNY (Buffalo)

Associate Professors
Abel, S.M., PhD – Stanford
Akpa, B., PhD – Cambridge
Boder, E.T., PhD – Illinois
Dalhaimer, P.M., PhD – Pennsylvania
Doxastakis, M., PhD – Patras (Greece)
Guo, Z., PhD – Louisiana State
Laursen, S.O., PhD – Michigan
Sangoro, J.R., PhD – University of Leipzig
Trinh, C.T. (Ferguson Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering), PhD – Minnesota

Research Faculty
Mukherjee, D., PhD – Minnesota

Adjunct Faculty
Chen, W.R., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cox, C.D., PhD – Pennsylvania State
Dadmun, M., PhD – Massachusetts
Daw, S., PhD – Tennessee
Downs, J.J., PhD – Tennessee
Hayes, D.G., PhD – Michigan
Watson, J.S., PhD – Tennessee

Eastman Professor of Practice
Raghavan, S., PhD – Louisiana State

Emeriti Faculty
Counce, R.M., PhD – Tennessee
Moore, C.F., PhD, PE – Louisiana State
Prados, J.W., PhD, PE – Tennessee
Wang, T.W., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chemical and biomolecular engineering is engaged in the development, design, operation, and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, and specialty chemicals. It is a broadly based discipline with heavy emphasis on chemistry and mathematics, with supporting study in areas such as physics, materials science, and humanities.

Chemical engineering graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, possess the knowledge base, intellectual skills, and professional commitment which prepare them for innovative technical leadership, graduate study, productive service to society, and continued professional growth through lifelong learning. Preparation is based in the attainment of the objectives identified below, regular evaluation of the achievement of these objectives, and use of evaluation results to improve the educational process.

  • Graduates of the UT Knoxville chemical engineering program will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of chemical engineers.
  • Qualified graduates of the UT Knoxville chemical engineering program will pursue graduate or advanced professional study if desired.
  • Graduates of the UT Knoxville chemical engineering program will continue their professional growth through lifelong learning.
  • Graduates of the UT Knoxville chemical engineering program will pursue career progression toward positions of technical or managerial leadership.

The curriculum provides a central core of required courses with the flexibility in the upper-division years to permit emphasis on preparation for graduate school or professional employment, and to concentrate in either chemical or biomolecular tracks. To graduate in chemical engineering, students must complete the published curriculum and meet general university and college requirements.

The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org), under the General Criteria and the Chemical Engineering Program Criteria.

A minimum of 18 hours of general education courses are required. These courses must meet the University General Education Requirement .

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students.


Progression to Upper-Division

Progression of students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering to departmental courses numbered 310 and above is competitive and is based on capacity. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower-division courses, and evidence of satisfactory and orderly progress through the prescribed curriculum.

Upper-Division Status

A lower-division student must apply for progression to upper-division status after completing CBE 201 , CBE 235 , CBE 240 , and CBE 250  with a grade of C– or better in each course and an overall GPA of 2.3 or better.

Provisional Status

Students who have completed CBE 201 , CBE 235 , CBE 240 , and CBE 250  with an overall GPA of at least 2.3 may apply for provisional status. Any student granted provisional status must retake the 200-level CBE course or courses in which a grade less than C– was earned and achieve a C– or better to be admitted to full upper-division status. Grades of C– or better in these four courses are required for graduation. The granting of provisional upper-division status is based on availability of space in the departmental programs after upper-division status students have been accommodated. Provisional students are required to demonstrate the ability to perform satisfactorily in upper-division courses by completing a total of seven departmental courses with a grade of C– or better in each course (including the four required for upper-division status). Permission to continue with upper-division classes depends on this minimum level of performance.

Any student with an overall GPA below 2.1 will not be admitted to upper-division chemical and biomolecular engineering courses. Students who have not been admitted to upper-division or provisional status will be dropped from upper-division departmental classes. 

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