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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering currently offers three options – the standard option, the pre-medical/biomedical engineering option, and the biotechnology option – all leading to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.

The three options differ in the selection of some technical electives and in the requirement of extra courses. The standard option consists of 126 credit hours and is intended to prepare the student for chemical engineering practice in any of the wide variety of industries, engineering design firms, and consulting practices employing chemical engineers. The 135 credit hour pre-med option specifically includes electives and other courses to prepare chemical engineering students for medical careers and careers in related areas. The biotechnology option, 128 credit hours, emphasizes biological applications of chemical engineering.

Undergraduate Degrees

The standard option prepares students for a career in the wide variety of chemical process industries or for graduate engineering studies. Technical electives allow emphasis on energy, materials, process systems, environment, or other areas of interest.

The biotechnology option emphasizes engineering of biological systems not necessarily related to human health and medicine. Examples include: biochemical processing for manufacture of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and fuels; fermentation processes; and genetic engineering.

The premedical/biomedical engineering option emphasizes preparation for medical school, and/or a focus on engineering related to human health and medicine. Examples of topic areas include tissue engineering, drug delivery, cell interactions, and medical biosensors.

 

Accelerated Dual B.S / M.S. Degrees

These programs allow students to obtain both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in as few as five years. Twelve credits of coursework are simultaneously counted in both programs. These programs can be entered by applying through the department during the first three years of the B.S. program.

Students completing these programs will receive two degrees:  the B.S. in Chemical Engineering and the M.S. in Chemical Engineering.   Students must complete an M.S. research thesis in the field of chemical engineering.  This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development jobs in the broad field of chemical engineering.

Students completing these programs will receive two degrees: the  BS in Chemical Engineering and the MS in Bioengineering.  This program is accelerated because students may double-count (i.e., simultaneously count in both the BS and MS Programs) 12 hours.  Students must complete an M.S. thesis in the field of bioengineering. This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development jobs in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields. 

Students completing this program will receive two degrees:  BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Bioengineering.  This program is accelerated because students may double-count (i.e., simultaneously count in both the BS and MS Programs) 12 hours.  Students must complete an M.S. thesis in the field of bioengineering. This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields. 

Program Objectives

The Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program at the University of Oklahoma has the following three objectives:

Program Objective 1:
Graduates will perform successfully as professionals in businesses, industries and government.

Program Objective 2:
Graduates will perform successfully in their pursuit of advanced degrees in chemical engineering and other technical or professional fields.

Program Objective 3:
Graduates will continually improve their professional competencies through further training or education.