The undergraduate curriculum has been systematically revised over the years to reflect the emergence of chemical engineering as a modern discipline and its changing role in society. The modern curriculum includes such diverse topics as process control, chemical plant design, with electives in diverse areas such as biochemical engineering, air pollution, desalination, and wastewater treatment.
The chemical engineering department offers a four-year program which is sufficiently general to prepare the graduate for all phases of the chemical industry, whether in development or research. The aim of the first two years is to provide the necessary background in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering subjects such as electrical engineering, fluid mechanics, materials science, and chemical engineering. The third and fourth years are taken almost entirely within the department; the curriculum is designed around the core topics of mass, heat and momentum transfer, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, separation processes, and process control.
Because of the wide scope of chemical engineering training and the industrial boom in Saudi Arabia, graduates can seek employment in many fields. Some may follow a career in university teaching and research. Still others find employment in petroleum, petrochemical, food metals, and chemical industries, or in government ministries.
The electives in the department are subdivided into five categories: (i) Reactor Design and Catalysis, (ii) Mathematical Analysis and Control, (iii) Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries, (iv) Environment, and (v) General Topics. These areas are of particular interest to the present industrial development of the Kingdom. Students can thus avail themselves of the opportunity to specialize in any one of these fields by choosing appropriate courses for the three chemical engineering electives shown in the present chemical engineering curriculum guide.
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Within few years after graduation, our graduates will be able to:
- Achieve a successful career in oil, gas, petrochemicals, desalination, energy and other process industries.
- Integrate their academic preparation with chemical engineering practice, innovation and technology development.
- Pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering or other related fields.
- Pursue leadership roles in industry, business, and government agencies.
(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
(2) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
(3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(4) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
(5) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
(6) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
(7) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The details about the degree plan and the flow chart curriculum in BS CHE can be found from the following files:
List of Technical Electives