Jasper Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Fernando Resende, Interim Chair

Chemical engineers are concerned with the application and control of processes leading to changes in chemical composition. The four focus areas in the University of Texas at Tyler’s Chemical Engineering Program are in: (a) Energy, including petroleum and natural gas production and processing, (b) biochemical engineering manufacturing and production processes, (c) environmental contamination and remediation, and (d) materials manufacturing and process design. 

Chemical engineers have a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and basic engineering. Chemical engineering courses include thermodynamics, transport phenomena, mass transfer operations, materials engineering, process dynamics and control, kinetics, and plant design. Students will have the opportunity to operate small-scale equipment and the program will strive to build strong partnerships with local industry in order to provide a practice based approach to learning.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering that can be completed through study in Tyler, Texas. The Chemical Engineering baccalaureate program is seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.  The Chemical Engineering program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


The faculty and staff provide the opportunity for chemical engineering students to develop state-of-the-art engineering knowledge and skills through student-centered education and research. Teamwork, professionalism and the importance of life-long learning are hallmarks of our program. Students and faculty provide outreach through innovative chemical engineering solutions to significant regional, national, and global issues.


The department will be a leader in chemical engineering education through the integration of design in the curriculum. Upon graduation, our students will be able to excel in the global chemical engineering community. We will be a recognized center for innovative chemical engineering research and expertise that meets the needs of industry, government, and society.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become engineering leaders and assume responsibility for multidisciplinary engineering design; project construction, and asset management; and ethical decision making in professional practice.

Graduates continue to grow intellectually and professionally through participation in professional society activities, continuing engineering education, graduate studies, and/or self-study during their professional career.

Graduates demonstrate effective oral, written, and graphical communication skills to meet increasing professional demands.

Graduates understand the importance of engineering licensure.

Student Outcomes

Graduates can demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics\
  • 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
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • 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
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Graduation Requirements

During a chemical engineering student’s first semester at The University of Texas at Tyler, a college advisor is assigned as the student’s academic advisor to work with the student in planning a program of study to complete degree requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor throughout the semester and are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester or summer session.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree, a student must:

  • complete the general baccalaureate degree requirements for the university;
  • earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses used to meet the degree requirements;
  • attempt the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. A senior may take the FE exam within one year of completing the BSCHE curriculum. The FE exam may be taken more than once, and seniors will be encouraged to take the exam at the earliest opportunity; and
  • complete the Chemical Engineering curriculum requirements specified in the following sections.