Below is a list of permanent Chemical Engineering undergraduate courses. Students must verify course requirements before planning to take a course. Visit your academic advisor and review the latest version of the Undergraduate Catalog for changes.  

Elective courses are offered “by demand” and are subject to faculty expertise availability. 

Research, special topics, and practice courses may have additional requirements to those shown below. 

INQU 3047 - CHEMICAL PROCESS MANUFACTURING

Three credit hours. Three hours of lectures per week. 
Prerequisite: QUIM 3042 or QUIM 3002.  

Introduction to the chemical plants manufacturing processes and raw materials processing at large scale of: chemicals, petroleum products, food, drugs, and wastes. Discussion of the chemical-process stem transformation of raw materials into desired end products, processing equipment, process flow diagram and schematic representation of the physical and chemical process interactions to carry out the overall transformation. Evaluation of the economic performance of different manufacturing options to reach the optimal or best solution. Evaluation of environmental, health and safety criteria as other considerations in the manufacturing steps. Discussion of ethical considerations in the manufacturing engineers profession. 

INQU 4001 - HEAT TRANSFER OPERATIONS

Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. 
Prerequisites: INQU 4010 and INQU 4011. 

Heat transfer principles, including multidimensional flow and unsteady state conditions, radiation heat transfer, design of exchangers, empirical relations.  

INQU 4002 - MASS TRANSFER OPERATIONS

Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. 
Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012. 

Phase equilibria and equilibrium stage operations, with particular emphasis on distillation, gas absorption, humidification, and liquid-liquid extraction.  

INQU 4003 - UNIT OPERATIONS III

Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week. 
Prerequisite: INQU 4005. 

Theory, applications, and design of unit operations which are mostly employed in the pharmaceutical industry; air, water, and media sterilizations, recovery of fermentation products, aeration, agitation, crystallization, and scale-up.  

INQU 4004 - UNIT OPERATIONS LABORATORY III

One credit hour. One three-hour laboratory per week. 
Corequisite: INQU 4003. 

Experimental studies on crystallization, drying of solids, fermentation, sterilization, validation, extraction, and filtration using pilot plant equipment.  

INQU 4005 - MATERIALS AND ENERGY BALANCES

Four credit hours. Three hours of lecture and two hours of discussion per week.
Corequisites: QUIM 4041 or QUIM 4057 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 

An introduction to chemical engineering calculations involving the laws of conservation of mass and energy. 

INQU 4008 - MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4005 and MATE 4009. 
 

Mathematical analysis of problems of interest in chemical engineering. Methods of interpretation and analysis of experimental data, formulation and solution of mass and energy balance equations in open and closed systems: use of Laplace transforms, error and Bessel functions, matrices, solution of problems by means of digital computers.  

INQU 4010 - MOMENTUM TRANSFER OPERATIONS

Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4005.
Corequisite: MATE 4009.  

Introduction to mass, momentum and energy transport, and the calculation of transport coefficients. Shell momentum balances; analytical solution of problems in viscous flow; dimensional analysis. Introduction to turbulent flow. Friction factor in ducts and particulate systems. Macroscopic balances, application to the design of chemical engineering systems.  

INQU 4011 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS I

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4005 and QUIM 4041 and (MATE 4009 or MATE 3048). 
 

Thermodynamic principles; applications of the first and second laws of thermodynamics to the solution of chemical engineering problems; thermodynamic properties of fluids.  

INQU 4012 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS II

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4011 and QUIM 4042 and INGE 3016. 
 

Emphasis on thermodynamic functions, properties of solutions, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction equilibria. 

INQU 4017 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING KINETICS AND CATALYSIS

Four credit hours. Four hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012. 
 

The principles of chemical kinetics and catalysis, and their application to reactor design and industrial processes.  

INQU 4027 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR

One credit hour. One and one-half hour of seminar per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4010. 
 

Discussion and reports on special topics in chemical engineering. Involves literature searches and evaluation for the preparation of written and oral reports. Students are required to attend all seminars sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering. 

INQU 4029 - PHARMACEUTICAL OPERATIONS

Four credit hours. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Prerequisites: INME 4001 or INME 4045 or QUIM 4041.
 

Theory, principles and practices related with the manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations and pharmaceutical related plant and equipment design. Studies on key unit operations like powder weighing granulation, milling, blending and compressing. Plant and equipment validation and good manufacturing practices (GMP).  

INQU 4034 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY I

Two credit hours. Two three-hour laboratories per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4001. 
 

Experimental studies on fluid flow and heat transfer using pilot plant equipment.  

 

INQU 4036 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PRACTICE

Three credit hours. Thirty five hours per week for seven or more weeks during the summer or its equivalent during the semester.
Prerequisites: authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

A course organized in cooperation with private industry or government to provide the student with practical experience in chemical engineering. The work performed by the student will be jointly supervised by the academic department and an appropriate official from the cooperating organization. An oral and written report will be required from the student upon completion of the project.  

INQU 4038 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4005. 
 

Skills for successful management projects that require development, design, construction and operation of chemical plants and related industries.  

INQU 4077 - UNIT OPERATIONS IN FOOD PROCESSING

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4001 and INQU 4012.
Corequisite: INQU 4002.  

Drying: tray, belt, drum, spray, freeze drying, instantanizing, and agglomeration. Freezing and freeze concentration. Membrane processes: osmosis, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, electrodialysis, Extrusion, Expression, Microwave heating. 

INQU 4206 - QUANTITATIVE FRAMEWORKS IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INGE 3016. 
 

Study of fundamental concepts, technology, and utilization of living things in the context of engineering disciplines. Discussion of the interactions between a biological unit in its physical, chemical, and biological environments. Applications of engineering principles to the quantification of biological responses.  

INQU 4207 - BIOSEPARATION ENGINEERING

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4005. 
 

Study of the theory, applications, and design of the biochemical unit operations related to pretreatment of raw materials and product processing, such as filtration, sedimentation, extraction, chromatography, crystallization, mixing, and drying, amongst others.  

INQU 4995 - ENGINEERING PRACTICE FOR COOP STUDENTS

Zero to nine credit hours.
Prerequisites: INQU 4005 and authorization of the Director of the Department.
 

Practical experience in chemical engineering in cooperation with private industry or government to be jointly supervised by the academic department, the coop program coordinator, and an official from the cooperating organization. A written report will be required upon completion of each period of work.  

INQU 4998 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

One to six credit hours. Three to twenty-four hours of laboratory per week.
Pre-requisite: fourth or fifth year student and authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Participation, under the supervision of a faculty member acting as an investigator, in a research project.  

Advance Undergraduate Courses

INQU 5006 - STATISTICAL METHODS FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: (INQU 4005 and (MATE 4009 or MATE 3048)) or authorization of the Director of the Department.
 

Statistical analysis of experimental data, curve fitting, and sampling theory; nomography; problem solving with digital computers. Emphasis is given to chemical engineering applications.  

INQU 5015 - FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR POLLUTION

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INCI 4008 or authorization of the Director of the Department.
Corequisite: INQU 4002.  

Classification and extent of air pollution problems; meteorology and air pollution; dispersion from effluents; the effect of air pollution on plants and animals; visibility problems; socioeconomic impact of pollution problems; analytical and experimental sampling methods; equipment and process for abating air pollution; governmental regulations for air pollution control. 

INQU 5018 - AIR POLLUTION CONTROL

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4010 or INCI 4008 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

A discussion of the theory, principles, and practices related to engineering control of particulate and gaseous emissions from natural, industrial, agricultural, commercial, and municipal sources of atmospheric pollution.  

INQU 5019 - INDUSTRIAL WASTE CONTROL

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INCI 4008 or authorization of the Director of the Department.
Corequisite: INQU 4002.

The minimization of industrial wastes through the proper design and operation of manufacturing plants; treatment of disposal of industrial wastes, with emphasis on the chemical industries in Puerto Rico.  

INQU 5020 - CHEMICAL PROCESS SAFETY AND ECONOMICS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4001 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Process safety and economic engineering analysis of chemical engineering unit operations and processes. Estimation of capital and manufacturing costs for engineering economic analysis and profitability analysis of chemical processes. Evaluation of the impact of chemical processing on the health and safety of people, and damage to the environment. Understanding of potential hazards and risk assessment associated with chemical processes and equipment. Analysis of process design and optimization.  

INQU 5021 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN I

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Corequisites: INQU 4002 and INQU 4017.  

Analysis and design of chemical and biochemical process units, in particular, chemical reactors, mixers, separation units, heat exchangers, and transport of fluids.  

INQU 5022 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN II

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: (INQU 4017 and INQU 4002 and INQU 5021) or authorization of the Director of the Department.
 

Integration of chemical engineering concepts, economics, safety, ethics, and environmental considerations to plant and/or chemical process design.  

INQU 5025 - ANALYSIS AND CONTROL OF PROCESSES

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: (INQU 4017 and INQU 4002) or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Mathematical simulation of chemical and physical processes. Analysis of first and second order systems; control modes; control hardware; roots locus and frequency response analysis; optimum control settings; applications to the design of control systems.  

INQU 5026 - MICROCLIMATE AND DISPERSION OF AIR POLLUTANTS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4002 or INCI 4008 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Discussion of the elements of microclimate in urban, rural, and valley environments. Dispersion of air pollutants in these environments.  

INQU 5029 - BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING LABORATORY l

Two credit hours. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.
Prerequisites: INQU 4207 or INQU 4003 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Hands-on experiences in upstream and downstream bioprocess unit operations. Experiments in the areas of bioreactor cultures, cell and protein separation, as well as application of bioanalytical methods.  

INQU 5030 - CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY II

Two credit hours. Two three hour laboratory periods per week.
Prerequisite: (INQU 4002 and INQU 4017) or authorization of the Director of the Department.
Corequisite: INQU 5025.  

Experimental studies on mass transfer, process control, fermentation, kinetics and catalysis using pilot plant equipment at the Unit Operations Laboratory.  

INQU 5035 - BIOREACTOR ENGINEERING

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4005 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Fundamentals of biochemistry. Kinetics of enzyme reactors; growth kinetics of suspended cell cultures; consideration of transport phenomena in bioreactors; operation and control strategies of bioreactors; culture of genetically engineered cells to produce recombinant proteins of therapeutic value.  

INQU 5036 - PARTICULATE SYSTEMS

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4002 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Creation, characterization, separation and agglomeration of particles. Sizing fractionation of powders, surface area and pore size determinations. Pulverization, crystallization, agglomeration, tableting and granulation.

INQU 5050 - HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisite: INQU 4012 or INCI 4008 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Introduction to the application of traditional and innovative technologies for the treatment of hazardous wastes in water and soil. Discussion of aspects such as: environmental regulations, design and operating parameters, and cost analysis. Use of computer software for the simulation and design of the different technologies.  

INQU 5075 - POLYMER ENGINEERING

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: ((QUIM 3042 or QUIM 3132) and (INQU 4010 or INGE4010 or INGE4015)) or authorization of the Director of the Department.
 

Application of the principles of fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to describe the production and processing of polymeric materials. Application of engineering principles to the analysis of polymer processes such as extrusion, molding and other industrially relevant unit operations. Emphasis on the effects of processing on structure and physical properties of polymers, and vice versa. 

INQU 5076 - POLYMER SCIENCE

Three credit hours. Three hours of lecture per week.
Prerequisites: QUIM 3042 or QUIM 3132 or authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Analysis of the fundamental physical and chemical properties of polymers and their relevance in the synthesis, production and characterization of polymer-based materials. Discussion of polymerization and reaction kinetics of polymers and copolymers, structure and morphology in solution, melt, and solid phases, thermodynamics of polymers, solutions and blends, and molecular weight characterization.  

INQU 5995 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS

One to three credit hours. One to three laboratory, library or independent work periods per week.
Prerequisite: authorization of the Director of the Department. 
 

Undergraduate research problems in chemical engineering or related field. Topics vary with interest of student and instructor. Open only to outstanding Chemical Engineering students.