UPRM operates in semesters. Each semester comprises a 15-week conference period and 1 to 2 weeks of finals. The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is a 5-year (i.e. 10 semesters) program with 172 credit-hours. Below is the latest curriculum, approved as of the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021. This curriculum applies to all new admissions (i.e. freshmen), re-admissions, and transfers (including those from articulated programs) from that date, thereafter. For previous curriculum versions check the Documents and Links section under Current Students.
The flowchart below shows the pre-requisite and co-requisite sequence of courses in the curriculum. For a downloadable version of the curriculum and flowchart, click here (include link to pdf in Resources).
The required courses are divided in general areas as follows:
|Languages (Spanish & English)||18|
|Preparatory Math (Pre-Calc)||5|
|Basic Sciences (Chemistry & Physics)||38|
|General Engineering Topics||20|
|Chemical Engineering Topics||48|
|Free Electives **||12|
* Socio-Humanistic electives are to promote the social and cultural awareness necessary to succeed in today’s diverse workforce. These courses are scattered through the curriculum to provide a balance to technical courses. Courses in this area must be selected from the list approved by the engineering faculty to meet this requirement.
** Free electives allow students the liberty to enrich their education by taking other general interest courses, or taking other technical courses to expand their knowledge base. There are no restrictions, as long as the course content is not equivalent to that of required courses or previously taken.