Undergraduate Program

Curriculum Information

Our curriculum provides two areas of concentration: chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering. Each area is based on a strong fundamental understanding of chemical engineering; the biomolecular concentration’s technical electives focus more on bio-applied processing and technology.

  • Chemical Engineering: This concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in the energy, chemical, food, pharmaceutical, semiconductor processing, personal care, fiber, and materials industries.
  • Biomolecular Engineering: This concentration builds upon the traditional principles of chemical engineering, but specializes in biological and biotechnological systems in order to better prepare students who are interested in or seek employment in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

The Undergraduate Handbook is a comprehensive resource guide for the undergraduate program, with information about the department's educational objectives, curriculum, advising and resources, and the broader undergraduate student experience.

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Academic Advisors

Academic Advisers in the School of Chemical Sciences assist students with course selection and guide them through their field of study. They also ensure that our students meet all degree requirements and help with registration issues, declaring a minor, etc. We encourage students to first meet with their academic advisors; however, your faculty advisor can provide guidance on career planning or graduate school; your academic advisor can help you identify your faculty advisor to schedule a consultation. Contact scs-advising@illinois.edu for your general questions about the curriculum, course selection, registration, etc. 

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Academic Catalog

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs, and degree requirements for students. It also includes degree requirements and suggested sequences.

Course Explorer 

The Course Explorer includes the Class Schedule, plus a database of general education requirements in addition to other resources.

Curriculum Map

This curriculum map is a tool to help undergraduate students select courses to take each semester to fulfill our program's requirements.

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  • Course prerequisite chain
  • Immediate prerequisite
  • Credit or concurrent registration required
  • Concurrent registration required
  • Postrequisite course sequence
Chemical Engineering Curriculum Map
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Fall First YearSpring First YearFall Second YearSpring Second YearFall Third YearSpring Third YearFall Fourth YearSpring Fourth Year


Before reviewing the links, students should find their effective Academic Catalog Year. When clicking any links referenced below that take students to the Academic Catalog Year pages, they should be mindful of which Academic Catalog year is displayed.

  1. IE 300 may be taken instead.
  2. MATH 257 may be taken instead.

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