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Core CHE Concepts: I and II

Core CHE Concepts: I and II is a two-semester online chemical engineering sequence offered in both the Fall/Spring and Spring/Summer sessions through the Engineering Online program at NC State.

Explore the topics for the first semester, Core CHE Concepts I

See the full list of course topics in the Core CHE Concepts Roadmap

  • Designed to prepare students with backgrounds in chemistry, biology or other engineering degrees for successful graduate study in chemical engineering.
  • Individual modules feature short video lectures, worked examples, conceptual quizzes, and interactive features for student support.
  • Courses count as two electives (6 credit hours) towards NC State’s MS in Chemical Engineering.
  • Excellent continuing education option for engineers and scientists who want an overview of core chemical engineering concepts.
  • Certificate of Completion awarded to students who successfully complete the two-course sequence.
  • Course I is offered in the fall semester and Course II in the spring by award-winning instructors Dr. Lisa Bullard and Dr. Matthew Cooper.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Course 1

  • Solve steady state and transient material and energy balance problems for single and multiple unit processes, with and without reaction, involving components in both vapor and liquid phases.
  • Describe and analyze transport processes for flows of Newtonian fluids.
  • Perform thermodynamic analyses of closed and open systems based on first and second laws. Relate thermodynamic properties of interest to measurable physical parameters and calculate the thermodynamic properties for a specified change of state.

Course 2

  • Describe and analyze energy and heat transport through single and multiple phases as well as steady-state and transient mass transfer processes.
  • Apply first and second laws to multicomponent systems to calculate thermodynamic properties.
  • Develop rate equations from known elementary reactions or available kinetic data, size a reactor given reaction kinetics, and evaluate reactor design options for multiple reactions.