UB - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Chemical and Biological Engineering

BS in Chemical Engineering Technical Electives

To qualify as a technical elective, a course must be a minimum of three credit hours.

Requirement: three technical electives are required to complete the CE degree, including one general technical elective at the 200+ level and two CE technical electives.

A general technical elective (TE) is any course offered by the UB schools listed below that is not explicitly required for the CE degree. A CE technical elective is any course offered by the department, thus the prefix "CE".

Please also read this list of unacceptable courses, due to overlapping with existing required CE content. If you have any doubt that a particular course may be invalid as a TE, it is your responsibility to check with your academic advisor before registering for the course to make sure it will be acceptable as a TE for the CE degree.

1. One General Technical Elective Required:

Possible Technical Elective Schools:

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) - any course with one of the following prefixes:

  • EAS  (Engineering and Applied Sciences)
  • CE  (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
  • BE  (Biomedical Engineering)
  • CIE  (Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering)
  • CSE  (Computer Science and Engineering)
  • EE  (Electrical Engineering)
  • IE  (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
  • MAE  (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

College of Arts and Science (CAS) - any course with one of the following prefixes:

  • BIO   (Biological Sciences)
  • CHE  (Chemistry)
  • GLY  (Geology)
  • MTH  (Mathematics)
  • PHY  (Physics)

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) - any course with one of the following prefixes:

  • BCH   (Biochemistry)
  • BPH  (Biophysics)
  • MIC  (Microbiology and Immunology)
  • PGY  (Physiology)

School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) - any course with one of the following prefixes:

  • STA  (Biostatistics)

If you don't know what you want to take, look at this list of suggested TEs
In some instances, graduate courses may be used as TE's. For more information about this see your CBE Advisor.

    2. Two CE Technical Electives Required:
              A chemical engineering technical elective is any course offered by the department (and thus having the prefix CE). The courses offered as chemical engineering TE's vary from one semester to the next, and from one year to another.
          We also accept certain courses from Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (viz., CIE 334, 340, 343, 441, 442, 444) to fulfill this requirement. These courses relate to environmental engineering, which is a field of interest in chemical engineering. You must obtain permission from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering to enroll in any of these courses.

Note that various tutorial courses (TUT) can be used to satisfy technical elective requirements.  For example, the following courses can be used to satisfy general TE and/or chemical engineering TE requirements: Chemical Engineering Projects (CE 406), Internship/Practicum (CE 496), Undergaduate Research and Creative Activity (CE 498), and Independent Study (CE 499).

Note the following restrictions on the use of tutorial courses (CE 406, CE 496, CE 498, CE 499)

Effective Summer 2012, the following policy will be applied to the use of tutorial courses (CE 406, 496, 498, and 499) to satisfy the two CBE TE requirements:

  • Students may participate in a given tutorial course (CE 406, 496, 498, or 499) multiple times. However, one instance only of a given tutorial course may be used to satisfy a CBE TE degree requirement.
  • Stated differently, a student may enroll in a given course (e.g. CE 498) as many times as they wish, but this sequence of enrollments will satisfy just one CBE TE degree requirement.
  • Example 1: If a student participates in CE 498 during both the Fall and Spring semesters of their senior year, they would acquire 6 credits, but be permitted to use this experience to satisfy one CBE TE only. The grades earned in both the Fall and Spring semesters would contribute to the student’s GPA.
  • Example 2: If a student participates in CE 498 during the Fall semester and CE 496 during the Spring semester of their senior year, these experiences would collectively satisfy two CBE TE requirements.
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