A Jointly Sponsored Undergraduate Program
Process Control Systems is a program intended to provide students with a broad background in chemical and systems engineering, with emphasis on the science and technology of process automation. Through a careful selection of courses in chemical engineering and systems engineering, a unified approach is developed to the analysis, design, operation and control of chemical and other manufacturing processes. Electives in systems engineering allow further in-depth specialization in applied mathematics, discrete-event systems, robotics, quality control, optimization, and dynamical systems.
In addition to the traditional laboratory work in chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering, a laboratory course in digital process control is offered based on computers and advanced commercial distributed-control equipment. Familiarity with computers and with process modeling, data acquisition, and control software is an essential component of the training. In the senior year, you can elect to complete a major design project either in chemical processing systems (chemical engineering) or in technological or engineering systems (systems engineering).
Upon successful completion, you receive both the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Engineering.
The Process Control Systems program satisfies an increasing demand by manufacturing and petrochemical companies for professionals trained in advanced automation to improve product quality, to reduce costs, to improve capital productivity, and to improve safety and environmental quality. This interdisciplinary program provides the background necessary to combine traditional engineering skills with new systems-engineering techniques and meet these challenges. The program is staffed by faculty members from both departments and is supervised by a coordinating committee. You are assigned an adviser who is a member of the committee.
To satisfy the core requirements of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the following courses are required:
|Physics 117A, 118A
|Chem 111A, 112A, 151, 152
|Math 132, 233, 217
|Humanities/social sciences electives
To complete the core requirements of both chemical engineering and systems engineering, the following additional requirements apply:
|ChE 257 or Chem 257
The balance of the curriculum is carefully structured to satisfy the combined degree requirements and to meet the objectives of the program. The general degree requirements include the residency and other applicable requirements of the University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The curriculum meets the requirements of both degrees and can be completed in four years. The total number of units required is 141. The semester course load exceeds the usual school-wide average of 15 units per semester, so you must be highly motivated to accomplish this objective in eight semesters. The course load in individual semesters may be lightened by attending summer school or by adding an additional semester. A number of courses (e.g. EP 310; MAE 320; ESE 309, 317, 326, 351, 441; and humanities and social sciences courses) are usually offered in the summer as well.
Further information about the program can be obtained from the coordinating committee through either of the cooperating departments.