Preface from the Department Chair

Dear Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Student:

Welcome to the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa! You have selected a very rewarding field for your studies that will provide you with a wide variety of career opportunities. As you progress through the undergraduate curriculum you will learn to apply the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and economics to analyze processes for converting raw resources into materials that will benefit humanity. It is impossible to adequately describe the myriad of career opportunities available to chemical engineers in a short statement. To quickly find out more about what Chemical Engineering is all about, I suggest that you go to the web site listed below:

As you progress through the Chemical Engineering curriculum, you will learn general principles that can be applied to many different types of processes. You will gain the ability to think, analyze, and solve problems, and it is up to you to decide where and how you want to apply these skills. This handbook is designed to provide you with useful information about chemical engineering at the University of Iowa. As illustrated in the Table of Contents, you can find broad information about the program's educational objectives, and outcomes which are the attributes you should have when you complete the program, as well as specific graduate requirements and a suggested 4-year curriculum, including descriptions of the new Elective Focus Areas. The handbook also describes the advising program, and provides information about professional development opportunities you may want to pursue.

The faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is looking forward to working with you to help you achieve your educational and career goals. We take great pride and interest in each of our undergraduate students, so please do not hesitate to stop by the office (4133 Seamans Center) if you have any questions.

C. Allan Guymon
Professor and Department Executive Officer