School of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

146 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)
Engineering Accreditation Commission


General Education
Behavioral, Social Sciences and History
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
ECO350Engineering Economics
3 credits
This course presents the theory and application of the fundamentals of Engineering Economy and the methodology of economic decision analysis. Students will be required to learn the theoretical foundations of various principles of economic analysis and how they can be applied to solve problems encountered in industry and business.
GEN302Engineering Ethics
1 credits
This course studies the theories of rational justification, of the moral judgments and the relationship between the concept of liberty, and the concept of responsibility, while covering the basic principles of deontology of an engineer's profession.
GEN410Engineering Projects Management
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN350
This course covers the basics of project management where students learn what project management involves and how to approach it successfully and why a plan is so important to the success of a project and how to implement risk management successfully in each phase of the project We define all tools and techniques for planning and controlling. We cover the major subject areas of the topic of quality of project management and provide valuable information. This course is essential for future engineers working in industrial environments needing to gain a recognized qualification within project management. This course prepares students to apply proven methodologies to projects within their individual fields.
English Communication
3 credits
GEN301Law for Engineers
2 credits
This course is designed to provide the students with fundamental knowledge of legal principles and terminology, to understand the basic foundations and theories of law, and to explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of law (i.e., Contract Law, Liability Law, Labor Law, Commercial Law, etc.) It is also designed to help prepare engineering students for careers in fields which are impacted by the law and to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law and the application of laws and legal strategy in engineering. This course will also help engineering students to understand their rights and responsibilities as a contractor (application of Contract Law), an employee (application of Labor Law) and as a partner (application of Commercial Law).
Religious Sciences
3 credits
GEN300 Or GEN303Scientific English Or Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: ENG240
Scientific English
This course is designed to give the students the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It is also designed to provide rigorous training in advanced reading, critiquing, synthesizing and researching. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion, emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another. In addition, students deliver one oral power point presentation based on their writings.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1) Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and learn how to identify opportunities
2) Have a better understanding of the business value propositions offered through technology and innovation
3) Apply their technical knowledge to create prototypes and MVPs
4) Build a business model canvas for their entrepreneurial projects
5) Improve their communication and public speaking skills through pitching
1 credits
Mathematics and Sciences
MAT207Algebra for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course aims at providing the necessary tools and the mathematical maturity for engineers, for the design and analysis of abstract mathematical models. Subjects covered: complex numbers, logic and proofs, propositional calculus, sets and mappings, relations and ordered sets, an introduction to algebraic structures, groups, rings and fields, polynomials, counting, finite and transfinite cardinals.
MAT307Algebra for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT207
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of algebra, covering mainly linear systems and matrices, matrix algebra, inverses, Gauss elimination, elementary matrices, computing inverses, determinants, vector spaces, definition and examples of spaces and subspaces, linear independence, basis and dimension, change of basis, linear applications, reduction of an endomorphism, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, characteristic polynomial, solving linear systems of differential equations, diagonalization and applications, bilinear and quadratic forms, Gauss method, scalar and cross product, euclidean and Hermitian spaces, Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization process, geometric transformations.
MAT217Calculus for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course covers integration methods to compute integrals and improper integrals. We will study the infinite series, Taylor expansion, Parametric curves and Polar curves, and double integrals.
MAT227Calculus for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course teaches basic theory and techniques of Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs). Topics include: solution of non-linear first-order ODE's; linear ODE's, especially second order with constant and variable coefficients; delta functions, convolution, and Laplace transform methods; power series and resolution of differential equations using power series; real and complex Fourier series; and an introduction to partial differential equations.
MAT337Calculus for Engineers 3
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of calculus, covering mainly parametric and polar curves, three dimensional analytic geometry, differentiation and integration of functions of several variables, and vector calculus. Line integrals, and Green's theorem are also covered.
3 credits
CHM212General Chemistry
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to present a general outline on chemistry. Through this course chemistry is introduced in its various aspects: the structure of the atom, the various models, and the properties of the elements in the periodic table; various chemical bonds, the Lewis structure, VSEPR rules; thermochemistry, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium; kinetic chemistry, reactions rate orders, the Arrhenius law; solutions chemistry, acids and bases and various acid­base equilibrium; complexation, liquid solid equilibrium and solubility product; and Oxydoreduction titration and electrochemical cells.
CHM270Laboratory of General Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212 Or CHM210 Or CHE210
The general chemistry laboratory aims to develop different skills for the practical application of theoretical knowledge of general chemistry. Techniques to be learned: preparation and dilution of solutions, experimental verification of the Nernst equation, realization of different types of acid­ base and redox titration by volumetric, calorimetric, pH­metric or potentiometric monitoring, and the study of solubility and precipitation reactions and characterization of ions present in a given matrix. The goal of the lab course is to ensure that students are capable of understanding the chemical concepts and to carry out experiments safely and carefully in the laboratory, to obtain data accurately and to manipulate the data correctly.
GEN350Mathematics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And MAT337
The main objective of this course is to complete the knowledge of mathematics for the student engineer. It mainly covers the following themes: functions of a complex variable; analytical functions; Cauchy-Riemann conditions; harmonic functions; Cauchy integrals formulae; Taylor series; singular points; inverse Laplace transformation; special functions (Gamma and Beta functions); Bessel function; orthogonal functions (Tchebychev, Legendre, Hermite, Laguerre); and discrete-time Markov Chains.
GEN428Numerical Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And GIN221
The purpose of this course is to provide numerical concepts and methods needed by students to solve different engineering problems. Topics covered include: resolution of non-linear equations; numerical integration; data approximation and interpolation and numerical resolution of differential equations. Many numerical methods are implemented and tested using Matlab software.
GEN270Physics Laboratory
1 credits
Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But, involve me, and I'll understand. Chinese proverb. The laws of physics are based on experimental and observational facts. Laboratory work is therefore an important part of a course in general physics, helping students develop skills in fundamental scientific measurements and increasing understanding of the physical concepts. It is valuable for students to experience the difficulties of making quantitative measurements in the real world and to learn how to record and process experimental data.
STA307Probability and Statistics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course aims to provide students with the most common concepts of probability theory and statistical inference, with a unique balance between theory and methodology. Interesting relevant applications using real data will be used to show how the concepts and methods can be applied to solve problems in the different fields of engineering in practice.
Engineering courses
GCH573Advanced Process Engineering Lab
1 credits
GCH415Applied Organic Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH310
This course looks at the organic chemistry industry. Topics covered include: major sources of raw materials (coal, oil and petrochemistry); classification of oils; fractional distillation of petroleum; the olefins; oxidized derivatives of ethylene; benzene hydrocarbons; production and processing; synthetic polymers; and the detergents.
GCH412Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (GCH355 Or GCH350) and GMC340 and MAT227
This course deals with the following topics: The fluid mixtures, fugacity and activity coefficients, the theory and applications of solution thermodynamics, chemical reaction equilibrium and multi-reaction equilibrium, phase equilibria including an extended treatment of vapor/liquid equilibrium, and adsorption and osmotic equilibria, the thermodynamics analysis of real processes.
GCH435Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH410 And (GCH350 Or GCH355) And GMC451
Chemical reaction engineering is a combination of chemical kinetics and design and analysis of reactors to apply and optimize the desired reaction. A thorough understanding of the numerical aspects of chemical kinetics is fundamental to designing and selecting the appropriate chemical reactor for the studied system. This course presents first the kinetics of homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, then kinetic rate expressions are developed and integrated for simple reactions, and multiple reaction systems. Adsorption isotherms may be introduced to develop kinetic rate expressions for heterogeneous catalytic systems. The course then proceeds with chemical reactor design of ideal, isothermal and non-isothermal reactors. The basic steady-state design principles and equations of different ideal reactors models (discontinuous, Continued Stirred Tank Reactor CSTR and plug flow) are covered. Selectivity is introduced to increase the yield of the desired product. The course discusses later the reactor safety through non-steady-state reactors. Throughout this course, the principles are illustrated using examples taken from organic chemistry, industrial, and/or catalytic reactions in the liquid phase and gaseous phase.
GCH465Design of Chemical Reactors
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH435 and GCH450
This course deals with the interpretation of the evolution of different systems (with one reactor or multiple reactors), the ideal reactor designs and the possible shifts from ideal behaviors, the effect of transport phenomena in reactive systems, the definition of steady state and stability analysis. Another part will deal with reactor optimization, analysis of heterogeneous reactors and an introduction on industrial reactive system simulation and modeling.
GEL211Electric Circuits
3 credits
This course presents the basics of electric circuits’ analysis: introduction to theory, circuit variables and elements (dependent and independent voltage and current sources, resistors, inductors, capacitors); basic analysis and design of resistive circuits and different analysis techniques (Node-Voltage analysis, Mesh-Current analysis, source transformations, Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent, maximum power transfer, and Superposition methods); an introduction to capacitance, inductance, and mutual inductance; current-voltage relation; RC, RL and RLC circuits analysis (natural and step responses). Topics also include ideal operational amplifiers circuit simplification, steady-state and transient analysis, phasors, frequency response, Kirchhoff’s laws and Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent represented in the frequency domain, Laplace transform and an introduction to Transfer functions.
GEL271Electric Circuits Lab
1 credits
Introduction to the laboratory devices. Introduction to Pspice (simulation software). Simple electric circuits like voltage and current-divider and resistance measurements are implemented and analyzed. Then, students are faced to Thevenin's theorem and Norton equivalent circuit. Ideal Operational Amplifier circuits like the inverting, non-inverting, integrator … are also studied. The Bode and phase diagrams of first order passive filters are determined and simulated. Finally, the Kirchoff's law in the frequency domain and Thevenin theorem and power measurement are done.
GCH440Environment and Security in Chemical Industry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH355 Or GCH350
This aim of this course is to provide to students conceptual and practical tools to preserve the quality of the environment and avoid accidents in the industry. Topics covered include risks and environmental indicators of air pollution, water and soil quality criteria and standards, methods and procedures for characterizing environments. Also examined are risk analysis, evaluation procedures, fault tree analysis, risk reduction and preventive remedies levels, corrective and curative.
GCH596Final Project I
1 credits
This course pushes the students to demonstrate preparedness to start their careers as professional engineers by undertaking an investigation of a research topic relevant to the profession and by appraising its practical experience. The research topic will give the students the opportunity to marshal the relevant knowledge and skills from various courses and laboratories of the program and apply them to the investigation of an approved research topic and then to produce a report of a professional standard.
GCH597Final Project II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH596
This course pushes the students to demonstrate preparedness to start their careers as professional engineers by undertaking an investigation of a research topic relevant to the profession and by appraising its practical experience. The research topic and applied developed product or study will give the students the opportunity to marshal the relevant knowledge and skills from various courses and laboratories of the program and apply them to the investigation of an approved research topic and then to produce a report of a professional standard. This course requires students to exhibit/develop a proactive approach to manage, orient and present a project.
GMC471Fluid and Thermal Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC435 And GMC451
The objective of this laboratory is to show the students different experiments in thermal sciences. The students will investigate the laws and theories of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer using diverse methods of measurements including limitations and boundaries of each theory.
GMC430Fluid Mechanics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC340
This course provides a concise and clear presentation of fundamental topics in fluid mechanics, which deals with energy transportation by a fluid. These topics concern the development and application of control volume and differential form analysis and applications of fluid flows. Topics include fundamental concepts, basic equations in integral form for a control volume, introduction to differential analysis of fluid motion, potential flow, incompressible flow, and internal and external viscous flows including boundary layer concepts.
GMC451Heat Transfer
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC430
The objective of this course is to extend the knowledge of thermodynamics and fluid analysis by considering the rates of the heat transfer modes, namely, conduction, convection, and radiation and their applications. Thus, the course will cover steady and transient heat conduction, extended surfaces, external and internal forced convection of laminar and turbulent flows, natural convection, heat exchanger principles, thermal radiation, view factors and radiation exchange between diffuse and gray surfaces. Further, numerical simulations in one and two-dimensional problems will be developed.
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC430
This course deals with basic concepts of hydraulics, namely, the continuity, energy and momentum equations. This includes hydrostatics, internal viscous with application of Bernoulli equation and losses. Further, it covers physical modeling (dimensionless analysis and similarities), hydraulic pumps, and turbines.
GCH480Internship I
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH450 and GCH435
In order to register for this course, the students first spend a minimum of two months experience in the industry or a company and live a real life experience in the field of practice that they have chosen. Afterwards, the students present their “job” and what they learned from it in a well-structured and well-written scientific report.  
GCH596Internship II
1 credits
In order to register for this course, the students first spend a minimum of two months experience in the industry or a company and live a real life experience in the field of practice that they have chosen. Afterwards, the students present their “job” and what they learned from it in a well-structured and well-written scientific report.
GIN221Introduction to Programming
3 credits
This introductory course in programming enables engineering students to learn the methods of rigorous software development solutions in the object-oriented paradigm. The course is supplemented by laboratory sessions for the application of programming concepts studied in the Eclipse integrated development environment.
GEL425Linear Control Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN428
This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental principles of the control of dynamical systems. It covers the following topics: Linear system modelling (electrical systems, mechanical systems, electro-mechanical systems), transfer function and state space modelling; time response of first order and second order linear systems and error calculation; Frequency response, Bode and Nichols diagrams, Nyquist diagram; System stability technics (Routh, Nyquist, placement of poles and zeros of the closed loop); Root locus analysis; System behaviour in frequency domain (phase and gain margins, robustness); Correction of linear systems, P, PI, PD and PID corrections; lead and lag correctors, correction via state space.
GCH434Mass Transfer Operations
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC451
The objective of this course is to provide a means to teach undergraduate chemical engineering students the basic principles of mass transfer and to apply these principles to the design of equipment used in separation processes. This course will cover the fundamental principles of mass transfer in the steady-state, unsteady state and convective mass transfer. The course will also presents an advanced perspective of the mass transfer phenomena and its application in separation unit.
GCH347Materials Sciences
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212
This course introduces fundamental concepts in materials science. The main purpose of this course is to provide a good understanding of materials science and engineering. Topics covered include: an introduction to materials science, atomic structure and interatomic bonding, crystalline structure, crystal defects, diffusion, phase diagrams, mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials, corrosion and degradation of materials.
GCH310Organic Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212
The aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge of the nomenclature, the molecular structures and the reaction mechanisms of organic chemistry, as well as methods of organic synthesis. The following topics are covered: the structure of organic molecules, the geometry of organic molecules, stereoisomerism, the electronic structure of molecules, reactions and their mechanisms, nomenclature, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, Aromatic hydrocarbons, derivatives halogens, aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids.
GCH371Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM270
This course provides students with the principal techniques in organic chemistry. The experiments concern many examples of reactions, having a particular relevance to industrial organic chemistry.
GCH410Physical Chemistry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC340
This course covers the following topics: real gas (intermolecular interactions, molecular collisions, the critical temperature, the real gas state’s equation, gases liquefaction); the first principle of thermodynamics (definition of enthalpy, enthalpy of formation, enthalpy of chemical transformations); the second principle of thermodynamics (entropy, spontaneous transformation, the Gibbs energy, the equilibrium reactions); the equilibrium phase change (phase diagrams, properties of non-electrolytes, phase diagrams of mixtures); fundamental links between electrochemistry and thermodynamics redox reaction, and electrochemical affinity electrode potential.
GCH525Plant Design
3 credits
GCH355Principles of Chemical Engineering
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (CHM212 Or CHE212) and MAT217
This course deals with the following topics : it starts with flow sheet symbols and drawings, followed by the mass and energy balances for steady-state reacting and non-reacting systems; composition variables and mass and energy flow rates; material balances in non-reacting systems and in systems with one or more chemical reactions; degree of freedom analysis for non-reacting and reacting systems; enthalpy of chemical reaction, heats of formation, heat capacities, dew points and bubble points; and numerous examples with process flow sheets to illustrate each topic. The students will learn to draw a flow sheet and construct it to solve chemical balance equations around multi-unit systems, and then extend this to other units.
GCH475Process Control Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH470
In this lab students will learn about process control using computer simulation. They will develop mathematical models of chemical processes by writing unsteady state mass and energy balances, and examine transient response of closed loop sampled data systems. Analysis and design of sampled data controllers, digital PI and PID controllers are also covered.
GCH470Process Design and Control
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL425 And GCH450 And GCH435
A course covering the concepts of feedback control systems in the chemical and process industry. The course involves dynamic modeling, design and analysis of dynamic control systems.
GCH472Process Engineering Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH450 and GCH435
This laboratory offers to the students the opportunity to use all the basic knowledge to design, explore and optimize many basic operations. During this laboratory, the students will study the effect of corrosion on metals and desalting water by ion exchange columns. The students will use chemical reactors (tubular, continuous and discontinuous), and will learn how to control temperature, pressure and flows (manually and using digital programs). Another part of this lab deals with a deep bed filtration apparatus to study the pressure drop.
GCH474Process Instrumentation and measurements
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH470
The aim of this course is to provide information about the standard feedback control algorithms, all components of the feedback control loop, control system instrumentation and process safety. All types of sensors used in chemical engineering are introduced. The sensors will be used in the chain acquisition-instrumentation. An introduction of LABVIEW is also presented.
GCH562Process Simulation Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH465
This laboratory offers to the students the opportunity to use the ProSim program, a computer-based process simulator, to study different industrial processes. These include: the dehydration of natural gas, LPG recovery, bioethanol production plant, naphthalene separation, heterogeneous extractive distillation, biofuel production plant, production of ethanol and production of cyclohexane.
GEN499Seminars and Conferences
Each semester, the Faculty of Engineering organizes several seminars and conferences in which leading figures in the professional and academic world target future engineers with a speech presenting scientific, technical, and/or industrial topics, etc. and showing them the various aspects of the engineering profession.
GCH471Separation and Spectroscopic Techniques Lab
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH310
This module provides an overview of the current methods of analysis in diverse sectors such as the chemical and food industries, medical analysis laboratories, and environmental sciences. The idea is to connect the practical aspects of each studied method to its basic scientific concepts. Students will learn good laboratory practice through this module as well as the various separation methods (different chromatographic techniques) and spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV, NMR, fluorescence, atomic absorption and emission).
GCH450Separation Processes
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (GCH410 Or GCH412) And GMC451
The main topics discussed in this course represent the core unit operations in the Engineering fields. Beginning with the distillation process (atmospheric and vacuum distillations, rectification), the graphic method of McCabe Thiele is thoroughly discussed and applied with material balance equations. In the Liquid – Liquid Extraction process (binary and ternary mixtures and diagrams), McCabe Thiele methods are used to estimate the total number of theoretical successive extractions. The course then looks at filtration: the different types of filtrations and the mechanisms occurring and the parameters to control to achieve it. There is a detailed examination of deep bed filtration and cake filtration. Decantation operations will also be introduced.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the transformation of thermal energy and the behavior of its physical quantities. Such transformation is the conversion of heat into work. Engineers are generally interested in studying systems and how they interact with their surroundings. Its use becomes indispensable in our society.
GCH451Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: (GCH434 Or GMC462) and GCH450
The students taking this course have already learned the basic principles of mass transfer in the course “Mass Transfer for Chemical Engineers” as a prerequisite of this course. They have also acquired the basics of heat transfer from the course ‘Heat Transfer” during their studies at the chemical Engineering department. This course is a complementary to separation processes, and presents an advanced application of heat and mass transfer in the main unit operations in the Process Engineering. The main topics discussed in this course are related to the main principles of unit operations in the Engineering fields: Fixed and Fluidized beds, Crystallization, Liquid-Liquid extraction, Evaporation (cooling towers and condensers), Drying, Fluid-solid separation, osmosis and reverse osmosis (Membrane separation). Other processes such as, Absorption, Adsorption, chromatography and ion exchange (agitated vessels) will be presented.
Technical Electives
GCH545Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
3 credits
Efficient separation operations and many other chemical processes depend on a thorough understanding of the properties of gaseous and liquid mixtures. This course will interpret, correlate, and predict thermodynamic properties used in mixture-related phase-equilibrium calculations. Basic statistical mechanical principles and intermolecular forces will be discussed, and applied to the correlation and prediction of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria. Statistical thermodynamics will be shown to work with classical thermodynamics, molecular physics, and physical chemistry to solve real-world problems.
GCH547Advanced Kinetics and Reactor Design
3 credits
This course is a study of chemical kinetics and mechanisms in complex homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction systems, and the design and analysis of chemical reactors for such systems. The course covers the science and engineering of reactive chemical systems. Ideal reactors are modeled. The theory of chemical reactions in the gas phase from fundamental physical chemical principles is introduced. Reacting systems are identified and analyzed at the level of elementary steps, including single, chain and catalytic reactions. Mathematical models for heterogeneous reactions, including associated mass transfer limitations, are also developed.
GCH579Analysis of Petroleum Products Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH575 Or GCH576 Or GCH577
This laboratory introduces various methods of analysis by using sophisticated instruments and analytical equipment to determine various physical properties of crude, natural gas, petroleum products and petro-chemicals. Through this module students will learn the theoretical principles and experimental procedures for quantitative estimation.
GCH551Applied Electrochemistry and Corrosion
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH347
This course aims to introduce the fundamentals of electrochemistry for understanding electrochemical processes involving charge transfer and their applications, looking at accumulators and corrosion.
GIN222Applied Programming for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
This course emphasizes problem solving, algorithms, and an introduction to object-oriented programming. By the end of this course, students will be able to: break down computational problems into a series of easily managed steps; process data and perform input and output operations on it; implement, test, and debug a designed solution to a problem in Java, Matlab or the C language; and demonstrate a good understanding of libraries and use them for program development.
GCH550Catalytic Processes
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH435
Catalysis improves the speed and selectivity of chemical reactions, and allows the production of reactions under optimized conditions (room temperature, atmospheric pressure).The aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge of the catalysis technology: homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, enzyme catalysis (biocatalysis), and photocatalysis. The different steps to synthesize a catalyst, different catalytic processes, such as the typical refinery processes of cracking, alkylation, reforming, hydrotreating, and petrochemical processes such as epoxidation, ammonia synthesis, and prevention of pollution such as vehicle emissions (SCR of NOx and NOx trap) will be discussed in detail.
GCH576Conversion of Petroleum Products
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415
The objective of the course is to inform students about the chemistry and converting technology of petroleum fractions in order to obtain commercial petroleum products. The main technological units studied are: thermal cracking, catalytic cracking, catalytic reforming, alkylation, isomerization, obtaining sulfur, obtaining hydrogen and the synthesis of MTBE.
GIN231Data structures and Algorithms
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
The first part of this course introduces some concepts of object-oriented programming as well as recursion as a programming technique. In the second part, the following data structures are studied: static arrays, dynamic arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues and trees. In addition, an introduction to computational complexity is introduced in this course which allows for making a reasonable comparison between the different implementations of the above data structures.
GCH543Drilling Engineering
3 credits
This course presents the basics of drilling operations. Students will learn to visualize what is taking place down hole. They will go through all drilling steps and techniques and will understand how upstream services interact with the overall drilling process.
GEL312Electric Power Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL211
This course introduces first the concepts of sinusoidal steady-state analysis in order to prepare the students for the balanced three-phase electric circuits’ analysis: current, voltage, and power as well as power factor compensation are calculated. Then, special cases of unbalanced three-phase electric circuits are studied with the method of symmetrical components. Finally, an overview of magnetic theory is presented and the transformer explained.
GEL373Electric Power Systems Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL312
The course introduces first PSim software, then the RLC resonant circuits. Single-phase circuits are implemented: currents, voltages, powers, power factors are measured and simulated. Boucherot Theorem and power factor compensation are applied. Balanced three-phase circuits are then analyzed and simulated along with the Two-Wattmeter method and Delta-To-Wye transformation. Unbalanced three-phase circuits are also studied, measured and simulated with PSIM software. Determination of the elements of the equivalent circuit model of a single-phase transformer is also applied.
GCH556Field Development Planning
3 credits
This course covers the subject of field development planning. It teaches the fundamentals of writing a development plan. It combines both knowledge of subsurface and surface aspects in order to design a development plan up to taking a decision on optimal exploitation and development scenarios.
GMC563Fluid Rheology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH430
The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) by a sequence of gradually complex problems. In the process, basics of fluid mechanics, wave hydrodynamics, floating system dynamics, and vibrations are also covered. Topics covered include linear wave theory, linear and nonlinear oscillators, potential flow methods, wave force prediction methods, vortex-induced vibration and seakeeping.
GCH565Food and Pharmaceutical Processes
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH470
Students will learn about food and pharmaceutical processes, specifically: food and medication analysis and quality control; food safety and new product development; regulations, quality assurance, production; and evaluation of both food and pharmaceuticals processes.
GCH559Formation Evaluation
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH541 and GCH558
This course provides students with working knowledge in the field of well logging and formation evaluation. Students will learn and understand logging methodologies and the principles and physics of tools used in acquiring various types of logs. The course will also cover fundamental techniques of well log processing, analysis and petrophysical evaluations.
GCH430Instrumentation and Measurement Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEL211 And GIN221
The aim of this lab is to provide information about the types of sensors used in chemical engineering. The sensors will be used in the chain acquisition-instrumentation. An introduction of LABVIEW is also presented.
GCH455Interfacial Phenomena and Colloids
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH435
This course examines the factors underlying interfacial phenomena and focuses on the thermodynamics of surfaces, structural aspects, and electrical phenomena. Some applications are discussed in the domains of emulsion, detergency, foams, fluidization, sedimentation, nucleation, wetting, adhesion, flotation, and electrophoresis.
GCH541Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415
This course will give an overview of the oil and gas value chain starting from the exploration stage till the marketing stage. An introductory level of knowledge will be gained by students on subjects such as petroleum geology, formation evaluation, drilling engineering, reservoir engineering, production engineering and surface facilities engineering.
GCH546Mass Transport
3 credits
Students will learn about the mathematical description of mass transport processes, including analytical solutions for steady state, transient, and multi-dimensional diffusion. This course explores a wide range of mass transfer behavior for binary and multicomponent systems that are encountered in chemical engineering. Special attention will be given to developing mathematical solutions to common steady and transient mass transfer problems, with an emphasis on understanding the physical implications of such systems. Fick’s law, flux definitions, constitutive equations, and conservation equations will be developed. Steady and transient mass transfer by diffusion will be analyzed in detail along with convective mass transfer, mass transport in flowing media, and free convection. Models will also be developed for mass transfer with simultaneous homogeneous or heterogeneous reaction and simultaneous heat and mass transfer. Attention is also given to the development of boundary layer theory and correlations for mass transfer by forced convection. Special topics may include: membrane separation processes, drug delivery and controlled release, and adsorption separations.
GCH548Mathematical modeling
3 credits
Students will examine the formulation and solution of mathematical models of a range of chemical processes with an emphasis on differential balances and incorporation of uncertainty. This course introduces a range of analytical and numerical methods for the solution of mathematical equations encountered in chemical engineering. Topics are motivated by and presented in the context of physical phenomena encountered in chemical engineering industrial and research problems. The accuracy and computational complexity of each approach, along with their potential modes of failure, are highlighted. Attention is also given to interpretation and handling of uncertainty in the context of different problems. MATLAB is used in the course as a vehicle for teaching basic programming technique and the use of commercial numerical packages.
GCH544Midstream Oil and Gas Fundamentals
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC430 and GMC435
This course discuss the storage, transportation and management of oil and gas and urban gas. The course mainly includes oil and gas field gathering and transportation, long distance transportation pipeline, storage, loading and unloading and urban transportation and distribution systems, etc.
GCH578Oilfields and Drilling Techniques
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415
This course covers the fundamentals of oil and gas, volumetric parameters of reservoirs, material balances, Darcy's law and the continuity equation, the current lines, models and testing of wells, reservoir properties, rocks and homogeneous and multiphase fluid flow, relative permeability, and compressibility. This course also presents the methods and equipment of drilling techniques. It examines exploration methods: geological and geophysical (gravity, magnetic, electrical and telluric) and seismic; the eruption of the wells and the pressure drops, drilling fluids, penetration, rotary drilling techniques; getting well production, transportation of crude oil, ecological and economic aspects of drilling damage.
GCH558Petroleum Geology
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH347
This course aims at providing students with general knowledge in Geology and will emphasis on earth processes pertaining to and affecting the petroleum systems. The course shall cover also reserves estimation, classification and geological modeling.
GCH570Petroleum Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH558
This course encompasses laboratory experiments for testing and identifying minerals and rocks in hand samples and under the microscope. The course involves also testing of the petrophysical properties of the rocks such as porosity, absolute and relative permeability, fluid saturations and viscosities.
GCH575Petroleum Refining Techniques
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415
The objective of the course is to give students a working knowledge in the field of oil refining and gas. It will develop the following themes: oil exploration; oilfields; crude oil - production and global reserves; petroleum; analysis methods for gaseous, liquid and solid derivatives of oil; standards for testing petroleum products; and fractional distillation.
GCH571Process Integration Lab
3 credits
This course will cover the advanced level of process integration and pinch problem theory. It will introduce the newest technologies applied in that field. Students will use first principles, and simulators (such as heat) in order to design a process integration network for both chemical and petrochemical selected processes.
GCH566Production and Processing of Metals
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC462
In this course, students will be introduced to metallurgy unit operations (pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical facilities), the description of unit operations (Mass and Energy Balance, thermodynamics, kinetics), the steel industry (blast furnace, conversion processes, alternative processes), the metallurgy of non-ferrous metals (copper, zinc, lead, reagent metals: aluminum, titanium), and metal recycling.
GCH554Production Technology
3 credits
This course covers three topics: reservoir production concepts (drive mechanisms, material balance equation, production technology); well performance; and production analysis (production analysis theory, practical exercises on the Topaze Module of Ecrin Software).
GCH574Properties of Polymers
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415 And GCH347
Synthetic polymers have become an integral part of our lives and can be found in many everyday and advanced materials: rubber tires, bullet-proof vests, paints, fibers, contact lenses, drug delivery vehicles and many others. This is a course that investigates these natural and man-made materials. We explore how these materials are synthesized, evaluated, and what their commercial applications are. We also review important properties that these materials possess, including their molecular, physical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties. Students will be introduced to the methods of preparation of advanced polymer structures, such as block, star and brush copolymers, semi-conducting and biodegradable polymers. Finally, the forming techniques for plastics (compression molding, injection molding) and the different parameters leading to the degradation of polymers will also be covered. At the end of this course, students will know all the details concerning polymer structures, the characteristics, application and processing of polymers, the structure and synthesis of new polymer materials used in different research areas, the different forming techniques for plastics, and all the factors responsible for the degradation of polymers.
GCH577Purification of Petroleum Products
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH415
This course covers the following: desalting of crude oil; purification of gases, solvents, and fuels; purification of lubricating oils; precipitation of asphalt vacuum residue by propane; extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons from lubricating cuts by extractive solvents; dewaxing; finishing treatments applied to lubricating oils and paraffin; preparation of bitumen; classification of refineries; and production and distribution utilities in petroleum refineries.
GCH552Reservoir Characterization
3 credits
This course will cover various petroleum engineering disciplines within the upstream phase of the oil and gas industry. An intermediate level of knowledge will be gained by students on subjects such as petroleum geology, formation evaluation, well testing, reservoir simulation, well performance and production management. Students will go through practical exercises of what they learnt in theory on respective modules of Ecrin Software developed by KAPPA Engineering.
GCH555Reservoir Simulation
3 credits
This course covers the topic of reservoir simulation. It teaches students how to build a static and dynamic reservoir model. Bases of reservoir engineering are reviewed and students will be taught how to set up a conceptual model, create various types of grids, input petrophysical parameters and run a numerical model.
GCH375Synthesis and Control of Chemical Processes
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH435 And (GCH355 Or GCH350)
In this lab students will learn about process control using computer simulation. They will develop mathematical models of chemical processes by writing unsteady state mass and energy balances, and examine transient response of closed loop sampled data systems. Analysis and design of sampled data controllers, digital PI and PID controllers are also covered.
GCH360Tools for Chemical Engineering
1 credits
Engineering graphics, also known as drafting, is the act and discipline of composing plans that visually communicate how something functions or has to be constructed. Drafting is the visual language of industry and engineering. This course is an introduction to students of the basic standard for drawing technique, including sizing and folded drawing. The drawing technique emphasizes how to draw an object graphically, and projection point from surface and arch lines, and projection drawing from different points of view. It also helps student to draw and design using AUTOCAD.
GCH549Unit Integration Design and Control
Reactive distillation is an excellent example of process innovation and intensification. In this course we introduce reactive distillation process design and control, starting with the steady-state design of an ideal quaternary system, steady-state design of real chemical systems, and control of ideal systems. Students will also learn about hybrid and non-conventional systems. By the end of the course students should be able to design and control at least one reactive distillation process.
GCH542Upstream and Downstream Petroleum Industry
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCH541
This course will cover various petroleum engineering disciplines within the upstream phase of the oil and gas industry. An intermediate level of knowledge will be gained by students on subjects such as petroleum geology, formation evaluation, well testing, reservoir simulation, well performance and production management. Students will go through practical exercises of what they learnt in theory on respective modules of Ecrin Software developed by KAPPA Engineering.
GCH564Water and Waste Treatment
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC430 and GMC435
The course covers principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, waste water and sludge. It also includes: unit operations in water and waste water treatment (physical, chemical and biological unit operations for water treatment and pollution control problems); industrial waste water treatment (characteristics, methods of in-plant control, application of various biological, chemical, and physical processes in practical water pollution control systems); drinking water (treatment and public health issues); fundamentals and applications of drinking water treatment processes, interactions among treatment processes, source water quality, and public health issues.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET


The mission of the Chemical Engineering Department is to ensure an educational environment with high standards, in order to prepare our graduates for excellence in chemical engineering and practice for a changing world; to advance standards of engineering professionalism, ethics and leadership and to provide development, security and safety of chemical engineers as well as an opportunity for lifelong learning and a career.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, Chemical Engineering graduates will:
1. Become leaders and responsible citizens, and demonstrate broad perspectives regarding ethics, professionalism, safety and social issues in chemical engineering and related disciplines.
2. Be able to develop and improve design processes in order to meet Lebanese market/needs requirements in a cost efficient manner and according to quality standards.

Program Outcomes

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g. An ability to communicate effectively.
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
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