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Chemical Engineering, otherwise known as Course 10, is a department in MIT's School of Engineering.
Overview and History
Course X, created in 1888, was the world's first four-year chemical engineering curriculum. It was taught under the Chemistry Department until 1920, when a separate Department of Chemical Engineering was established.
The current faculty includes 2 Institute Professors and 9 members of the National Academy of Sciences. As of 2010, US News & World Report has given the undergraduate and graduate programs the top ranking for 21 consecutive years.
The Course 10 major requirements are as follows:
- Organic Chemistry (12 units): 5.12
- Biochemistry (12 units): 5.07 or 7.05
- Laboratory Chemistry (12 units): 5.310
- Thermodynamics and Kinetics (12 units): 5.60
- Introduction to Chemical Engineering (12 units): 10.10
- Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics (12 units): 10.213
- One project lab (15 units), chosen from: 10.26, 10.28, 10.29
- Fluid Mechanics (12 units): 10.301
- Transport Processes (12 units): 10.302
- Separation Processes (6 units): 10.32
- Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design (9 units): 10.37
- Integrated Chemical Engineering I (8 units): 10.490
- Integrated Chemical Engineering II (8 units): 10.491
- Two (2) Integrated Chemical Engineering modules (4 units each), chosen from: 10.492, 10.493, 10.494
- Differential Equations (12 units): 18.03 or 18.034
- One (1) subject in Chemical Engineering (6-12 units), except: 10.UR, 10.URG, 10.ThU, 10.04, 10.792J, 10.801-10.816, 10.90-10.999
- One (1) laboratory subject (12-18 units), chosen from: 3.014, 3.155J6.152J, 5.36, 10.467, 10.26, 10.28, 10.29, 10.702J
Freshmen generally begin from the GIR courses in the major requirements, and then progress through the courses following the ascending course numbers. Integrated Chemical Engineering, or ICE, is generally considered the capstone of the major. ICE generally lasts the entirety of senior year, though some modules are offered to juniors.
Possible Course Progression
- Freshman Year -- 5.11x/3.091, 8.01, 18.01, 5.12, 8.02, 18.02, HASSes
- Sophomore Year -- 5.60, 10.10, 18.03, 5.310, 10.213, 10.301, HASSes
- Junior Year -- 5.07, 7.01x, 10.302, 10.26/10.29, 10.32, 10.37, HASSes
- Senior Year -- ICE (10.490, 10.491, plus two of 10.49x), ChE Elective, HASSes
It is also possible to major in chemical-biological engineering as 10B. A completion of this course results in a Bachelor of Science in Chemical-Biological Engineering. The curriculum includes the core chemical engineering subjects and biological subjects. The major is geared to those wishing to minor in biomedical engineering or go to medical school.
The course 10B major requirements are similar to the course 10 requirements, with the following changes:
- Remove Laboratory Chemistry (12 units): 5.310
- Remove Separation Processes (6 units): 10.32
- Remove One (1) subject in Chemical Engineering (6-12 units), except: 10.UR, 10.URG, 10.ThU, 10.04, 10.792J, 10.801-10.816, 10.90-10.999
- Remove one (1) laboratory subject (12-18 units), chosen from: 3.014, 3.155J6.152J, 5.36, 10.467, 10.26, 10.28, 10.29, 10.702J
- Add Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication (18 units): 10.702J
- Add Genetics (12 units): 7.03
- Add Cell Biology (12 units): 7.06
Possible Course Progression
- Freshman Year -- 5.11x/3.091, 8.01, 18.01, 7.01x, 8.02, 18.02, HASSes
- Sophomore Year -- 5.60, 10.10, 18.03, 5.12, 10.213, 10.301, HASSes
- Junior Year -- 5.07, 7.03, 10.302, 7.02/10.702, 10.37, HASSes
- Senior Year -- ICE (10.490, 10.491, plus two of 10.49x), 10.28/10.29, 7.06, HASSes
This flexible degree incorporates many of the core components of the traditional chemical engineering degree, while providing concentrations for specific relevant areas in the field, which can be designed from a set of courses offered by departments across the Institute. Students can choose one of four established concentrations (energy, biomedical engineering, materials design and processing, or environmental studies) or work with their advisor to develop a program that suits their area of interest.
It is also possible to major in chemical engineering as Course 10C. A completion of this course results in a Bachelor of Science. Like 2A, it is not an accredited engineering degree and is geared to those wishing to "add breadth by study in another field, such as another engineering discipline, biology, biomedical engineering, economics, or management," allowing those to "specialize in an area such as those cited above while simultaneously gaining a broad exposure to the chemical engineering approach to solving problems." Students declaring 10C take the core chemical engineering classes, a laboratory subject, and either an additional laboratory subject or one of the following: 6.021J, 6.033, 6.111, 6.805, 14.05, 15.279 or 15.301. Students in 10C do not take ICE.