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Gateway Requirements & Policies

All chemical engineering majors are expected to consult the catalog before planning their course selections.

Chemical Engineering Gateway Requirements

Students are admitted to the chemical engineering program only when they pass all four of the following Gateway courses: ENES 101, MATH 152, CHEM 102, and ENCH 215 with a grade of at least two B’s and two C’s.* Enrolling in a gateway course at UMBC or a Chemical Engineering Department pre-approved equivalent course at another institution is considered an attempt. Students must select a track to complete—Traditional, Biotechnology/Bioengineering or Environmental Engineering and Sustainability.

*If a student is using AP credit for MATH 152 or PLTW credit for ENES 101, then the requirement is at least two B’s and one C. If the student has both MATH 152 and PLTW test credit, then the requirement is at least one B and one C.

Repeat policy

At UMBC, Students may not register for a course more than two times. They are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. A course in which the student receives a grade of “W” (Withdraw) is counted as an attempt. Students may petition the Academic Success Center for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC [or] another institution..

Program Regulations

The responsibility for proper registration and for satisfying prerequisites for any course rests with the student, as does the responsibility for proper achievement in courses in which the student is enrolled. Each student should be familiar with the provisions of this catalog, including the academic regulations.

It is strongly recommended that every chemical engineering student satisfy the mathematics, chemistry and physics requirements as early as possible in their program.

To be eligible for a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a student must have an overall average of at least a “C” (2.0) and a grade of “C” or better in all engineering courses. Responsibility for knowing and meeting all degree requirements for graduation rests with the student.

Undergraduate Program Policies

Petition to Contest an Assigned Final Letter Grade (Updated December 13, 2016)

Computer Requirements

The Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Department requires all incoming students to have their own laptop. The following CBEE Laptop Recommendation was approved by CBEE Faculty vote on 3/15/20.

Various software packages (e.g., Matlab, Aspen, Excel) will be critical tools to support your classroom activities, homework, and projects. Word processing and presentation applications will also be important. Some courses will require that you bring your laptop to work on assignments during class. Student versions of various software packages are available for free or at highly discounted prices. A list is available here: UMBC Software for Download.

While the latest laptops will be sufficient for most purposes, some of the software packages students will use can be particularly demanding so we recommend that you consult software manufacturers’ websites for their current computer specification recommendations. The Division of Information Technology website also provides useful information about campus computing resources.
DOIT Recommended Minimum Requirements (approximately $1000).

Windows 10 64-bit (latest OS for Mac)
i5 or i7 Processor (or equivalent)
8GB Memory (16GB suggested)
250GB Solid State Hard Drive
802.11ac Wireless Card
Software Requirements
MS Office (available for UMBC Student download, details here)
MATLAB (free student version or use VMware client to run virtually from a campus machine)

For student financial aid eligibility, the laptop requirement can be figured into the total Financial Aid need calculations. Students are recommended to contact the UMBC Financial Aid Office for more details.