Undergraduate Program Policies

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.

Gateway Requirements


Accelerated Program (BSMS Program)

Department Policies for ENCH BS program

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

Note that this petition process only applies to assigned final letter grades, and students should follow course policies identified in the syllabus to contest grades during the semester.

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


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.

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.


*CBEE organizations (i.e AIChE) are not eligible to use this form, please contact your faculty advisor.

Approved by CBEE Faculty Vote January 20, 2021  


The Chemical Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Department (CBEE) seeks to foster and promote student learning, success and professional development. Playing a significant role in this process is student involvement in professional societies and clubs connected to COEIT. To promote this initiative, the department will consider funding requests for student organization events.This document explains how student groups may request funding for their activities from CBEE.

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