Chemical Engineering Program

BE in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineers, sometimes called “universal engineers”, are needed to solve a wide range of problems in industries. This offers the chemical engineering graduates endless opportunities worldwide.

In addition, and in the current socio-economic situation in Lebanon, the manufacturing of local products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and energy systems is being expanded due to their affordability to the consumer. This is leading to a high demand for chemical engineers. Also, the extraction of Lebanon’s oil and gas reserves in the near future will require chemical engineers to design and maintain the refining and purification operations required for the processing of the extracted oil and gas.

The chemical engineering program at the Lebanese American University offers a strong theoretical and experiential background in chemical engineering with a variety of concentrations that offer a large choice to students for specialization and work in areas like Energy, Environmental Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Separation and Process Control. With hands-on experience in both experimental and simulation, LAU graduates will be able to design sustainable, competitive, and environmentally friendly processes starting from the molecular level up to the full industrial one.


The mission of the Chemical Engineering Program is to equip the graduates with all skills and knowledge necessary to design and analyze chemical processes to efficiently convert raw materials into useful products such as chemicals, fuels, foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, advanced materials, plastics, and others.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, the graduates of the Chemical Engineering Program will:

  1. Achieve success in their chosen career path be it professional practice or graduate studies.
  2. Be responsible citizen engineers.
  3. Practice the profession and adapt to the changing market requirements

Student outcomes

The students will acquire in their matriculation through the program, the following skills, knowledge, and behaviors:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Student Data

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First year


Number Course Cr
BIO201 General Biology I 3
CHM201 Chemistry Principles 3
GNE212 Engineering Mechanics 3
MTH201 Calculus III 3
MEE211 Engineering Graphics 1
COE201 Computer Proficiency 1
ENG202 Advanced Academic English 3


Number Course Cr
CHE200 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 3
COE212 Engineering Programming 3
MTH206 Calculus IV 3
MTH304 Differential Equations 3
—- —- Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3


Number Course Cr
GNE331 Probability and Statistics 3
GNE333 Engineering Analysis I 3
—- —- Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3

Second year


Number Course Cr
CHE301 Transport Phenomena 3
CHE313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE314 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MEE311 Fluid Mechanics 3
MEE312 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1
GNE303 Engineering Ethics 2
MEE301 Thermodynamics 3


Number Course Cr
CHE323 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE324 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHE340 Physical Chemistry 3
CHE341 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
CHE320 Chemical Reactions and Chemical Reactors 3
ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 3
MEE321 Material Properties and Processes 3


Number Course Cr
GNE301 Professional Communication 2
COM203 Art of Public Communication 3
—— Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3

Third year


Number Course Cr
CHE402 Separation Processes I 3
CHE450 Introduction to Process Control 3
CHE460 HSE for Chemical Engineering 3
CHE421 Advanced Reactor Design 3
INE320 Engineering Economy 3


Number Course Cr
CHE434 Chemical Engineering Profession 2
CHE403 Separation Processes II 3
CHE451 Chemical Engineering Lab 1
CHE411 Fundamentals of Catalysis 2
MEE403 Heat Transfer 3
MEE404 Heat Transfer Lab 1
GNE—- Engineering Signature Course 3


Number Course Cr
CHE498 Professional Experience 6

Fourth year


Number Course Cr
CHE591 Capstone Design I 3
CHE552 Chemical Process Design 3
CHE553 Chemical Process Design Lab 2
CHE—- Technical Elective 3
CHE—- Technical Elective 3
——— Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3


Number Course Cr
CHE592 Capstone Design II 3
CHE—- Technical Elective 3
CHE—- Technical Elective 3
CHE—- Technical Elective 3
GNE3— Engineering Signature Course 3

VIP courses

As of Fall 2021, those who are interested in the VIP program can register VIP courses that could count towards their degree as per the below list:

Current course Substituted by/VIP credits
SOE signature course [3–0, 3 cr.] Vertically Integrated Project
  • VIP 201 [1–0, 1 cr.]
  • VIP 202 [2–0, 2 cr.]
  • VIP 301 [1–0, 1 cr.]
  • VIP 302 [2–0, 2 cr.]
  • VIP 303 [3–0, 3 cr.]

Undergraduate Research Project [3–0, 3 cr.]; or
Technical Elective [3–0, 3 cr.];

VIP 401 [1–0, 1 cr.]
VIP 402 [2–0, 2 cr.]
VIP 403 [3–0, 3 cr.]

Technical electives

Number Course Cr
Separation and Process Control Concentration
CHE500 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers 3
CHE501 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE502 Bioprocess engineering 3
CHE546 Corrosion Engineering 3
CHE554 Process control strategies 3
CHE555 Microprocessors in Process Control 3
CHE556 Advanced Process Control 3
CHE557 Bioseparation Engineering 3
Energy Concentration
MEE500 Renewable Energy 3
MEE590 Energy Audit 3
CHE570 Sustainable Energy 3
CHE571 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion 3
CHE572 Biofuels Engineering Technology  3
CHE573 Electrochemical Energy Systems  3
Environmental Engineering Concentration
CIE520 Solid Waste Management  3
CIE521 Hydrology 3
CIE522 Environmental Impact Assessment  3
CIE523 Water Resources Planning and Management  3
CIE524 Air Quality Management 3
Petroleum Engineering Concentration
CHE560 Petroleum Engineering Fundamentals 3
CHE561 Drilling Engineering 3
CHE562 Production Engineering 3
CHE563 Well Testing 3
CHE564 Reservoir Engineering 3
CHE565 Gas Engineering 3
CHE566 Reservoir simulation 3
Note that all Technical Electives courses require at least senior standing in addition to their relevant prerequisites

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives - 12 credits

  1. For students entering the program in Fall 2022 or after, the 12 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives should be taken according to Curriculum Z as described below:
    1. Digital Cultures (3 credits)
    2. Change Makers (6 credits)
    3. LAS Free Elective, Arts & Humanities (3 credits)

A list of courses for each of the above categories can be found here

  1. For students entering the program prior to Fall 2022, the 12 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives should be taken according to Curriculum A as described below:
    1. Fine Arts, Communication Arts, Music Appreciation, Theater (3 credits)
    2. Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion (3 credits)
    3. English, Arabic Language, Literature (3 credits)
    4. Social Sciences (3 credits)

A list of courses for each of the above categories can be found here

Course Map

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