Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

The students are provided with flexible and well-rounded courses that will enable them think critically and creatively, using the basic tools in the field, to solve the challenges of the chemical, as well as agro-industries, with a mindset of sustainability and a multidisciplinary approach. 

curriculum description

The BS Chemical Engineering curriculum was designed to give a holistic training in chemical engineering within the context of agro-industrial development.  The students are provided with flexible and well-rounded courses that will enable them think critically and creatively, using the basic tools in the field, to solve the challenges of the chemical, as well as agro industries, with a mindset of sustainability and a multidisciplinary approach.  The UPLB environment with its rich resources in agricultural research and a culture of sustainable development has given the chemical engineering program a unique flavor in the University.

The Chemical Engineering curriculum has three major fields of specialization: (1) General Chemical Engineering (163 units), (2) Sugar Technology (163 units), and (3) Pulp and Paper Technology (165 units). All the major tracks of specialization have the same courses for General Education/Legislated , Foundation and Core Courses. The divergence is in the Specialized and Track courses, where the students take different sets of courses, depending on their chosen fields of specialization.

program educational objectives and learning outcomes

  1. Excel in chemical engineering practice and allied fields.
  2. Practice chemical engineering profession with integrity, social responsibility, ethical, and environmental awareness.
  3. Collaborate in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and multicultural endeavors with open-mindedness, leadership, and good workmanship through community involvement and participation in professional organizations.
  4. Pursue lifelong learning for continued development of career skills

Common to all programs

a) Articulate the latest developments in their specific field of practice and engage in life-long learning (PQF level 6 descriptor)

b) Effectively communicate orally and in writing both English and Filipino languages

c) Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams (PQF level 6 descriptor)

d) Act in recognition of professional, social, and ethical responsibilities

e) Preserve and promote “Filipino historical and cultural heritage” (based on RA 7722)

Common to all engineering programs

f) Apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve engineering problems.

g) Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

h) 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, in accordance with standards.

i) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j) Understanding of contemporary issues.

k) Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

l) Apply knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments

Specific to BS Chemical Engineering

m) Show in depth knowledge of the core areas of chemical engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences, and allied fields

n) Demonstrate the ability to recognize, analyze, and develop solutions to chemical engineering problems

o) Design innovative process and equipment in meeting needs within realistic constraints

p) Recommend possible solutions to current problems through the application of chemical engineering knowledge

Specific to the University of the Philippines

q) Lead with honor and excellence in public service and in fields of practice

curriculum components

These courses are aimed to strengthen the Filipino identity, as well as to provide an overview and appreciation of the different dimensions society, technology and culture. Courses include: 

HIST 1. Philippine History/ KAS 1. Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
ARTS 1. Critical Perspective in the Arts
COMM 10. Critical Perspectives in Communication
ETHICS 1. Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life
STS 1. Science, Technology and Society
WIKA 1. Wika, Kultura at Lipunan
SAS 1. Self and Society
MATH 10. Mathematics, Culture and Society
PHILARTS 1. Philippine Arts and Culture
SCI 10. Probing the Physical World
SCI 11. Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics
PI 10. The Life and Works of Rizal

These are the courses that provide the concepts in the mathematical, physico-chemical, as well as the biological sciences, that will serve as a foundation for the development of more sophisticated problem solving tools in chemical engineering.  In addition to learning the basic scientific concepts needed by the chemical engineering field, the foundation courses will also strengthen the students’ ability for technical communication. Courses include:

CHEM 18. University Chemistry
CHEM 32. Quantitative Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 40. Basic Organic Chemistry
CHEM 111. Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 112. Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 160. Introduction to Biochemistry
PHYS 51. Elements of Physics
PHYS 51.1 Elements of Physics Laboratory
MCB 11 Biology and Application of Microorganisms
MATH 27. Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 28. Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
STAT 168. Experimental Design I
ENG 10. Writing of Scientific Paper

These courses aim to strengthen the skills related to the design, building of machines and structures. Courses include:

ENSC 10.1. Engineering Graphics
ENSC 11. Statics of Rigid Bodies
ENSC 12. Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
ENSC 13. Strength of Materials
ENSC 21. Mathematical Methods in Engineering
ENSC 26. Computer Applications in Engineering
EE 1. Basic Electrical Engineering

These are the courses that will be taken by the student, depending on the specialization track that the students will be taking.  The courses Plant Design and Instrumentation/Process Dynamics and Control are common to each of the track courses, but these will be geared more toward the specific area of specialization.  The students will also undertake 6 units of either thesis (General, Sugar Technology, Pulp and Paper Technology) or practicum (Sugar Technology option only) work. For the General Curriculum track, this includes 6 units of cognate courses. Courses include:

ChE 170. Instrumentation and Process Dynamics and Control
ChE 172. Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
ChE 180. Agro-Industrial Waste Management

SUTC 148. Sugar Analysis & Factory Operations Control
SUTC 154. Field & Factory Operations and Processes
SUTC 170. Instrumentation and Process Control Application to Sugar Industries
SUTC 171. Sugarcane By-Products Utilization and Sucrochemistry
SUTC 181. Waste Management in the Sugar Industry
SUTC 185. Sugar Laws and Economics
SUTC 193. Sugar Process Engineering and Plant Design

FPPS 111. Wood and Fiber Anatomy
FPPS 131. Wood Chemistry I
FPPS 132. Pulp and Paper Technology
FPPS 183. Engineering Economic Analysis
PPT 170. Instrumentation and Process Control for the Pulp and Paper Industry
PPT 188. Environmental Technology for Pulp and Paper Industry
PPT 193. Pulp & Paper Plant Design
PPT 199. Undergraduate Seminar in Pulp & Paper

These are elective courses which will be chosen by the students from a list of areas (for the General Curriculum track). The student will take 2 courses offered by the university listed under the selected area. These areas include: Experimental Design, Wood Science and Technology, Management Scientific and Technical Communication, Environmental Chemistry, Biotechnology, Food Microbiology, Economics, Sugar Engineering, Food Engineering, and Dairy Science. Courses include:

STAT 162. Experimental Designs I (3). Design and analysis of one-way classifications; complete blocks; split-plot and factorial experiments; multiple comparisons; group and trend comparisons; analysis of covariance. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. STAT 1 or COI. (1,2,M)
STAT 172. Experimental Designs II (3). Analysis of tested experiments; confounding; factorial experiments with main effects confounded; incomplete block designs and the lattices; analysis of a group of similar experiments; plot or pen techniques. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. STAT 162. (1)

FPPS 121. Wood Physics 1 (3). Physical structure and properties of wood in relation to moisture heat, sound, and electricity. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. PHYS 3. (1)
FPPS 171. Adhesives and Gluing (3). Theory of adhesion and cohesion. Glues and synthetic resin adhesives. Principles in cold pressing, hot pressing, radio frequency heating, lamination and modified woods. Gluing defects and their causes. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 40. (1)

MGT 101. Concepts and Dynamics of Management (3). Principles and techniques of managing organizations; analysis of actual management problems and situations. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2)
MGT 131. Introduction to Human Relations and Behavior in Organizations (3). Introduction to the concepts and principles underlying individual and group behavior in organizations. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT 101 or COI. (1,2)
MGT 133. Personnel Management (3). Principles and processes of selecting, developing and maintaining personnel; methods of dealing with personnel problems. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT 101 or COI. (2)

DEVC 150. Scientific and Technical Information Processing (3). Principles and techniques of handling scientific and technical information. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. DEVC 50 or COI. (1)
DEVC 151. Scientific and Technical Publications Editing (3). Principles and practice of editing scientific and technical publications. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. DEVC 150 or COI. (2)

CHEM 180. General Environmental Chemistry (3). Chemical concepts and principles applied to the study of the environment and the preservation of environmental quality. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 40 or CHEM 44. (1,2)
CHEM 181. Pollution Chemistry (3). Nature, sources, transformations and effects of pollutive substances in the environment; chemical basis of pollution control and water management; pollution analysis. 3 hrs (class). PR. CHEM 180 or COI. (2)

MCB 160. Industrial Microbiology (3). Microorganisms, principles, and processes involved in industrial fermentation. 3 hrs (class). PR. MCB 1 and CHEM 160. (1,2)
CHEM 177. Biochemical Technology I (3). Kinetic, energetic, and biochemical engineering aspects of fermentation processes; fermenter types and their operation. 3 hrs (class). PR. MCB 1 and CHEM 112 or CHEM 102. (1)

MCB 180. Introductory Food Microbiology (3). An introduction to the microbiological aspects of food processing, preservation, spoilage and quality control; foodborne microorganisms of public health importance. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. MCB 1. (1,2)
MCB 181. Dairy Microbiology (3). Microorganisms in milk and milk products, their growth, destruction and utilization, and methods in microbiological quality control. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. MCB 1. (2)
FST 101. Food Chemistry I (3). Chemical composition of foods and its effect on texture, flavor, color and nutritive value. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 40. (1,2)

FPPS 183. Engineering Economic Analysis (3). Economics of engineering decisions. Depreciation and cost estimating, analysis of existing and proposed plans, including materials, products design, and machine selection and replacement. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 comp). PR. COI. (1,2)

ECON 11. General Economics (3). Introduction to economic analysis with special application to the Philippines. 3 hrs (class). PR. None. (1,2)

(Cognate Equivalent for BSChE-SUTC Majors)
SUTC 148. Sugar Analysis and Factory Operations Control (3). Technical analysis of sugar house products; chemical and industrial stoichiometry with specific application to operations control and sugar accounting and distribution. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 32. (1)

SUTC 154. Field and Factory Operations and Processes (5). Operations and processes in sugarcane production, raw sugar manufacture and refining. 7 hrs (4 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 32 and ChE 149. (1,2)
SUTC 193 (formerly SUTC 168). Sugar Process Engineering and Plant Design (3). Material, steam and equipment balancing; design and specifications. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SUTC 154. (2)
SUTC 171. Sugarcane By-Products Utilization and Sucrochemistry (3). Characterization, processing and utilization of sugarcane-by-proMCB ducts; properties, synthesis and reactions of sucrose. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 40 or CHEM 44 and 1. (1)

FST 130. Food Engineering I (3). Principles of mass and heat transfer applied to food processing; physical properties of food materials. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. MATH 27 and PHYS 3. (1,2)
FST 131. Food Engineering II (3). Thermal processing, dehydration, chilling and freezing, evaporation, size reduction and packaging and handling of food materials. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. FST 130 and PHYS 13. (1,2)

ANSC 135. Introduction to Dairy Technology (3). Fundamentals of milk and milk products processing. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. CHEM 40 or COI. (1,2)
ANSC 137. Cheese Technology (3). Principles and techniques in the manufacture of natural and processed cheese. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. DSC 135 or COI. (1)

The aim of the undergraduate seminar provides a venue for the students to improve their communication skills while gaining expert knowledge and developing network connections with others. The seminar also aims to build the students’ confidence in presenting their studies.

The internship period is considered the transition period between theory and practice; between study and work. It could be looked upon as an opportunity for additional exposure in engineering work; a chance to demonstrate, apply and polish skills and knowledge acquired in different engineering courses.

 The aim of the internship program is to expose the students to real work place environment to build their professionalism, while networking with others.  It also provides an opportunity for the students to apply their knowledge from their courses into practical use. During the internship, the students may also develop their interests in specific industries to help them decide their future careers.

The Innovationeering track stimulates the innovation mentality, complementing the students’ technical knowledge. This term was coined by Dr. Roger Billings and Sir Geoffrey Pardoe of the International Academy of Science, which means “the science of putting science into work”. The country will benefit from this track since it will help promote technology-based enterprises which will contribute to the technological development of the country.

The Engineering Industry Research (EIR) is the employment of engineering practices in real-life situation, which will contribute in the improvement of efficiency and/or operation of the host engineering industry.

major in Pulp and Paper Technology

The graduates of this curriculum who are amply trained in the Science and Technology of pulp and paper making are expected to meet the professional manpower requirements of the pulp and paper industry.  With strong backgrounds in both chemical engineering and in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology, it is expected that this program will produce globally-competitive professionals equipped with the knowledge of the processes involved in converting wood and fibers, and recycling the same, into paper.

major in sugar technology

The graduates of this curriculum are expected to meet the technical manpower requirements of the sugar industry and allied industries.  With solid background in both chemical engineering and sugar technology, it is hoped that this program will develop in the graduates the competency and proper perspective to meet the changing needs of the sugar industry and related agro-based industries.

master of Science in Chemical Engineering

“The MS program provides chemical engineers a greater opportunity for improving or developing further their capabilities in providing quality instruction and in undertaking research and development projects.” 

curriculum description

The MS program provides chemical engineers a greater opportunity for improving or developing further their capabilities in providing quality instruction and in undertaking research and development projects. After completing the program, the student should be able to: 

  1. demonstrate profound understanding of chemical engineering principles for analysis and solutions of complex chemical engineering problems;
  2. apply chemical engineering principles to research and development programs of a university, research institution, or a chemical process plant; and
  3. demonstrate research capabilities in basic and applied chemical engineering, as they relate to other fields, like dairy food science and technology, pulp and paper technology, sugar technology, agricultural engineering, food science and engineering, biochemical engineering and environmental engineering

These courses include the core courses: ChE 204 (Mathematical Methods for Chemical Engineering Analysis), ChE 242 (Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamcis), ChE 243 (Advanced Transport Phenomena), ChE 245 (Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering); as well six (6) other major courses taken from among: ChE 240 (Advanced Control Theory), ChE 272 (Advances in Biochemical Engineering), ChE 282 (Physical and Chemical Wastewater Treatment Design), ChE 283 (Biological Wastewater Treatment Design), ChE 284 (Solid Waste Management), ChE 286 (Air Quality and Pollution Control Engineering), ChE 288 (Hazardous Waste Management), and ChE 290 (Special Problems) and ChE 291 (Special Topics).

Minor courses are taken from other department units offering MS Program. Minor areas of specialization (partial list): Dairy Science and Engineering, Food Science Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Pulp and Paper Technology, Forest Products Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Statistics, Management, Economics/Agricultural Economics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.


Admission requirements

To qualify to the M.S. in Chemical Engineering program, an applicant should be a graduate in B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

For non-chemical engineering graduate, the following undergraduate courses are required prior to admission to the graduate program. In case the applicant has not taken these courses, he can enroll in a non-degree program.

COURSE  Description
ENSC 26Computer Application in Engineering
ChE 45Unit Processes
ChE 143Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
ChE 145Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
ChE 147Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 147Application of Fluid Dynamics in Chemical Engineering
ChE 149Transport Phenomena
ChE 152Separation Processes
ChE 153Transfer Operations I
ChE 165Equipment Design
ChE 167Plant Design


Minor Areas of Specialization

The MS ChE program requires a minimum of 34 units, these are 18 units of major courses, 9 units of minor courses, 1 unit of seminar and 6 units of thesis. The major courses are composed of 12 units of core courses ChE 204, ChE 242, ChE 243, ChE 245 and 6 units of other major courses

The MS ChE with Pollution Engineering as a specialization requires 37 units, these are: 12 units of core courses (ChE 204, ChE 242, ChE 243, ChE 245), 18 units of specialization courses (ChE 282, ChE 283, ChE 284, ChE 286, ChE 288, ChE 291), 1 unit of seminar; and 6 units of thesis.

*Partial list of cognate/minor courses for MS ChE Program:

  • Animal Science (Dairy Science): DSC 230, DSC 235, DSC 236
  • Food Science (Food Science and Engineering): FST 219, FST 235, FST 236, FST 240, FST 241, AENG 232, AENG
  • Chemistry: ACHM 235, CHEM 214, CHEM 205, CHEM 216, CHEM 230, CHEM 265, CHEM 267, CHEM 275
  • Computer Science: CMSC 215, CMSC 250, CMSC 280
  • Environmental Science: ChE 291, AENG 247, ENS 275, ENS 201, ENS 203, ENS 242, ENS 296, CHEM 273
  • Mathematics: MATH 213, AMAT 266, AMAT 267
  • Statistics: STAT 235, STAT 251, STAT 252
  • Management: MGT 207, MGT 251, DM 204, DM 210
  • Economics/Agricultural Economics: AECO 240, AECO 241, AECO 248
  • Agricultural Engineering: AENG 201, AENG 202, AENG 204, AENG 225, AENG 231, AENG 232, AENG 233, AENG 240, AENG 247
  • Forestry (Pulp and Paper Technology): WST 203, WST 204, WST 205
  • Forestry (Forest Products Engineering): WST 212, WST 225, WST 260, WST 262
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: MBB 201 (required), MBB 240, BIO 101 (pre-requisite: BIO 30) (for the rest of the possible courses, please check with Biology Department)