Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering is the engineering discipline that makes extensive use of both chemical and physical transformations to achieve added value. This profession relies on the concept of "scale-up", that is, the transition of a discovery (a new material, a new catalyst, a new molecule, a new physical phenomenon) from the laboratory to the production plant.

In our times we are fortunate to be experiencing a literal explosion in new materials and new chemistries with applications in many and diverse fields, such as environmental protection and remediation, energy production and storage, hydrocarbon processing, plastics production and processing, foods, pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices and so many others. This has made Chemical Engineers worldwide well sought after by employers and commanding top salaries; we are confident that your program of study in Chemical and Materials Engineering will make your future career prospects even brighter.

The BEng in ChME is a four-year degree program. The program is designed to provide skills and a detailed knowledge base at the undergraduate level for a career in advanced degree, industry or research,in Kazakhstan or abroad.

The ChME program at NU includes a first year dedicated to courses common to engineering disciplines, particularly regarding to physics and mathematics. In the second year students will further improve their mathematical skills, essential to solve later on complex engineering problems. At this point, core courses of the discipline are introduced, starting with an introductory course on ChE, together with thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, as well general courses on inorganic and organic chemistry. In the third year students will learn about the key units present in chemical plants, such as chemical reactors, heat exchangers and separation units. Students will learn first hand the practicalities of these core chemical engineering courses in two dedicated experimental lab courses. Two further courses are dedicated to the chemistry of materials and their characterization. In the last year, students will focus on process design and simulation, as well as in control and safety systems in chemical processes. Such courses will enable students to perform their Capstone projects, involving the design and simulation of a whole chemical process. In the final year students will have the opportunity to explore different aspects in the very broad discipline that is ChME through elective courses. Many elective courses on chemical engineering are available for example on environmental applications or on multiphase systems. Elective courses specialized on materials include for example those on polymers, colloids, powders or on biological tissues.

In its implementation, the program:  

  • makes use of student-centered learning concepts, in order to develop the skills and practices that enable life-long learning and independent problem-solving; 
  • strives to maintain a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills with a focus on current industrial practice, including research and development;  
  • provides students with experience in learning and applying modern tools (e.g. software simulators and modern analytical equipment) to solve open-ended Chemical and Materials Engineering problems; 
  • entails field trips in the context of courses so that students familiarize themselves with industrial processes and the reality of the workplace; 
  • emphasizes research-based learning so as to actively develop students’ independent research skills and provide students with opportunities to put these skills into practice. 

In addition, the following are considered distinguishing features of the program:

  • The program steering committee will consult with the Advisory Board (AB) which will include representatives from Regional Industries, Professional Associations and Governmental Agencies. The program will further seek to develop an active Alumni association.
  • The curriculum of the proposed program covers chemical and materials engineering fundamentals, product and process design, molecular and plant simulation, as well as other topics related to Chemical and Materials Engineering, such as environmental and bio-engineering. Students can further acquire more specialized knowledge through the use of elective courses and through the Research Practice course. These courses are outlined in following sections.
  • One year-long Capstone Project is included in the curriculum; in this, students can gain experience in team-work as well as in defining and solving large problems as members of a group. Capstone projects require integration of earlier course components into problem definition and solution. In the context of a Capstone Project, students are required to give oral and poster presentations in addition to written project reports.  This form of learning capitalizes on each student’s interests, abilities and learning styles. They also learn about and demonstrate their capacity related to ethics and/or safety issues associated with the design. The capstone course challenges students with real-world design projects, and students are required to incorporate conceptual design, energy, safety and economic analyses into the design.
  • Students may also participate in inter-disciplinary design project in which students of different engineering disciplines work as a team in design, analysis and manufacture of innovative engineering products.
  • Research-integrated teaching is emphasized in the curriculum through a variety of opportunities. Such opportunities are offered to the students in different courses via course projects, and also through the Research Practice course. In the Chemical and Materials Engineering curriculum, students will be taught how to collect data and information from the technical literature, propose and develop research methods and engineering solutions, make use of their knowledge as well as of modern tools (equipment, software) to test hypotheses and draw conclusions.
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering students are able to join different international student societies. The NU Student Chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a very active student society which has already been nominated “Outstanding” by AIChE for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017). Chemical and Materials Engineering students are encouraged to join other student societies including but are not limited to Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) and American Chemical Society (ACS). In addition, the students already take advantage of existing exchange programs or internships (such as with University of Wisconsin/Madison and University of Buffalo in the USA as well as with several Chinese or Korean Universities). Further, the School of Engineering already sponsors students to attend conferences and present the results of their research (for example, research carried out in the context of Research Practice or Capstone projects).
BEng in Chemical and Materials Engineering (CHME) 248 ECTS (click here to view courses)
CHME Requirements  ECTS credits  Explanation 
NU Core Courses     
SHSS 150 Rhetoric and Composition   6  Writing course 
SHSS 210 Technical Writing   6  Writing course 
Kazakh Language courses  12  Two Kazakh language courses 
HST 100 History of Kazakhstan   6  History course 
ECON 323 Managerial Economics  6  Social Science course 
PHYS 161 Physics I for Scientists and Engineers   8  Physics course with labs 
MATH 161 Calculus I   8  One Math course with labs  
ENG 101 Programming for Engineers   6  Programming course 
XXXX Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Management   6  Business course 
ENG 100 Introduction to Engineering   6  Research skills and methods course 
PHIL 210 Ethics/ PHIL 211 Practical Ethics/ PHIL 212 Ethical Reasoning  6  One Ethics course 
Total ECTS credits  76   
SENG Core Courses     
MATH 162 Calculus II (with labs)  8  Prerequisite: Calculus I 
ENG 103 Engineering Materials II  6   
PHYS 162 Physics II for Scientists and Engineers (with labs)  8  Prerequisite: Physics I for Scientists and Engineers 
ENG 200 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  6  Prerequisite: Calculus II 
ENG 201 Applied Statistics  6  Prerequisite: Calculus II 
ENG 202 Numerical Methods in Engineering  6  Prerequisite: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 
ENG 400 Capstone Project  12   
Total ECTS credits  52   
CHME Core Courses     
CHME 200 Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering  6   
CHME 222 Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry  6   
CHME 203 Organic and Polymer Chemistry  6  Prerequisite: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry 
CHME 201 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics  6   
CHME 202 Fluid Mechanics  6   
CHME 302 Instrumental Methods of Analysis for Engineers  6  Prerequisites: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics & PHYS 161
CHME 300 Heat and Mass Transfer  6  Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 
CHME 301 Applied Mathematics for Process Design  6   
CHME 305 Chemical Engineering Lab I  6  Prerequisite: Fluid Mechanics & Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
CHME 303 Separation Processes  6  Prerequisites: Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering & Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHME 304 Chemical Reaction Engineering  6 
CHME 401 Chemical Engineering Lab II  6  Prerequisite: Chemical Engineering Lab I 
CHME 402 Materials Chemistry  6  Prerequisites: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics & PHYS 161
CHME 400 Process Design and Simulation  6  Prerequisite: Separation Processes & Chemical Reaction Engineering
CHME 403 Chemical Process Control and Safety  6   
Total ECTS credits  90   
  CHME Elective Courses  In semester 2 of year 3, students are required to complete a research-based elective course (6 ECTS) from among the following: 
  1. ENG 300 Interdisciplinary Design Project or 
  1. ENG 301 Research Practice         
Students are required to complete 4 elective courses (24 ECTS) based on their interest. Elective courses (and their prerequisites) could be changed time to time to address the industry demand and the faculty expertise. The program is enriched by an extensive variety of elective courses related to both Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering. Depth and Breadth elective courses are indicated by (D) and (B), respectively.   Elective courses (and their prerequisites) could be changed from time to time to address the industry demand and the faculty expertise. Some of these electives based on the areas are listed below:  Chemical Engineering courses:  CHME 450 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (D)  CHME 351 Environment and Development (B)  CHME 352 Process Design for Environmental Applications (B)  CHME 451 Advanced Process Simulation (D)  CHME 452 Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation (D)  CHME 453 Multiphase Systems (D)  CHME 454 Advanced Transport Phenomena (D)  CHME 455 Heterogeneous Reactor Engineering (D)  CHME 456 Colloids and Surface Science (D)  CHME 457 Advanced Chemical Process Safety and Risk Modeling (D)    Materials Engineering courses:  CHME 353 Electrochemical Engineering (B)  CHME 458 Corrosion Protection in Oil and Gas Industry (D)  CHME 459 Biomechanics (D)  CHME 421 Tissue Engineering (B)  CHME 460 Polymer Processing and Rheology (D)  CHME 461 Powder Technology (D)    Most of the elective courses are developed and taught in the School of Engineering. However, courses from other schools may be considered as electives if approve by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and the School of Engineering. 

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