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Chemical Engineering, Semiconductor Emphasis, B.S.

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In addition to adhering to General Education , students must meet the following requirements to receive the B.S. in Chemical Engineering at UC Merced. 

All students in the School of Engineering, regardless of major, are required to complete all requirements for all majors with a C- or better unless the course is offered as Pass/No Pass only, which requires a P grade.

Students in the School of Engineering must repeat a required course after receiving a grade of D+, D, D-, F, Unsatisfactory, or Not Passed, and may do so no more than twice beyond the initial enrollment in the class. Students may repeat a course only one time (for a total of two attempts to earn a C- or better). If students do not complete these requirements, they may take these courses at another institution or petition the school who hosts the course for a third attempt. The third attempt is not guaranteed at UC Merced.


Chemical Engineering, B.S. Four-Year Course Plan  

Requirements for the Chemical Engineering Major

Lower Division Major Requirements [61 Units]

Chemistry Requirement [12 Units]

Complete the following courses:

Science Elective [4 units]

Complete one of the following courses:

Computing Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following course:

Chemical Engineering Requirement [1 unit]

Complete the following course:

Upper Division Major Requirements [38 Units]

Chemistry Requirement [6 units]

Complete the following courses:

Engineering Requirement [7 units]

Complete the following courses:

Chemical Engineering Core Requirement [25 units]

Complete the following courses:

Semiconductor Emphasis

Semiconductors are the foundation for everything from electronic devices to home appliances to aerospace. Chemical engineers with the fundamental knowledge of semiconductors, semiconductor devices, and systems; and understanding of process controls and characterization methods for semiconductor production are in high demand to meet semiconductor workforce needs and ensure national security and leadership in semiconductor research, development, and production.

Semiconductor Emphasis Core Requirement [11-12 units]

Complete the following courses in satisfaction of the CHE technical elective requirement:

Additional Program Learning Outcomes for the Semiconductor Emphasis

Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental understanding of semiconductors, semiconductor devices and systems, and instrumentation for semiconductors;
  • demonstrate knowledge of process control for semiconductor manufacturing;
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to characterize semiconductor properties through experimental or theoretical means;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply basic knowledge from different fields in the context of semiconductors; and
  • view semiconductors from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

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