Chemical Engineering major (MJD-ECHEM)

Chemical engineering is an exciting and dynamic field and an ever-changing discipline due to evolutionary and revolutionary changes in technology and society. Chemical Engineering at UWA is designed to produce graduates who are not only capable of finding successful and rewarding lifelong careers as chemical engineers in existing industries, but who can also apply their skills and knowledge to new and emerging technologies in areas such as renewable and alternative energies and energy storage; process intensification and zero emissions technologies; and water reuse, recycling, purification and desalination.

The Chemical Engineering major provides a solid foundation in the underpinning sciences followed by a broad chemical engineering education, giving you the requisite knowledge and hands-on skills, both technical and personal, required by industry. In addition, you can choose specialisation units to pursue higher learning in areas of interest as diverse as hydrocarbon-based energy, renewable energy, waste management, minerals processing, water treatment, biomedical applications, and applied digital technology. The major contains a design spine through all four years where you apply the knowledge and skills gained to complex open-ended chemical engineering problems. Chemical and process safety is woven throughout the course, as is sustainability, to ensure you meet current and future demands and expectations of employers and society at large. This ensures that, upon graduation, you are equipped to successfully embark on your career as a Chemical Engineer with the confidence of knowing you are fully equipped to tackle future challenges and opportunities in chemical engineering.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) leverage chemical engineering principles, skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyse and design solutions to engineering problems for the betterment of society; (2) acquire, evaluate, and apply new and existing knowledge and practice to current and emerging areas of chemical engineering; and (3) competently and effectively communicate at a high level through written, oral and visual means, allowing active participation in multi-disciplinary engineering discourse.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies. If you are enrolled in the Chemical Engineering major in the BE(Hons), then you are required to take two units (12 points) of study outside your degree-specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Chemical Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Chemical Engineering is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • ten Level 1 units
  • six Level 2 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • 16 Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Chemical Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (54 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHPR1005 Mass and Energy Balances
Prerequisites:
( ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063) ) and ( ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108) ) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
or
MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (ID 610) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances (ID 871)
N/A ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
S1, S2 ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Prerequisites:
(Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods) and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics),
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR (
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
Co-requisites:
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE:

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and CHPR1005 Mass and Energy Balances and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
S2 CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours]
or
) and CHPR1005 Mass and Energy Balances and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
S2 CHPR2018 Process Synthesis and Design 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and CHPR1005 Mass and Energy Balances
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3005 Mass and Energy Balances
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
Enrolment in ( MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or
MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or
MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CHPR3018 Process Synthesis and Design 2
Prerequisites:
Unit(s) CHPR2551 Process Synthesis and Design 1 (ID 8004) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
ENSC3019 Unit Operations and Unit Processes (ID 1881)
Incompatibility:
ENSC3018 Process Synthesis and Design (ID 360)
N/A CHPR3019 Unit Operations
Prerequisites:
CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (ID 8017) and CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer (ID 8018) and GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics (ID 8016) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC3019 Unit Operations and Unit Processes (ID 1881)
N/A CHPR3404 Advanced Thermodynamics and Mass Transfer Processes
Prerequisites:
and CHPR2006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics (ID 8017) CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer (ID 8018) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) ( CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6) CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics (ID 2606)
N/A CHPR3405 Particle Technology
Prerequisites:
GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics (ID 8016) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR4405 Particle Mechanics and Solids Handling (ID 2607)
S2 CHPR3406 Reaction Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
N/A CHPR3407 Transport Phenomena
Prerequisites:

or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR4407 Transport Phenomena (ID 2609)
GENG3000
N/A GENG3402 Control Engineering
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG4402 Control Engineering (ID 2588)
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CHPR4501 Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts
Prerequisites:
CHPR3406 Reaction Engineering (ID 7999) and CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer (ID 8018)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR5501 Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts (ID 2610)
S2 CHPR5550 Chemical Engineering Design Project
Prerequisites:
( CHPR3019 Unit Operations and CHPR3018 Process Synthesis and Design 2 (ID 8027) ) and ( Enrolment in BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) ) )
or
( Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering and CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CHPR5551 Chemical Engineering Design Project 1 (ID 4698) and CHPR5552 Chemical Engineering Design Project 2 (ID 4699)
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group A—take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHPR4408 Chemical and Thermal Renewable Energies
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS CHPR5520 Combustion Science and Technology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
and
CHPR4406 Reaction Engineering
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 CHPR5521 Gas Processing 1—Flow Assurance and Gathering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation);
or
enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
CHPR4404 Advanced Thermodynamics
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 CHPR5522 Gas Processing 2—Treating and LNG Production
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation);
or
enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENG5516 Energy Storage Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable Energy
or
the Masters of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group B—take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS4009 Computational Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in in the ( 62510 Master of Information Technology
or
the 62530 Master of Data Science
or
the 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or
the 63550 Master of Engineering )
or
( the 62550 Master of Professional Engineering and the SP-ECHEM Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
the SP-EMINI Mining Engineering specialisation
or
the SP-ESOFT Software Engineering specialisation )
or
( the 72530 Master of Environmental Science and the SP-SSDSC Sensing and Spatial Data Science specialisation )
or
( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] and the MJD-ECHEM Chemical Engineering major )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 ENVE4401 Transport Processes in Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation
or
Chemical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENG4403 Extractive Metallurgy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering
or
Mining Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GENG4410 Fossil to Future – The Transition
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy (ID 1454) 62520 Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas (ID 414) 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) (Chemical Engineering specialisation and Mechanical Engineering specialisation) 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience (ID 1409)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 GENG5503 Modern Control Systems
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
or
Enrolment in 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy (ID 1454)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ELEC4300 Control Engineering
S2 GENG5504 Petroleum Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, and Mechanical Engineering specialisation) and Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GENG5506 Renewable Energy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation,
or
Mining Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR4403 Future Energy

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Chemical Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.