Undergraduate Program in the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET

1. Overview:

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology features a diverse faculty that is committed to excellence in education and to expanding the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of chemical systems through research. The Department offers a 4 year Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree program for prospective undergraduate students. This curriculum is offered for students seeking a broad and deep knowledge of the theory, design and applications of Chemical Engineering and other interdisciplinary fields. In parallel to the theory courses, students attend laboratory sessional classes, industrial visits, workshops, seminars and various training programs.

The department has about 60 undergraduate students a year who earn a Bachelor of Science degree and begin to work in the chemical,  petrochemical, energy and other sectors or move on to graduate or professional schools. Before graduating, students have the opportunity to become involved in a number of professional and recreational activities.

2. Admission in ChE

2.1 Prerequisite

Enrollment in the B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering degree program requires students to have completed 12 years of studies in Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) program or GCE A Level program. Students with a minimum GPA in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their Higher Secondary School (HSC) Examination are allowed to appear in the admission test. Each year the minimum GPA may vary.

More specific information on the admission requirements can be obtained from the BUET main page » Admission

2.2 Admission Procedure

The admission procedure for prospective undergraduate students begins immediately after the publication of the result of the H.S.C examination, usually in the month of August, every year. The call for admission application is published in national dailies. BUET admission is very much competitive. Students with a minimum GPA in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English of their Higher Secondary Examination (HSC) are allowed to appear in the admission test. Each year the minimum GPA may vary. Please refer to the admission booklet to know about the minimum GPA set for a particular year.

After the admission test, best 965 students get the opportunity to study in this prestigious institution. The ranking of the students based on the admission exam is published on the BUET web site. The students are given the chance to choose a department in the order of their merit position. The department of ChE currently has an intake of 60 undergraduate students.

3. Introduction to Online Registration Procedure

Students will have to perform their course registration online. Prior to this, students must collect their Account ID and Password from their respective halls. The students must meet their advisor before the registration to talk about the registration and the courses to be taken. The wed address for online registration is http://biis.buet.ac.bd. Offered courses for each term will be available in the webpage, along with the class routine, academic calendar and exam schedule. Students must check if their class routine and exam schedule overlap or not. Once the registration has been done, students must recheck if the status of their registration process is complete. Add/drop of courses must be performed within the specified time limit, along with the course teacher’s consent and the adviser’s permission. Students must recheck if the process is complete or not.

4. Courses Offered From the Department

The courses offered in this department are designed within the modern concepts of chemical engineering education with due emphasis on the industrial requirements in the country. In the curriculum for the undergraduate programme, besides the professional courses pertaining to Chemical Engineering, there is a strong emphasis on acquiring a thorough knowledge in the basic sciences of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Due importance is also given for the study of several subjects in Humanities and Social Sciences which, it is expected will help the student to interact more positively with the society in which he lives. Thus the course contents of the undergraduate programs provide a harmonious blend of basic sciences and their engineering applications as well as their social relevance.

The first two years are spent on basic work in mathematics and physics, and an introduction to the fundamental areas of Engineering. The last two years completes the development of knowledge in most of the major branches of Chemical Engineering and related topics. The third and subsequent terms build directly on the knowledge of the basic subjects gained in the first two terms and go on to develop competence in specific disciplines. In the final year, the students get the opportunity to choose some optional specialized courses and carryout a comprehensive design and thesis work. The Design and Thesis work provides an opportunity to develop initiative, self-reliance, creative ability and engineering judgment.

More detail and specific information on the courses that are offered can be obtained from the following:

Undergraduate Booklet

4.1 Degree Requirements

At least 158.50 credit hours must be earned to be eligible for graduation, and this must include the specified core courses. The minimum CGPA requirement for obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in engineering is 2.20. Details of the related information are available in the undergraduate booklet.

4.2 Earned Credits and CGPA

• The courses in which a student obtained D or any higher grade will be counted as credits earned by him/her.

• The courses in which a student earns F grade will not be conducted towards his/her earned credit. A student, who obtains an F grade in any core course in any term, has to repeat the course. If a student gets an F grade in an optional course, he/she may choose to repeat the course or take a substitute course (if available).

• F grades will not be counted for GPA calculations but will stay permanently on the Grade sheet and Transcript.

• When a student repeats a course in which he/she had previously failed in, he/she will not be eligible to obtain a grade better than B in such course.

• If a student obtains B or better grade in a course, he/she will not be allowed to repeat the course for purpose of grade improvement. If, however, he/she gets a grade lower than B, he/she will be allowed to repeat the course (only once) by forgoing the previous grade. He/She will not be eligible to get grades higher that B in such courses and will not be permitted to repeat more than four courses for the purpose of grade improvement.

4.3 Advising & Academic Support

For promotion of a high level of teacher-student interaction, each student is assigned to an Adviser and the student is free to discuss all academic and related matters with his/her adviser. BUET encourages a good teacher-student relation which improves the overall academic atmosphere.


Undergraduate coordinator: iqbalhossain@che.buet.ac.bd