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In Fall 2019, the AIChE Education Division Curriculum Survey Committee surveyed chemical engineering programs across the United States and Canada about chemical engineering in the first year. Eighty-two responses were received. At most of our schools, students consider themselves chemical engineering majors from the first semester, but they are not formally chemical engineering majors until usually by the start of the third semester. At about half of those schools, they must simply be in good standing to become a chemical engineering major, but at about half of the schools they must pass certain courses and meet a cutoff GPA. We do not require that they own computers, but most of them do anyway. We have found that a majority of schools require an introduction to engineering and many have a required introduction to discipline course. The introduction to engineering course usually does not have chemical engineering content. The courses cover similar topics, but introduction to discipline courses cover more safety and introduction to engineering covers more engineering design. Both types of courses use similar assessments and software, with engineering courses using MATLAB more. Introduction to engineering courses and sections are larger than introduction to discipline courses. A wide variety of classroom activities are used in both types of introduction courses.
Ford, L. P., & Brennan, J., & Cole, J., & Dahm, K. D., & Jamieson, M. V., & Landherr, L. J., & Silverstein, D. L., & Vaughen, B. K., & Vigeant, M. A., & Thiel, S. W. (2020, June), How We Teach: Chemical Engineering in the First Year Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34738
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