A Jointly Sponsored Undergraduate Program

Process Control Systems is a program intended to provide students with a broad background in chemical and systems engineering, with emphasis on the science and technology of process automation. Through a careful selection of courses in chemical engineering and systems engineering, a unified approach is developed to the analysis, design, operation and control of chemical and other manufacturing processes. Electives in systems engineering allow further in-depth specialization in applied mathematics, discrete-event systems, robotics, quality control, optimization and dynamical systems.

In addition to the traditional laboratory work in chemistry, physics and chemical engineering, a laboratory course in digital process control is offered based on computers and advanced commercial distributed-control equipment. Familiarity with computers and with process modeling, data acquisition and control software is an essential component of the training. In the senior year, students can elect to complete a major design project either in chemical processing systems (chemical engineering) or in technological or engineering systems (systems engineering).

Upon successful completion, a student receives both the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Systems Science & Engineering.

The Process Control Systems program satisfies an increasing demand by manufacturing and petrochemical companies for professionals trained in advanced automation to improve product quality, to reduce costs, to improve capital productivity, and to improve safety and environmental quality. This interdisciplinary program provides the background necessary to combine traditional engineering skills with new systems engineering techniques and meet these challenges. The program is staffed by faculty members from both the Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the Electrical & Systems Engineering departments and is supervised by a coordinating committee. Students are assigned two advisers, one from each department, who are members of the committee.

Further information about the program can be obtained from the coordinating committee through either of the cooperating departments.

The Process Control Systems Program

First Year
Calculus II, III (Math 132, 233)33
General Chemistry I, II (Chem 111A, 112A)33
General Chemistry Laboratory I, II (Chem 151, 152)22
Introduction to Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (EECE 101)3
General Physics I or Physics I (Physics 117A or Physics 197)4
General Physics II or Physics II (Physics 118A or Physics 198)4
Matrix Algebra (Math 309)3
Humanities or social sciences elective3
Second Year
Organic Chemistry I with Lab (Chem 261)4
Differential Equations (Math 217)3
Engineering Analysis of Chemical Systems (EECE 201)3
Thermodynamics I in EECE (EECE 203)3
Computer Science I (CSE 131)3
Humanities or social sciences elective3
Introduction to Systems Science and Engineering or Introduction to Engineering Design (ESE 151 or ESE 205) (ESE 205 is 3 units)2
Engineering Mathematics A (ESE 318)3
Engineering Mathematics B (ESE 319)3
Probability and Statistics for Engineering (ESE 326)3
Principles of Biology I (Biol 2960)4
Computational Modeling in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (EECE 202)3
Third Year
Signals and Systems (ESE 351)3
Operations Research (ESE 403)3
Transport Phenomena I: Basics and Fluid Mechanics (EECE 301)3
Materials Science (EECE 305)3
Systems science and engineering elective33
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability (Engr 4501)1
Engineering Leadership and Team Building (Engr 4502)1
Conflict Management and Negotiation (Engr 4503)1
Thermodynamics II in EECE (EECE 204)3
Transport Phenomena II: Mass Transfer (EECE 302)3
Mass Transfer Operations (EECE 304)3
Humanities or social sciences elective3
Technical Writing (Engr 310)3
Fourth Year
Chemical Reaction Engineering (EECE 403)3
Unit Operations Laboratory (EECE 405)4
Computer science elective for SSE (CSE 132 or CSE 247)3
Systems science and engineering elective33
Humanities or social sciences elective33
Control Systems or Chemical Process Dynamics and Control (ESE 441 or EECE 401)3
Transport Phenomena III: Energy Transfer Processes (EECE 303)3
Digital Process Control Laboratory (ESE 449 or EECE 424)3
Systems Science and Engineering Capstone Design Project or ChE Capstone (ESE 499 or EECE 402)3
Chemical Engineering elective3

To satisfy the core requirements of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the following courses are required:

Physics 197
Physics 198
Physics I
and Physics II
Chem 111A
Chem 112A
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Chem 151
Chem 152
General Chemistry Laboratory I
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Math 132
Math 233
Math 217
Calculus II
and Calculus III
and Differential Equations
Humanities/social sciences electives18
Total Units45

To complete the core requirements of both chemical engineering and systems engineering, the following additional requirements apply:

Chem 261Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
EECE 305Materials Science3
ESE 326Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
Engr 310Technical Writing3
ESE 318
ESE 319
Engineering Mathematics A
and Engineering Mathematics B
Biol 2960Principles of Biology I4
Total Units23

The balance of the curriculum is carefully structured to satisfy the combined degree requirements and to meet the objectives of the program. Please refer to the accompanying Process Control Systems program chart for details. The general degree requirements include the residency and other applicable requirements of the university and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The curriculum meets the requirements of both degrees and can be completed in four years. The total number of units required is 143. The semester course load exceeds the usual schoolwide average of 15 units per semester, so students must be highly motivated to accomplish this objective in eight semesters. The course load in individual semesters may be lightened by attending summer school or by adding an additional semester. A number of courses (e.g., Engr 310, Math 309, ESE 318, ESE 319, ESE 326, ESE 351; and humanities and social sciences courses) usually are offered in the summer as well.

There is no minor in this area.

There are no courses specific to this program.


Coordinating Committee

Pratim Biswas
Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor
PhD, California Institute of Technology
(Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering)

Hiroaki Mukai
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
(Electrical & Systems Engineering)

Heinz Schaettler
PhD, Rutgers University
(Electrical & Systems Engineering)

Jay R. Turner
DSc, Washington University
(Chemical Engineering)