CRITERION 5. CURRICULUM

CRITERION 5. CURRICULUM

A. Program Curriculum

1. Complete Table 5-1 that describes the plan of study for students in this program including information on course offerings in the form of a recommended schedule by year and term along with maximum section enrollments for all courses in the program for the last two terms the course was taught. If there is more than one curricular path, Table 5-1 should be provided for each path. State whether you are on quarters or semesters and complete a separate table for each option in the program.

NMSU operates on a semester system (15 weeks each in the Fall and Spring) including a summer semester of limited course offerings.

Table 5-1. BSCHE Curriculum

2. Describe how the curriculum aligns with the program educational objectives.

The curriculum is designed so that students may acquire the abilities and skills to be productive in the workplace upon graduation. With several additional years of relevant work experience, our graduates are capable of demonstrating that the program educational objectives have been met.

3. Describe how the curriculum and its associated prerequisite structure support the attainment of the student outcomes.

The detailed student outcomes can only be attained through a prolonged study of the discipline.  In this respect, students must assimilate fundamental knowledge then apply it to the solution of increasingly complex problems.  The rigid prerequisite structure of the BSCHE is designed to systematically lead students through the development of advanced problem solving skills.  

See a detailed mapping of where outcomes are developed in students by the curriculum on a course-by-course basis.

4. Attach a flowchart or worksheet that illustrates the prerequisite structure of the program’s required courses.

5. Describe how your program meets the requirements in terms of hours and depth of study for each subject area (Math and Basic Sciences, Engineering Topics, and General Education) specifically addressed by either the general criteria or the program criteria.

The 2017-2018 BSCHE curriculum requires completion of 134 credit hours as outlined in Table 5-1.

Mathematics and Basic Sciences

Entering freshmen are placed into their first mathematics courses based on their high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, or they may opt to take the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) before they register for courses. Those who score poorly on the MPE may be required to complete remedial mathematics courses.

A three-course calculus sequence MATH 191 (4), MATH 192 (4), and MATH 291 (3) is required for graduation. A course in differential equations MATH 392 (3) was removed from the curriculum in the 2014-2015 catalog, but has been returned to the degree program with the 2017-2018 catalog. It was planned to teach differential equations in the context of an applied numerical methods course CHME 392 (3), with traditional analytical solutions of differential equations taught as needed across the curriculum (particularly in CHME 302, 305, 306, 307 412, and 441), but feedback from students (particularly alumni who went on to graduate school) dictated the traditional differential equations education be returned to the program of study.  In returning this course to the curriculum, it was also decided to retain CHME 392 (3).

Students must also complete a statics course providing background in data analysis and inference (STAT 371 in BSCHE 2016-2017, I E 311 in BSCHE 2017-2018).

The basic science content includes courses in chemistry, physics, and biology (added in 2015). The required chemistry sequence includes General Chemistry CHEM 115 (3+3P) and CHEM 116 (3+3P) and Organic Chemistry CHEM 313 (3), CHEM 314 (3), and CHEM 315 (4P). The Physics sequence comprises two calculus-based general physics courses PHYS 215 (3) and PHYS 216 (3) and the associated labs PHYS 215L (3P) and PHYS 216L (3P).  Students are also expected to complete a quantum-based course in Physical Chemistry CHEM 433 (3).  Finally, students must take a course in basic biology BIOL 211 (3).

Engineering Topics

The BSCHE curriculum includes a greater number of semester hours of engineering topics than the ABET-established minimum requirement, as shown clearly in Table 5-1 for each of the academic programs of recent years. 

Social Sciences and Humanities

Students are required to take a total of 28 credit hours of humanities and social sciences. The NMSU General Education requirements specify that students in all disciplines complete courses broaden their education in global, economic, political, and social issues.  

Students must also complete six credit hours of content labeled as “Viewing a Wider World,” course requirements specific to the institution (not required by law of The State of NM).  Three credit hours of the six are waived by a section found in the catalog entitled Alternatives for Meeting Viewing a Wider World Requirements which states, “Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as Viewing a Wider World courses, will have met the VWW requirements for that subject area.  The 9 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses in one prefix area.”  Students matriculating on the BSCHE fulfill this requirement with the sequence of courses CHEM 313, 314, and 433.

6. Describe the major design experience that prepares students for engineering practice. Describe how this experience is based upon the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework, and incorporates appropriate engineering standards and multiple design constraints.

The capstone design project that prepares students for engineering practices is contained in the course CHME 455 – Plant Design. Students spend the semester preparing a chemical process design of commercial importance, selected or written to include multiple design constraints. Students regularly report progress during the semester through a series of memos, white papers, and technical reports that cover a sequence of tasks that includes: (1) an analysis of the relevant market and evaluation of economic potential; (2) generation of alternative topological designs; (3) simulation of processes; (4) economic and alternative analyses; and (5) issuance of a final report putting forth engineering recommendations.

In the course of completing these written projects, students prepare material and energy balances (first covered in CHME 102 and CHME 201); analyze data to identify appropriate physical property and/or kinetic models (I E 311, CHME 303, CHME 441); design/size/cost multiple interacting pieces of equipment (CHME 305, CHME 306, CHME 307, CHME 441); simulate the operation of the process (CHME 352L, CHME 452L, and CHME 455L); analyze utility use and heat integration (CHME 452), complete a net present worth and discounted cash flow analysis (CHME 452); perform a process hazards analysis on a portion of the process, and address relevant safety and health regulations (CHME 448); and design operating/control systems to assure the process operates within the identified safe limits (CHME 412).

7. If your program allows cooperative education to satisfy curricular requirements specifically addressed by either the general or program criteria, describe the academic component of this experience and how it is evaluated by the faculty.

Cooperative education can be used to satisfy CHME elective credit by enrollment in CHME 391: Industrial Employment. The maximum number of credits for which CHME 391 can be taken in one semester is two. Some students take CHME 391 two semesters for a total of 3 credit hours of CHME elective. The instructor for CHME 391 is the department head. The students write non-confidential reports of their experiential learning and submit to the instructor for evaluation and grade assignment.  Copies of these reports are posted on the CHME website as samples for subsequent students.

8. Describe the materials (course syllabi, textbooks, sample student work, etc.), that will be available for review during the visit to demonstrate achievement related to this criterion. (See the 2016-2017 APPM Section II.G.6.b.(2) regarding display materials.).

All CHME course syllabi are available electronically on the CHME website by following the path /Academics/Syllabi/

A copy of each textbook used in the core BSCHE curriculum is maintained in the Shires Library in the CHME Department and will be made available at the time of a review.

Samples of student work products are maintained in the CARs database which has been integrated into this continuous self-study.

B. Course Syllabi

In Appendix A, include a syllabus for each course used to satisfy the mathematics, science, and discipline-specific requirements required by Criterion 5 or any applicable program criteria.