McKetta Undergraduate Office

    • The McKetta Undergraduate Program Office in CPE 2.706, provides services that support the academic and professional development of McKetta undergraduate chemical engineering students. The office provides degree planning assistance under the supervision of the McKetta Undergraduate Faculty Advisor. Advice is also provided by individual faculty advisors who meet with students during early registration periods.
    • The office provides resources for registration procedures, degree requirements, course prerequisites and policies and procedures.
    • ChE undergraduate peer advisors staff the front desk and provide valuable information and advice about the undergraduate experience.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:  8:30 am – 11:30 pm and 1 – 4:30 pm

By popular demand, we offer weekly walk-in hours:

  • Dr. Michael Baldea, McKetta Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Thursday, 2-3 pm, CPE 4.466.
  • Dr. Kelly McQueary, McKetta Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Thursday, 1 – 2, CPE 2.706.
  • Jonathan Pereira, McKetta Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30.
  • McKetta Undergraduate Peer Advisors, Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 11:15 and 1 – 4:15, CPE 2.706.

Need more time than a quick walk-in visit?

Please email the McKetta Advising Team at and we will work with you to set up an appointment.

–> Spring 2018 Early Registration has concluded

The registration system is closed to all users until January 2018. Please check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) to determine your next registration access period.



–> New courses for Spring 2018

  • ChE 379/384T — Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsInstructor: Dr. Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz

Course Description and Goals:
Seven million people die every year due to air pollution in indoor and outdoor environments. Reducing air pollutant levels requires a detailed understanding of their sources and of the chemical reactions and physical processes affecting their fate. This is the focus of this course.

Main topics include tropospheric chemistry, and the microphysics, chemistry and thermodynamics of atmospheric nanoparticles. We will also discuss ongoing changes in atmospheric emissions (caused, for example, by the changing energy infrastructure) and recent advances in understanding air pollution and its health effects.

The course is designed for undergraduate or graduate students interested in environmental engineering and/or energy technologies. Fundamentals and skills learned in this course are also applicable to other areas of engineering including nanomaterials.

Technical Option Areas: Environmental Engineering, Energy Technologies


  • ChE 379/384T — Dynamics in Ecology and the EnvironmentInstructor: Dr. Mark A. Stadtherr 

Course Description and Goals:
Engineering students today are frequently taught to be environmentally conscious in designing new products or processing systems. However, their attention is less often focused on the Earth’s own natural systems, and on how these systems interact with man-made systems. Thus the focus of this course is on the Earth’s natural processes, populations, and systems. The Earth’s systems are dynamic, changing with time in response to a variety of disturbances.

A primary goal in this course will be to develop a basic understanding of some of these dynamic processes, and to show how one can use mathematical models to aid in this understanding and to estimate the impact of man-made disturbances.

A broader goal is to develop an awareness, on a scientific level, of current environmental and ecological problems, and to enable the student to better seek answers to these problems.

Prerequisite: M427J

Technical Option Areas: Process Systems and Product Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering (Areas A&B)


*NEW Policy


Chemical Engineering Technical Electives Policy Revision

(Effective August 30, 2017; Applies to 2010-12; 2012-14; 2014-16; 2016-18 catalogs)


Revised* Technical Option Area policy:

o Students may choose one or two Technical Option Area(s)

• One tech area: 4 tech electives are required
• Two tech areas: 2 tech electives are required in each area

o At least two of the tech electives must be CHE courses
o At least three of the tech electives must be engineering courses

Previous Technical Option Area policy:

o Students may choose one or two Technical Option Area(s)

• One tech area: 4 tech electives are required
• Two tech areas: 2 tech electives are required in each area

o At least two of the tech electives must be CHE courses

*Students who completely satisfy the non-ChE technical elective requirements of the previous policy with electives taken Summer 2017 or earlier will not have to take an additional engineering elective course.


You are a CHE student in any catalog. Envision yourself in August after all of the Summer 2017 grades have been posted. Have you completed at least your 2 non-ChE technical electives according to the previous policy?

If yes:
You will meet graduation requirements and do not need to be concerned about an additional engineering course.

If no:
You will need to follow the revised policy.


Updated: February 16, 2017


Want to take ChE 333T, but not yet prioritized for the course?
You can take 333T in any Cockrell School department. For information about how to get a seat in another department’s 333T course for Spring 2018 click here.

Non-major waitlist
If you are not a McKetta Chemical Engineering student and are interested in taking a ChE course please fill out this survey. If there is room in your desired course, and you meet the prerequisites, then you will be added on January 19, 2018.

Course number change
Beginning Fall 2016, ChE 319 will be the new course number replacing ChE 353 – Transport Phenomena. (updated: April 1, 2016)

M 427J
Beginning Fall 2015 M 427J will replace M 427K in the requirements for the BS degree in Chemical Engineering. There is significant overlap in course content in M 427J and M 340L and M 341. Therefore, neither M 340L nor M 341 (exclusion updated April 13, 2015) may be applied to the BS degree in Chemical Engineering if M 427J is taken.(updated: April 13, 2015)

Business Foundations Courses
Business Foundations Program (BFP), not currently listed on the approved technical option area course lists, or not previously approved by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, will not be approved to count toward the BS degree in Chemical Engineering. (effective October 15, 2012)



Helpful Registration Links/Tools

View your registration bars and access times, and other information on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS).

The Course Schedule lists the courses that will be offered each semester – Summer 2017Fall 2017. Spring 2018.

The Registrar’s Office registration information page is a handy reference for all things related to registration including what to do before registering, registering for classes and then finishing registration.


Computing Resources

Computing resources for McKetta ChE Undergraduate Students – Available Computing Resources