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Prospective Student FAQ Answers
How many different majors does CHMS offer?
The Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department administers five curricula (majors): They are Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering/Materials Science Engineering, and Electronic Materials.

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How many students are in CHMS?
In any given four year period spanning from Freshmen to Senior, there are about 594 student in CHMS; Currently 392 in Chemical, 87 in Biochemical, 68 in Materials Science, 44 in Chemical/Materials Science, and 4 in Electrical/Materials Science.

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What is Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering? How is it different than Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering?
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering is a combined major based on a common core of courses built to provide a strong foundation in fundamental chemical engineering and materials science concepts. It differs from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering programs in that it requires chemical engineering and materials science students to work together. Upon completion of the program, students receive a B.S. in Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering.

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What research facilities are connected to the majors?
The Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department is committed to providing positive and practical training to students in all of its majors. We are currently in the process of upgrading the three chemical and biochemical engineering undergraduate laboratories. In addition, undergraduates participating in academic research will have use of the Departmentís facilities. For a complete list of CHMS facilities, see CHMS Facilities.

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Are there scholarships available to CHMS students?
The Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department offers several monetary awards including the Child/Whitaker Scholarship and Chevron Scholarship. For more information on scholarships and awards, see http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/index.html and http://www.honors.ucdavis.edu.

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What student clubs are connected with the majors?
There are a number of student organizations connected to CHMS majors. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Davis Materials Research Society, Materials Advantage, and International Society of Life Science Professionals. These student organizations are open to all majors and participate in Picnic Day, Preview Day and many other events. For more information, please visit their websites.

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What kind of a job can I get with my degree?
Graduates with bachelor’s degrees are employed extensively throughout private industry. Firms actively seek our students for employment in the food and beverage processing industries, petroleum industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, biotech industry, and utility industries. Many students work for the federal or state government or do graduate work after graduation. The CHMS curricula equally prepare you for a career in industry, government, or academia.

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How many students go on to graduate school?
About 10-15% of CHMS Department graduates on to graduate school. In recent years our students have attend graduate schools such as Stanford, Harvard, UC Davis, and other UC schools. Students invited to participate in our inaugural Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Honors Program will be uniquely prepared for graduate school.

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How long does it take an incoming Freshman to graduate?
All five CHMS majors can be completed in four years with a normal course load. For a sample schedule, check your major below:

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Can a transfer student finish in two years?
Yes. A problem transfer students often face that leads to a longer stay is missing course work. It is recommended that a transfer student complete as much coursework as possible prior to admission to ensure a two year graduation.

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Will I have contact with professors outside of class?
Yes. The CHMS department has many activities for undergraduates including faculty advising, the Picnic Day Department BBQ, and student clubs. Perhaps the best way to work with professors outside class is to do undergraduate research.

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Current Student FAQ Answers
What happens if I can't get into a class during pass 1?
You will have the ability to add yourself to the wait list during your Pass 2 registration appointment. However, being on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in the class. Please enroll in alternate open courses. You can drop these courses once you have been admitted to the course from the wait list.

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What are my chances of getting into a class if I'm on the wait list?
You will be added to the course after students drop the course, so it will depend on how many students choose to drop the class. After the first day of class, you should get a good idea of whether or not you will be able to enroll in the course or not. Being on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in the class. Please enroll in alternate open courses. You can drop these courses once you have been admitted to the course from the wait list.

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How can I drop a course after the drop deadline?
You may petition for a late drop if you can fully document that unforeseen circumstances beyond your control have affected your academic performance. Please visit the College of Engineering’s Dean's Office in 1050 Kemper Hall. Late drops will not be approved for poor academic performance, academic difficulties, change of interest in a course, or lack of midterm results.

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Can I finish my major in 4 years?
To finish your degree in four years, you will need to plan your course work appropriately. It is definitely possible to complete your degree requirements course requirements, your General Education Requirements, and your College and University Requirements in 4 years. Please see our sample study plans for an idea on how to complete your degree in 4 years.

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As an Engineering student, is it still possible to study abroad?
Yes! The easiest way to fit studying abroad in your schedule is to go during the summer, but going during the school year is also an option! With careful planning, you can enjoy being abroad at the same time as fulfilling your major requirements. Your first step to studying abroad is to visit the Education Abroad Center. The courses you take abroad will need to be approved by the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department before you leave to study abroad.

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What are common minors that Chemical Engineering students pursue?
Here are some minors that can complement your major:

The Technology Management minor, offered through the School of Management, is the most popular minor for engineering students. This minor will give you the opportunity to complement your studies with courses in business and management. You must apply to the program to be accepted into the minor. For more information, please visit:  http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/techminor/

The Materials Science minor is offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. This minor complements are majors very well, providing further knowledge and experience in understanding the behavior of a vast array of materials from which products are made. For more information, please visit: http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/files/MatSci_minor.pdf.

Other minors worth considering are the Energy Science and Technology minor, the Energy Policy minor (both  offered by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering) and the Sustainability in the Built Environment minor (offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).  

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I'd like to do research in a professor's lab. How do I start this process?
For research opportunities, we recommend that you meet with a faculty member whose research interests you. Please see our list of faculty and their research. For help with how to contact a faculty member for research opportunities, read Dr. Louie's blog.

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How can I find out about internship opportunities?
In addition to talking with your adviser, the Internship & Career Center, located in South Hall, has a great network of internship opportunities, including a job database and list serve. It is a good idea for all students to become familiar with this great campus resource early in their college career ń just drop in! The advisor and the peer advisor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department also came up with a list here for undergraduate students who are geared for finding engineering internships.

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Can I receive internship or research credit toward completion of my degree?
Up to four units of ECH 199 and 190C units can be used toward Biochemical Engineering elective or Chemical Engineering Electives. Forms are to be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer before the last day to add classes.

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What is ABET accreditation?
Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. Some companies, especially governmental agencies, require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification. By receiving an accredited degree, you are eligible to take the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam. You can find out more about accreditation by visiting the ABET website.

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Is it important for me to take the EIT? If so, when should I take it?
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) is the first step required under California law towards becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE). Professional licensure protects the public by enforcing the standards of engineers and can sometimes allow you to rise to management positions more quickly or earn a higher salary than your colleagues. The EIT exam is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree and is usually taken in Fall or Spring of their senior year. For more information and to apply, please visit:  http://www.pels.ca.gov/applicants/eit_lsitapp.shtml.

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How do I submit coursework Iíve taken over the summer at a community college?
Once you have completed your courses at a community college and the grades are final, you can have your community college send your transcript to:
Undergraduate Admissions
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8507
Once Admissions has received your coursework, the courses that are transferrable will appear on your academic record. Grades and GPA from the community college will not count towards your overall UCD GPA.

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