Combine engineering and chemistry to help create the products we use every day. Work in industries like biotech pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, environmental services, foods, cosmetics and more.
Here are just a few of the products involving chemical engineering:
- Pharmaceuticals for health care
- Plastics for cars and appliances
- Chips in your computer
- Synthetic fibers
- Gasoline from crude oil
- Peanut butter and breakfast cereal
- Cosmetics and personal care products
No matter your field of interest, as a chemical engineer, you will also work to make manufacturing processes cleaner, safer, more environmentally friendly and more resource-efficient.
Download the Chemical Model Program worksheet.
Course Requirements 2016-2017
Freshman & Sophomore Year
The first two years include introductory engineering courses, physics, chemistry, math and humanities courses. The engineering courses will give you a broad base of engineering skills and, along with your other classes, will build the foundation for a more advanced study. At the end of your second year, you will formally select chemical engineering as your concentration.
Many of the courses in the first two years include lab work and explore real engineering principles. We also make use of service-learning projects — you dive into solving a real-world problems for real people right away. Please see the link at the bottom of this page for a .pdf file of the Model Program for chemical engineering.
Junior & Senior Year
You have picked chemical engineering, and now you build the chemical engineering expertise. You will take chemical engineering classes and lab courses, advanced chemistry classes and a variety of humanities and fine arts classes.
Your senior year will include a capstone project in which your team of three or four students will develop a project that integrates all of your college education. Some examples of chemical engineering senior projects are found here.
We work to place students in a variety of internships at local and international chemical, nuclear and pharmaceutical companies to gain practical work experience.
Dual Major or a Minor in Chemistry
As a chemical engineer major, you can get a chemistry minor with no additional classes, or take two additional classes and earn chemistry as a dual major. Student interested in this should be sure to talk to their advisor.
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