Chemical engineers help create better and safer products for the home and for industry, develop new resources of energy, and help preserve our environment and natural resources. We believe a degree in chemical engineering is the best preparation for someone who wants to make a difference in the world today. The chemical engineering curriculum is designed to be a natural fit for pre-med students, and many of our students pursue this option after graduation. Also, many of our students obtain minors in chemistry, math or physics, with only moderate additional coursework required. Some students use chemical engineering as a foundation for entering law school and pursuing a career in environmental law or patent law. As a student in chemical engineering, there are active professional organizations to become involved with, study abroad programs, undergraduate research opportunities, as well as a Chemical Engineering Honors Program.

Chemical engineering students often have strong interests in math, chemistry, physics and biology. These subjects are often combined together and encountered throughout our curriculum. Overall, chemical engineering students are often curious about how and why things work and they have a desire to invent new ways to improve existing technology.

In the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, students may obtain a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. If students choose to continue their education, they can obtain a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

Students find careers in the following industries: petroleum, pulp and paper, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical field, environmental.

Our chemical engineering students are often in high demand and find jobs with local industries within the state, as well as with Fortune 500 companies around the globe. Common employers are power companies, engineering design firms, large chemical manufacturers and petroleum refiners.

Our experienced alumni have become leaders in major industries, consulting firms, and at leading academic institutions. We have had alumni obtain faculty positions at MIT, CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, senior technical officers in the medical field, and become prominent judges. Many of our alumni stay connected with our Department, including service on our Industrial Advisory Board.

The B.S. degree in chemical engineering is offered within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. This degree is accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) and meets the curriculum requirements specified by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Semester 1 Semester 2
CH 101 BSC 114
CHE 125 CH 102
ENGR 111 EN 102
EN 101 ENGR 141
ENGR 131 MATH 126
ENGR 151  
MATH 125  
Semester 3 Semester 4
CH 231 CH 232
CHE 254 CHE 255
MATH 227 MATH 328
PH 105 HI OR SB
  HU, L, OR FA
Semester 5 Semester 6
CHE 304 CH 223
CHE 306 CH 237
CHE 324 CHE 305
ENGINEERING ELECTIVE CHE 319
HI OR SB CHE 354
  HI OR SB
  APPROVED ELECTIVE
Semester 7 Semester 8
CHE 493 APPR BIOLOGY ELE
PH 106 APPROVED ELECTIVE
APPR CHE ELECTIVE HU, L, OR FA
HU, L, OR FA  

Disclaimer: This plan is based on a student enrolling in MATH 125 (Calculus I) during their first semester. If you are starting in a different math class, please contact the engineering advising office to see your four-year plan of study.

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