A Chemical Engineer
In The Making

Chemical reactions are happening all around you—your body converting food to energy, the degradation of biodegradable products in the environment, and ingredients mixing and bonding together to make your favorite recipe. Chemical engineers are experts in chemical reactions—from very large (industrial size) to very small (nanoscale).

Your Discovery In The Making

Chemical engineering is a versatile field. Professionals tackle some of the most pressing issues facing us today—drugs interacting in the human body and crops being genetically modified. Recent graduates are developing new products for the food industry; aiding in the production of drugs for pharmaceutical companies; studying medicine, law and biomedical engineering in graduate school; and developing new environmentally friendly processes and products.

Your Path In The Making

Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage to address society’s greatest needs.

Flexible program: You can tailor your course work to meet your career goals and interests. Many of your core classes will be in chemical engineering, with others in areas of your choice.

  • Interested in biorenewables and biobased products? Take additional classes in biomedical engineering, metabolic engineering and biocatalysis.
  • Want to work with food products? Take classes in food processing, biochemistry and food chemistry.
  • Interested in the chemical or petroleum industry? Take more basic science, math and polymers courses.
  • Interested in microelectronics? Take surface science and solid-state physics.

Learning communities: When students work together and support each other, good things happen. We have created a strong social and academic environment for new students with our living/learning communities. Join a learning community and have a common schedule of classes, peer mentors, career exploration and the option of living on a dorm floor with other students in your major.

These are some examples of our classes:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory II: Conduct experiments covering fundamental material and energy balances, momentum and energy transport operations and thermodynamics.
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering: Learn about kinetics of chemical reactions and design homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactors.
  • Transport Phenomena II: Study conduction and diffusion, convective heat and mass transfer, boiling and condensation, radiation and the design of heat exchange equipment.
  • Material and Energy Balances: Examine chemical processes such as the physical behavior of gases, liquids and solids. Apply material and energy balances to these processes.
  • Process and Plant Design: Investigate the synthesis of chemical engineering processes, equipment and plants. Determine cost estimation and feasibility analysis.

Your Career In The Making

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of chemical engineering graduates is more than $76,800/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average $23.75/hour.
  • Approximately 1,400 companies recruit our engineers every year.
  • 99 percent of our chemical engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.