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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



Our department offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The program leading to the BSChE degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) under the EC2000 criteria.

undergrad01In today's rapidly changing business climate, industrial sectors from petrochemicals to biotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing offer of wide variety of employment opportunities to our graduates. As a result, chemical engineering graduates may get involved with (among others):

  • the development of new processes and products for the chemical industry;
  • exploration, production, and refining of oil and natural gas;
  • design and optimization of fabrication facilities for semiconductors or magnetic storage devices;
  • production of advanced materials - from plastics and fibers to catalysts and biomaterials;
  • design of water and air pollution control devices;
  • production of pharmaceuticals and biologic devices used for medical applications.

While industry employs the majority of chemical engineering students receiving a bachelor's degree, a large fraction of our graduates continue their education in:

  • graduate schools to prepare for academic or industrial R&D careers, and
  • medical, law or business schools.

Enrollments and degrees awarded for degree programs in the Engineering School are available HERE

Click HERE to learn more about the ABET Accreditation of the BSChE Degree program.

Our Curriculum

What opens all these career options to our graduates is a broad education that encompasses both fundamentals and applications to give students a sound scientific and technical grounding for further development in a variety of professional environments.


Courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and computational engineering provide the foundation for the chemical engineering core, which introduces students to chemical process fundamentals, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, reactor design, process control and process design. Chemical engineering curricula place an emphasis on chemistry not found in other engineering disciplines. This background allows chemical engineers to tackle a wide variety of technical problems arising in the chemical, electronic and pharmaceuticals/biotechnology industries.