Chemical engineers combine mathematics and advanced chemistry with engineering principles to design, develop and operate industrial processes for the manufacture of a variety of products including fuels, gasoline, heating oil, plastics, synthetic fibers, paint, solvents, industrial chemicals and chemical intermediates, and a variety of consumer products such as foods, beverages, medicines and cosmetics.
The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program includes course work in material and energy balances, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, heat and mass transfer, separation processes, and plant design, plus elective courses such as transport phenomena, pollution control, biochemical engineering, process safety, and engineering economy.
Lectures are complemented by comprehensive laboratory courses with experiments in both traditional and emerging technologies, ranging from unit operations such as distillation and filtration, to unique applications such as biological reactors.
Computer usage, including software, programming, professional design packages and data acquisition, and engineering ethics are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students are prepared for both professional employment and graduate study.
The Chemical Engineering graduate program builds upon topics learned in undergraduate studies to further prepare students for professional work in the chemical engineering industry.
The Chemical Engineering graduate program also offers a new cosmetic engineering option — the first of its kind in the nation. This one-year program is built around four unique classes that prepare students for careers in cosmetics, as well as the pharmaceutical and food industries. Learn more about the cosmetic engineering option.