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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is the practice of developing new materials and energy for the benefit of humankind. Chemical engineers design, develop and operate industrial processes. The products that they manufacture range from cosmetics to food and beverages.​

Why Choose Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers and their innovations propel many areas of technology and create solutions for tomorrow. At Manhattan College, the chemical engineering major is designed to develop your fundamental engineering skills as well as the communication skills and ethical tools to make you an effective professional.

The Classes

As a chemical engineering major, you will develop fundamental skills in mathematics, chemistry and other natural sciences. You’ll also be exposed to a variety of traditional and emerging ideas, including:

  • Air pollution control
  • Computer simulation and design
  • Design and control
  • Reactor design and kinetics
  • Transport phenomena
  • Thermodynamics

Hands-On Learning

Our students are encouraged to participate in research, service and outreach projects outside of the classroom. Some popular examples include:

  • Participating in the IEE/WERC Environmental Design Contest 
  • Creating a water purification system for use in a developing country
  • Building a chemically powered automobile
  • Presenting papers and research findings at professional conferences

Or get your foot in the door by doing an internship. Our New York City location and well-connected alumni offer students internship positions with the industry’s top companies including Exxon, L’Oreal and Genzyme.

What Will You Learn?

The chemical engineering program includes the study of traditional and emerging technologies, from unit operations such as distillation and filtration, to unique applications such as biological reactors. As part of your coursework you will also be exposed to industry software, programming and professional design packages.

As a chemical engineering major, you will:

  • Learn how to apply principles of math and science
  • Design and evaluate chemical processes
  • Communicate effectively, both written and spoken
  • Be a leader and collaborate as part of a team

Chemical engineering is also offered as a minor.

See degree requirements

What Will You Do?

Employers from all industries seek the analytical and problem-solving skills developed by chemical engineers. Chemical engineers are some of the highest-paid professionals in the country.

Of the many Chemical Engineering programs I researched in high school, the one at Manhattan had everything I wanted: an excellent reputation, a challenging curriculum, and classes small enough for the professors to know who I am.

Bill Taylor ’02, Project Engineer, Wyeth Biotech