Chemical engineers serve society through their expertise gained by study, experience, and practice to develop economic ways of using materials and energy for the benefit of mankind. As one the highest paying professions, chemical engineering employs across a wide range of both large and small companies in a variety of industries. Graduates from the Manhattan College program are highly sought by employers because they are experienced problem solvers and have strong analytical, management, and communication skills.
If you’re looking for an outstanding program, excellent teachers, a caring environment, small classes, a strong alumni network, a wide range of career opportunities and long-lasting friendships, you belong at Manhattan College.
Our mission is to prepare students with technical, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, as well as social responsibility consistent with the Lasallian tradition of the College. This enables our graduates to pursue wide-ranging career paths in chemical and related industries, graduate studies at prestigious schools and engage in life-long learning.
The Chemical Engineering Department combines 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 department offers:
Chemical engineering - B.S.: The undergraduate chemical engineering program focuses on time in the lab, where you’ll use classroom skills to experiment in traditional and emerging technologies. You may also choose a concentration in cosmetic, biopharmaceutical or petroleum engineering.
Chemical engineering - M.S.: The graduate chemical engineering program gives you the chance to hone and focus the skills gained in your undergraduate studies and further prepare for professional work in the industry. You may also choose a concentration in cosmetic engineering or petroleum engineering. You may also choose a concentration in cosmetic, biopharmaceutical or petroleum engineering.
M.S. option in cosmetic engineering: This program prepares students for a variety of roles in the cosmetic and consumer industries, ranging from process engineering to product development and research and development.
M.S. option in petroleum engineering: This program will give you a competitive advantage in the petroleum industry, covering topics in the refining, fuels, natural gas mining and processing, and petrochemical industries.
Electives and Focus Areas
Within the undergraduate program, chemical engineering students at Manhattan have four technical electives in their senior year. This allows them to focus their studies in either environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, biopharmaceutical engineering, or cosmetic engineering and obtain a minor or concentration in these areas. Similarly, within the Masters program, students may focus their studies in petroleum engineering, biopharmaceutical engineering, or cosmetic engineering.
These concentrations give our students a specialized education and a competitive advantage for job placement.
Concentration in Cosmetic Engineering: This program prepares students for a variety of roles in the cosmetic and consumer industries, ranging from process engineering to product development and research and development.
Concentration in Petroleum Engineering: This program will give you a competitive advantage in the petroleum industry, covering topics in the refining, fuels, natural gas mining and processing, and petrochemical industries.
Seamless Masters Program
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in chemical engineering can apply for this program, which grants them two degrees within five years: a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree.
Internships and Job Placement
The department has an active internship program where freshmen through seniors are placed in prominent chemical, cosmetic, consumer goods, food & beverage and pharmaceutical companies. Program graduates have gained employment at companies such as Air Products, Avon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Con Edison, Estee Lauder, ExxonMobil, Kraft Foods, IBM, L’Oreal, Merck, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Regeneron, Unilever, Wyeth and Victoria’s Secret and Packaging, Jobs are secured through career fairs, on-campus recruiting and our strong alumni network.
Qualified students can obtain for credit and/or paid research assistantships leading to participation in regional and national competitions and conferences - valuable learning experiences for a career in research and development or pursuit of doctoral degree.
Scholarships and Awards
Numerous merit and need-based scholarships and awards are available to students such as the Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship, the John V. Avella Memorial Scholarship, the Brother Burris Scholarship, and the Anthony Sartor Scholarship, the Daniel O’Shea Scholarship, the Joseph P. Reynolds Scholarship, the Robert Harris Award and the Air Products/James Strecansky Award.
The New York City Advantage
The Manhattan College chemical engineering program’s 60+ year history and location within New York City benefit students through the program’s professional connections within and beyond the tristate area. The program attracts industry-leading professionals to the campus as adjunct faculty and guest speakers, and for alumni events that provide valuable networking opportunities for students in the chemical engineering community.
Meet a Chemical Engineering Major: MD Azim
A native of Bangladesh, chemical engineering major MD Azim was inspired by his experiences to pursue pharmaceutical engineering and help provide medicine and healthcare for people who need it.