pause world-wide-web instagram volume-medium linkedin flickr basketball devices home pencil person-money rss slider-left-arrow slider-right-arrow slider-left-arrow slider-right-arrow star video-transcript close hamburger minus plus account arrow certificate city globe graduation-cap graph handshake info info-2 map play search snapchat twitter facebook file-text-o youtube tumblr camera file-text

Accessibility Navigation:

Return to Campus

Chemical Engineering Department

Why Chemical Engineering at Manhattan College?

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

Our mission is to prepare engineers with strong technical, communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills, while incorporating the Lasallian Heritage of Manhattan College. This mission enables our graduates to pursue wide-ranging career paths in chemical and related industries, advanced graduate studies, and to engage in life-long learning.  

Our Programs

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.: Our undergraduate chemical engineering program includes course work in material and energy balances, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, heat and mass transfer, separation processes, chemical process control, process safety, and plant design.   Lectures are complemented by comprehensive laboratory courses covering experiments in fluid mechanics, material sciences, and wide range of unit operations such as distillation, filtration, heat exchangers, and chemical reactiors. Students can focus their studies in environmental, cosmetic, biopharmaceutical or petroleum engineering.
  • Chemical engineering - M.S.: Our graduate chemical engineering program provides an overview of the fundamentals while covering contemporary advances in the areas of separation processes, alternative energy, water purification, pollution prevention, engineering management. The program provides opportunities to conduct fundamental and/or applied research, and to improve oral and written communication skills. Students can focus their studies in cosmetic, biopharmaceutical or petroleum engineering.

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 environemntal engineering, 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 Biopharmaceutical Engineering: This program prepares students for various career pathways within the biopharmaceutical industry, including formulation and development of drugs and therapeutics, as well and processing and manufacturing of biopharma products.
  • Concentration in Petroleum Engineering: This program provides students  a competitive advantage in the petroleum and petrochemcial industry, covering topics in refining, fuels, natural gas mining and processing, and production of petrochemicals.
  • Minor in Environmental Engineering: This option for chemical engineering majors allows students to take five courses in environmental engineering within the Civil and Environemntal Engineering department, providing students career opportunities in areas such as water treatment, transport of contaminants in natural aquatic systems, site remediation, and the design and management of environmental systems. 

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.

Research Opportunties

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.