BS in Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Program

Chemical engineers use chemistry, biology, physics and math in an integrated engineering mode in order to manufacture materials and products essential to modern society.  They are involved with the full scale of processes, from the laboratory bench to the pilot plant and eventually to the manufacturing facility.  The academic training of chemical engineers provides a strong background for a variety of areas, including:

  •     Process Design and Development
  •     Pharmaceutical Engineering
  •     Production Engineering
  •     Research
  •     Marketing/Technical Sales
  •     Environmental and Waste Management
  •     Safety

At present, chemical engineers are involved in areas such as producing more effective pharmaceuticals and more durable plastics, developing biotechnology, genetic engineering applications, and producing electronic materials.  They are also involved in the more traditional areas of petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing.

A chemical engineer may choose to work in a variety of industries, which include chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, energy, and environmental control.  A chemical engineering degree also serves as a good preparation for law, business, or medical school.

Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

1. Engineering Practice: 

Graduates of our program are successfully engaged in the practice of chemical engineering within industry, academe and government working in a wide array of technical specialties including but not limited to process and plant design operations.

2. Professional Growth: 

Graduates of our program advance their skills through professional growth and development activities such as graduate study in engineering or complimentary disciplines, and continuing education; some graduates will transition into other professional fields such as business, law and medicine through further education.

3. Service:

Graduates of our program perform service to the society and the engineering profession through participation in professional societies, government, civic organizations, and humanitarian endeavors.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering will have:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data of importance to the design and analysis of chemical processes.

c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g) an ability to communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations.

h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j) an introduction to contemporary issues in chemical engineering

k) an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

BS ChE Enrollment and Graduation Data.pdf