What will I learn?

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineering (ChE) is an optimal combination of the molecular sciences (chemistry and biology), the physical sciences (physical chemistry and physics), the analytical sciences (math and computer programming) and engineering. Chemical Engineering focuses on the description and design of processes that combine engineering principles of heat and fluid flow with chemical reactions and molecular separations to produce high-value products useful to humankind from multiple raw material sources. Chemical Engineers do this while always insuring that the processes they design, build and manage are safe, environmentally responsible and economical.

Examples of such processes include:

  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Artificial organs and biomedicine
  • Bioenergy production
  • Biological fermentation
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Ceramic manufacturing
  • Energetic materials production
  • Food processing
  • Microprocessor manufacturing
  • Mineral and ore refining
  • Oil and natural gas refining
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical design and mfg.
  • Polymer production
  • Polymer composites production
  • Nanomaterials manufacturing

Designing and modeling such processes requires a strong fundamental understanding of the chemical and biological phenomena at work. ChE students develop a wide range of problem solving skills grounded in mathematics and computer analysis techniques. ChE graduates are recruited for their technical engineering knowledge as well as their problem solving, systems analysis, leadership skills, and communication skills.

What will I learn as a ChE student?

ChE students take multiple courses in chemistry and biology to develop a fundamental understanding of the molecular sciences. The program includes physics, math, and computer courses to provide the analytical tools required for modeling and to design processes. Finally the core Chemical Engineering curriculum includes engineering courses in thermodynamics, heat and mass transport, fluid dynamics, chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, molecular separations and unit operations, and process design and control. Elective courses are also available to provide specialization in emphasis such as advanced materials (e.g. composites, nanomaterials and polymers), bioprocessing/biochemical engineering, energy technology, environmental engineering, and petroleum engineering.

Which department am I in?

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$16,890.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,

501 East Saint Joseph Street,


South Dakota,

57701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic Requirements: 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model). Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 520 on the paper based test; ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only); have completed more than 56 college level credit hours at a U.S. institution; are from a country whose primary language is English (i.e.: United Kingdom, Australia as verified by admissions officer); graduated from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.; have been released by SIU's Center for English as a Second Language? (CESL); students who do not meet the above requirements must attend CESL and be released before they will be allowed to attend SIU.

For international students

Students must have completed a secondary school with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL Internet-based test: 68 minimum score (Upper level score - 83), Computer Based Test – 190 minimum score (Upper level score – 220), Paper Based Test – 520 minimum score (Upper level score – 560); IELTS: 5.5 minimum score (Upper level score – 6.5), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 47 minimum score (Upper level score – 56)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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