What will I learn?

The bachelor of science in chemical engineering is a unique major that exists at the intersection of science and engineering. Building on a foundation of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics, the program expands student expertise to thermodynamics, transport processes, and chemical kinetics.

Preparation for careers in the field requires a comprehension of physical, chemical, biological, and engineering principles. The chemical engineering curriculum provides broad fundamental training and prepares graduates for the chemical and process industries or for advanced study.

The program aims to develop graduates who can plan, design, and operate new processes, who can contribute to the development of new chemical products, and who have potential for managerial responsibility in highly technical industrial enterprises.

Areas of Specialization

Our curriculum provides students with the core chemical engineering fundamentals, while offering the option to select one of these six areas of specialization:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Design
  • Environmental engineering and sustainability
  • Nanotechnology and molecular engineering
  • Polymer science and engineering

Career Paths

Graduates of the chemical engineering major pursue careers in a multitude of industries, including the pharmaceutical, food, chemical, petroleum, information technology, and consulting industries. Many students seek advanced degrees in science and engineering, law, medicine, or business, enrolling in top programs nationwide.

Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum of the chemical engineering major is designed so that a student will:

  • Excel in engineering practice, research, and management in industries based on chemistry and biology, such as the chemical, energy, advanced materials, microelectronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products industries.
  • Apply their broad chemical engineering training to excel in areas such as entrepreneurship, medicine, law, government, and education.
  • Excel in top-ranked graduate programs and professional schools.
  • Be leaders in their chosen fields.
  • Think critically and creatively, especially about the use of technology to address local and global problems.
  • Behave ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide.

Which department am I in?

McCormick School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
USD $18,040 per quarter
Start date

24 September 2019


McCormick School of Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road,



60208, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International applicants whose primary language is not English or whose secondary school curriculum has not been in English must submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

Applicant must have secondary school record or college record and written statements. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores required for whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English.

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