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What will I learn?

The bachelor's degree program in chemical engineering teaches students to use chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to solve problems related to the production and manufacture of goods and materials.

In addition to a strong foundation in the sciences, students gain problem-solving and analytical skills through laboratory sections and the ability to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Graduates of our program have the necessary skills to work in industry or government or to pursue graduate training. Students in the bachelor's degree program also have the option to pursue an emphasis in biomedical engineering.

Successful engineering students arrive at the University with a strong background in math and science. We recommend students have taken physics and chemistry in high school and are prepared to take calculus as freshmen.

The bachelor's degree program prepares students to enter chemical engineering positions in industry, government or academia and to excel in those positions. We aim to develop not just technical expertise but also a commitment to professional enrichment through life-long learning and critical thinking.

Our degree program has three detailed objectives:

  • Prepare students for professional success by teaching them to solve problems in both chemical engineering and areas outside the discipline
  • Make students aware of the larger context of engineering applications, including global, ethical, environmental, societal and legal concerns
  • Teach the communication and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed individually, in a group and in leadership positions

Career Options

Chemical engineers do work that can have a big impact. At Nevada, professors in our chemical engineering department are working on exciting new technologies that have the ability to improve human health, the environment and business efficiency.

Chemical engineers are the technological leaders in fields from the production of computer chips, to the design of pharmaceuticals and artificial organs, to the development of clean and affordable energy systems such as fuel cells. Many chemical engineers go on to work in the energy industry, but opportunities exist in fields as diverse as biotechnology, electronics, mining and business.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$22,922.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Engineering

William N. Pennington Engineering Building,

Room Number: WPEB 441,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate from an approved or accredited high school (GED certificate may not be used for admission).

For international students

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate from an approved or accredited high school. You must have a 3.0 weighted GPA in the academic core courses in order to be admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Students are exempt from taking the test if they meet one of the following conditions: TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based test) or higher, 600 (paper-based test) or higher; IELTS score of 8 or higher; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 80.

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