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Undergraduate Program

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Through a combination of rigorous academics and hands-on learning in laboratory and design experiences, our undergraduate degree program prepares students to create for good in rewarding careers in a range of industries or by continuing on to graduate research in fields like pharmaceuticals and green energy. As a chemical engineering graduate, you’ll have not only technical knowledge but also a practical understanding of how to translate that knowledge into improving the world. 

As an undergraduate chemical engineering student in the Russ College, you’ll learn the fundamentals of mathematics and science, the core skills of the profession in mass balances, heat and mass transfer, and reaction engineering, as well as a range of technical electives. Students are challenged with a variety of chemical plant and equipment design problems both inside the curriculum and at national-level competitions. Our broad variety of technical electives allows students to build a breadth and depth of knowledge in other engineering disciplines and higher-level science and mathematics. An approved list of technical electives [PDF] is available for download. 

View a Sample Curriculum for students entering before Fall 2021

View a Sample Curriculum for students entering in Fall 2021 or later

View a flowsheet of the recommended curriculum with prerequisites - Fall 2023

Students also have the opportunity to opt-in to our interdisciplinary 4+1 biomedical engineering program, in which you’ll earn a chemical engineering undergraduate degree in four years and a graduate degree in biomedical engineering with an additional year of study.