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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 will prepare you for a rewarding career creating for good in a range of industries, or continuing on into graduate research in a field you’re passionate about like pharmaceuticals or green energy. Whether you select the traditional chemical engineering curriculum or one of our specialized tracks, you’ll graduate prepared with not just technical knowledge, but 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 begin learning the fundamentals of mathematics and science, experience a variety of design challenges, and then move on into heat transfer, kinetics, and technical electives. Our program includes a broad variety of technical electives to help students build a breadth and depth of technical knowledge to encompass other engineering disciplines and higher-level science and mathematics. You can also choose to focus your technical electives in one of our program "tracks"— with formal acknowledgement on your transcript — to further your knowledge of biological systems and engineering, energy and the environment, or materials science and engineering.

You also have the opportunity to opt for 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.

Program Tracks

As a chemical engineering major at the Russ College, you’ll have your choice from four "tracks." In addition to the standard chemical engineering major, you can optionally focus your studies in the areas of materials, biological science, and energy and the environment.

Completion of a focused track indicates that a student, while meeting all of the standard requirements for a chemical engineering degree, has focused his or her technical elective courses in the chosen track area. Completing a track does not add any hours to the course requirements for the degree. An approved list of technical electives [PDF] is available for download.

Chemical Engineering Standard Track

In our chemical engineering track, you’ll dive into mathematics – including calculus and differential equations – and science – like chemistry and physics – and develop an understanding of how these disciplines are applied to design and manufacturing processes. Download the Standard chemical engineering sample curriculum [PDF]

Biological Track

The Biological Track in chemical engineering requires you to complete:

  • All specific courses currently required for the chemical engineering degree
  • CHE 4800, Biochemical Engineering, and CHE 4830, Applied Molecular and Cellular Biology. All Chemical Engineering majors are required to take one of these two courses. Both would be required to complete the track.
  • At least 8 hours of technical elective courses from the approved list for the biological track [PDF] (Courses in the Biological track are marked with a "B")

Because both CHE 4800 and CHE 4830 are required for this track, the technical elective requirement is lowered from 21 hours to 18 hours, and the number of technical elective hours that must be chemical engineering courses is reduced from 6 to 3. A sample curriculum for the track [PDF] is available for download.

Energy and the Environment Track

The Energy and the Environment Track in chemical engineering requires you to complete:

A sample curriculum for the track [PDF] is available for download.

Materials Tracks

The Materials Track in chemical engineering requires you to complete:

A sample curriculum for the track [PDF] is available for download.

Program Tracks - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I switch tracks if I am a current student?

You can change to one of the tracks at any time so long as you realize the implications of making a change on your required coursework. So as not to delay your time to graduation, we suggest that, if you choose to pursue a particular track, you do so as early in your academic career as possible. You can also, of course, not choose a track at all and remain in the general curriculum.

Am I changing my degree by choosing a track?

No. Your degree will still say, 'Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering.'

Why would I want to choose a focused track?

Majoring in one of the tracks acknowledges formally the concentration of your elective coursework in the chosen area, and this will be formally displayed on your transcript. This may be advantageous to you depending on your career interests.