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Chemical Engineering

From cosmetics to plastics, potato chips to microelectronic chips, and energy to environment, chemical engineers work on processes that responsibly convert raw materials into useful products. The Chemical Engineering Department offers practice-oriented programs to develop well-trained professionals who will be successful in their careers and prepared for advanced studies.

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Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering 

You’ll gain a thorough background in chemistry, mathematics, physics, design and analysis, and problem-solving, and have numerous opportunities to use real-world processes. Accredited by ABET,, the program gives students hands-on experience in using computer-aided process controls, a double-effect evaporator, and a variety of separations equipment.

Program advisor: Sergio Mendez
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Minors in Chemistry or Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering: This 18-unit interdisciplinary minor is designed for undergraduates from various engineering and science backgrounds who are interested in applying engineering approaches to environmental issues.

View requirements for the Minor in Environmental Engineering

Chemistry: This 19-unit minor is available to any non-Chemistry or non-Biochemistry major.

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Master's in Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

Students wishing to pursue advanced study may be interested in the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering degree. Study can be tailored to the goals of chemical engineering students by taking advanced coursework to develop expertise in one of four areas:

  • Environmental: Chemistry and civil engineering
  • Controls: Electrical engineering
  • Microelectronics: Computer engineering
  • Thermal, fluids, and materials: Mechanical engineering

With most courses offered in the evening, the program is tailored to working professionals. Thesis work may be supervised by chemical engineering faculty.

Program advisor: Feike Leij
Graduate advisor: Ehsan Barjasteh
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Master's in Chemical Engineering 

A Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program was introduced in Fall 2019. For students who enter the current MSE degree and graduate during Fall 2019 or later, their degrees will be converted to MSChE.
Graduate advisor: Ehsan Barjasteh
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The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more.