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Chemical Engineering (BSChE)

Chemical engineers work in many industries. They plan, develop, and manage processes for producing chemicals, fuels, food, pharmaceuticals, and more.

At CBU, all chemical engineering courses feature small class sizes and are taught by experienced faculty. Our laboratory facilities provide hands-on experiences that give you practice in and further knowledge of what you learn in the classroom.

Our program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Options


Within the major, you may choose a concentration in:

  • Traditional chemical engineering — The unique training of the chemical engineer is essential when processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter. The study involves principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and economics.
  • Biochemical engineering — The training of a biochemical engineer focuses on pharmaceuticals, commercial enzymes, food additives, and biofuels. It is also a good preparation for medical school because it includes the courses required for medical school admission.

Program Highlights

Focus Your Study with Elective Courses

We offer elective courses in industrial safety and air pollution for students who are interested in regulatory affairs or environmental careers.

Internships with Major Corporations

An internship during your study provides you with first-hand management experience. More than 90% of our graduates from 2009 to 2018 had some paid industrial employment prior to graduation. CBU engineering students have interned with businesses including:

  • FedEx
  • Medtronic
  • Merck Consumer Care
  • Wright Medical

What You’ll Study

The chemical engineering major requires 132 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, plus courses in:

  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Material and energy balances
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Separations

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for both concentrations:

Near the end of the program, you’ll choose the topic of your individual senior project. Often these projects can be completed at the same time as an industrial internship, which lets you apply your academic training to real-world problems.


The School of Engineering offers the following minors:

  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Packaging


Chemical engineers hold jobs such as:

  • Biochemical/bioprocess engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Health and safety engineer
  • Pharmaceutical biologics engineer
  • Research investigator / engineer
  • Technical support engineer

Our Graduates

Data from 2009-2018 shows that 65 percent of graduates are still working in the engineering field. At present, our graduates hold positions such as:

  • Anodizing technical manager, Jordan Aluminum
  • Business development specialist, Vanguard Soap
  • Industrial water technologies sales, Solenis
  • Process engineer, Georgia Pacific
  • Field Process Engineer, Bioenergy Development Group
  • Logistics engineer, ABB
  • Environmental engineer, International Paper
  • Safety and health consultant, Ensafe
  • Production engineer, Flint Hill Resources

Clubs and Organizations

Working well within a team is critical to your professional success. Membership in the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) student chapter or SWE (the Society of Women Engineers) can help you build your teamwork and leadership skills.


Chemical and biochemical engineering faculty are focused on you: offering personal attention, mentoring, and a minimum of 10 office hours per week. You’ll get the support you need in our challenging engineering curriculum.

Is Chemical Engineering for You?

If some of these skills and interests describe you, a career in chemical engineering may be for you:

  • Use reasoning and logic to solve problems
  • Identify and solve problems
  • Develop rules and guidelines
  • Design equipment and technology
  • Analyze user needs and requirements

Related Programs

You may also be interested in another CBU program:

Five Year BS/MSEM Program

The School of Engineering also offers an accelerated five-year BS/MSEM program that allows you to combine a bachelor of science (technical) with a master of science (management) degree that you can complete in five years.

Next Steps

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