Chemical Engineering Profession
Chemical Engineering is a broad and versatile profession concerned with the development and application of processes in which chemical or physical changes of materials are involved. This branch of engineering is based on the sciences of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences and is guided by the principles of economics. The work of the chemical engineer may be in research, development, design, sales, production, or in the engineering and management of process plants. These functions can be performed in a wide variety of areas, such as the chemical process industries, the petroleum and related (coal and shale) industries, pollution control, nuclear energy, biology and medicine, food, business, and patent law.
What does a Chemical Engineer do?
Find out by visiting these sites:
- The Sloan Foundation description of Careers in Chemical Engineering
- The Why Not CHEMENG? site
- The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- The Institution of Chemical Engineers
Degree Options in Chemical Engineering
- Biochemical engineering
- Bioenergy engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Food science
- Polymer science and engineering
Completing a Bachelor of Science Degree with an option may require more than 128 credits. Upon completion of the required courses for an option, certification of the option will appear on a student's official transcript.
Quality of Education
Michigan State University is proud of the quality of education that we provide. MSU has an outstanding record in the National AIChE Design Competition. The instructor for the senior capstone design course submits the top designs to the national compeition.
For more information on the coursework required for the various options, please view the ChE Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements (via College of Engineering). Program description (via MSU Registrar).