Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering

Chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science – particularly chemistry – to overcome technical problems in industry and society.  While the chemist studies basic chemical reactions, the chemical engineer applies the results of chemical research and transforms laboratory processes into efficient, full-scale processes or facilities.  With their strong problem-solving skills and fundamental background in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, chemical engineers can seize opportunities to translate industrial problems into competitive advantages.  Currently, chemical engineers demand among the highest salaries for college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. 

Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete the First-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.

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Engineering and Technology

Environment and Ecology

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Careers in Chemical Engineering

As a chemical engineer, you can work in product development, process design, management, quality control, pollution control, marketing, technical sales, or other areas.

Chemical products:

  • Petrochemical industry
  • Biochemical and biomedical
  • Polymer materials
  • Renewable resources engineering
  • Reaction engineering and catalysis
  • New/alternative energy

Consumer products:

  • Food and nutritional products
  • Environmental engineering
  • Process systems engineering
  • Risk management
  • Personal care products
  • Microelectronics and personal electronics

Pharmaceutical industry:

  • Particle technology
  • Gene therapy
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biological materials
  • Drug discovery
  • Drug delivery
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Management/business
  • Transport phenomena
  • Separation processes
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