As has been done since we offered the nation's first degree in chemical engineering in 1889, the undergraduate program in chemical engineering undertakes to prepare individuals for careers in the chemical process industries.
Our specific mission statement is "To educate students so that a knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and other natural sciences gained by study and practice can be applied with judgment to develop economic ways of using materials and energy for the benefit of humankind."
The curriculum covers a breadth of fundamental principles so that the chemical engineering graduates have a working knowledge of advanced chemistry, material and energy balances applied to chemical processes, thermodynamics, heat, mass, and momentum transfer, chemical reaction engineering, separation operations, process design and control. The program provides students with appropriate modern experimental and computing techniques in unit operation laboratory and requires them to work in teams and submit written and oral reports on their laboratory projects. A capstone experience in the senior year gives students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge. A chemical engineering graduate is expected to demonstrate ability to model chemical engineering problems, design and conduct experiments and use knowledge and skills to solve real world chemical engineering problems. The program also includes the study of health, safety, environmental and ethical issues in the chemical engineering profession.