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Chemical Engineering

Our program lets you pursue independent research projects on a variety of topics from surfactants to optimization of heat exchanger networks and phase equilibria of polar fluids. You'll get hands-on, personalized experience in our labs, and you can choose from many specializations to tailor your learning experience.

Real-world experience

Our department has earned global respect by providing a world-class hands-on education with personal attention for decades.

As a ChemE major, you'll conduct research in our state-of-the-art labs beginning your first year. And you can select from several areas of concentration, including chemical engineering analysis and energy production and utilization. 

Rose-Hulman awarded the nation's first chemical engineering degree back in 1889 and have been educating the world's best chemical engineering professionals ever since. Our career placement rate is always near 100 percent and our graduates go on to great jobs at companies such as Anheuser Busch, Archer Daniels Midland, Cook Medical, Frito Lay, Koch Industries and Eli Lilly.

Our program is ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

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Because of its breadth of technical and scientific foundation, a chemical engineering degree will prepare your for a variety of fields. You can also choose areas of concentration to enhance your knowledge. Non-chemical engineering majors may also supplement their degree with a minor in this chemical engineering.

Learn about program accreditation here.

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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionA chemical engineering major will give you a foundation for a career in the chemical process industries. We stress fundamental principles to prepare you for either graduate study or a career in industry.

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Areas of Concentration

We offer several opportunities to enhance your degree with additional focus in specific areas. 

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Master’s Programs

We offer both a thesis-based master of science in chemical engineering (MSChE) and a course-based master of chemical engineering (MChE).

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Minor for Non-ChE Majors

Our area minor in chemical engineering is designed to introduce principles of chemical engineering to students majoring in other disciplines.

Careers in Chemical Engineering

A degree in chemical engineering will open the door to a variety of career paths in industries ranging from biochemical, biomedical, chemical, environmental, food, materials, paper and pulp, petroleum, pharmaceutical, polymers and semiconductors.
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Metallurgical Engineer

Metallurgists work in a variety of industries to develop metals and metal alloys that meet the specifications required for a particular application. They may find themselves developing aerospace materials or analyzing structural components of building materials. 

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Plastics Process Engineer

Plastics process engineers oversee the design, development, and manufacture of plastic products. They work in a wide range of industries, making products from automotive parts to biomedical devices.

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Pharmaceutical Engineer

A pharmaceutical engineer works on the development and manufacturing of products, processes, and components in the pharmaceuticals industry. They may often find themselves working in interdisciplinary teams, so strong communications skills are important.

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more about Chemical Engineering at Rose-Hulman.

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‘Rising Star’ Shines Through First Internship Experience

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Students Develop Creative Tech Challenge Solutions

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Recent Graduates Helping Inventors Realize Patent Dreams

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Dr. Adam Nolte

Since joining Rose-Hulman in 2009, Dr. Adam Nolte has been a proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. As head of Chemical Engineering, he brings a combination of industrial, academic, and government laboratory experience to bear on his teaching and research in order to provide opportunities for students to learn and grow professionally.

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Contact Us

Department of Chemical Engineering
Olin Hall
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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