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Chemical Engineering

Our chemical engineering program's flexibility will allow you to pursue independent research projects on a variety of topics from surfactants to optimization of heat exchanger networks and phase equilibria of polar fluids. Your classroom studies will be reinforced with hands-on, personalized learning in leading-edge labs and facilities, and you can choose from many specializations to tailor your learning experience to fit your areas of interest.


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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Chemical Engineering

A 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.

Department News

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

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Chemical Engineering Names Fall 2018 Noel E. Moore Award Recipients

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Research Symposium Highlights Hot Topics in Science, Engineering and Math

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Students’ Award-Winning App to Help Detect Jaundice in Infants

Facilities & Resources

At Rose-Hulman, you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test in our Unit Operations Laboratory and High Bay Lab, where you’ll work closely with faculty mentors.

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High Bay Lab

Our High Bay Lab houses 20 unit operation projects where you’ll learn about chemical engineering processes.
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Unit Operations Lab

More than 20 different experimental modules are available for unit operations lab projects here, including distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, drying, filtration, microfiltration, and membrane separations.

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.

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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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