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Chemical Engineering – Majors & Minors

Our programs combine coursework with rigorous laboratory experiences to help you apply the foundational chemical engineering principles. The breadth of technical and scientific background covered in this program will open career paths in many fields for you.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

A chemical engineering degree will prepare you for a career working with the chemical processes in a variety of industries.

  • 142 Required Credits
  • 52 Elective Credits
194 Total Credits


Areas of Concentration

You can customize your academic experience and dig deeper into topics of particular interest to you by choosing an area of concentration.

Master's Programs

You may pursue either a thesis-based master of science in chemical engineering (MSChE) or a course-based master of chemical engineering (MChE). See course catalog for details.


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.

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.

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).

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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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.
Male student working in Unit Operations Lab.

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. 

Male student works in chemical engineering lab.

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.

Dr. Kimberly Henthorn

Dr. Kimberly Henthorn

A member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 2010, Dr. Kim Henthorn specializes in particle technology and two-phase microfluidic systems. As head of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Henthorn is currently conducting research with students on the science and engineering of chocolate production and has worked with fellow faculty members to introduce new experiments into the chemical engineering laboratory. The Rose-Hulman alumna has gained industry experience by working for Dow Chemical, Reilly Industries, and Pfizer, and serving as a consultant for Mo-Sci Corporation, Brewer Science, and DuPont.

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Contact Us

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