Chemical Engineering

Two students experimenting in a lab

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to problems related to the production, conversion, transport, and use of chemicals and materials.  Everything we use each day has involved the transformation of a raw material to a product. Chemical engineers are involved in such transformations through the design, development, maintenance, and analysis of the chemical processes and products, ensured safety and environmental protection, and efficient use of materials and energy. 

Numerous industries employ chemical engineers.  Examples include chemical manufacturers, manufacturers of paper and synthetic fibers, gas and oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, environmental consultants, and biotechnology firms.   Chemical engineers are amongst the highest paid engineers.

At Miami, students majoring in chemical engineering must complete a core set of classes and then have the opportunity to select elective courses within the department.  For students desiring to focus their electives, Miami offers three focus areas:  Paper Science and Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. 

Chemical Engineering Curriculum

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, www.abet.org). The degree awarded is a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

The department's longstanding relationship with the pulp and paper industry has provided our students with unique and valuable opportunities. Students who choose the paper science and engineering focus area for their elective courses are eligible to receive scholarships from the Paper Science and Engineering Foundation and receive special attention when these companies recruit for coop, internship and permanent engineering positions.