Do you like chemistry, physics, math and economics? As a chemical engineer you’ll use all those skills to transform substances into more useful materials, ranging from food production to biotechnology. You’ll be a problem-solver working to make products and processes faster, safer, more reliable and better for the planet.
What You Learn
The core of the Chemical Engineering program is a strong technical curriculum, where you'll learn the fundamentals of the physical sciences, mathematics and chemical engineering. This core is complemented by a hands-on lab sequence that emphasizes critical thinking and relates course content to real-world application. You'll have the opportunity to design, conduct and analyze your own experiments.
General courses in other engineering disciplines provide greater exposure to the engineering profession and help prepare you for professional registration. Six of the required technical courses are electives, giving you the opportunity to tailor the program to your individual interests such as environmental concerns, alternative energy, materials, bio-processes, etc.
- Typical class sizes for courses in this major is 20–30.
- The program now has more than 250 students enrolled.
- The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
- The program includes a senior capstone course that will allow you to bring together all you've learned as you work on a team on a process design and evaluation project.
An online degree option is available through the Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP).
All faculty members are committed to helping you do your best and succeed with a strong focus in hands-on learning. Your interaction with faculty occurs formally in the classroom and through the advising process, but also informally because faculty maintain an open door policy where you can stop by with any questions you have. It all adds up to an environment that fosters mutual respect and maximizes learning.
Over 85% of chemical engineering graduates have participated in an experiential learning opportunity through industrial work studies, internships or undergraduate research.
Many of the students conduct world-class research with a faculty advisor, giving them the opportunity to gain practical experience, rather than just theoretical knowledge, while earning credit toward their degree and learning about the possibilities for the future. Potential research topics include renewable energy production, environmental catalysis, air pollution modeling, and polymer and biopolymer synthesis and testing.
Chemical engineering students take their knowledge to the next level by participating in fun and inclusive clubs and organizations on campus. Learn more about the following organizations to see which is right for you:
A degree in chemical engineering prepares you for numerous positions:
- Environmental engineer
- Plant process engineer
- Process design engineer
- Product development engineer
- Project engineer/manager
- Quality control engineer
- Sales and marketing engineer
- Technical services engineer
Our graduates have found employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries throughout the United States. Examples of companies and locations where our graduates are employed include the following:
- Marathon Oil - Dickinson, ND and Houston, TX
- Tesoro Refinery - Mandan, ND
- Cargill, Inc. - Multiple Locations
- Barr Engineering - Minneapolis, MN and Bismarck, ND
- Archer Daniels Midland - Multiple Locations
- 3M - Multiple Locations
- Boston Scientific - Minneapolis, MN
- Hutchinson Technologies - Hutchinson, MN and Eau Claire, WI
- Anheuser-Busch - St. Louis, MO
- Dow Chemical - Houston, TX
- Schlumberger - Multiple Locations
- Dakota Gasification Company - Beulah, ND
- Rosemount - Minneapolis, MN
- Intel - Phoenix, AZ
- Lexmark International - Knoxville, TN
- Hess Corporation - Minot, ND and Tioga, ND
- Cliffs Natural Resources - Two Harbors, MN
- Energizer Battery Company - Asheboro, NC
- Energy & Environmental Research Center – Grand Forks, ND
- American Crystal Sugar Company - Multiple locations
- Imation - Oakdale, MN
- Laserlith Corporation - Grand Forks, ND
- US Steel – Multiple Locations
- Boise Paper- International Falls, MN
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