Why Chemical Engineering?

Why should you be interested in Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineering is a broad field that brings together math, chemistry, biology, and engineering to build the world around us, from the fuel in your car to the materials in your clothes. Many of the products of chemical engineering can be seen just by looking around the room you're in. Large-scale production of pharmaceuticals, development of new semiconductor technologies and alternative energy sources are just a few of the areas in which chemical engineers are making a difference. Chemical engineers are also at the forefront of efforts to move to a more environmentally sustainable economy. Chemical engineering is also an excellent major for those students wishing to pursue formal studies in medicine, pharmaceuticals engineering or even law. Here at K.U., we offer first-hand experience in all aspects of chemical engineering. Students may choose a general option, or premedical, biomedical, petroleum, or environmental specializations.

What's the future of the industry like?

The future of the industry is very bright, thanks to increased worldwide demand for energy resources, medicines, and biomedical products. Chemical engineers are highly sought after to work in these industries as well as in research and development. This trend is likely to continue for many years.

How much can I expect to make?

With an undergraduate degree, the starting salary currently averages $65,782 in addition to an initial bonus. The average raise after the first year is typically 4.8%, with an industry average salary after 15 years of $84,000

Students graduating with MS degrees make about the same salaries starting out as those with BS degrees. Students holding an MS, however, have higher advancement potential. 90% of Ph.D. graduates go on to industrial research and development, where they start at an average of $73,000. This initial salary typically grows to about $101,000 after 15 years of experience.

Chemical Engineering Bachelor of Science

Overview

Chemical engineering has grown out of a combination of chemistry and engineering associated with industrial processes. Today, it possesses a body of knowledge used in the synthesis, design testing, scale-up, operation, control, and optimization of processes that change the physical state or composition of materials. Chemical engineers have played central roles in the industrial development of materials that have had major social influence, such as the production of fuels and lubricants, fertilizer, synthetic fibers, and plastics. They will be centrally involved in reducing the polluting effects of certain byproducts and cleaning up unwanted residues from previous processes.

The first part of the program offers courses on the fundamental principles underlying the conversion of raw materials into a desired product by chemical and physical processes. Development of the concepts of engineering design begins with the application of fundamental principles to solve engineering problems in these courses and culminates in a series of senior-level design courses that require comprehensive integration of technical knowledge as well as consideration of economic, environmental, safety, and societal concerns. This experience is essential in preparing graduates for entry-level positions.

Educational Objective

The objective of the program is to prepare graduates for professional practice in industry, government, or post-undergraduate training in chemical engineering, medicine, and other related disciplines.

Professional Opportunities

Chemical engineers are concerned with the chemical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. They serve industrial and other activities where processes occur in which materials undergo a chemical or physical change. Chemical engineers build a bridge between science and manufacturing, applying the principles of chemistry, biology, and engineering to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals. Chemical engineers typically work for manufacturing companies, environmental companies, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, petroleum industry, biotechnology, or consulting firms.

Program taught in:
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