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Chemical Engineering (ChE) Undergraduate Program

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. The program's curriculum provides students with a background of fundamental knowledge that prepares them for immediate engineering practice. It places major emphasis on mathematics, chemistry and engineering sciences in addition to courses in design and analysis.  

Program Educational Objectives

Alumni of the Chemical Engineering program will be work-ready engineers, problem solvers, responsible professionals, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Specifically, based on the needs of the program’s constituencies, within a few years of graduation chemical engineering alumni will have:

  1. Obtained professional employment in a company, institute or agency within the chemical or related industries, entered a graduate program in chemical engineering or a related field or gained admission to a professional program such as medicine, law or business.
  2. Created value by applying appropriate modern chemical engineering tools to the analysis, design, and control of chemical, physical, and/or biological processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.
  3. Continued to develop their skills and knowledge through professional activities including FE/PE certifications, memberships in professional organizations and continuing education courses in order to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities though lifelong learning.
  4. Demonstrated good communication skills and worked effectively in cross-functional team environments comprised of a diverse set of members with varying organizational backgrounds, positions, and geographic locations.

Student Outcomes

The graduates of the OSU Chemical Engineering Program must demonstrate that they have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • an ability to implement formal practices of project planning and management;

Among the many unique opportunities open to OSU chemical engineering students is the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP). The program offers students a high quality, paid industrial experience and related academic activities while pursuing a degree at OSU. We also encourage students to seek registration as a professional engineer. This process begins by successfully passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE exam), which is normally held in April and late October.

More information about the chemical engineering program for undergraduate students can be found on the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Advising Page. You may also review Academic Regulations and Procedures found in the Schedule of Classes and the Oregon State University Bulletin: General Catalog. It is intended to aid students in planning and completing programs leading to a degree. The guide provides information regarding the undergraduate curriculum, professional practice, advising, admissions policies.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

The Oregon State University B.S. Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  Total current academic year 2014-15 enrollment in the B.S. Chemical Engineering program is 594 students (official institutional numbers for program majors plus pre-majors as of the Fall term of 2014).  Program graduates in the most recent academic year of the 2013-14 totaled 98.