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.

Course Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the chemical engineering undergraduate program must demonstrate that they have: 

  • (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • (c) 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
  • (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • (g) an ability to communicate effectively
  • (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Major Requirements, Sample Plan, and Course Offerings

Major requirements, a sample plan, and a full list of course offerings for the Chemical Engineering undergraduate major are published in the university's Course Catalog, updated annually. 

Admission to the Chemical Engineering Program

Like all undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, the chemical engineering undergraduate program consists of pre-engineering and professional engineering components. Admission to the pre-engineering program (first and second years) requires no separate application beyond that for admission to Oregon State University. Admission to the professional program ("Pro-school") at the beginning of the third year is competitive. To be eligible, you must have completed 80 credit hours. The program is "capacity restricted" and the the minimum required combined GPA for admittance was 2.8 in 2018.  Moreover, all required pre-engineering courses must have been completed with a “C” or better. 

Additional Opportunities

Among the many unique opportunities open to Oregon State 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 Oregon State. 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

More information about the program can be found on the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Advising Page. You may also review the Schedule of Classes and the  Academic Regulations  found in the Oregon State University 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.