With a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, you might design or streamline equipment and processes for chemical and biological transformation in large-scale manufacturing plants, ensuring these operations are safe, sustainable, and economical; or you could devote your career to protecting the environment, inventing cleaner technologies or modeling the environmental impacts of chemical processes. Perhaps your interests lie in pioneering new developments in medicine, energy, nanotechnology, advanced materials, manufacturing, microelectronics, or biotechnology. The state-of-the-art Unit Operations Lab supports the undergraduate curriculum.
Advance fundamental and applied knowledge in chemical engineering and cognate fields. The graduate program in the Department of Chemical Engineering emphasizes research and scholarship in process systems engineering and safety, energy production and storage, sustainable engineering, new materials synthesis, and biochemical engineering, among other areas. Our graduates are prepared to undertake research positions; to succeed in academia, government, or industry; and to grow into positions of leadership.
Earn a Bachelor's and a Master's in less time. Students enrolled in the accelerated program begin graduate course work in their fourth year and finish the master’s degree requirements within two semesters of study beyond completion of their bachelor’s degree.
Meet the demand for chemical engineers who understand the chemical and mechanical properties of polymers, plastics, and composites. Some of the largest chemical companies in the world, several of which are based in Michigan, pursue Tech graduates with this training.
Help to sustainably manage the earth’s resources. Graduates combine their knowledge of chemical engineering and minerals processing to extract and refine valuable minerals, while at the same time protecting and restoring the landscape.
Work to develop lifesaving medicines and improve the food supply for a hungry world. Graduates in this field provide expertise on biological processes to major chemical, pharmaceutical, and food manufacturers.
The interdisciplinary minor in alternative energy prepares students for careers in energy and related fields. The search for alternative energy sources is an area that has received great attention on and off over the last few decades. A growing area of research and development is currently occurring in the area of hydrogen fuel cells, biofuels, and solar cells. Such technologies have been suggested for transportation (motor vehicles) and stationary (heating and electricity) applications. (Formerly Hydrogen Energy Technology)
You will gain the skills necessary to conceive, specify, develop, test, implement, and market engineered solutions. You will connect theory and application while working on open-ended, industrial projects.
Working as a member of a team, you will have the kind of real-world design experience that can launch you into a successful chemical engineering career.
Through Enterprise, you’ll work with other Michigan Tech students from multiple disciplines to find solutions for some of business and industry’s most intriguing problems. You could work directly with organizations like Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, 3M, Ford, BASF, Ford, Kimberly-Clark, the National Science Foundation, and others. In the end, you will have gained on-the-job skills, an opportunity to use world-class equipment and technology, and made meaningful connections with industry leaders.