Chemical engineering at Clarkson offers a unique and personalized educational environment designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the chemical engineering principles.

Specializing in applications of these principles in materials engineering, environmental engineering and biomedical engineering through minors and concentrations is also possible.

Small class sizes and low student to faculty ratios allow close interaction with the department faculty that have a combined expertise in all modern areas of chemical engineering. As a student, you have the opportunity to work on research projects for course credits that lay the groundwork for success in applied research and development. After graduation, you will be an intellectual leader in industry and academia, en route to an illustrious career.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credits)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

School of Engineering Common First-Year Curricula

All students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) take courses that are part of a common curricula during the first year. Therefore, students may defer the selection of a major field of study until the sophomore year. Beginning with the junior year, a significant amount of specialized material is incorporated into each curriculum. In the senior year, coursework is concentrated in the student’s chosen field. Courses in humanities and social sciences are taken throughout the 4-year program as part of the Clarkson Common Experience.

During the first year, students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) must complete the following courses:

CM131 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
ES100 Introduction to Engineering Use to the Computer (2 credits)
ES110 Engineering & Society (3 credits)
MA131 Calculus I (3 credits)
MA132 Calculus II (3 credits)
PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
PH132 Physics II

Core Requirements 

Students majoring in chemical engineering are required to complete the following courses:
BY160 Biology II - Cellular & Molecular Biology (3 credits)
CH210 Molecular Properties (3 credits)
CH220 Material Balances (3 credits)
CH260 Thermodynamics & Energy Balances (3credits)
CH320 Phase Equilibria (3 credits)
CH330 Transfer Process Fundamentals (3 credits)
CH350 Chemical Engineering Laboratory (1 credits)
CH360 Chemical Reactor Analysis I (3 credits)
CH370 Design of Transfer Process Equipment (3 credits)
CH410 Chemical Engineering Laboratory (2 credits)
CH420 Process Economics & Conceptual Design (3 credits)
CH460 Process Dynamics & Control (3 credits)
CM132 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
CM241 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CM242 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
CM244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (3 credits)
EC350 Economic Principles & Engineering Economics (3 credits)
MA231 Calculus III (3 credits)
MA232 Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)

Professional Experience
Students are required to complete the following Professional Experience:

ES499 Professional Experience (0 credits)

Core Electives for Chemical Engineering

The following are electives students are required to complete for the chemical engineering major.

Professional Electives

  • ES499 (0 credits)
  • 1 mathematics (MA) elective
  • 2 ES electives from two different areas (mechanics/electrical science/materials science)
  • 3 engineering electives
  • 2 technical electives (science/engineering/mathematics)
  • 2 undesignated electives

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in chemical engineering will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives

Students majoring in chemical engineering will have approximately 33 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.