The undergraduate bachelor's degree program in 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 in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) department, you'll 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.

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Chemical Engineering Careers

Completing our chemical engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program will set you up for career success, with opportunities in many different industries and applications, including: 

  • design
  • construction and management of chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • biochemical and electronics manufacturing
  • research and development of new processes and products 
  • improvement of existing processes and products 
  • design and development of control systems 
  • economic evaluation of new plants and processes 
  • air and water pollution control 
  • energy conservation and energy resource development 
  • materials engineering

According to PayScale, the average entry-level chemical engineer salary is nearly $66,000. Clarkson chemical engineering majors have recently gone on to work for companies such as Arconic, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Corning, Cruzan Rum Distillery, Estee Lauder Companies, Globalfoundries, Hewlett Packard, NutraBlend Foods, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Saint-Gobain Abrasives. 

Students looking to continue their education can do so through master's and Ph.D. programs, including Clarkson's own M.S. and Ph.D. programs in chemical engineering. Chemical engineering majors have also gone on to graduate programs at institutions such as Cornell University, George Mason University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Virginia and Villanova University. 

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Chemical Engineering Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of 30 credit hours spent focused on chemical engineering. This is a rigorous program that allows some flexibility in your schedule to complete your degree. You may also choose to have a minor that complements your chemical engineering degree if you so wish. Chemical engineering majors take courses such as :

  • Molecular Properties
  • Process Economics & Conceptual Design
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Intro to Nanophotonics
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Industrial Chemistry

Chemical Engineering Major Curriculum

Relevant Minors & Concentrations

Chemical engineering majors have the opportunity to pursue a professional concentration in biomolecular engineering while also exploring minors that will complement the chemical engineering bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks. 

Biomolecular Engineering Concentration

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Materials Engineering Concentration

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

There are 10 faculty members active in research in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. As an undergraduate student, you can sign up for 1-3 credits per semester to perform research with a faculty member. Research topics include atmospheric chemistry, chemical-mechanical polishing for microelectronics, nanotechnology, membranes, plasma chemistry, process control, thermodynamics and others.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

As a chemical engineering major, you'll have opportunities for internships and co-ops in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, microelectronics, and other industries. Recent interns have worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Globalfoundries, Schenectady International, Pall Corporation, L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, and others.

Research and Student Interests

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