Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Studying chemical or biochemical engineering at Missouri S&T will be your stepping stone to a rewarding career solving global challenges in energy, the environment, food and medicine.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical courses with hands-on laboratory experiences, you will develop the necessary technical skills. You will establish friendships that will stay with you throughout your career. By selecting the appropriate electives and experiential learning activities, you can fine-tune your degree and reach your goals.

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Degree Information

Our bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering consists of 128 credit hours. As a freshman, you will be admitted into the foundational engineering program but can choose a chemical engineering preference. 

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Consider selecting the biochemical engineering emphasis! With a total of 132 credit hours, biochemical engineers take chemistry and microbiology out of the laboratory and into the world around us. They are creative problem solvers who apply scientific knowledge and technical expertise to make useful materials at a reasonable cost and in the safest manner possible. 

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As an incoming student, you'll work toward completing common freshman year courses while acquiring information to help you determine a major and career. During the first two or three semesters on campus, you will take a set of courses that are required by all engineering departments. After successfully completing the common freshmen year academic requirements, you'll formally apply for admission to the chemical and biochemical engineering department.

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Foundational engineering

The Grad Track Pathway offers early provisional admission to the master’s degree program to exceptional undergraduate students and is designed for these students to earn coursework credit towards their master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.

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View what kind of international collaboration opportunities, experiential learning, and research opportunities are available to you as an undergraduate.

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The student handbook contains details about the department, program, requirements, and issues.

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Your Career in Chemical Engineering

A degree in chemical engineering will prepare you to design processes for manufacturing new chemical products or to improve the safety and efficiency of existing processes. Your career may be in traditional fields such as the oil and gas industry or in new and developing fields in carbon management and biotechnology.

image of a dollar sign encircled by a dark green background and lime green ring Estimated Starting Salary

$65,000 - $75,000

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Chemical Products:

        • Biochemical and biomedical
        • Polymer materials
        • Reaction engineering and catalysis
        • New/alternative energy

Consumer Products:

        • Food and nutritional products
        • Environmental engineering
        • Process systems engineering
        • Microelectronics and personal electronics

Pharmaceutical Industry:

        • Particle technology
        • Gene therapy
        • Drug discover, delivery, and manufacturing
        • Separation processes

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