Major & Minor
The Department of Chemical Engineering offers an undergraduate Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering for students who want to develop their interests in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology combined with fundamental engineering analysis and design principles.
The degree affords a wide range of career choices ranging from working as a professional engineer in technologically important areas like microelectronics, polymer/materials science, biotechnology and alternative energy source research and development, to using the degree as pre-professional training for fields like law, medicine or business. In addition, many students use their undergraduate education to prepare themselves for attending graduate school in an engineering discipline.
Our educational mission is to provide students with the initial foundation knowledge and skills they will need to become, and remain, leaders in their professional careers. Specific program objectives are:
- be able to understand and apply math, science, computational, and engineering concepts that constitute the modern intellectual basis for the chemical engineering profession;
- be able to communicate effectively and work in multidisciplinary teams, taking on leadership roles in industry, academia, or government;
- be aware of environmental, safety, and societal issues facing science and technology and adhere to high ethical standards;
- actively engage in lifelong learning and professional development activities;
- graduates are expected to achieve one of the following within six years of graduation:
- obtain an advanced degree in chemical engineering or in a related field including law, medicine or business
- advance professionally to leadership positions of greater technical or ethical responsibility
We prepare students to make successful contributions in careers in a wide variety of professional arenas including industry, academia, government and the medical and legal professions. We will take advantage of the unique resources offered by the University of Rochester to promote the department's mission, including the development of good working relationships with faculty from across the university to facilitate the advising, training and general enrichment of our students' educational experience while at the university.
- engage in a problem of societal or global importance
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