Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Students working in the Kielhorn Laboratory Suite inside Bertelsmeyer Hall. Pictured are Jason Kostelnick, Bittney Hahn, Andrew Siemers, Simon Nguyen, Tanner Powley and Erica Alvarez. Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T
Students working in the Kielhorn Laboratory Suite inside Bertelsmeyer Hall. Pictured are Kathrine Barnett and Brittney Hahn. Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T

Chemical Engineering graduates work as process, design or consulting engineers in a wide range of industries and sectors. Industries serve this range through petrochemical, agricultural, mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and foods. Sectors include government, banking and finance, and manufacturing.

The chemical engineering curriculum includes many mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses. Technical electives in the curriculum provide the opportunity for students to specialize in the core sciences or in specific fields within chemical engineering.

A number of graduates continue studies in graduate or professional (law, medicine, or business administration) schools.

Helpful Resources for Undergraduate Students



ChBE Undergrad Handbook F21


Biochemical Engineering Emphasis Undergraduate Program

Biochemical Engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with changing the composition, energy content, or state of aggregation of biological materials. As a chemical engineering student in the biochemical emphasis program, you will consider the fundamental properties and nature of matter (chemistry), the forces that act on matter (physics), the precise expressions of the relationships between them (mathematics) and the application of living systems (micro and molecular biology).

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. Computers are used extensively in solving engineering problems in the biotechnology field.


Biochemical Engineering graduates may work in the same jobs as chemical engineers but they may prefer to work in those industries involved in Biotechnology such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture. Graduate medical programs and the Biomedical industry also provide opportunities for these graduates.

Helpful Resources for Undergraduate Students


ChBE Undergrad Handbook F21

Experiential Learning

The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering department accepts the following experiential learning activities:

  • Undergraduate Research (1 Semester)
  • Internship (1 Semester)
  • Department Student Design Teams (2 Semesters)
  • Study Abroad (1 Semester)
  • Student Design Teams (2 Semesters)
  • Co-op (1 Semester)
  • Leadership Position (2 Semesters)
  • Mentor/Coach/Tutor (2 Semesters)
  • Service Learning (2 Semesters)

The activity you choose must be pre-approved by your department advisor and chair by completing an Experiential Learning form. You are required to submit an 'End of Activity' reflection sheet upon completion of your chosen activity.

For more information on Experiential Learning at the college level, please visit the Experiential Learning website from Academic Support.