Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Professor Mark Shiflett’s research on green chemistry and green engineering helps industry develop processes to use less energy and materials— while benefitting companies and the environment.
More Information About our Department
- CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
- PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
- BIOMEDICAL ENVIRONMENTAL
- MATERIAL SCIENCE
Chemical engineers have nearly limitless career opportunities in one of America’s largest wealth-creation sectors. Career options include work in industries that produce lifesaving drugs, bottled water, engine oils, exotic metals, printing inks, polymers and advanced materials for electronics
Developing processes that improve the environment and manufacturing products to improve human health are central to chemical engineering at KU. Academic programs and state-of-the-art research ensure graduates are well-equipped to tackle these challenges and make a better tomorrow.
The new Earth, Energy and Environment Center is a multidisciplinary facility that houses faculty, staff and students from multiple fields, including chemical and petroleum engineering. Engineers work alongside geologists, astronomers, physicists, and researchers from other disciplines to develop improved methods in energy production and efficiency, and to address ongoing and emerging issues in oil and gas exploration, water quality and availability, geothermal energy, and more.
OverviewImproving methods for drug delivery. Enhancing oil recovery techniques. Creating safer, environmentally friendly plastics. Whatever your passion, a diverse array of options are available to students pursuing a degree in chemical or petroleum engineering.
Who Hires KU Chemical & Petroleum Majors?
Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Where do they Work?
Health care products
Chemical manufacturing companies
Oil and gas industry
What are they paid?
Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: $70,841 - $75,152
PETROLEUM ENGINEERING: $77,354 - $89,040
*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)