Chemical Engineering


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Overview

Engineering new biomaterials. Developing catalysts and processes for sustainable energy. Improving methods for drug delivery. Creating
safer, more environmentally friendly plastics. Whatever your passion, a diverse array of options are available to students pursuing a degree in chemical engineering, including wide-ranging opportunities in the biotechnology, biochemical, environmental, chemicals and energy
sectors.

CPE@KU
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Assistance

66% of all chemical engineering students receive financial assistance from the department, school or university to support their education.

More Information About our Department

MAJOR OFFERED:

  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
    • Biomedical Engineering Minor

CONCENTRATIONS:

  • BIOMEDICAL
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • MATERIAL SCIENCE
  • PRE-MEDICAL
  • PETROLEUM

Chemical engineering is a broad discipline that brings together math, chemistry, physics, biology and engineering to develop products and processes to improve society. There are limitless career opportunities in many industries and the degree also prepares students for other professions such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, and law.

KU chemical engineers are industry leaders working in areas including sustainable engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, renewable energy, and biotechnology. The program prepares students to be dynamic engineers through outstanding academic programs, innovative teaching in state-of-the-art classrooms, and industry relevant research experiences. Newly renovated freshman and senior laboratory experiences uniquely prepare students for their future careers.

Students conduct research with world-renowned faculty to develop processes that use environmentally friendly materials and consume less energy, manufacture products to improve human health, and solve the grand challenges facing the world.

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Who Hires KU Chemical Engineering Majors?

ADM
BASF
Black & Veatch
Bristol Myers Squibb
Burns & McDonnell
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Chemours
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Colgate-Palmolive
Continental Resources
Deloitte
Dow
Dupont
Eastman
Epic
ExxonMobil
Frito-Lay/Pepsi
HollyFrontier
Honeywell
Intel
Jacobs Engineering
Koch Industries
Nestle Purina
Pfizer
Schlumberger
Valvoline

Where do they Work?

Biotechnology
Consulting
Health care products
Hospitals and Medical Offices
Law Firms
Oil and gas
Pharmaceutical
Specialty Chemicals

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: $68,832 - $74,667

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)