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
AssistanceKU chemical engineering students are versatile leaders who participate in activities including professional and social societies, student government, athletics, the arts, and community service.
More Information About our Department
- CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
- Biomedical Engineering Minor
- MATERIAL SCIENCE
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.
Who Hires KU Chemical Engineering Majors?
Black & Veatch
Bristol Myers Squibb
Burns & McDonnell
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Chevron Phillips Chemical
U.S. Environmental Protection
Where do they Work?
Business, finance, and investments
Energy and Fuels
Environmental and Sustainability
Food packaging and processing
Health care products
Hospitals and medical offices
What are they paid?
Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: $69,090 - $76,959
*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)