​Chemical Engineering

​College of Engineering and Computer Science

Learn to apply the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and engineering to real-world problems relating to manufactured products.

You’ll start with problem-solving and move to engineering design concepts, with the complexity of problems increasing as you move through the 128-credit program. Master the fundamentals you’ll need – either to work as a practicing engineer or to prepare for further studies in engineering science or other areas – and complete a major design project before you graduate.

Major in chemical engineering


Sample Courses

  • Engineering Computational Tools
  • Mass and Energy Balances
  • Fluid Transport
  • Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering

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Practical Experience

  • At the College of Engineering and Computer Science, you will find distinctive ongoing research programs that support and encourage your active participation. Distinguished faculty work closely with students in research areas like smart materials for healthcare, energy sources conversion and conservation, and rehabilitative and regenerative engineering.
  • Your success is a priority. You will be challenged and supported by PRIDE (Programs Rooted In Developing Excellence) on and off campus. You’ll have opportunities to participate in co-op placements across the nation where you’ll gain paid work experience in industry or paid research experience at a university. Co-ops are usually done during the summer, and you can have two (or sometimes three) co-ops placements by the time you graduate.
  • As a chemical engineering major you’ll have access to CESE laboratories – 22,000 square feet of core laboratories including a radioactive isotope lab, dark room, clean rooms, computer lab, and more. Work and learn in facilities that were designed for interdisciplinary research focusing on environmental assessment and technology.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences has 20 co-curricular organizations and a tradition of active participation in professional societies like the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBP Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. ECS students can choose yearlong study in London, a semester in Dublin, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Santiago, or Sydney, and summer opportunities in the Middle East and Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in chemical engineering, you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental engineer/inspector
  • Industrial engineer
  • Chemical/materials scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Manufacturing process designer
  • Lab researcher
  • Chemical plant troubleshooter

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as medicine, molecular and cellular engineering, quantitative biology, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.