​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.

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Syracuse gives you the opportunity to be very engaged and effective in engineering. I could be involved in student chapters and everything engineering-related, of course, but it allowed me to take other classes in other schools as well.

Megan Cucci ’96, director of product management for Micro 3D Printing, Kodak

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.

Learn more about the chemical engineering program.


Sample courses for chemical engineering majors include: 

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

View official major requirements.

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/MBA 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 Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Chemical engineering majors most often study abroad at the Florence center and to World Partner programs at the University of New South Wales and University College Dublin. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in 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.