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​Chemical Engineering

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.

I am working with Dr. Ian Hosein on a project that considers alternatives to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. We are interested in learning if we can create a more sustainable and affordable alternative and recently had a paper published in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry !

Seth Reed ‘21

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.


Sample courses for chemical engineering majors include: 

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • 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.
  • 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 Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Syracuse University's B.S. in chemical engineering.
  • 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.
  • The 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program allows you to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering one year after successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

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
  • Process Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • 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.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.