Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Chemical engineering requires a broad knowledge of science to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals, improving the environment and making energy conversion more efficient.

  • Core curriculum includes mathematics, science and chemical engineering fundamentals.
  • Focus on practical aspects of engineering, including:
    • how to design and cost manufacturing plants
    • analyze and interpret experimental and production data
    • how chemical processing affects people and the environment
  • Choose a standard bachelor of science degree or a specialization in biotechnology or polymer engineering.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
  • are frequently recognized for their excellence in research and teaching scholarship 

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Experience chemical and engineering firsthand through our research facilities:

  • six state-of-the-art research laboratories
  • computer lab
  • applied colloid and surface science lab
  • catalysis research lab
  • multiphase and solids processing lab
  • supercritical fluid lab

The work in these labs includes research into:

  • biocompatible polymeric materials
  • biological cellular and enzymatic processes
  • nanocomposite materials
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • computational molecular science
  • micro-scale separations
  • advanced process control
  • green chemistry
  • novel catalytic reactions

Real World Experience

Gain important practical professional experience through the optional cooperative education program in the engineering field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school following your
sophomore year. As an added benefit, you’ll earn a competitive salary.

Recent placements include: 

  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • Ashland Chemical
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • DuPont Dow Elastomers
  • First Energy/Perry Nuclear
  • GoJo Industries
  • Chardon Rubber Company

Chemical Engineering Student Organizations

Interact with other engineering students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honorary)
  • Women in Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers 

Sample Curriculum


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