Chemical Engineering

Fundamentals

Chemical engineering requires a broad knowledge of science to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals in the food production, cosmetics, or energy sectors. 

The core chemical engineering curriculum at The University of Akron includes mathematics, science and chemical engineering fundamentals. Students focus on the 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 

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with the option to minor in polymer science and 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 engineering firsthand through our state-of-the-art research facilities:

  • Catalysis Research Lab
  • Multiphase and Solids Processing Lab

The work in these labs includes research into:

  • biocompatible polymeric materials
  • biological cellular and enzymatic processes
  • nanocomposite materials
  • computational molecular science
  • micro-scale separations
  • novel catalytic reactions
  • stem cell research
  • polymer synthesis

Real-world experience

Gain important practical professional experience through the optional cooperative education program. 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.

Join one of the award-winning UA design competition teams open to all engineering students, including Akronauts Rocketry or Formula Combustion.

Student organizations

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

  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society)
  • Women in Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Corrosion Squad

Sample Curriculum


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Career Opportunities

A degree in chemical engineering paves the way to careers in such areas as:

  • chemical manufacturing
  • manufacturing of electronics, photographic equipment, clothing, pulp, and paper
  • health care
  • biotechnology
  • business services industry

Outlook 

Opportunities continue to grow in the areas of research and development as demands for more efficient means of production are met. Among manufacturing industries, the best opportunities are in specialty chemicals, plastics materials, energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and electronics.

Career services

Career Services helps students and alumni explore and reach career goals. They connect students to employers for internships, jobs, and careers.