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 

Curriculum Guide

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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

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

  • Chemical manufacturers
  • manufacturers that produce electronics, photographic equipment, clothing, pulp and paper
  • health care
  • biotechnology
  • business services industry

Career 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, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and electronics.

Cooperative Education and Placement

The College of Engineering's Cooperative Education Program enables you to integrate classroom instruction with practical and valuable on-the-job work experience. If you choose to co-op, you will complete your first five semesters of study and then begin alternating a semester of paid employment in your major field of interest with a semester of classroom study, until your senior level. Learn more.

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