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Chemical Engineering

A sculptor looks at a lump of clay and sees what it can become.  It’s the same with a chemical engineer, who also takes raw materials and converts them into something wonderful — a product that’s beneficial to people, a process that’s more cost-effective or environmentally friendly, a material that’s more useful than it was in its former incarnation.  Intensely creative, chemical engineers are also called  ”universal engineers” because their mastery of technology and science is so broad.  Our chemical engineering program will help you achieve this mastery and go on to make the creative contributions the world is looking for.

Prepare for the evolution.

As the push for environmental sustainability continues to gain momentum, the demand for chemical engineers to collaborate with other scientists and planners on eco-industrial projects is likely to escalate as well. 

Like all engineers, chemical engineers use mathematics, physics, and economics in their approach to problem solving.  On top of that, they apply their knowledge of chemistry.  Our program pulls in all these disciplines, training you to address today’s complex problems through careful formulation, critical analysis of inputs, creative solutions, and the ability to discern what is needed for a workable solution.

Specifically, you’ll develop the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints — i.e., the economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability factors
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

 Focus on a particular area.

Do you have a specific area of interest?  We offer clusters of elective courses that focus on some of today’s most popular areas.  Popular clusters include:

  • Biochemical Engineering Applications.  You’ll take:  Biology for Science Majors with Laboratory I, Microbiology, and Biochemistry.
  • Biotechnology Applications.  This cluster consists of Biology for Science Majors with Laboratory I, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology.
  • Environmental Engineering Applications.  You’ll study:  Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater Engineering, and Air Pollution Fundamentals.

Sharpen your skills in cutting-edge facilities.

As a chemical engineering student, you’ll get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories packed with the same type of equipment you find in industry.  That’s some of the best job preparation you can get.   Where will these practice sessions take place?  Picture yourself in our:

  • General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Analytical Chemistry Laboratory & Chemical Instrumentation
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory
  • Chemistry Library

In the Chemical Engineering Laboratory alone, you’ll have a stunning array of resources to learn on and become accomplished with: 

  • Plate and Frame Filter System
  • Fluids Network
  • Thermal Conductivity Apparatus
  • Double-Pipe Heat Exchangers
  • Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger
  • Double-Effect Evaporator
  • Bubble-Cap Distillation Column
  • Packed-Tower Gas Absorber

Consider your possible career paths.

Chemical engineering students at UNH are in great demand by local companies for part-time, summer, and co-op positions.   It’s great training for the big move into a full-time job after graduation.

Which career path is the right one for your individual talents?  Think about fields such as pharmaceuticals, consumer products, fuel cells, energy products, environmental protection and remediation, electronics, or biotechnology. 

  1. Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET, .