Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
The bachelor's degree program in chemical engineering teaches students to use chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to solve problems related to the production and manufacture of goods and materials.
In addition to a strong foundation in the sciences, students gain problem-solving and analytical skills through laboratory sections and the ability to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Graduates of our program have the necessary skills to work in industry or government or to pursue graduate training. Students in the bachelor's degree program also have the option to pursue an emphasis in biomedical engineering.
Successful engineering students arrive at the University with a strong background in math and science. We recommend students have taken physics and chemistry in high school and are prepared to take calculus as freshmen.
What Will I Learn?
The bachelor's degree program prepares students to enter chemical engineering positions in industry, government or academia and to excel in those positions. We aim to develop not just technical expertise but also a commitment to professional enrichment through life-long learning and critical thinking.
Our degree program has three detailed objectives:
- Prepare students for professional success by teaching them to solve problems in both chemical engineering and areas outside the discipline
- Make students aware of the larger context of engineering applications, including global, ethical, environmental, societal and legal concerns
- Teach the communication and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed individually, in a group and in leadership positions
The bachelor's degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology education.
Your specific degree requirements will vary depending on your area of emphasis. Each emphasis requires core curriculum courses, major requirements and technical electives, but specific courses may vary. You can learn more about the coursework for each emphasis on the course catalog:
- Environmental engineering
- Extractive metallurgy
- Materials science and engineering
- Process and energy engineering
All chemical engineering students are also required to complete two capstone courses during the senior year.
- Fall semester: This course focuses on principles of chemical engineering process design, including economics, safety, and social and ethical considerations.
- Spring semester: In the spring, students complete an individual design project, incorporating considerations learned in the fall.
Students must also take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination administered by the Nevada Board of Professional Engineers. The FE exam is generally taken during the spring of your senior year. Register for ENGR 490 in order to have the exam recorded on your transcript.
You can view the recommended sequence of courses for your emphasis on the course catalog. Please note that requirements and course offerings may change, and you should consult your advisor to ensure your course schedule meets your individual needs.
Chemical engineers do work that can have a big impact. At Nevada, professors in our chemical engineering department are working on exciting new technologies that have the ability to improve human health, the environment and business efficiency.
Chemical engineers are the technological leaders in fields from the production of computer chips, to the design of pharmaceuticals and artificial organs, to the development of clean and affordable energy systems such as fuel cells. Many chemical engineers go on to work in the energy industry, but opportunities exist in fields as diverse as biotechnology, electronics, mining and business.
Additionally, chemical engineers enjoy strong employment and earning prospects. According to a 2017 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, chemical engineering majors had median starting salaries of $68,500, ranking them among the top earning majors.
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