Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 128 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a chemical engineering degree program?

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.

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.

Learning outcomes

Our degree program has three detailed objectives:

  1. Prepare students for professional success by teaching them to solve problems in both chemical engineering and areas outside the discipline
  2. Make students aware of the larger context of engineering applications, including global, ethical, environmental, societal and legal concerns
  3. 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.

Senior capstone project

In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day, In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.

Learn more about the chemical and materials science engineering department

Our undergraduate programs offer you the opportunity to work closely with our research-active faculty. Small class sizes and undergraduate research opportunities help you get to know your professors and provide opportunities to get hands-on research experience. We offer Nevada's only undergraduate degree program in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering.

Specializations in the chemical engineering program

  • Biomedical emphasis

    Students interested in working in biomedical applications can cater their undergraduate experience by selecting the biomedical emphasis of the chemical engineering B.S.

  • Minor

    The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers chemical engineering minor which can help students stand out in today's competitive job market.

  • Accelerated B.S./MBA

    The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S.

    The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.

  • Graduate degrees in chemical engineering: M.S. & Ph.D.

    The College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno offers both an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering. 

Careers with a degree in chemical engineering

Median starting salaries of $72,000

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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