Chemical engineers have the responsibility to discover and implement new products and processes that are useful and economical.

The chemical engineering profession has evolved in concert with the technological landmarks of the last century – from petroleum refining at the beginning of the last century to the biotechnology and biomedical developments, innovations in digital communications and microelectronics, to nanotechnology. These changes have driven chemical engineering from macroscopic to microscopic to nano-scale and eventually toward molecular dimensions.

Although chemical engineers remain actively engaged in the synthesis of known knowledge into large scale processes-traditionally referred to as “scale-up” – the new revolutions in processing and products are involving them in the creation of new technologies at increasingly shrinking dimensions – “scaling down.” The need for exploitation of new energy and raw materials sources and the increased emphasis on the life sciences offers new opportunities for chemical engineers in diverse industries such as biological, medical, and pharmaceutical firms, and presents new challenges.

Lafayette chemical engineers are well-suited to take on these challenges.


The requirements for the major in Chemical Engineering consist of 36 courses, and must include the following:

  • Two Engineering Science Courses
  • Eleven required courses from the field of Chemical Engineering
    • CHE 211 – Material and Energy Balances
    • CHE 222 – Thermodynamics
    • CHE 311 – Transport Phenomena
    • CHE 312 – Experimental Design I
    • CHE 321 – Applied Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (Unit Operations)
    • CHE 322 – Experimental Design II
    • CHE 323 – Fluid Phase and Reaction Equilibria (Thermodynamics II)
    • CHE 324 – Process Control
    • CHE 411 – Mass Transfer, Separations, and Bioseparations
    • CHE 412 – Integrated Chemical Engineering
    • CHE 413 – Reaction Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • Two capstone Design Project courses
    • CHE 415 -Design Synthesis
    • CHE 422 – Design Analysis
  • Two Chemical Engineering Electives
  • Four Mathematics courses
    • MATH 161 – Calculus I
    • MATH 162 – Calculus II
    • MATH 263 – Calculus III
    • MATH 264 – Differential Equations
  • Five Natural Science Courses:
    • CHEM 121 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 122 – General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 221 – Organic Chemistry I
    • PHYS 131 – Physics I : Mechanics or PHYS 151- Accelerated Physics I : Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    • One Chemistry Elective (chosen from an approved list)
  • Completion of the Common Course of Study