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    • School of Engineering

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    • Dr. C. Michael Kelly

    • Kim Robinson


Chemical Engineering

Dual Degrees

  • Chemical engineering/chemistry

Students can pursue a dual degree program leading to both the bachelor of science in chemistry and the bachelor of chemical engineering degrees in four years by carefully selecting their technical electives and taking a small number of additional courses needed to complete the chemistry program. Interested students should contact the chairs of both departments to arrange their study program and schedule.

Why Widener?

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Emphasis on Fundamentals

In addition to the basic physical sciences underlying all engineering, the chemical engineering program emphasizes fundamental principles and techniques which chemical engineers apply when analyzing whatever technologies they may encounter in their professional career.

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Senior Projects

All engineering students must carry out a senior project in which they investigate, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, a topic of interest. Student projects can be a groundbreaking research proposal for students to start their career. Engineering students have done everything from building a working prototype of a vending machine for campus to identifying FDA-approved drugs that can be used to battle cancer.

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Participation in Faculty Research

Qualified chemical engineering students can elect to participate in one of the cutting-edge research projects being investigated by faculty such as creating advanced materials, discovery of molecules that inhibit the biological growth pathways of cancer-cells, or the development of potential biofuels.


Undergraduate engineering students work alongside professors as they pursue their research.

Potential Careers

  • Process development
  • Pharmaceutical processing
  • Research
  • Management
  • Sales and customer support

Recent Employers

  • Merck
  • Airgas
  • Sunoco
  • AstraZeneca
  • Exelon
  • W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
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