Undergraduate Major

Chemical Engineering (BS)

Take the inside track to a career in chemical engineering where you will use science, engineering, and mathematics to solve societal problems.

Chemical engineering student with faculty

Program Overview

In our chemical engineering, you'll apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, and mathematics to the development, design, and operation of industrial processes involving both chemical and physical changes in order to solve a wide range of problems to benefit society.

Chemical engineers are the key professionals involved in the discovery, development, and production of food, fuels, pharmaceuticals, clean water, and the modern materials used in electronics, apparel, and construction. 

Here, you'll implement unique approaches and disciplines of engineering to the fundamental sciences in a supportive environment that encourages analytical thinking, while being exposed to the industry through real-world application.

The chemical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See recent enrollment and graduation data.

Program Options

In addition to the basic physical sciences underlying all engineering, the chemical engineering curriculum focuses on practical approaches to problem-solving, which will prepare you for a wide choice of careers in pharmaceutical, chemical, food, biochemical, and polymer industries, as well as government agencies.

Your coursework will begin with an emphasis on chemistry and mathematics. You'll began taking specific courses in engineering at the start of your sophomore year. During senior year, you'll take a two-semester process design course in which you will design a chemical engineering process to produce specified products and then analyze it for safety, operational stability, environmental impacts and economic benefits.

You'll also participate in a year-long project that simulates both the technical and business aspects of a professional engineering project, ranging from research to creative conception and design, to construction and evaluation.

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You can earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science in engineering degree in just 4 to 5 years through the Loading.... This is a great option to take advantage of if you are considering a master's degree.

You can apply for admission to the program any time after your second semester for freshmen or after the first semester for transfer students.

Learn how you can save on tuition during your 5thyear

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Interested students should contact the chairs of both departments to arrange their study program and schedule.

Chemical Engineering Minor

If you are pursing another major or field of engineering, but are interested in careers in the pharmaceutical, chemical process, or petrochemical industries, consider a minor in chemical engineering. A Loading... includes important aspects of chemistry to provide significant exposure to the discipline. Contact the chemical engineering department for more information.

For an inside track into your career, the School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program where you can complete up to 1 year of professional work experience and graduate within 4 years, unlike other universities that extend the length of undergraduate programs.

As a co-op student, you'll spend your first year in the classroom, but in your sophomore year you'll spend 4 months working in the industry. Your third year can contain up to 8 months of work experience and you'll finish your final year on campus.

Our co-op program allows you to start your professional career 1 year earlier than a typical 5-year co-op program and earn an additional year of salary. You may also have the opportunity to receive full-time employment from your co-op or internship employers upon graduation.

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Admissions Information & Requirements

The Engineering LLC provides freshmen engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from Admissions after you've made your deposit, which will describe how to complete the online housing application.  

The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

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In addition to the robust scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students, students pursuing an accelerated master's through the 4+1 program can also apply for graduate-level scholarships and assistantships during for fifth year of study.

To apply, please speak with your program advisor during the spring semester of your senior year.

Program Highlights

From research projects to co-op experiences, your Widener education will prepare you for a career of innovative discovery in chemical engineering.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges in the country for engineering.

17:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Chemistry Engineering Student in Lab

Cutting-Edge Research

Even as an undergraduate, you'll have the opportunity to partner with faculty on investigative research projects for exciting topics, publish papers with peer-mentors, and present your research at national and international conferences.

The research areas of chemical engineering faculty include water purification, gas separation and greenhouse gas capture, critical elements recovery, novel drug discovery and synthesis, cancer immunotherapy, and modeling and simulation.

These research areas are supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), American Chemical Society Sponsored Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Alzheimer’s Association, W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, Clinton Global Initiative and Ivanhoe Foundation.

Biomedical engineering career preparation student at CHOP

Career Preparation

Through the co-op program, you can complete professional work experience and graduate in 4 years. The benefit: you'll not only save educational costs but you'll also start your career earlier than most engineering graduates.

chemical engineering students in lab with faculty

Faculty Mentorship

From small class sizes to student and faculty research projects, faculty are invested in your success. Here, you'll learn from faculty, not graduate assistants, as you prepare for your career in engineering.

Faculty

Engineering education at Widener is distinguished by close student-faculty interaction. Meet the faculty who will lead you to a powerful engineering career.

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Associate Professor

"The multi-disciplinary field of chemical engineering utilizes knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and economics to design, operate and control large-scale industrial physico-chemical processes converting raw materials to useful chemical and pharmaceutical products and nanomaterials that improve the quality of our lives and protect the environment"

Sachin P. Patil
Professor

"At Widener, we are at the forefront of combining rigorous academics with experiential learning, and accordingly we train you in applying the unique chemical engineering knowledge to a wide variety of fields, ranging from chemicals and petrochemicals to more modern applications in bioengineering, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals."

Dipendu Saha
Chair of Chemical Engineering

"In dealing with the most complex and critical areas of the subjects, I always like to ask the students to adopt the process of independent thinking and analytical reasoning rather than just memorizing things, which, I believe, is the key approach to generating expertise within the students."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Take the inside track to a career in chemical engineering.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Airgas
  • AstraZeneca
  • Dow Chemical
  • Exelon
  • Merck
  • Sunoco
  • W.L. Gore & Associates

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Management 
  • Pharmaceutical processing 
  • Plant operations and supervision
  • Process development 
  • Research 
  • Sales and customer support 

Industry Insiders

You will have direct access to industry leaders, including many alumni of the program, through the School of Engineering's Board of Advisors.

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the chemical engineering program.

You make time for the things you love. I love chemistry and learning. I love being a leader on campus and learning how to be a better person every day.

Aidan Looby

Aidan's Story

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