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Chemical Engineering

What is it? 

Based on the sciences of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics, chemical engineering is at the forefront of environmental pollution prevention and remediation and is also leading the way in medical and health-related research. Advanced materials, novel catalysts and biotechnology are just a few of the exciting new fields in which graduates are making pivotal contributions to the future of the planet and mankind.

What will I study?

In response to the national trend of greater diversity in areas of employment for chemical engineers, Clemson’s chemical engineering (ChE) department implemented emphasis areas in energy studies; environmental engineering; polymeric materials; business management; and applied engineering, mathematics and science. Students complete an emphasis area or a minor approved by the University. ChE students interested in careers in medicine or biotechnology may select a formal concentration in biomolecular engineering.

Where is my future with a degree in chemical engineering?

Graduates of Clemson’s program are prepared for jobs in many fields, including (but not limited to) biotechnology, business services, dentistry, electronic and advanced materials, energy and fuels, environmental industries, food processing, law, medicine, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. Continued large employment growth is expected in careers pertaining to energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

What activities are available to enrich my education?

Fifty-five percent of undergraduate students co-oped at companies such as BASF, Dow Chemical, Kimberly-Clark, Michelin, Milliken, NASA and RocheCarolina. In addition, study abroad opportunities abound, including a summer laboratory course offered in Vienna, Austria. The student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers holds social and professional development events and coordinates the ChE car team.

Where can I find out more about programs offered by Clemson’s chemical engineering department?

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The Numbers

246 Undergraduates

35% Women
24% Minority
74% In-State

<10 Masters Students

58 Doctoral Students

16 Full Time Faculty