Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Learn to apply the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and engineering to real-world problems relating to manufactured products.

“Syracuse gives you the opportunity to be very engaged and effective in engineering. I could be involved in student chapters and everything engineering-related, of course, but it allowed me to take other classes in other schools as well.”

Megan Cucci ’96, director of product management for Micro 3D Printing, Kodak

You’ll start with problem-solving and basic engineering science and design concepts, with the complexity of problems increasing as you move through the program. Master the fundamentals you’ll need—either to work as a practicing engineer or to prepare for further graduate studies in engineering science or other areas—and complete a major design project before you graduate.


Sample courses for chemical engineering majors include:

  • Engineering Computational Tools
  • Mass and Energy Balances
  • Fluid Transport
  • Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Process Controls
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Process Design

Practical Experience

  • At the College of Engineering and Computer Science, you will find distinctive ongoing research programs that support and encourage your active participation. Distinguished faculty work closely with students in research areas like smart materials for healthcare, materials for energy and sustainibility and rehabilitative and regenerative engineering.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science has 20 co-curricular organizations and a tradition of active participation in professional societies like the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Engineering World Health.
  • The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • The 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program allows you to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering one year after successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Chemical engineering majors most often study abroad at the Florence Center and to World Partner Programs at the University of New South Wales and University College Dublin. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg, France.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in chemical engineering, you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental Engineer: reduce waste and ensure environmental regulation compliance 
  • Quality Control Engineer: ensure product quality standards 
  • Safety Engineer: ensure safe design and operation of manufacturing plants 
  • Process Engineer: troubleshoot and improve operations 
  • Research and Development Engineer: develop new products 
  • Design Engineer: create processes to manufacture products 

Within diverse fields such as:

  • Food & Beverage 
  • Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics 
  • Semiconductors 
  • Materials: Pulp & Paper, Textiles, Plastics & Polymers 
  • Specialty Chemicals & Products 
  • Energy 
  • Defense 

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, medicine, chemical engineering, molecular and cellular engineering, nuclear engineering, materials science, engineering management, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the United States.