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What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers study how to convert low-value raw materials into high-value products by making highly specific chemical changes in that material. This typically involves designing or discovering novel processes rather than devices or products. Chemical engineers know the chemical nature of materials, and predict how chemical changes in the molecular structure of a material will alter the ultimate physical properties of a material.

The School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering prepares students to serve the changing needs of the industry through training in process engineering, project engineering, materials development and bioengineering. Students leave OU with problem-solving skills that put them at the top of the job applicant pool. The average starting salary for OU chemical engineer graduates is $60,000 per year, one of the top careers in entry-level pay. 

Do my interests fit?

Chemical engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Chemistry
  • Research
  • Math
  • Engineering
  • Technical writing

High school preparation should include calculus, chemistry and physics.

How can OU Chemical Engineering help me?

OU chemical engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs chemical engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)

Tau Beta Pi
Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

What courses will I take?

Chemical engineering courses include:

  • Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing
  • Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Momentum, Heat & Mass Transfer
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Separation Processes
  • Kinetics
  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Chemical Engineering Design Lab

What kind of career could I pursue?

Chemical engineer
Process engineer
Field engineer
Facilities engineer
Research engineer
Nuclear engineer
Industrial firm
Oil and gas companies
Chemical company
Oil field supply firm

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Chemical engineering students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. Advanced degrees include Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering degrees.

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School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-5811
Email: cbme@ou.edu
Website: cbme.ou.edu