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Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

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A Legacy of Excellence

Chemical engineering was first taught at OU in 1912, making OU one of the oldest in the country, granting the first graduate degree in 1918.

Over the years that followed, the program has developed curricula with traditional strength in fundamentals, while tailoring electives for specializations suited to contemporary and future industrial need. Today, The Chemical Engineering program at the University of Oklahoma is one of the largest programs in the College of Engineering.

Our dynamic faculty are dedicated to a program of the highest quality and to leadership at the forefront of the profession it serves. This dedication and the cooperative spirit of CBME faculty has fueled a superior level of productivity. 

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34 percent growth in research expenditures in the last year.

83 original research papers published in the last year.

4 early career awards in the last 5 years from NSF and DOE.

20 faculty members for a lower student to faculty ratio.

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Tailored Degree Options

Degree options, including sustainability, bioengineering, and pre-medical, allow students the opportunity to tailor their undergraduate education to their particular interests within chemical engineering.

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Cutting-Edge Applications

Our faculty research and education programs include exciting new areas such as tissue and genetic engineering, nanostructured materials, water purification, sustainable processes, and sustainable energy production.

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An Eye on The Future

Chemical engineers are among the best equipped to attack and solve problems. The University of Oklahoma is among the best institutions in the nation to prepare you for a career in chemical engineering.

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May 05, 2023

Spring 2023: OU Engineering Presents Dissertation Excellence Awards

Ten students from the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma were selected to receive this semester’s Engineering Dissertation Award, a $5,000 award created to encourage doctoral students to graduate with excellence. The award helps scholars who are near completion of their Ph.D., says Zahed Siddique, the college’s associate dean for research who heads the committee.

May 04, 2023

Wall Street Journal Ranks University of Oklahoma as #12 Best College for Your Dream Career in Engineering

The Wall Street Journal's inaugural ranking of "Best Colleges for Your Dream Career" in Engineering was released May 4. The University of Oklahoma, the only university in the state to make the Top 20 list, ranked #12 amidst a list that includes UCLA, UT Austin and Colorado School of Mines.

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School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

University of Oklahoma
Sarkeys Energy Center, Room T-301
100 E. Boyd St.
Norman, OK 73019-1004
Telephone: (405) 325-5811
Toll Free within USA: 1 (800) 601-9360


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