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Chemical Engineering

BS in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical engineers are the link between science, math, and societal needs. They design processes for new materials, fuels, and consumer goods. Chemical engineers are interested in how chemicals react, how products are separated and purified, how fuels and energy are transported, and how a process can be made safe and economical. This degree opens the door to medical, law and business school, as well as graduate school in engineering.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A Functions of Calculus 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 2
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A Introduction to Engineering 2
ENGR 102B Introduction to Engineering 1
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
AME 105 Introduction to MATLAB I 1
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEE 201 Elements of Chemical Engineering I 3
CHEE 201L Elements of Chemical Engineering I- Computational Lab 1
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
AME 205 Introduction to MATLAB II 1
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
4th Semester
CHEE 202 Elements of Chemical Engineering II 4
CHEE 203 Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
5th Semester
CHEE 303 Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer 3
CHEE 402 Chemical Engineering Modeling 3
CHEE 301A Chemical Engineering Lab I 1
CHEE 477R Microbiology for Engineers 3
CHEM 480A Physical Chemistry 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
CHEE 305 Chemical Engineering Transport Phenomena 3
CHEE 326 Chemical and Physical Equilibrium 3
CHEE 301B Chemical Engineering Lab II 1
ENGR Elective 3
Technical Requirement 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
CHEE 420 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3
CHEE 442 Chemical Engineering Design Principles 3
CHEE 401A Chemical and Environmental Engineering Laboratory I 1
Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Advance Science Requirement: CHEM 480B Physical Chemistry or CHEM 481 Biophysical Chemistry or CHEM 462B Biochemistry or BME 510 Biology for Biomedical Engineering or BME 511Physiology for Biomedical Engineering 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
CHEE 413 Process Control and Simulation 3
CHEE 443 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 3
ENGR Elective 3
Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, safe and efficient design principles, and mechanical processes gained from a major in Chemical Engineering provides a strong career foundation. Graduates may work as researchers, designers, project managers, or consultants in fields ranging from energy production to pharmaceutical development to academic research. This major is also excellent preparation for medical or pharmacy school or graduate studies in engineering, public health, or environmental science.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Planning and design
  • Consulting
  • Management
  • Product development
  • Food processing
  • Drug development
  • Energy production
  • Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Sales

Sample Employers

  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Fertilizer manufacturers
  • Food producers/processors
  • Petrochemical industry
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Textile industry
  • Energy companies
  • Environmental organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Chemical Engineer $58,830 - $94,350
Environmental Engineer $49,510 - $80,890
Chemical Process Engineer, Petroleum Industry $49,000 - $113,000
Engineering Technologist $33,370 - $51,980
Sales Engineer $42,420 - $86,163
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Food Engineer $34,750 - $72,050
Textile Research Scientist $30,000 - $90,000
Packaging Engineer $45,780 - $110,213
Engineering Instructor, Postsecondary $35,670 - $68,970