How to Select a Chemical Engineering School
Since chemical engineering is available at a number of academic levels, prospective students need to look for different standards depending on his or her career aspirations. If applying for a bachelor's degree, students should make sure the school has a standard 4-year chemical engineering curriculum. Separate chemistry and engineering courses give students a foundation in these areas before moving onto chemical engineering courses. A master's degree program prepares students for upper level jobs as chemical engineers.
- Look for bachelor degree programs that include courses in lower- and upper-level chemistry and engineering, plus math courses like algebra and calculus.
- Those looking into a master's degree chemical engineering program need to find schools that offer courses in organic chemistry, biology and physics, and have elective requirements in biotechnology and bioprocessing.
- Doctoral students need to find schools that allow them to conduct research in numerous scientific and environmental areas.
- Students of all levels should find a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which hands out accreditation based on curriculum, faculty and facilities.
- Potential schools should have laboratories where students can conduct experiments and classrooms with hubs for laptops and wireless Internet.
- The school should specify that its curriculum prepares students for licensure, which is required in all 50 U.S. states.
Top 10 Chemical Engineering Schools
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|University of California - Berkeley||4-year, public|
|Stanford University||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|University of Texas at Austin||4-year, public|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||4-year, public|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, public|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||4-year, public|
|California Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Princeton University||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|University of Delaware||4-year, public|