Undergraduate Study - Chemical Engineering

Michael Loewenberg
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Energy, the environment, and health care represent the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. No single discipline is better poised to confront these challenges than Chemical Engineering. From a foundation rooted in the basic sciences of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and (increasingly) biology; a traditional engineering science core of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and chemical kinetics; a rigorous design component; and an expanding focus on emerging topics in materials, nanotechnology, and life sciences; Chemical Engineering has grown from its petro-chemical origins to become a central discipline to state-of-the-art technologies in microelectronics, alternative energy, biomedicine, and pharmaceutics. Yale students -- with their well-rounded educational backgrounds and diverse interests -- are particularly well-suited to capitalize on emerging opportunities within Chemical Engineering.

The Yale Chemical Engineering program is principally focused on basic and engineering sciences, and problem solving. Additional focus is on communication, analysis of experiments, and chemical process design. A special feature of our program is the accessibility of laboratory research -- most Chemical Engineering majors participate in faculty-led research projects, often resulting in publication and/or presentation at national meetings.

Yale Chemical Engineering graduates find a wide range of professional opportunities. Many go on to top graduate programs in Chemical, Biomedical, or Environmental Engineering, or to esteemed medical, law, or business schools. Yale Chemical Engineering majors ultimately become leaders in academia, industry, government, business, and the non-profit sector.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale offers the following two majors:

Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for Chemical Engineering
Upon graduation, Yale's Chemical Engineering students are expected to achieve "Student Outcomes" as defined by ABET and the program. The Chemical Engineering major produces graduates who demonstrate:
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Yale and ABET also look ahead, several years beyond graduation. Program Educational Objectives provide the expectations for graduates early in their career. The Chemical Engineering Objectives are to produce graduates who:
  • achieve positions of leadership within academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sector.
  • enter and excel within top graduate programs in chemical, biomedical, environmental, and related engineering fields.
  • enter and excel within top professional schools in e.g. law, medicine, or management.
  • enter and rise within large and small corporations.
  • become successful entrepreneurs.
  • practice engineering toward the benefit of humankind.

* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The Class of 2014 consisted of 9 Chemical Engineering graduates of which 7 graduated with the B.S. in Chemical Engineering degree.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences (Chemical)

For detailed curriculum information, visit Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Information