Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (http://www.abet.org). Students seeking the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering must complete a minimum of 120 credits. This includes 62 credits in Math & Sciences/Humanities & Social Sciences; 52 credits in Engineering; 3 credits in Engineering Elective, and 3 credits in a Science/Engineering elective course.

B.S. Ch.E. Program Handbook

Chemical Engineering primarily deals with the many aspects of processes in which matter and energy undergo change. It is based on the sciences of chemistry, physics and mathematics and the principles of economics and environmental protection. Chemical engineers are generally regarded as versatile problem-solvers. Working in consultation with other engineers and scientists, chemical engineers define problems, determine objectives, plan and carry out the research, and then design, develop, computerize and control the processes.

The Department of Chemical Engineering provides a broad and strong foundation which prepares graduates for entry into all areas of chemical engineering or pursuit of advanced degrees in chemical engineering and other disciplines. Our graduates are highly sought after.

The undergraduate program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Studies leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering/Materials Science are also offered.

See lists of all Chemical Engineering undergraduate and graduate course descriptions.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Chemical Engineering program, defined to be achieved by our graduates within a few years of their graduation, are to produce graduates, who are

  1. practicing chemical engineering in a variety of contemporary industrial settings.
  2. pursuing advanced study and research in chemical engineering and other related disciplines.
  3. taking leadership roles in their chosen careers.

Educational Emphasis

The Department of Chemical Engineering, through elective sequences and consultation with a faculty advisor, gives students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the following areas: (i) Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment, (ii) Biotechnology and Biomedicine, (iii) Nanotechnology, and (iv) Processing of Energy and Natural Resources.

  • Environmental Protection and Hazardous Waste Treatment. Chemical engineers use chemical techniques to leach hazardous chemicals from landfills and use micro- organisms and combustion technology to destroy hazardous waste. They develop catalytic reaction devices to convert air and water pollutants to harmless compounds.
  • Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Chemical engineers design and develop separation processes and bioreactors to produce complex bioproducts such as therapeutic drugs and agricultural biochemicals. They also make important contributions in the development of artificial organs, artificial tissues and prostheses.
  • Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres, includes the application of fields as diverse as engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.. Chemical Engineers use their knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and processing to manufacture nanomaterials, devices, and other structures, for applications in medicine, consumer products, food and energy. Scientists and Engineers are also studying the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials.
  • Processing of Energy and Natural Resources. Chemical engineers find new chemical process pathways to convert natural resources into energy and useful products. Some in-situ processes use the earth itself as a reaction vessel for extracting underground resources.


2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March 1, 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

ChemE Dept. Chair Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May 24, 2016

Chemical Engineering Department Chair Ramesh Chawla has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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