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Overview
Chemical engineers use the language of mathematics to describe the chemical and physical behavior of molecules (solid, liquid, gas, or plasma). This ability is used to design and operate processes that produce useful products. Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries that manufacture pharmaceuticals, fuels, biochemicals, semiconductor materials, foods, plastics, paper, petroleum products and chemicals. Key to providing a benefit to society, chemical engineers are responsible for resource conservation, minimizing pollution, minimizing costs, and maximizing quality and safety of processes that make the products.

The emphasis on the chemical nature of everything people use is what makes chemical engineers different from other engineers. The emphasis on the processes that make the products is what makes chemical engineers different from chemists.

Chemical engineers often find themselves defining a problem or product, developing a process to do what is needed, and then designing the plant to carry out the process. After the plant is established, chemical engineers commonly manage operations, oversee equipment maintenance, and supervise control of product quality. They trouble-shoot the problems which hinder smooth operations, and they plan for future expansions or improvements. Their training and knowledge make them well qualified to market products and processing equipment for plants, or even to market the complete plant itself. The varied background and experience of chemical engineers make them ideally suited for advancement into ­­top-level managerial and executive positions.

Program Educational Objectives. OSU Chemical Engineering graduates, a few years after graduation will possess:

• Competencies - skill in tools and techniques that are fundamental to the job, many of which need to be learned after graduation.

• Professionalism - partnership in the mission and within the human context of the enterprise; ethics, effectiveness and awareness of the broad context of detailed work.

• Balance - a wise self-direction to life, community, health, and self view that finds the right balance between personal choices, that energizes self and others and enables effectiveness in relationships with others.

The goal of the BS degree program is to produce graduates who possess broad-based knowledge, skills and judgment that prepares them to succeed in the profession of engineering or in further studies at the graduate level, including medical school. To achieve this goal, the program is designed to progressively develop both technical and human skills.

In the pre-professional portion of the chemical engineering program (usually equivalent to two years of study), the focus is on the underlying scientific and mathematical principles of engineering, supplemented by appropriate general education courses in English, social sciences and humanities. Students who demonstrate proficiency in this portion of the program are eligible for admission to the professional school.

The curriculum in the professional school (typically the last two years) builds systematically upon the scientific knowledge acquired in the pre-professional curriculum. In professional school, students have the opportunity to focus in one of three emphasis areas: (1) the regular course prepares a graduate for a wide range of employment opportunities; (2) the pre-medical option is for those who wish preparation for medical school; and (3) the biomedical/biochemical option is for those who seek employment in bio-related professions. Each emphasis area is accredited under the basic level EAC-ABET criteria for chemical engineering programs and each prepares a student for success in both employment and graduate study at OSU or other universities. A more complete description of exact degree requirements for the bachelor's-level curricula is given in the publication Undergraduate Programs and Requirements at OSU.

Each professional school course builds upon the preceding chemical engineering courses to develop the ability to identify and solve meaningful engineering problems. The course work is specifically sequenced and interrelated to provide design experience at each level, leading to progressively more complex, open-ended problems. The course work includes sensitizing students to socially-related technical problems and their responsibilities as engineering professionals to behave ethically and protect occupational and public safety. The program culminates in the senior-year design courses in which the students integrate the analysis, synthesis and other abilities they have developed throughout the earlier portions of their study into a capstone experience. At this point, students will be able to design components, systems and processes that meet specific requirements, including such pertinent societal considerations as ethics, safety, environmental impact and aesthetics. The students will have developed and displayed the ability to design and conduct experiments essential to specific studies, and to analyze the experimental results and draw meaningful conclusions within an enterprise context.

Integral parts of this educational continuum from basic science through comprehensive engineering design are learning experiences that facilitate the students’ abilities to function effectively in both individual and collaborative environments. To achieve this, the program provides every graduate with adequate learning experiences to develop effective written and oral communication skills. State-of-the-art computational tools are introduced and utilized as a part of their problem-solving experiences. Finally, the students’ experience in solving ever-more-challenging problems gives them the ability to continue to learn independently throughout their professional careers.

Available Options
, B.S.C.H.
- Biomedical/Biochemical, B.S.C.H.
- Environmental, B.S.C.H.
- Pre-Medical, B.S.C.H.


Occupations
Chemical Engineers
Biochemical Engineers
Architectural and Engineering Managers
Petroleum Engineers
Materials Engineers

Industries
Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $100,000 |
Ave: $73,585 |
Med: $70,000 |
Min: $18,720


Employers
3M
Access Midstream Partners
American Innovations
Babcock and Wilcox
Baker Hughes
Chesapeake Energy
Chevron Phillips
ConocoPhillips
Continental Resources
Dail Thermetries
DCP Midstream
Emerson
ExxonMobil
Flint Hills Resources
Fort Environmental Laboratory
Georgia-Pacific
Halliburton
International Paper
Jacobs Engineering
Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Koch Nitrogen
Linde Process Plants
Michelin North America
Occidental Petroleum
ONEOK
Optimized Gas Treating, Inc.
Performance Technologies, LLC
Phillips 66
Prism Gas Systems
Quorum Business Solutions
Reireit
Sandia National Laboratories
Schlumberger
Texas Instruments
Unit Corporation
Valero Energy Corp.
Victory Energy
Willbros Downstream LLC (Integrated Services)
Willbros Engineers
Williams
Zeeco, Inc.

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