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Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering (BSE)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

Chemical engineering involves the industrial application of chemicals to new inventions or to improve the world. Chemical engineers use microbes to produce pharmaceuticals and chemicals, develop new sources of energy, create artificial organs, and design the next generation of polymers. They construct synthetic fibers to make clothes more comfortable; develop methods to mass-produce drugs so that they may be more affordable; and create safer and more efficient methods of refining petroleum products to make energy more productive and cost effective.

Why Study at Iowa? 

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is small enough for daily interaction with faculty members and other students. You’ll know about your professors’ research, and you’ll be encouraged to participate in it.

The BSE in chemical engineering is one of six Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which also offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in internships, study abroad, and student organizations.

Course Work 

Focus area options in chemical engineering include:

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Business
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Energy and environment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymers
  • Pre-medicine
  • Sustainability

See Chemical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more information.


Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities 


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

Apply to the College of Engineering.

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