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 seven Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which also offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in internships, study abroad, and student organizations.
Iowa admits incoming first-year students directly into engineering. About 525 first-year students and 100 transfer students enroll each year. Women account for over 26 percent of Iowa's engineering students; the national average is 20 percent.
Focus area options in chemical engineering include:
- Biochemical engineering
- Chemical process engineering
- Energy and environment
See Chemical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more information.
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Engineering student support services include free tutoring for your first two years of math, science, and engineering courses.
Engineering student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to develop your leadership skills.
Engineering students may enjoy the People in Engineering Living-Learning Community or the Be WISE: Women in Science and Engineering Living-Learning Community in the residence halls.
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.
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Apply to the College of Engineering.