Undergraduate Program Overview
The Department of Chemical Engineering provides a broad−based undergraduate program emphasizing the basic and engineering
sciences and including individual academic counseling. This environment enables students to develop their intellectual
capabilities and interests as fully as possible.
Graduates from our program excel in both industry and graduate school. Employment opportunities cover a wide spectrum of industries, including petroleum, petrochemicals, basic and specialty chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, semiconductors, and biological specialties, as well as a wide range of job functions, from process engineering to design to environmental and regulatory oversight. Industrial starting salaries average well over $ 70,000 per year.
The Department of Chemical Engineering educates, conducts research, and disseminates chemical engineering knowledge through
internationally recognized programs for the benefit of society.
The Department of Chemical Engineering will be the undergraduate chemical engineering department of choice in Texas and will be recognized as one of the top research and graduate chemical engineering departments in the nation.
Transfer students from junior colleges will take a minimum of three years to graduate with B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. Students are encouraged to take the following science and math courses at their junior college before matriculating at Texas Tech University:
- CHEM 1307/1107 − Principles of Chemistry I
- CHEM 1308/1108 − Principles of Chemistry II
- PHYS 1408 − Physics I (Calculus−based)
- MATH 1451 − Calculus I
- MATH 1452 − Calculus II
- ENGR 1315 or CS 1411 − Programming Principles I
Students should ideally matriculate in the fall since CHE 2410, which is a prerequisite for all other chemical engineering
courses, is only offered in the fall semester. Consequently, transfer students who matriculate in the spring term will take a
minimum of three and a half years to graduate.
Transfer students who have already taken chemical engineering courses at another institution will need to have those courses evaluated during the transfer process. Our goal is to ensure that students have the requisite knowledge upon graduation, while at the same time, minimizing the need to retake courses.
The bachelor of science in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,