Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

You don’t want to work in just one field of science. You’re the type of person who wants it all.

About Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering pairs the principals of chemistry, physics, and biology with the design skills of an engineer. As a chemical engineer, you will be able to contribute to society through research, process or product development, pollution control, energy studies, and so much more.

Concentrations Available:

  • Biomolecular: The biomolecular concentration provides insight into the roles chemical engineers play in engineering biological systems. Optimization of industrial biological processes involve many of the same techniques as traditional chemical processes, such as separations, product purification, and reactor design. In this concentration, you can strengthen your biology background by taking advanced courses in biological engineering and biology. Additionally, you will take biomolecular courses in chemical engineering in which you will learn about kinetics of bioreactors, DNA manipulation, protein engineering for enhanced industrial utility, and many other topics.
  • Environmental: The environmental concentration provides an understanding of the relationships between nature and chemicals, including their feedstocks, processing, and ultimate fate in the environment. Courses in this concentration focus on sustainability in the chemical and process industries, transport of chemicals in the environment (including air, water, and soils), atmospheric reactions, and the balance between industry and environment in large and small systems.  
  • Materials: The materials concentration provides an understanding of materials processing and properties as they relate to chemical engineering. For example, courses in heterogeneous catalysis consider how catalyst performance is associated with material properties at the atomic level. Likewise, the program provides insights into how the properties of materials are determined by chemical processing. For example, it is important to understand how precursor materials affect the properties of various products, plastics, or other advanced materials, such as alloys, ceramics, and semiconductors. Other courses include topics related to metal reliability and corrosion as they relate to chemical engineering.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.

Year 1
Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Analytic Geometry and Calculus

Biology for Science Majors

General Chemistry 

General Chemistry Laboratory

Particle Mechanics

English Composition

General Education Course Arts

General Education Course: Humanities
Year 2

Introduction to Computer Modeling and Simulation of Chemical Engineering Systems

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals: Material and Energy Balances
Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry  Laboratory

Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

Fields: Gravity, Electricity and Magnetism

Mathematical Modeling of Chemical Engineering Systems
Economic Principles
General Education Course: Humanities


Year 3
Transport Sciences: Momentum Transfer
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Physical Chemistry
Materials of Engineering
Transport Sciences: Heat and Mass Transfer
Engineering Measurements Laboratory
Process Economics and Optimization
Heterogeneous Equilibrium
Approved Elective
General Education Course: Humanities
General Education Course: Social Sciences
Year 4
Unit Operations Design
Unit Operations Laboratory
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Process Dynamics
Process Design
Approved Electives


Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550


Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.Ch.E., Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math: ⚫︎⚫︎⚫︎
  • Science: ⚫︎⚫︎⚪︎
  • Electives: ⚫︎⚪︎⚪︎
  • Lab Hours or Field Work: ⚫︎⚪︎⚪︎
  • Technology: ⚫︎⚪︎⚪︎
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