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About Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Chemical engineering combines chemistry with physics, mathematics and economics to solve societal problems and to find safe, efficient and environmentally benign ways of making useful products from raw materials such as petroleum, natural gas and coal.

Biomedical engineering combines biology, medicine and engineering principles to develop novel approaches to solve complex problems in medical care, and help design the next generation of medical equipment.

The Department provides educational programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Open-ended design problems are introduced from the beginning, and grow in complexity as students become more proficient. As part of a capstone design course, seniors organize and operate as teams to solve a real industry problems. Faculty in the Department are involved in an active program of innovative research areas including biomedical, bionanomaterials, neuroengineering and biomechanics; catalysis and reaction engineering; natural/shale gas utilization; optoelectronic materials; polymers and materials engineering; gas hydrates and geothermal energy; process and energy systems engineering. Scholarships are available.

Employment Outlook

The chemical engineering curriculum is designed to give graduates a broad background in chemical engineering processes and to prepare them to become professional engineers. Students are prepared for positions in operation, development, design, construction, and management of industrial plants. These industries subject raw materials to chemical and physical changes and produce economically desirable products. Graduates are also qualified for positions with research institutions and government agencies. Learn more about our student outcomes.

According to a recent report in CNN/Money, biomedical engineering has an expected 10-year job growth rate of 61.7 percent. Graduates of the program can look forward to careers in healthcare, research organizations and manufacturing operations.


The chemical engineering department at West Virginia University, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources' vision will be realized by:

  • Maintaining an emphasis on the execution of ABET-accredited, practical undergraduate chemical engineering and biomedical engineering curricula.
  • Endowing students with the basic skill set needed for the chemical engineering and biomedical engineering professions.
  • Preparing students for success in their chosen fields/careers, emphasis areas include: the formulation and solution of problems, leadership, working in teams, written and verbal communication, ethics and diversity.
  • Contributing to the advancement of society through the application of the STEM disciplines in learning, discovery and service.