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About Chemical 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.

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.


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