As a chemical engineering major, project-based learning will be the cornerstone of your academic growth. From intensive research projects to developmental or design projects, you'll apply both chemical engineering and humanities principles to real-world problems in areas such as microfluidics, biofuels, bioprocessing, materials design, biominiaturization, and drug delivery processes.
WPI’s BS in Chemical Engineering program welcomes you into a close-knit, collaborative atmosphere where teamwork, self-designed projects, and creativity are highly valued. Depending on your interests and your future goals, you’ll have a flexible curriculum that covers a number of disciplines within engineering, biology, chemistry, biomedicine and physics. You can specialize your focus even further a concentration in Biological, Energy, Environmental, or Materials.
As an undergrad, you’ll also have the opportunity to conduct research in some of the best laboratory and teaching spaces on campus. You will work closely faculty and graduate students on interdisciplinary teams, using cutting-edge equipment and processes to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.
As a Chemical Engineering undergrad at WPI, you’ll gain the knowledgebase and the problem-solving skills you need to make the world a better place. We have thoughtfully developed our curriculum to provide you with not only the best foundation in the principles of chemical engineering, but the flexibility to allow you to explore areas of particular interest. Most of our students gain international, industrial and/or research experience in important and emerging industries including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, energy, materials, environment, and safety.
Chemical engineering majors may choose to focus their studies by obtaining one of the following concentrations (PDF): Biological, Energy, Environmental, or Materials.
You can also gain your BS in Chemical Engineering AND a complementary MS in Chemical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering or Biomedical Engineering in just five years.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.