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.

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Curriculum

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.

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Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

A keystone of the WPI experience, project-based learning is especially active in the BS in Chemical Engineering program. From intensive research projects to developmental or design projects, you can study on-campus, or off-campus like 80% of our students, in governmental labs, in industry, or even overseas.

Recent student projects focused on microfluidics, biofuels, bioprocessing, materials design, biominiaturization, and drug delivery processes, with students applying both chemical engineering and humanities principles to real-world problems at our research projects centers in France, China, Brazil, and California.

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Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Jack Murphy
Jack M.
Junior, BS in Chemical Engineering & MS in Fire Protection Engineering

A future fire protection engineer who loves WPI’s project-based curriculum because it’s preparing him for the real world.

Kayla Sica
Kayla S.
Sophomore, BS in Chemical Engineering & Minor in Biochemistry

Kayla is on a mission to develop treatments for neurological disorders, and she’s found her ideal undergrad think tank in a global biotech hotspot.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

You have many opportunities to get involved at WPI through clubs, organizations, and more, some of which are chemical engineering-focused like the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) or Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE), the honor society for chemical engineers. Other clubs might cater to specific interests or hobbies like the WPI Badminton Club or the theatre group Masque.

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After Graduation

Chemical Engineering Department

The Chemical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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