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College of Engineering & Science - Louisiana Tech University

Chemical Engineering

B.S. in Chemical Engineering

The primary task of Chemical Engineers is the mastery of the industrial processes which chemically transform various natural resources into more useful and valuable products. These products range from paper and gasoline to medicines and computer microchips. The Chemical Engineer is constantly concerned with improving these processes to best conserve resources (including capital) while preserving and protecting the environment.

The education of the chemical engineer covers advanced chemistry, physics, mathematics, general engineering, computer applications, material balances, energy balances, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design, unit operations and transport processes, and process control, with laboratories emphasizing these areas along with oral and written communication skills.

In order to meet current career interests and opportunities, elective courses are offered in nuclear applications and safety, industrial waste treatment, specialized computer techniques (including artificial intelligence), polymer engineering, pulp and paper processes, biochemical engineering, and fire and process safety. The curriculum in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.