Chemical engineering concerns the design, scale-up, and operation of chemical and bio-processes, and the understanding and design of technologically useful materials, such as nanomaterials and advanced polymers. Chemical engineers are responsible for the economical, safe, and environmentally benign production of useful quantities of vital products — from grams of a new drug to tons of a commodity chemical. They use these same skills to understand and manipulate natural processes, such as in biological systems. The biological side includes nano, molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering, and biotechnology processes. The program at UB is broadly based to prepare graduates for positions in engineering development, design, economic evaluation, sales, construction, production, and management. A number of undergraduates go on to graduate work and careers in research, and some pursue degrees in medicine, business or law. Students intending to major in chemical engineering should have strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics.
Why study Chemical Engineering BS at UB?
The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These broad statements describe what we expect our graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation. Our program educational objectives are:
- Demonstrates professional engineering competence, broadly defined. Demonstrates professional engineering competence, via promotions and/or advancement to positions of increasing responsibility; via satisfactory progress towards completion of an advanced degree; or via a successful transition from the "traditional" chemical engineering career path into medicine, business, government, education, etc.
- Applies engineering and science to solve technical problems. Develops and implements innovative and effective solutions to difficult problems. Shows proficiency in the application of engineering science in the presence of practical constraints or complicating factors to solve real-world technical problems while demonstrating excellence in ethical standards.
- Interacts well with a broad range of people. Grows continuously in the range of people with whom he/she interacts professionally, demonstrating the ability to relate well to superiors, subordinates, and peers, inside or outside the organization, perhaps involving difficult circumstances. Provides input that enables others to do their job better. Reaches team leadership positions. Communicates ideas, findings, and knowledge through the composition of papers and/or internal reports, authorship of standards and guidelines, publication of scholarly articles, and application for patents. Delivers effective presentations to group leaders, internal and external customers, and at technical conferences, and/or training of coworkers and associates.
In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
The Learning Environment
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.
Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.
The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.
About Our Facilities
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis and Ketter Hall. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.
Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
The CBE Department has three undergraduate laboratories featuring exciting experiments that give hands-on experience directly relating to students' engineering science and design courses in their third and fourth years. They include gas- and liquid-phase reactions; process operations such as heat exchange, distillation, gas absorption, liquid extraction, and humidification/cooling; bioreactors and bioprocesses; and process control. Students also use advanced mathematical modeling and process simulation software in state-of-the-art computer labs in Furnas Hall.
About Our Faculty
Faculty are very active in education and research and are well recognized within and outside the university for their accomplishments. Distinctions include four recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, seven National Science Foundation Young Investigator awards, three members of the National Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the National Medal of Science (the National Medal provides the nation's highest scientific honor), as well as numerous other national research and teaching awards. Our faculty ranks also include two SUNY Distinguished Professors, two SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professors, and two UB Distinguished Professors.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.
Any company concerned with the design, production, or use of materials or energy has need for chemical engineers. Consequently, many diverse industries employ chemical engineers. They work in petroleum/energy and chemical production, electronics and battery technology, polymers, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food production and processing, biotechnology processes, environmental health and sustainability, and many other areas. BS graduates find employment in production, design, operations, sales, or process development. With further study graduates also move into careers in medicine, law, education, and management. The AIChE and Sloan Career Cornerstone Center have much more detailed information about careers and opportunities.
Salary Information: A typical starting salary is now about $68,000/year. A BS is sufficient for a typical starting position, except research and development where a MS or PhD is needed.
What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school? 15%
Multiple offices play a role in student advisement. During the first year and a half of the program, the senior academic advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, located in 410 Bonner Hall, assist students in choosing courses. Throughout the undergraduate experience, this office provides support regarding general education requirements, transfer credits, and basic math and science coursework. During the fall semester of the sophomore year students obtain a CBE faculty advisor. The primary roles of the CBE faculty advisor are to assist students in choosing courses to complete their degree requirements in a timely fashion with a manageable workload and to provide general advice concerning employment opportunities, career specialization, graduate school and other academic and professional issues. The CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies should be contacted for help with specialized issues, such as study abroad.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Students should stop by the CBE departmental office (304 Furnas Hall, North Campus, Phone: 716-645-2569), or contact the CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies (email@example.com), if they have any questions about their progress through the Chemical Engineering curriculum.
Scholarships and Financial Support
There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students have numerous opportunities to participate in research, experiential learning programs, student clubs and organizations, and extracurricular activities that complement and enhance their educational experience.
SEAS Experiential Learning Programs (ELP) are focused on helping students gain relevant engineering experience that complements the classroom. A major focus is on hands-on projects sourced from industry and the community, as well as self-defined projects. The ELP continuum is comprised of four major elements: Tinkering, Intramurals, Internships/Co-Ops and Senior Design. Students are encouraged to get involved right away.
Some senior students are exposed to research in a senior projects course; others obtain industrial experience through local internships or co-op opportunities.
Students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities as part of their undergraduate experience Work experience opportunities are posted via UB's Career Services BullsEye website. Occasionally, information regarding opportunities may be distributed via the departmental listserv. In many cases, students can receive academic credit for their work experiences by participating in CE 496 Internship/Practicum.
Engineering today is a global profession. Students can pursue educational opportunities in other countries while maintaining their course of study and timeline to graduation. A summer Engineering Study Abroad Program provides students with the opportunity to travel with a UB faculty member to Troyes, France. UB is also a member of Global E, an exchange program for engineering students. All programs are run by UB Study Abroad Programs.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is home to more than thirty engineering clubs and organizations. These clubs focus on many different facets of the engineering field and allow students to gain hands-on experience of the material they learn in the classroom. In addition to networking with professors and professionals, engineering clubs actively carry out research projects, conduct valuable experiments, compete in competitions throughout the nation, and participate in community events. Most notably, the engineering clubs participate in the National Engineers Week in February of each year, where each club competes in events such as a paper bridge competition, rocket launches, Battle Bots and more. Student club members also attend both regional and national conferences.
Honors and Awards
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students regularly receive accolades for their research activities, participation in national competitions, design projects, internships and more. They participate in the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honor societies, and are frequent recipients of nationally-competitive scholarships and awards.
Students enrolled in the B.S. CE program may participate in the departmental Honors Program during their senior year. Application forms for the CE Honors Program are available in the departmental office, 304 Furnas Hall, North Campus.
Each year the CBE Department recognizes student achievement through a number of awards, including the AIChE WNY Local Chapter Outstanding Junior and Senior Awards, the Dr. Thomas W. Weber Undergraduate Excellence Award, the CBE Junior and Senior Academic Excellence Awards, the Niacet Book Award, and the ACS Outstanding Senior Award.
Becoming a(n) Chemical Engineering BS Student
Becoming a University at Buffalo Student
Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:
- Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
- Four years of social studies
- Three years of college-preparatory science
- Three years of a second language
- Three years of college-preparatory mathematics
Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.
Freshman Admission to the Program
The UB Office of Admissions coordinates the review of freshman applicants with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Academic performance, high school grades, exam scores, and other factors are considered in the freshman admission process.
Transfer Admission to the Program
Admission of transfer students is granted on the basis of previous college academic performance. Transfer students must complete the University at Buffalo transfer application process, submit all transcripts to the UB Office of Admissions, and complete the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application by the relevant deadlines.
The following is an important advisement note for transfer students, who typically come to UB at the start of their junior year. Such students should make sure to have completed a Computer Programming course at their earlier institution, because it is a direct or indirect prerequisite for many required upper division courses. Transfer students should contact the CBE Director of Undergraduate Studies if they have any questions about this point to avoid delays in completing their required courses.
Current UB Students Applying to the Program
Current UB students not enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible for acceptance to an engineering or computer science degree program if they meet the admission criteria.
Completing the Chemical Engineering BS Program
Students seeking an undergraduate degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical classes (engineering, math and science classes). To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.
Advisement tools available for our students:
- Course Flowsheets: These interactive online flowsheets will highlight pre-requisite and co-requisite courses to help identify which courses must be completed. See the Course Prerequisite Policy for details.
- Changing Majors within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Students may change majors and minors within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences if they meet the relevant criteria. Students should submit the Major/Minor Change Application before the appropriate deadline. View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Major/Minor Change Information.
- UB Curriculum Pathway Selection: Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of 9 credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours. View Pathway Information for Engineering and Computer Science Students.
Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements. SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.
Transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can typically expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the requirements.
Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.
Students must satisfy a departmental residency requirement that stipulates that a maximum of five courses from another school may be used as substitutes for required (16 total) and elective (2 total) CE courses. CBE places no limits (beyond those already imposed by the University and School of Engineering) on the number of BIO, CHE, MTH, PHY, EAS, general technical electives, and general education transfer credits that are applied to BS degree requirements.
Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Science admissions policies listed above.
CE 212 Fundamental Principles of Chemical Engineering
CE 220 Biotechnology Principles for Chemical Engineers
CE 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CE 317 Transport Processes 1
CE 318 Transport Processes 2
CE 327 Chemical Engineering Lab 1: Probability, Statistics, & Data Analysis
CE 328 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 2
CE 329 Chemical Reaction Engineering
CE 341 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
CE 404 Chemical Engineering Product Design
CE 407 Separations
CE 408 Chemical Engineering Plant Design
CE 427 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 3
CE 428 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 4
CE 433 Materials Science and Engineering
CE 434 Chemical Systems and Control
CHE 107 General Chemistry 1 for Engineers
CHE 108 General Chemistry 2 for Engineers
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry 1
CHE 334 Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers
EAS 199 First-Year Seminar
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 360 STEM Communications
MTH 141 College Calculus 1
MTH 142 College Calculus 2
MTH 241 College Calculus 3
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics 1
PHY 108 General Physics 2
PHY 158 General Physics Lab 2
One 200/300/400-level technical elective
Two chemical engineering technical electives (CE 400-level courses)
Departmental Honors Requirements
CE Honors students must achieve a GPA of 3.20 or higher in all required chemical engineering courses. Requirements for honors also include 6 credits of independent study supervised by a member of the faculty and participation in the department's Research Fair. During the first semester of independent study the student enrolls in either CE 496 or CE 498 (university research-based project). This experience may be used to satisfy one of the CBE technical elective requirements for the CE degree. During the second semester of independent study the student enrolls in CE 497, which culminates in the completion and defense of an undergraduate thesis. The three credits obtained via participation in CE 497 are in addition to the standard requirement for the B.S. CE degree, i.e., the course does not satisfy a CBE technical elective requirement. Departmental honors are noted on transcripts as highest honors (GPA of 3.75 to 4.00), high honors (3.50 to 3.74), or honors (3.20 to 3.49).
Total Credit Hours Required
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|Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum||17|
|Additional Credits Required for Electives||0|
|Total Credits Required for Degree||128|
Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.
Curricular Plan / Degree Map
View the Curricular Plan for the Chemical Engineering BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering303 Furnas Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4200
Director of Undergraduate Studies