Why Study Chemical Engineering?

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Chemical Engineering is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers you can choose. One of the hallmarks of a chemical engineering education is flexibility. Students study chemical processes at the molecular level and the chemical plant level and gain an education deeply grounded in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science . . . not to mention engineering itself. The chemical industry is one of the major driving forces of our nation's economy. From innovations and continual improvements made by chemical engineers flow every new medicine, electronic device and high performance material, plus new technologies for cleaning the environment and feeding and clothing the world's people.

Technical knowledge alone is not enough, and chemical engineers must also understand engineering economics, project management, and global business practices. It is not uncommon for major corporations, such as Weyerhaeuser and Intel, to be run by chemical engineers. Our intensive program provides all of the elements of a chemical engineering education, plus the opportunity to become involved in cutting edge research and design projects, in just two short years. Are you ready for the challenge?

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Chemical Engineering students share what it's like to be a UW ChemE.