Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias, Program Director
Engineers emphasize the application of the principles of mathematics and physics to solve problems and create products for the community at large. Chemical engineers, however, are unique in emphasizing applications, which are also founded in chemistry and biology. Chemical engineers are primarily concerned with processes and equipment in which material changes in composition or state. Chemical engineers often become employed by a company which manufactures a variety of chemical products, including plastics, forest products, gasoline, food, textile fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical engineers also find career opportunities in the fabrication of microelectronic devices, the control of industrial and municipal wastes, and the application of biological science to produce chemicals from biomass through genetic engineering. The assignments given to chemical engineers can be highly diverse, ranging from design, construction, operations research, and product development to technical sales and management. A career in chemical engineering is often a route to top management. In addition to the industrial opportunities that await chemical engineering graduates, opportunities exist for graduate study in engineering as well as such diverse areas as medicine, law, business and biotechnology. In view of the many options open to its graduates, chemical engineering can be a particularly good choice for students who have broad interests, but have not yet defined their career objectives.
The mission of the BSChE program at North Carolina A&T State University is to provide students with a learning experience in chemical engineering that will instill in them a lifelong sense of learning, social responsibility, and commitment to improving the quality of life for all people. The Department seeks to provide an atmosphere of dedicated service to the student by providing instruction, counseling, program planning, career guidance, and any other supportive student services to facilitate their growth and success in the academic and professional communities.
The following are the current educational objectives of the BSChE Program. After graduating from the program, the graduates are expected within a few years of graduation to have:
- Performed effectively in a chemical engineering related position in industry or in graduate/professional schools.
- Demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills in using interdisciplinary approaches for solving problems.
- Been active in their communities and professional societies.
- Enhanced their professional credentials through life long learning.
The chemical engineering major must complete 128 credit hours following the approved departmental curriculum. Majors must also satisfy all University and College of Engineering requirements.
The undergraduate program in Chemical Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) degree, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
A degree in this field prepares a student for careers in engineering design, management, research, consulting, sales, teaching, and product development, governmental agencies (federal and state), industries and foreign services. The chemical engineering curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge and scientific tools needed to prepare them for a career in industry or to go on to graduate school. It is also intended to be flexible enough to accommodate a broad range of educational interests. An option that is recommended for students with advanced placement is a dual degree in Chemistry.
A complete copy of the ungraduate handbook can be viewed at this link, CHEN Handbook