Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Earn Your Chemical Engineering Degree at UW

Chemical engineers are the brains behind many of today’s essential products and materials. They turn crude oil, biological materials, metals and waste materials into usable products like gasoline, food and medication. How? By using the principles of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to solve today’s complex issues. 

About the Chemical Engineering Major

UW’s chemical engineering major draws upon fundamentals of chemistry, physics, biology and math to analyze and design processes.

Throughout your time at the University of Wyoming, you’ll learn these fundamentals and more. Our students complete internships, take unique courses and go on to work in many exciting fields within chemical engineering — including energy, microelectronics and biotechnology, among others.

Additionally, our chemical engineering major is accredited by ABET and provides a path to P.E. licensure.

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By 2031, the employment of chemical engineers is expected to increase by 8%, and the employment of biomedical engineers is expected to increase by 5%. Both of which are higher than the average growth rate for occupations.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



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What Can You Do With a Chemical Engineering Degree?

UW chemical engineers work in a variety of fields including the energy, medicine, food, microelectronics, biotechnology, environmental and manufacturing industries.

Chemical Engineering Careers

Here are some of the selected employers that chemical engineering graduates have gone to:

  • Abcam
  • Abveris
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Automated Engineering Services
  • KBI Biopharma
  • Accenture
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • RTI
  • Deloitte
  • Chevron
  • Corning
  • Sasol Chemicals
  • Infosys Consulting
  • J-U-B Engineers
  • ExxonMobil
  • HF Sinclair
  • US Navy
  • Wells Fargo
  • Axle Informatics
  • Regeneron
  • Micron
  • Trihydro
  • Boeing
  • 8 Rivers Capital
  • Membrane Technology Research
  • Franklin Electric
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Vista
  • Genesis Alkali
  • Sequitur Health Corp.
  • Storedot
  • Western Research Institute
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Patterson/UTI Drilling
  • Samuels Consulting
  • Solvay Chemicals
  • Merrick and Company
  • Encompass Energy Consulting
  • CellDrop
  • Yachay University
  • Chengdu University of Technology
  • University of Wyoming
  • China University of Petroleum
  • Intel
  • Panasonic Energy of North America
  • Tesla Corporation
  • 3M
  • Genesis Alkali


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Many chemical engineering students go on to receive additional education and/or teach. Here are just a few of the places recent graduates were accepted:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Virginia Tech
  • The University of Utah
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Johns Hopkins
  • UT Health San Antonio
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Cornell
  • University of Arizona
  • Harvard
  • Stony Brook University
  • UMass Lowell
  • Columbia, Auburn
  • Purdue
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Washington Medical School
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Edinburgh
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Chemical Engineering Program Highlights

UW’s chemical engineering program gives students room to pursue their areas of interest, complete internships and find their place in the chemical engineering field before graduation. If you join the program, here are a few highlights you’ll enjoy:

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Throughout the degree program, students have many opportunities for hands-on learning and unique experiences. Students may pursue internships for credit and/or undergraduate research alongside our faculty. These opportunities teach students hands-on approaches to solving complex and relevant chemical engineering problems.

Students are additionally encouraged to broaden their perspectives through study abroad programs, including UW’s international engineering program.

Notable Faculty

UW’s Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering is home to many notable faculty, each with a unique and exciting specialty. From expertise in environmental engineering and sustainability to enhanced-oil recovery and transport in porous media, our faculty members bring unique perspectives and groundbreaking research to the table. Their areas of focus span microscale transport phenomena, liquid filtration in energy exploration, energy resources engineering, synthetic biology, biomaterials and biophysics. 


Student Organizations

The University of Wyoming has many thriving student-led organizations. Here are a few that may interest you:

Access to Specialized Laboratories

Chemical engineering majors get access to special facilities to further their research and complete coursework. These facilities include the unit operations laboratory and the process control simulation laboratory — a space designed to emulate the process control center at a chemical plant — among others. 

I chose the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science for my education because I was interested in starting a career with many growth opportunities in a technical field focused on developing practical processes and products to help others. Compared to other programs, the UW CEAS offered a high-quality, personalized, and affordable educational experience in a beautiful area (my home state).

- Tim Gunderson, '18

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Department 4055, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2500