The University of Akron’s chemical engineering program teaches students the principles of transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and chemical reaction kinetics to solve problems.

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineers apply chemical principles to design, evaluate, build, and operate systems capable of converting inexpensive raw materials into marketable products via chemical reactions, biological processes, and physical separations.

Chemical engineers work in the chemical process industries, usually involving polymer production, petroleum refining, environmental remediation, materials research and development, process design and development, and process operations and control.


The chemical engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

Admission Requirements

All students who meet the minimum requirements for admittance into The University of Akron and intend to major in biomedical engineering are accepted into the College. If you are coming directly from high school, your high school records determine which first semester classes are right for you. Learn more about how our engineering admissions process works

Deadlines: Review deadlines and important dates in the Office of Admissions.

How to apply? See step by step details on how to apply to The University of Akron.


Individuals who graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron make an average starting salary of $64,916. Our graduates work at companies such as Lubrizol, General Electric, and Chemstress.

Curriculum & Courses

The curriculum incorporates mathematics, science, and chemical engineering fundamentals. At each level of the program, from freshman through seniors, students have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of emerging technologies through laboratory courses and design or research electives.

Exciting work is performed in biocompatible polymeric materials, biological cellular and enzymatic processes, nanocomposite materials, chemical vapor deposition, computational molecular science, microscale separations, green chemistry, and novel catalytic reactions.

Within the Chemical Engineering Department, students can choose to pursue an undergraduate degree in corrosion engineering, a highly specialized sector of chemical engineering.

For more information:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

ph: 330-972-6487

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