You are here

Undergraduate Program

"Big-school opportunities, small, home-town feel."

With The Ohio State University being one of the largest universities in the US, vast opportunities abound. And while some students might anticipate that Ohio State's size sets the stage for an impersonal student experience, many students find the opposite to be true. Once students get into their major and begin taking classes with their cohorts, many find that the program has a small, home-town or even family feel. Participating in extracurricular activities like the student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) brings students even closer together, and provides many career benefits, as well.

Chemical Engineering at Ohio State

The undergraduate program in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers students an exciting and rewarding experience while providing a solid foundation in both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemical engineering. 

Along with their academic work, students are provided the opportunity to become involved in undergraduate research, to join and actively participate in social and professional organizations, and to gain work experience by completing a co-op and internship for companies such as Battelle Memorial Institute, Procter and Gamble, Exxon Mobil, General Mills, Scotts Co., DOW Chemical, Unilever, DuPont, Merck, Marathon Oil, Shell Oil Co., and many more. 

Unit Ops Class of 2014 in Old Koffolt LabsUnit Ops Class of 2014 in Old Koffolt Labs

The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Vision and Mission Statement:

Vision

The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will provide an outstanding educational experience to our students and serve the profession and society by creating new knowledge through cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and disseminating this knowledge to industry, government, the scientific community and the general public. 

This new knowledge will consist of, but not be limited to, peer-reviewed publications, materials, processes, systems, software and other work products that will enhance societal quality of life. 

We will also create a learning environment that fosters diversity in teaching, scholarship and personnel practices.  

Mission

  • To create new knowledge in the field of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering through cutting-edge research and pass this new knowledge on to our students, our profession, and society in general.
  • To educate undergraduate and graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and foster cross-fertilization of allied fields.
  • To serve the public, academic, industrial and government communities through consultation, collaborative efforts, entrepreneurial activity, dissemination of research results and outreach activities.
  • To create a learning environment that fosters diversity in scholarship, teaching and in student, faculty and staff composition.
  • To instill in our students an appreciation of, and the necessity for, life-long learning, team work and to provide them the skills to prosper in a global economy.

Student Outcomes

In order to meet our vision and mission, the Department has developed program educational objectives for which each graduate of the program should achieve as they grow professionally through their career.  The program educational objectives can be found here.  

In support of the program's educational objectives, each student is expected to meet each of the following student outcomes upon 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 "Unit Ops" Experience

An integral part of chemical engineering education at Ohio State is the "Unit Operations" portion of the program. Students find "Unit Ops" to be an invaluable addition to their preparation for careers in a variety of capacities and industries.

To commemorate the final "Unit Ops" held in Old Koffolt Labs prior to moving into the new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, we made a short video providing a quick view into what Unit Ops has meant to recent students.  We hope you enjoy watching it!