Prospective Undergraduate Students

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

With The Ohio State University being one of the largest universities in the United States, and its Chemical Engineering program being the second largest in the country after Georgia Tech, vast opportunities abound.

 There is a dazzling range of opportunities for learning, research, and career and leadership development. Some students might anticipate that Ohio State's size sets the stage for an impersonal student experience, but 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. 

OPPORTUNITIES

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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. 

Degrees

Students have the option of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, or a Combined BS/MS degree in chemical engineering.

The program also offers a minor in Petroleum Engineering.

Diverse Curriculum and Areas of Focus

One of the trademarks of a chemical engineer is the ability to improve existing materials and processes to achieve safer and more cost-efficient outcomes. Chemical engineers today can work at the cellular and molecular level to perform such things as metabolic engineering, nanomanufacturing, research involving medical diagnostics and innovative materials used in medical devices, and much more. As such, there are a number of research areas that students might choose to focus on.

 

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Research and Work Experience

Along with their academic work, students are provided the opportunity to become involved in undergraduate research where they will work alongside graduate students and professors, 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. 

Student Organizations

Joining and actively participating in social and professional organizations brings students closer together and provides many career benefits, as well. Two of the most prominent organizationas are the student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and Chem-E Car, a national competition involving the creation of a car that is powered through chemical reactions.

Facilities

Located in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, students have state-of-the art facilities and hands-on collaborative learning experiences that prepare them to meet today's diverse, interdisciplinary demands. 

Hands-On Learning

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 in 2015, we made a short video providing a quick view into what Unit Ops has meant to students.  We hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Career Flexibility

The critical thinking skills that students learn can be applied to a multitude of life situations and careers, allowing students great flexibility in career paths following graduation.

More About Chemical Engineering at Ohio State

The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering aspires to the following:

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.