Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Chemical engineers leave their imprint on a broad array of industries. Their work can range from the luxurious like developing softer clothes or better cosmetics to the lifesaving like producing fire-resistant materials or safer food. Chemical engineers might conduct cutting-edge pharmaceutical research, discover how to extend the shelf life of antibiotics, or be part of a creative team at a food company concocting a new candy bar.

Chemical engineers apply principles of chemistry, biology, and physics in a wide range of fields including alternative energy, waste management, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food products, automotive, and consumer goods. Biochemical engineering is a branch of chemical engineering that involves similar training, but focuses on living organisms.

Rutgers graduates find careers in hospitals, nuclear power plants, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, environmental organizations, food manufacturers, and engineering firms.  Upon graduation, many chemical engineers work at large companies before becoming more entrepreneurial.

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Why Rutgers?

At Rutgers, classroom and laboratory teaching and advising are our highest priorities and students benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio. Our expert faculty members hold PhDs from some of the most prestigious engineering programs in the country. Nearly a third of our professors are women.

Our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program combines classroom and laboratory learning with research and many opportunities for innovative, practical training. Our state-of-the-art labs give our students the resources to conduct research in areas including fermentation, distillation, pharmaceuticals, process engineering, biomedical engineering and biotechnology. Students use cutting-edge software to perform and interpret computationally intensive simulations and to visualize complex data representations.

Our dedicated faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of pharmaceutical science and technology, life sciences engineering, including biotechnology, biomolecular engineering, tissue engineering, and the design, manufacture, and applications of nanostructured materials. Our undergraduates have many opportunities for research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Many do field work in the US and abroad.

We maintain close ties with leading corporations, including Dupont, ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation, and Merck, who support our undergraduate programs with research and on-site training opportunities and advisement. Rutgers offers a combined bachelors/master's degree program, combining a BS in chemical engineering with either an MS in chemical engineering or an ME in pharmaceutical engineering. Students may also earn a combined BS and MBA degree.

Hands-On Experience

Internships full time during the summer or part time during the semester—give students the opportunity to gain work experience in industry and to begin to make professional networking connections. Students who participate in the co-op program work full time for six months in a corporate engineering position and earn credits towards their degree. Students who participate in these programs are often offered full-time positions by their sponsoring companies after graduation.