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Chemical EngineeringMajor

Chemical Engineering is a challenging, rewarding and satisfying major and career. You can pursue employment in many high-tech areas — including materials, energy and pharmaceuticals — or go on to graduate school and professional programs, such as law, dentistry and medicine.

Overview

What is Chemical Engineering at WVU like?

Description

Chemical engineering combines chemistry with biology, mathematics, physics and economics to solve problems and to find safe, efficient and environmentally benign development of such useful industrial processes and products as petroleum refining, materials processing, materials recycling, plastics, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, paints, electronic components and biotechnology.

Chemical Engineering program highlights:

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At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Chemical Engineering at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in research from the freshman year on. Any student who wishes to work with a faculty member is able to do so. These students present posters on their research findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia.

Academic resources include:

  • Complete, up-to-date reference library with classic and modern texts covering all aspects of chemical engineering.
  • Modern, newly renovated undergraduate laboratory housing experiments in all areas of the common unit operations found in chemical engineering. Recently, new experiments have been added in the thermal/fluids area for the junior year.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Chemical Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

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WVUteach

Do you want a another career option? You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Chemical Engineering major. One degree, two degree options.

Careers

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates are employed in virtually every branch of chemical engineering, including the heavy chemicals industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the polymers industry and the food industry, to name a few.

As undergraduates the students have the opportunity to participate in both summer internships and full co-op programs.

Many of our graduates have been admitted into professional schools such as medical school, law school and dental school, as well as graduate school.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Chemical Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Chemical Engineering at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Chemical Engineering major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Chemical Engineering major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Chemical Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $435
Per Semester $5,220
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,440
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,144
Per Semester $13,728
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,456
International
Per Credit $1,144
Per Semester $14,028
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,056
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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Chemical Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Learn About Our HS ACCESS Early College Program

Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Chemical Engineering has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Chemical Engineering at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Chemical Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2020-21 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Engineering Track 1:

This track is for students who are ready for college level calculus. Students who start on this track can typically graduate in 4 years.

  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 660
Engineering Track 2:

This track is for students who place into a pre-calculus course. Students who start out on this track can typically graduate in 4 or 4.5 years without taking summer classes.

  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
Engineering Track 3:

This track is designed for students who place into algebra or pre-algebra and can typically graduate in 5 years.

  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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