Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are experts in designing and analyzing products and systems which make use of chemical, physical and biological transformations of raw materials. The breadth of their education allows them to form a bridge from the atomic-scale nature of matter to large commercial-scale operations.

Chemical engineers often work with products in:

  • Biomaterials
  • Advanced alloys and composites
  • Foods
  • Petroleum and alternative fuels
  • Pharmaceuticals

In addition, chemical engineers can apply their skills and knowledge in:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Design and development
  • Sales and marketing

At Bucknell ...

The nature of chemical engineering requires extensive teamwork, consideration of the public and the environment and continued learning and professional development after graduation. It is necessary that graduates not only receive excellent technical training, but also a broad-based and forward-looking education. Bucknell's learning environment fosters this combination.

Students can expect close student-faculty interaction in the classroom as well as opportunities for independent research projects. A heavy lab component provides hands-on experience and provides valuable links between theory and practice. Upper-level design students work on real projects proposed by clients in industry or non-profit sectors. Many student-enriching experiences are supported in part by contributions from alumni, parents and friends. The curriculum also provides students with study abroad opportunities, preparation for graduate study, specialized technical tracks or premedical training. 

To learn more about Bucknell's chemical engineering program, explore these pages or visit Bucknell and the College of Engineering in person. Contact the Admissions Office or the chemical engineering department at for an in-person visit.

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