Guaranteed Undergraduate Research Opportunity

The Department of Chemical Engineering guarantees an undergraduate research experience to every student before graduating, and 70-90% of recent graduating classes have done research.

We also send students (fully funded) to national research conferences at a rate exceeding all other ChemE programs nationally.

Chemical Engineering Lab






A chemically powered car for Bucknell's entry in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers'  "ChemE" Car Competition. 

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Learn to design and analyze products and systems that transform raw materials chemically, physically or biologically into materials that improve products and enhance lives.

You will work closely with faculty in the classroom and on independent research projects, and get plenty of hands-on experience that links theory and practice, always keeping the public and the environment in mind. Upper-level design students work on real-world projects. The curriculum also offers study-abroad opportunities, preparation for graduate study, specialized technical tracks or premedical training.

Did You Know?

Each year, about 25 percent of our junior year engineering students study overseas at such locations as the United Kingdom, Australia and Spain.

A number of graduating seniors in chemical engineering pursue advanced degrees. In addition to the master's degree program which students may enter once their bachelor's degree is completed, we offer an accelerated 3-2 program leading to both a bachelor of science and a master of science.

More than 75% of our students work with faculty on independent study research projects at Bucknell.

Students can tailor the curriculum to their interests, which may include study abroad, pre-medical training, preparation for graduate study or pursuit of a concentration within the major (biological, environmental, materials, process).

Average number of majors per class year: 25-30

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Hands-on Experience


Undergraduate Research

Students often participate in research projects with faculty mentors. Recent projects include:

  • Fabrication of Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites via Solid-State Processes
  • Synthesis of Poly(lactic acid)-Silica Particles for Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Development of Redox-Stable SOFC Electrodes for Fuel Cell Applications

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Each year, about 25 percent of our junior year engineering students study overseas at such locations as the United Kingdom, Australia and Spain.



Bucknell provides opportunities for students to find summer employment in industry, government or academia.

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Merck and Company, Inc.
  • Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Corp.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

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ABET: Chemical Engineering

ABET: Bucknell's chemical engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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