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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are working to solve the world’s most important problems; from designing clean energy solutions to finding ways to feed the world’s growing population.

In chemical engineering classes you will learn the fundamentals of topics like thermodynamics, reactor design, process controls and fluid dynamics and you will learn to apply them to operations in a traditional chemical plant as well as to emerging technologies. Outside of class, chemical engineering students at UNH are involved in research projects like designing reactors to turn polyethylene (plastic) into useable fuel and student clubs, like our AIChE student chapter which is very proud of their Chem-E car!

Preparing for your career as an engineer

The foundations you will learn in the Chemical Engineering program at UNH will prepare you for a variety of career choices; whether you want to work in a traditional chemical plant or whether you want to work on technologies in fields like biomedical engineering or alternative energy. Our alumni have gone on to have careers as diverse as lawyers, quality assurance engineers, plant process engineers, and PhD research scientists. In our program you will take fundamental Chemical Engineering courses as well as courses in Chemistry and in areas of interest to you. Our program allows you to personalize your coursework and the department offers specific focus areas in Biotechnology and Sustainability. In addition, in alignment with the University’s Experiential Education policy, we aim to give students hands-on chemical engineering experiences both in and outside the classroom. Our professors work one-on-one with students to target industries and companies they are interested in for internships. Experiential education in the form of an internship, study abroad, or lab experience is required for graduation. 

Personalize your courses:

We offer clusters of elective courses that allow students to focus on issues that are important to them. Each student has an advisor that they work closely with to tailor their studies to their interests. Popular clusters include:

  • Biotechnology Applications.  Potential courses:  Chemistry with Applications to Biosystems, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Polymer Chemistry, and Molecular Biology.
  • Environmental Engineering Applications.  Potential courses:  Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Traditional and Alternative Energy, Global Solutions for Sustainability, and Air Pollution Fundamentals. 
The Chem-E AIChE team after competing at the National car competition in San Francisco, 2014.
The Chem-E AIChE team after competing at the National car competition in San Francisco, 2014.

Get real-world experience

As a chemical engineering student, you won’t just learn the fundamentals of the field, you will do your own design projects and get your hands dirty working with current chemical engineering technology. In the Senior Design course students complete projects in teams on topics like creating biodiesel from acorns and developing dye for dye-sensitive solar cells. In the Senior Lab class students work on pilot-scale chemical engineering systems like a gas absorption column, a multi-effect evaporator, a distillation column, and several heat exchange systems.

As part of the program you will also get hands-on experience in the Chemical Engineering industry or in Chemical Engineering laboratories. As part of the University’s Experiential Education requirement you are required to complete either an internship, study abroad (typically at our Prato, Italy location), or summer laboratory research in a university laboratory setting.  

  1. Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET,