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Chemical Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering
• Master of science degree in Chemical Engineering
• Accelerated master’s in Chemical Engineering (earn your bachelor’s and master’s in as little as five years)
• Doctoral degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering
• Minors: Applied Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Environmental Science
• Certificates: Engineering Management and Leadership Certificate, Global Engineering Certificate, Technology Innovation Certificate and HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness for Business)

What is Chemical Engineering?

A bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering allows for diverse opportunities from process and product engineering, chemistry, biology, biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science, nanoengineering, explosives, environmental engineering, sustainability,
petroleum engineering, and many others and provides an excellent background
for pursuing an advanced degree in Chemical Engineering.

What does a chemical engineer do?

Chemical engineers do such things as increase crop yields to combat world hunger, create new materials, reduce pollution and meet energy demands. Chemical engineers (and biological engineers) are instrumental in creating pharmaceuticals and lifesaving devices such as the artificial kidney. But they also produce such products as cosmetics, biofuels and sandwich bags.

Some duties a chemical engineer undertake include:
• Conduct research
• Manufacture pharmaceuticals
• Create renewable fuels and energy sources
• Establish safety procedures for those working with chemicals
• Create process for separating components of liquids and gases by using the chemical process.
• Design and plan out equipment
• Estimate production costs on a specific project.
• Work in the production of energy, electronics, food, clothing and paper.
• Conduct research in the life sciences, biotechnology and business services.

First-Year Courses

Chemical process modeling/lab
General chemistry
Calculus I
Programming for CBE

Course Curriculum

Link to Catalog

Internships and Co-ops

Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, School of Mines students have many opportunities to apply their education to "real world" work experiences. The businesses that employ SD Mines chemical engineering interns include:
• Cargill
• Lyondell Basell
• Applied Control Equipment
• Baker Hughes
• Dow Chemica
• 3M
• Freeport McMoRan
• Kimberly-Clark

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for an SD Mines chemical engineering graduate is $68,293.


Chemical engineers are in high demand due to the large number of industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. SD Mines chemical engineer graduates can work in the following fields:
• Chemical, energy and oil industries
• Biotechnology
• Environmental engineering
• Pharmaceuticals
• Electronic device fabrication
• Environmental engineering
• Wine making
• Manufacturing


Companies that have hired SD Mines chemical engineering graduates include:
Archer Daniels Midland
Dow Chemical
Navy Nuclear Program

Chemical Engineering Research

The SD Mines Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty are active in several areas of research, including:

Bio- and Renewable Energy and Fuels
Biomedical Engineering
Bioprocessing and BioChemical Engineering
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Computer Simulation and Modeling
Environmental and Remediation
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology



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