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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

*The BS in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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.

The Chemical Engineering program includes the following emphasis areas:
• advanced materials (nano materials, polymers, ceramics, materials processing, corrosion, or solid state/semi-conductors)
• biomedical engineering
• energy technology
• environmental engineering
• petroleum 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 Chemical
• 3M
• Freeport McMoRan
• Kimberly-Clark

Career Outlook

The average starting salary for a 2017-18 SD Mines chemical engineering graduate was $65,201. The job placement rate for 2017-18 SD Mines chemical engineering graduates was 97 percent.


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
• Wine making
• Manufacturing of nanocomposites, polymers, materials, chemicals or food


Companies that have hired SD Mines chemical engineering graduates include:
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Barr Engineering Company
Black & Veatch
Coeur Mining, Inc.
Freeport McMoRan
Genesis Alkali, LLC
Grain Processing Corporation
Hormel Foods
Immutrix Therapeutics, Inc.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Logan Aluminum
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Raven Industries
Sanford Health
South Dakota Dept of Energy and Natural Resources
Steel Dynamics
Stover Controls
Tate & Lyle

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




SD Mines is the #1 Engineering School in the country for return on investment!

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