The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (ChE) from LSU provides an opportunity to apply the fundamentals of chemical engineering (thermodynamics, fluid flow, and heat transfer) to design, install, and operate complete processes for the efficient production of materials and tailor the properties of materials for specific applications. Basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, and chemical engineering are required. Through a series of elective courses, students may select a formal concentration in one of three areas: biomolecular, environmental, or materials studies. Alternatively, students can use these electives to plan a program that emphasizes a subfield of their choice. The curriculum requires liberal amounts of arts, humanities, and social sciences electives to satisfy the university’s general education and external accreditation requirements. These serve to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship, aside from a technical career. The undergraduate curriculum is oriented toward the use of computers, which have become an integral part of the engineering profession.
Chemical engineers are among the highest-salaried graduates in engineering across the nation. In the foreseeable future, it is predicted that the supply of chemical engineers available to industry will not match the demand; consequently, the salary and job opportunities should continue to be favorable.
Program Educational Objectives
The program educational objectives include producing graduates who:
- function as engineering professionals in chemical, energy production, engineering design, biochemical or related industries
- succeed in graduate programs in chemical and biomolecular engineering, medicine, business, law or other scientific/engineering disciplines
- solve industrially relevant, open-ended engineering problems using appropriate tools and critical thinking capabilities
- succeed in leadership, management, and research roles in industry, academia, or government
- (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- (g) an ability to communicate effectively
- (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
- (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- (l) experience classroom and workplace interactions with local industry
- (m) recognize and evaluate environmental, health, and safety issues
Annual Student Enrollment & Graduation Data
*2005 enrollment excludes visitors from Hurricane Katrina
The ChE undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.