A Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS in 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, physics, 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
Following graduation our graduates are expected to:
- attain careers 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
CONSISTENCY OF THE PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES WITH THE MISSION OF THE INSTITUTION
The mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts for the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, and the global community.
The program educational objectives are specific statements that define how the Chemical Engineering program contributes to the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge during the training of undergraduate chemical engineers. It lists the attainments of our graduates that we believe are essential to ensure that a chemical engineering education will help benefit the people of the state, nation, and global community.
University, college, and department vision/mission statements and strategic goals can be found here.
- (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.