The Chemical Engineering program prepares engineers with necessary skills and knowledge to enter diverse job markets locally and globally. The energy sector in West Texas is thriving and chemical engineering graduates of the program are expected to find ample job opportunities in the local energy industry. Chemical engineers use all tools of other engineering disciplines plus applied chemistry. This makes the chemical engineering field one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, engineering discipline of all. Chemical engineers use chemicals, materials, and energy to design systems, processes, and products that benefit humankind. The job market for chemical engineers is as broad as the field is. Chemical engineers upon graduation are among the most sought by employers in diverse industries including energy (oil/gas/alternatives), food and drink, pharmaceuticals, environment and water, materials and manufacturing, etc. Interesting to note that more chemical engineers are working in the energy industry (upstream & downstream) than any other engineering discipline, the same industry that started the field of chemical engineering. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting 8% growth nationwide during the 2016-2026 decade with the estimated annual mean salary of $105,000. The annual mean salary for chemical engineers in Texas is estimated above $125,000 because of oil and gas industry.
Program Educational Objectives
The Chemical Engineering program offers an educational experience that enables graduates to:
- Obtain professional-level employment in the Chemical Engineering field.
- Practice Chemical Engineering in a wide variety of private and government institutions.
- Work in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and possess leadership skills, ethical standards, environmental concerns and social awareness.
- Engage in lifelong-learning, participate in professional organizations and, if desired, pursue graduate studies.
- Obtain licensure as a professional engineer.
Consistent with the existing Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in engineering, a minimum of 126 semester credit hours is required for the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. This degree requires a minimum of 65 upper-division hours. Since all students seeking a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering are required to take a cross-section of courses from a variety of engineering disciplines, the College does not award double majors. Students desiring a double major should seek a second baccalaureate degree. Minors are not required of students seeking a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.