Prospective Undergrads

▶ What do Chemical Engineers do?

  • Improve food processing techniques
  • Develop methods to mass-produce vaccines, antibiotics, and pharmaceuticals
  • Produce environmental technology to clean air and water
  • Increase the quantity and quality of available food
  • Construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant

▶ Where do Chemical Engineers work?

Chemical Engineers work in a variety of industries including:

  • aerospace & automotive
  • medical & biomedical
  • electronic & environmental
  • military industries & more

CBEE Alumni work in industry, consulting, government and academia.

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Chemical Engineering at UMBC

The ENCH BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. All students earn a BS in Chemical Engineering and require the same chemical engineering core classes, we offer three tracks allowing students to specialize in one of three tracks. These include:

    • The Traditional Track prepares students for graduate study or immediate industrial employment in such varied fields as chemical processing, food processing, metallurgy, energy conversion, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical production.
    • The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track integrates the life sciences into each year of the curriculum and is intended for students who are interested in working in the biotechnology industry, pursuing graduate work in biochemical or biomedical engineering or going to medical school.
    • The Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Track stems from the traditional chemical engineering track and provides specialization in the application of basic chemical engineering principles in the field of environmental engineering such as cleaning up air and water pollution and managing chemical processes to minimize environmental impact.

The primary differences are in the science courses and technical electives that are taken. Your advisor can help you decide which track is right for you. For a side-by-side comparison view the Undergraduate Course Plan Chart.

Past experience has shown that for students to successfully and efficiently pursue an engineering education immediately upon graduation from high school, they should have taken three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry, one year of physics and one year of chemistry. Students should also have obtained an SAT score of 1200 with a minimum of 600 on the quantitative test.

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CBEE Undergraduate Programs Mission

Our mission is to instill a capacity for life-long learning based on competence in chemical engineering principles coupled with critical thinking, cooperation and communication skills.

Academic Specialization

Core classes with science and technical electives to focus on:

General Chemical Engineering

Engineering Environmental Engineering & Sustainability Track

Engineering Biotechnology Bioengineering

Small Classes

Individual attention is provided to students in lectures and laboratory classes.

For example, Sophomore (Intro to Chemical Engineering) and Junior level classes average 35 – 45 students per section. Sophomore laboratory classes have ~20 students per section and Senior lab has ~15 students per section.

Undergraduate Research

Our faculty include undergrads on exciting, funded research projects in the areas of biomedical, environmental and bioprocess engineering.

For example, in 2019, 14 undergrads worked in Dr. Marten’s on cellular engineering and systems biology research.

Read more about CBEE’s Undergraduate Researcher Profiles

Undergraduate Research Award and Recognition

Our programs include funded opportunities and scholarships such as Meyerhoff, MARC U*STAR, and Undergraduate Research Awards.  Students often present their work at URCAD and are sponsored to attend national meetings to present their work (e.g., ACS).

For more info on UMBC undergraduate research in general, visit

Over the past 5 years, over 75% of our students have participated in an engineering internship (industry or government) or academic undergraduate research. These experiences often lead to excellent jobs! CBEE Alumni work in a variety of sectors and industries.

In 2018, 86% of our graduates started their first job within six months of graduation, working at places such as: Exxon Mobil, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, US Navy, and many more!  Starting annual salaries range from $60,000 – $80,000.

CBEE managed mailing list for Chemical Engineering related jobs

Our students have pursued graduate studies in diverse programs (Chemical, Biochemical, Bioengineering, Biomedical, Nuclear, Environmental Engineering, and even Medical schools) at universities which include: UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford, UC Boulder, Cornell and many more!

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Student Profile

CBEE Student Testimonials

Elizabeth Tan, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track (’19)

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All students apply to UMBC through the Undergraduate Admissions office. At the time of application students designate any major. All Chemical Engineering students will be accepted as Pre-Chemical Engineering. Freshmen may pursue any of our Pre-Majors without additional review. Transfer students’ transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility for the Pre-Major. See Transfer Information for additional resources and information.