Chemical Engineering at UMBC
Students interested in Chemical & Environmental Engineering earn BS in Chemical Engineering which requires the same chemical engineering core classes, and specialize their degree with one of three tracks. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
prepares students for careers in industries such as chemical processing, food processing, metallurgy, energy conversion, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical production
prepares students who are interested in working in the biotechnology industry, pursuing graduate work in biochemical or biomedical engineering or going to medical school
prepares students to apply 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
Prospective Student Profile
Typically, students who successfully and efficiently pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering upon graduation from high school, have taken three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry, one year of physics and one year of chemistry. Students also obtained an SAT score of 1200 with a minimum of 600 on the quantitative test.
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.
Core classes with science and technical electives to focus on:
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.
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 Opportunities
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 https://research.umbc.edu/undergraduate-research-opportunities-and-resources/.
Jobs & Salary
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.
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!
Elizabeth Tan, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Track (’19)
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.