- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Chemical engineers devise innovative solutions to today's most pressing challenges—addressing our needs for clean, sustainable energy, maintaining and remediating the environment, and maintaining and improving the health of people everywhere. Chemical engineers develop new products, design new chemical plants, and keep existing plants running better, safer, and more environmentally sound. At WSU, we provide an education that prepares you to help meet these challenges, preparing you to become a leader.
- Transfer information
To certify your major in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.
Also check out the University's transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU.
- Facilities and equipment
WSU offers you the benefit of world-class lab facilities. Two privately endowed funds ensure support for equipment, so you can be sure that you're getting experience with the latest in chemical engineering technology.
- The Voiland School has 12 laboratories in the Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory (ETRL) building, including the O.H. Reaugh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Processing.
- The Voiland School's unit operations laboratory includes upgraded equipment such as a distillation tower, an ion exchange column equipped with multiple detectors, and an absorption tower modified for use of amine solutions.
- Computerized data acquisition has been implemented on many pieces of equipment.
- Additional laboratories are located within the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, enabling close collaborations with health-care researchers and professionals.
- The Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), a new facility located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus, allows chemical engineering students to work with scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on solutions to some of the nation's largest energy problems.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For chemical engineering students
In addition to general university scholarships, students are eligible for corporate and privately supported scholarships and achievement awards offered by the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
- Careers in chemical engineering
Chemical engineers often work in the processing industries, where 70,000 consumer products—such as computer chips, foods, paper products, plastics, fuels, dyes, synthetic fibers, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and many others—are produced by 7,000 companies in 12,000 plants in the United States. Industries and government agencies employ chemical engineers for energy production, transportation, environmental protection, electronics, computing, and medicine.
They also work for companies around the world in offices, plants, in the field, or at other locations. Chemical engineering can be a springboard to other careers, such as consulting, law, medicine, business, policymaking or government, technical marketing and sales, plant management, research, and teaching.
Demand for chemical engineering graduates is high. Starting salaries for new graduates exceed $50,000 per year.
Northwest organizations such as BP, Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, Intel, Micron, Battelle Pacific Northwest National Labs, and Hanford contractors actively recruit WSU graduates, as do smaller companies in the region and international companies of all sizes.