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Chemical Engineering

administrative contact

Rakesh Gupta
Chair, Chemical Engineering
phone: 304-293-9342

program contact

Rakesh Gupta
Chair, Chemical Engineering
phone: 304-293-9342

Program Details

Program Description

Chemical engineering combines chemistry with biology, mathematics, physics, and economics to solve problems and to find safe, efficient, and environmentally benign ways of making useful products.

Career Profile

The chemical engineer applies the basic principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics to the safe, efficient and environmentally benign development of such useful industrial processes and products as petroleum refining, materials processing, materials recycling, plastics, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, paints, electronic components, and biotechnology.

Upon graduation, chemical engineering majors are prepared for positions in the operation, development, design, construction, and management of industrial plants in industries that subject raw materials to chemical and physical changes to produce desirable products, as well as positions in technical sales, research institutions, and government. Students are also well-prepared for graduate and professional school.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,