Degree offered: B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers who graduate from Lehigh go on to play important roles in the chemical process industry in areas such as research, development, design, plant construction, plant operation and management, corporate planning, technical sales and market analysis. They convert raw materials into a variety of products and work in industries that specialize in petroleum and petrochemicals, rubbers and polymers, metals, industrial and fine chemicals and industrial gases. They take the small-scale work of the chemist and apply it to large-scale processes and products.

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Additionally, chemical engineers are the driving force in many exciting areas of bioengineering and biotechnology, including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D, cellular bioengineering, diagnostics, drug delivery and the large-scale processing of food and consumer products from perfume to crayons to toothpaste.

Chemical engineers are also vital in areas such as pollution abatement, national defense and homeland security, and the manufacture of microelectronic devices and integrated circuits. Their skills are uniquely attuned to the engineering of efficient energy resources, from nuclear plants to fuel cells. Chemical engineers are bringing new perspectives and approaches to meeting the world's energy needs.

Why Chemical Engineering?

  • Because you want to spend your days working with materials like polymers and petrochemicals

  • Because you want to find new perspectives and approaches to meeting the world's energy needs through nuclear plants and fuel cells

  • Because you want to understand how consumer products like crayons and toothpaste get from the lab to the shelves

  • Because you enjoy chemistry and want to use it to advance large-scale processes, create products and engineer solutions to global challenges

What sets us apart

Lehigh's program combines an in-depth background in the chemical and physical sciences with classical engineering principles, preparing students for dynamic careers in a wide range of industries. Students learn science and engineering fundamentals through the use of computers, team projects and lab experiments in laboratory facilities that are among the best in the nation.

All classes in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program are taught by renowned faculty who bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Students are given an opportunity to collaborate with faculty and peers on a wide array of hands-on research projects that prepare them for industry.

Lehigh's program offers technical minors that provide a broad foundation in such critical technologies as environmental engineering, materials engineering, polymer science and engineering, energy, information and biotechnology.

Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

4+1 Accelerated Programs


The 4+1 Bachelor’s to Master’s Accelerated Programs allow eligible undergraduates to leverage up to 12 credits taken during undergraduate studies toward a master’s degree. Often, students can complete the credits for a master’s in one additional year of study at Lehigh beyond their four-year degree. | LEARN MORE >>

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4791

Lehigh University's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET,