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.

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 want to advance large-scale processes, create products and engineer solutions to global challenges like sustainability

Chemical engineers are the driving force in many exciting areas of bioengineering and biotechnology, including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D, cellular bioengineering, diagnostics, financial, 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 everyday needs.

Interested in joining the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Program?

Undergraduate students in Unit Ops Laboratory

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 >>

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