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Welcome to ESF's
Department of Chemical Engineering


The Department of Chemical Engineering at ESF offers four unique degree programs. Each program will enable you to be involved directly in important issues facing the world today.

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Bioprocess Engineering
Careers in biopharmaceuticals – manufacturing drugs, vaccines and therapies for diseases and health – in manufacturing sustainable biofuels, bioplastics, and materials for sustainable living.

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Paper Engineering
Paper Engineering graduates develop new and sustainable packaging materials for many different companies including one of the world's largest, Amazon.

Renewable Materials Science

Renewable Materials Science
Ecofriendly materials science. RMS graduates are on the forefront of developing new materials, composites and fibers from completely renewable resources such as trees, plants and grasses.

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Chemical Engineering
Professional careers in the chemical, material, and sustainable environmental industries to solve society's critical challenges in future energy, manufacturing and environment.

Great Money!

In 2019, most graduates earned an average starting salary of

Great Career Opportunities!

On-campus interviews, internships, plenty of co-op opportunities

Little Debt

In addition to standard aid, many students earn $20,000+ in scholarships.

A Close Connection

The Department of Chemical Engineering has many clubs and industry organizations located right on campus. In addition, the program is also affiliated with other world-leading organizations. All programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Below is a short list of clubs and organizations available for students in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Starting in Fall 2021, the ESF Department of Chemical Engineering will be offering a chemical engineering degree program. The program will focus on a sustainable future with green and ecofriendly products and processes.

What is Chemical Engineering?
To put it simply, in chemical engineering you design processes to transport, transform, and produce materials.

Learn more in the video above.

Meet Hannah Laffend '20
Hannah, who graduated in May 2020, is now employed as associate biotech production specialist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In this video, Hannah describes her experience as a bioprocessing engineering major at ESF.

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Dr. Bandaru V. Ramarao
Professor & Department Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering
(315) 470-6513