The Department of Chemical Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degrees in three fields. The following three programs follow a common first-year schedule, allowing flexibility for students to declare a major anytime during their first year.
The bioprocess engineering program is an ABET accredited chemical engineering program focused on bioprocesses in the manufacture of biomolecular therapeutics such as biopharmaceuticals, nutraceutical, food and other bioproducts. The program prepares graduates to advance their studies and for professional positions in the biopharmaceutical, bioprocess, food, agribased bioproducts, bioenergy and bioplastics or biomaterials industries.
The chemical engineering program at SUNY ESF educates students in the engineering of chemical and biochemical processes for the manufacture of materials, products and energy fuels for a sustainable future. Molecular transformations underlie chemical and biological processes and well-designed processes that minimize environmental impact and incorporate responsible stewardship are critical to our future. Green chemistry, biological therapeutics and sustainable materials based on renewable resources are key focuses through available minors and electives. An education in chemical engineering positions students to impactful and rewarding careers in leading edge technology fields for the benefit of the society of the future.
The paper engineering program provides a broad base of study in the field of pulp and paper products to prepare graduates for professional positions in the pulp, paper, and allied industries. This biobased industry is the fifth largest in the nation and is very strong internationally. The College pioneered instruction for the pulp and paper industry in 1920 with the formation of the department originally called pulp and paper manufacture. Graduates take up positions as process engineers, technical service representatives, and managers. Alumni from this program occupy leadership positions in manufacturing, research, management, technical operations, and sales in the pulp and paper industry as well as allied industries.
Renewable Materials Science
The renewable materials science program educates students in the science of materials and products made from renewable resources. The program provides an in-depth knowledge of materials such as wood, paper, modern packaging materials, natural fiber materials and advanced materials emphasizing sustainability, environmental consciousness and minimizing environmental footprint.
Students can explore a variety of careers in modern packaging, natural products and renewable materials industries, focused on technical, scientific and managerial tracks. The program will have the following options: paper, wood and polymer science. The third option is conducted with the Department of Chemistry.