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BS Chemical Engineering

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

16208 USD
16208 USD

Application fee

International 95 USD
National 95 USD
Mccormick School of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
SAT (avg)1430
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

The bachelor of science in chemical engineering is a unique major that exists at the intersection of science and engineering. Building on a foundation of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics, the program expands student expertise to thermodynamics, transport processes, and chemical kinetics.

Preparation for careers in the field requires a comprehension of physical, chemical, biological, and engineering principles. The chemical engineering curriculum provides broad fundamental training and prepares graduates for the chemical and process industries or for advanced study.

The program aims to develop graduates who can plan, design, and operate new processes, who can contribute to the development of new chemical products, and who have potential for managerial responsibility in highly technical industrial enterprises.

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Eligibility Criteria

Use Northwestern school code 1565 (SAT) or 1106 (ACT) to have your SAT Reasoning Test or ACT sent directly to us. Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended.

International applicants whose primary language is not English or whose secondary school curriculum has not been in English must submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Use Northwestern school code 1565 to direct your TOEFL scores to us; if you are taking the IELTS, request that the scores be sent electronically to us. 

Northwestern does not accept scores from other English proficiency exams, including the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP).

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Course Modules

The curriculum of the chemical engineering major is designed so that a student will:

  • Excel in engineering practice, research, and management in industries based on chemistry and biology, such as the chemical, energy, advanced materials, microelectronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products industries.
  • Apply their broad chemical engineering training to excel in areas such as entrepreneurship, medicine, law, government, and education.
  • Excel in top-ranked graduate programs and professional schools.
  • Be leaders in their chosen fields.
  • Think critically and creatively, especially about the use of technology to address local and global problems.
  • Behave ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide.

Chemical Engineering Major (16 UNITS)
CHEM 210-1 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 210-2 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM ENG 212 Phase Equilibrium and Staged Separations
CHEM ENG 275 Molecular and Cell Biology for Engineers*
CHEM ENG 307 Kinetics and Reactor Engineering
CHEM ENG 322 Heat Transfer
CHEM ENG 323 Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 341 Dynamics and Control of Chemical and Biological Processes
CHEM ENG 342 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
CHEM ENG 351 Process Economics, Design, and Evaluation
CHEM ENG 352 Chemical Engineering Design Projects
(*BIOL SCI 215 Genetics and Molecular Biology or BIOL SCI 216 Cell Biology can be substituted for CHEM ENG 275 Molecular and Cell Biology for Engineers.)

Technical Electives (5 UNITS):
Two advanced chemical engineering courses from an approved list available from the department.
One engineering course from an approved list available from the department, or one unit of independent study.
One advanced science or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department.  
One engineering, advanced science, or mathematics course from an approved list available from the department.


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How to Apply

The following must be submitted: Common Application (additional "Why Northwestern" written response encouraged) or Coalition Application, secondary school report (includes high school transcript and counselor recommendation letter), teacher recommendation, required standardized test scores and a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

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