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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and engineering to produce useful commodities ranging from antibiotics to zirconium. Contemporary areas of interest to chemical engineers include alternative energy, environmental processes and preservation, food and pharmaceutical production, and medicine. As a chemical engineering major at UC Davis, you'll have access to resources like scanning electron microscopes and X-ray diffractometers to enhance your study, and you may participate in research projects along with some of the most highly regarded researchers in the nation.

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Graduates from the UC Davis chemical engineering program are well prepared for careers in industry, government and academia. Graduates work in research, development and production positions for industries as diverse as biotechnology, aerospace and food processing.


As a chemical engineering major, you will begin your study with an extensive series of foundation courses in science and mathematics. At the upper division level, you will take advanced courses in specific topics in chemical engineering. These courses will include subjects such as applied chemistry, applied mathematics, computers and automation, and food process engineering.

Effective fall 2020, the College of Engineering will no longer accept second baccalaureate transfer applicants, except within Biological Systems Engineering and Materials Science Engineering.
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