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The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, in both teaching and research.

Chemical engineers deal with many problems that arise in a technical society, especially those involving chemistry. Chemical engineers engage in a spectrum of manufacturing, sales, and research activities in a variety of industries ranging from specialty chemicals to semiconductors and food processing.

They do a variety of tasks, such as product development, process design, management, quality control, pollution control, marketing, and technical sales.  To learn more about the many exciting contributions chemical engineers make to society, click here.

Chemical engineers have historically had the highest starting salaries of all the major engineering professions since chemical engineers find employment in many different industries,. Over the years our graduates have enjoyed a high placement rate. Others go on to graduate school, in chemical engineering or a related field. Chemical engineering is also a good choice of major for students who want to enter medical school or law school.

U.S. News & World Report includes Clarkson in its 2014 "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" at schools whose highest degree is a Ph.D and in its 2014 issue of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The placement rate for our chemical engineers is among the nation's highest.

Our program includes a significant amount of applied math, engineering, and chemistry. Additional courses in economics, ethics, and communications skills are vital to developing professional engineers able to make significant contributions to society.

That's why our graduates are sought both for their strong technical skills and their versatility. Their quality is reflected by high starting salaries. Our graduates work in sectors that include: production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and other synthetics; petroleum refining; engineering design and construction; equipment manufacture; nuclear energy; pollution control; energy conservation; bio-engineering and microelectronics.

To view a brochure about the Department, click here.

To view a Presentation to Incoming Freshmen.

To view the Department's latest annual report, click here.