Chemical Engineering

Why UToledo ChemE?

Our Chemical Engineering curriculum is a strong combination of both theoretical and practical coursework. We first build a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. You will then learn to apply this knowledge to the practice of chemical engineering, including heat and mass transfer, unit operations, chemical reaction engineering, process control, modeling and simulation, economics, and plant design. The program culminates with a design project that integrates the knowledge gained during the prior four years to solve a real chemical engineering problem.

With three semesters of mandatory work experiences through our co-op program, most students leave with a full year of experience upon graduation. With most co-op positions being paid, almost half (49%) of UToledo chemical engineering students graduated without student loans in 2019 and 2020.

The Chemical Engineering Department at UToledo
The Chemical Engineering Department has over 300 undergraduate students, 30 graduate students and 9 full-time faculty members. The department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Students graduate in four and a half years during which time they complete at least three integrated co-op work experiences. Students commonly complete our normal plan of study or may tailor their curriculum to earn a specialization or minor.

Faculty are accessible to students to answer questions and assist with problems that students are having in understanding new material and difficult concepts. Faculty members are respected experts in their chosen area of specialization. Students can participate in the ongoing research activities during all levels of their college career. As participants in the research activities, our students enjoy the opportunity to attend professional research conference to present their results.

How good are the teachers in Chemical Engineering?
Excellent. Three of our nine faculty (Professors Coleman, Liberatore, Lipscomb) have won outstanding teaching awards - at the College, University, or National level. We pride ourselves on a history of excellent teaching in the chemical engineering department. All courses in the department are taught by faculty members, not by teaching assistants or graduate students.

How hard is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical engineering is a challenging curriculum preparing students for rewarding careers. Our students work very hard to complete their degree requirements, have fun with student groups and activities, and graduate with a very marketable degree. 

Will I be able to find a job after graduation?
Graduating students have been taking jobs with starting salaries averaging more than $70,000 per year. All students get free assistance from the Shah Center for Engineering Career Development in the College of Engineering. 

What facilities do chemical engineering students have access to?
In Nitschke Hall and North Engineering, chemical engineering students have access to our unique unit operations laboratory include a suite of 3-D printers, numerous computer labs and ubiquitous wifi, a student lounge and study areas, and faculty/staff offices for small group or individual meeting. All students have access to the building with their student ID, and 24-hour access to the many computer labs. Classrooms can be large or small, and our faculty strive to work with students directly and create a hands-on environment for solving engineering problems. Research labs are also available to complete special projects with chemical engineering professors.

What minors do chemical engineering students have access to?

Minors commonly completed by chemical engineering students at UToledo include: Green Engineering, Cosmetic Science, Business, Chemistry, and many others.

What About the University of Toledo?
UToledo is a state university and is recognized as one of the nation’s major regional universities. We are located in a residential part of the city of Toledo. Enrolling about 20,000 students includes about 4,000 students in the College of Engineering. On one hand, many students commute and/or go part-time. On the other hand, full-time students may live on campus in dormitories or nearby apartments. UToledo is large enough to have many exciting opportunities, but not too big where students lose their identity. Especially in engineering, faculty take a personal interest in students.

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Last Updated: 6/27/22