Chemical engineers manipulate chemical processes to solve problems and improve the well-being of humanity, through innovations in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, clean energy, advanced materials, and more.

What courses will you take?

A UMass Lowell chemical engineering student climbing up a structure inside a nuclear reactor

UMass Lowell's B.S. in Chemical Engineering program equips you with the fundamentals of chemical engineering beginning with basic mathematics and science, followed by their application to courses in engineering science and engineering design. 

Courses provide a firm understanding of fundamentals, help you to develop analytical techniques and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses.

Woven throughout the curriculum are courses in the humanities and social sciences, which help students to broaden perspectives, improve communication skills, and explore concepts of values and ethics.

We offer four options, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities:

  • General Option — Prepare for careers capable of tackling diverse problems in either traditional or emerging fields of chemical engineering.
  • Nuclear Engineering Option (ABET Accredited) — Gain a strong foundation in nuclear science, engineering and technology to pursue careers in the nuclear energy and technology field.
  • Biological Engineering Option — Gain skills and knowledge to work in the bio-pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. 
  • Nanomaterials Engineering Option — Prepare to launch a career in a materials-related industry. 

The Chemical Engineering curriculum and the Chemical Engineering with Nuclear Engineering Option are accredited by ABET.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Nuclear Science and Engineering minor and the Business Administration for Chemical Engineering minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathways are:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.
  • The Chemical Engineering faculty seek to prepare men and women to be successful as Chemical Engineers. They are strongly committed to provide a high quality education relevant to the needs of society and industry. The program educational objectives are clearly consistent with the mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Francis College of Engineering.
    • Graduates pursue rewarding professional careers by skillfully leveraging chemical engineering principles.
    • Graduates effectively bridge engineering and non-engineering fields through a commitment to lifelong professional development.
    • Graduates engage in service activities highlighting the societal benefits of engineering principles.

    The Chemical Engineering Program has adopted the ABET Criterion 3 student outcomes so that at graduation, students are expected to have:

    • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
    • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 
    • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
    • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
    • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 
    • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 
    • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Why study chemical engineering at UMass Lowell?

Members of the UMass Lowell student group - American Nuclear Society (ANS) UMass Lowell Chapter working on building a foam reactor model.

Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Nuclear Society

Engineers for Change

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Two chemical engineering students pouring liquid in a UMass Lowell lab

Research Opportunities

Combine classroom theories with laboratory experiments by working in one of several UMass Lowell research and teaching laboratories specializing in: 

  • Biotechnology, biomanufacturing and bioengineering
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Advanced materials
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Renewables and sustainability
Chemical Engineering student working in lab.

Experiential Learning

Build career-ready skills through experiences outside the classroom, including:

  • Research in a faculty laboratory 
  • Co-ops and internships 
  • Paid work on campus 
  • Service learning 
  • Study abroad
A UMass Lowell chemical engineering student working on equipment

Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined B.S./M.S. program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in chemical engineering?

Graduates from UMass Lowell's B.S. in Chemical Engineering program are prepared for diverse positions as practicing chemical engineers or for graduate studies in engineering and science.

Chemical engineering student bending over equipment in a UMass Lowell lab

Alumni of our program have worked in emerging areas of chemical engineering, including:

  • Advanced engineering materials
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Biotechnology, biomanufacturing and bioengineering