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Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum provides a thorough grounding in chemistry and chemical processing while allowing students to specialize in the Nuclear Engineering Option.


The curriculum requires a series of courses in basic science and mathematics. These provide a firm understanding of fundamentals, help students develop analytical techniques, and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses. The curriculum consists of courses that serve as an introduction to engineering, link the basic sciences and engineering, and introduce engineering analysis, synthesis and design. Woven throughout the curriculum are courses in the arts and humanities and the social sciences, which broaden perspectives, maintain and improve communication skills, and expose the engineering students to concepts of values and ethics.

Advanced problems and topics in engineering design are also emphasized in the curriculum. The purpose is to develop skills in the use of science, sensitivity in the application of ethical considerations, sensibility in economic matters, and creativity in solving engineering problems. Laboratory work and computer applications are extensive.

The chemical engineering curriculum and the chemical engineering with nuclear engineering option are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, All undergraduate students are assigned a faculty advisor and are required to meet with their advisor during the advising and registration period and whenever the need arises.

After graduation, students are well prepared for careers in either traditional or emerging fields or may pursue advanced study. The faculty highlights new applications as well as the fundamentals in the curriculum, and students are given the tools to play a role in commercializing new technologies.

Students follow a sequence of courses beginning with basic mathematics and science, followed by their application to courses in engineering science and engineering design. Relevant clusters of studies in the humanities and social sciences are included within the context of engineering education to create well-rounded graduates.
The department offers several tracks for students with different levels of preparation in mathematics and English. It may take some students five years to complete their degree.
Take the General Chemistry Option or specialize in the following: 
  • Nuclear Engineering Option (ABET accredited) 
  • Biological Engineering Option
  • Nanomaterials Engineering Option 
Read more about the BS in Chemical Engineering options
For the latest information regarding curriculum, please see the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog.

While pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, students may study the General Option or specialize in Biological Engineering, Nanomaterials Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.

General Option 

Nuclear Engineering Option (ABET Accredited) 
The ABET accredited nuclear engineering option is designed to prepare the student to work in the nuclear energy and technology field. The sequence of courses introduce the students to key concepts of nuclear science, engineering and technology.

Biological Engineering Option
The biological engineering option is designed to prepare the student for work in the bio-pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. One technical elective is required.

Nanomaterials Engineering Option
The nanomaterials engineering option is designed to prepare the student to work in a materials related industry. One technical electives are required.

For degree information visit the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program page.

For admissions information, visit the UML admissions site:


Admissions Standards & Requirements

Note: If you are interested in studying Math, Science or Engineering, it is strongly recommended that you take four years of Math and Science. 

To encourage outstanding undergraduate students to continue their studies toward an advanced degree, the College of Engineering and Graduate Admissions offer a program of accelerated study leading to the dual degrees of a bachelor of science in engineering and a master of science in engineering. Students taking full advantage of the combined program ordinarily finish the master of science in engineering degree at the end of the fifth year of study. Undergraduates may take up to two courses (6 credits) during the senior year that may be used to satisfy both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to enter this course of study, students must file a formal Graduate Admissions application in the junior or senior year. Applicants for this program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or pay an application fee. Upon the recommendation of their advisor and with the approval of the Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Admissions Committee and Graduate Admissions, students may be admitted as provisional graduate students during the second semester of the senior year.

Students in this program may be eligible for financial assistance, i.e. fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, during the fifth year of study. Acceptance of this assistance and the attendant responsibilities may delay the completion of the program beyond the five years.

For the latest requirements, course descriptions and more please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog.

Why Study Chemical Engineering at UMass Lowell?

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Graduate Degrees

Our graduate, certificate and doctoral  programs will have you prepared for a great career in chemical engineering.
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Nuclear Energy Education and Training (NEET)

The NEET program elements are delivered through a unique partnership of university, utilities, and the industry.

In the Community

Many faculty members, students and alumni are actively involved in the numerous professional organizations available to chemical engineers.