The mission of the Department of Chemical Engineering is to serve society through excellence in education, research, and public service. We provide for our students an education in chemical engineering, and we aspire to instill in them the attitudes, values, and vision that will prepare them for lifetimes of continued learning and leadership in their chosen careers. Through scholarship, the Department strives to generate new knowledge and technology for the benefit of the State of Illinois, the nation, and beyond.


Advanced Materials



Complex Fluids

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Research

Drug Delivery



Graphene and 2D Nanomaterials

Microelectronic Materials & Processing



Optics and Optoelectronics


Reaction Kinetics and Process Analysis

Renewable Energy

Separation Technology and Membranes

Soft Matter

Surface Science

Water Treatment


The BS in Chemical Engineering program offers expertise in a wide variety of areas, including thermodynamics, separation processes, transport phenomena, reactor design, combustion, and process control. Students may use elective courses to specialize in these and other areas. Further, BS in Chemical Engineering provides an excellent curriculum to prepare medical school aspirants. The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers in industry or government, and for further study at the graduate level. As the only chemical engineering department at a public university in the Chicago metropolitan area, this program provides unique opportunities for students to interact with world-class industries through research projects and internship programs.

I. Program Requirements

A. Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Curriculum Flowchart

B. Special Programs

Students in this concentration complete the following:

Required Courses *
Technical Elective
CHE 422 Biochemical Engineering 3
Select two electives in nonmajor rubric category from the following: 5-7
BIOS 350 General Microbiology  
BIOS 351 Microbiology Laboratory  
CHEM 352 Introductory Biochemistry  
CHEM 452 Biochemistry I  
Total Hours 8-10

* Due to structure of concentration and the prerequisites required for some of the courses, students in the concentration will be required to take a minimum of 130 semester hours for the degree. For more information, please go through the same section in the UIC  Undegraduate Course Catalog.

After they have been admitted to UIC, all incoming freshmen with an ACT composite score of at least 28 or an SAT total score of 1240, and who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class, are invited to join the Honors College (membership is not automatic; students must submit an application).


The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a program leading to the Master of Science and to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering. The primary areas upon which these fields are based are continuum and molecular fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and process analysis. Application areas include energy production and utilization, material properties under extreme conditions, biologically-based processes, and the environment.

I. Program Requirements

A. MS Thesis/ Project/ Course-Work Only

Degree Requirements

B. PhD

Degree Requirements

C. Special Programs

3+2 China Program (MS in Chemical Engineering)

Chemistry and Other Majors Can Apply for MS/PhD in Chemical Engineering

II. How to Apply

A. Entrance Requirements

The department reviews each applicant on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to meeting the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements: Baccalaureate Field:

Engineering or Chemistry.

Grade Point Average:

At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, for the master’s program, and at least 3.50 for the doctoral program. In exceptional cases, applicants with averages below 3.00 but above 2.75 may be admitted on limited standing if they show evidence of substantial ability to complete the program successfully.

Tests Required: (ETS institution code: 1851)

GRE general

Minimum English Competency Test Score:

TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,

IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,

PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56. OR

Recommendation Letters:

3 required

Personal Statement: