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Why Pursue a Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree

UTSA’s Chemical Engineering degree seeks to prepare graduates to apply chemical engineering principles in practice, meet the requirements to pursue a productive career in the field, and instill professional values to become successful leaders. The UTSA Chemical Engineering program will provide high-quality education and training in chemical engineering through rigorous courses and state-of-the-art labs. Chemical engineers address a broad range of issues that allow them to make a difference in their communities.


Admission Requirements

When you apply to UTSA, you select the major you'd like to study. The choice of major will not impact if you get admitted to the University (all students must meet UTSA's general admission requirements); however, some majors will require additional admission requirements to be able to declare the major your freshman year.

Chemical Engineering: To major in Chemical Engineering, you must meet the following admission requirements. Freshman and transfer students who do not meet these requirements but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be admitted into Engineering, Math and Sciences Studies where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare Chemical Engineering as their major. Freshmen and freshmen transfers with SAT scores below 1200 or ACT scores below 25 may undergo admission by committee review.
FRESHMAN Admission High School Class Rank Minimum Test Scores
Direct Admission Top 10% No minimum and Calculus I Ready
Direct Admission Below Top 10% 1200 SAT or 25 ACT and Calculus I Ready
TRANSFER Admission Transferable Credits Minimum GPA (4.0 Scale) & Coursework
Direct Admission Meet UTSA’s general admission requirements. Have 3.0 GPA or higher and completed the following courses with a C- or better: MAT 1214 or MAT 1213 (TCCN MATH 2413 or MATH 2313), WRC 1013 (TCCN ENG 1301)
College Review Meet UTSA’s general admission requirements. Have below 3.0 GPA and completed the following courses with a C- or better: MAT 1214 or MAT 1213 (TCCN MATH 2413 or MATH 2313), WRC 1013 (TCCN ENG 1301)
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Pro Tip: Even if you don't think you will qualify for financial aid, you should still submit the FAFSA! Information from the FAFSA could impact certain scholarships that are even merit-based.

UTSA Scholarship Hub

Through one general scholarship application, you can automatically be considered for dozens of scholarships at UTSA, including scholarships that are available for this major. In order to access all available scholarship applications on the UTSA Scholarship Hub, you must be an admitted student. If you are a student applying for admission, but have not yet been admitted, you may sign in and complete the Scholarship Hub’s General Application as long as you have authenticated your myUTSA ID and Passphrase. Once you are admitted to UTSA, please sign back in to the Scholarship Hub to see if there are any additional scholarship opportunities available for you to pursue.

UTSA Scholarship Hub KCEID Scholarships

Distinguished Scholarship

UTSA offers an automatic merit-based scholarship to incoming new freshman and transfer students who display exceptional scholastic achievement in high school by the priority deadline. Non-resident and international students awarded a Distinguished Scholarship for a minimum of $1,000 for the academic year will be granted a waiver for non-resident tuition if scholarship eligibility is maintained. This means out-of-state and international students could pay in-state tuition! For fall admitted freshmen, this scholarship is valued up to $20,000 for up to four years. For fall or spring admitted transfer students, this scholarship is valued up to $6,000 for up to two years. Renewal eligibility must be maintained and funding must be available.

Distinguished Scholarships

UTSA Bold Promise

Although not a scholarship, UTSA is committed to cover tuition and mandatory fees 100% for eligible students who come from low and middle-income Texas families.

UTSA Bold Promise

Careers, Salary & Skills

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. See possible careers below. This data is pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program. On top of the resources your college will provide, the University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Minors & Certificates

After selecting a major area of study and enrolling at UTSA, degree-seeking students can choose from a variety of minors and certificates to supplement their education. Although not required, minors and certificates can help students customize their UTSA experience based on their passions and unique career goals.

Explore All Minors & Certificates

The Honors Experience

Realize your full potential at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honors College. Rooted in experiential learning, our classes and programs are hands-on, project-based, and customizable to fit your individual goals. Students in any majors can get invited to our Honors College. Turn your passions into marketable skills for the future!

Why Join Honors?

“I have proven to myself that I am capable of succeeding in this field and making these dreams of mine a reality.”
Joshua Chaj Ulloa • Chemical Engineering


Engineering and Integrated Design
Engineering and Integrated Design

The UTSA Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (KCEID) is a top producer of engineers and environmental designers. Students work with industry leading faculty, cutting edge technologies and other students from our collaborative complimentary disciplines to solve grand challenges where humanity intersects with the physical world.

Signature Experiences
Signature Experiences

A signature experience for a KCEID student includes an internship, a research project, a study abroad program or a service learning project. By completing any one of these experiences, you will be applying knowledge you learn through classwork and developing marketable skills to chart your course towards a Bold Future.

World-Class Facilities
World-Class Facilities

KCEID is home to cutting-edge technologies and facilities. From our Large Scale Testing Lab to our two Makerspaces and newly opened 160,349 square foot Science and Engineering Building, KCEID students regularly engage with and operate machines and apparatus that are commonly leveraged professionally.

KCEID Student Success Center

Student Success

UTSA is all about your success. Our experiential learning initiative takes what you learn in the classroom and helps you apply it to real life. As a student in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (KCEID), you will explore, engage and reflect on your experiences to launch your career in a global society. The KCEID Student Success Center is a one-stop resource to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional goals. Receive tutoring, find internships, connect with industry professionals for job opportunities, and enhance your professional development skills through the center’s comprehensive programming.