Chemical Engineering Degree

Are you interested in using chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to solve engineering problems related to production, transformation, and utilization of chemicals, materials and energy? If you’re interested in being on the forefront of cutting-edge tech like this, and you have an analytical mind with a penchant for understanding how things work, then you may wish to study chemical engineering.

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UTSA’s Chemical Engineering Program

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. Additionally, students will also develop a degree of depth in one of the five specialized areas of study:

  • Petroleum and Energy Systems – the sector with burgeoning industry demand for well-trained individuals
  • Materials Engineering – the enabling technical field for microelectronics, energy conversion and process controls
  • Bioengineering – the emerging area that biochemistry interfaces with bio-systems and healthcare
  • Environmental Engineering – the strategic growth area finding resources and environmental solutions for manufacturers and for consumers
  • Technology Management – a leadership training focus of project management, technical innovation and entrepreneurship.

Chemical engineers address a broad range of issues that allow them to make a difference in their communities. Graduates of chemical engineering programs are highly sought-after in a wide variety of industries:

  • Oil and gas
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Environmental and materials
  • Manufacturing industrial goods
  • Refining and petrochemical industries

Careers in Chemical Engineering

Top job titles for chemical engineering graduates include:

• Chemical Engineer
• Industrial Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Production Plant Manager
• Engineering Manager

Chemical engineering and its related career pathways are currently in much higher demand than average in Texas in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Massachusetts, New Jersey, Louisiana and New York. More than 12 million chemical engineering-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Chemical Engineering Graduates

Chemical engineering is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of chemical engineering-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Engineering Services
• Chemical Manufacturing
• Petroleum Manufacturing
• Oil and Gas Extraction
• Scientific Research
• Nonresidential Building Construction

Salaries for Chemical Engineering Graduates

The salary range for open chemical engineering-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $65,393
median $93,496
top 10% $119,162

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Chemical Engineering Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a chemical engineering graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Chemical engineering may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner
• You like being challenged

Scholarships Offered:

  • Peter T. Flawn Presidential Honors Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be a member of the Honors College and be in good standing
    • Must be pursuing a major in the College of Engineering or the College of Sciences
    • Must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Sciences
    • all disciplines in the College of Engineering
  • Judy and James Adams Endowed Scholarship
    • Pursuing a degree in the College of Business or Engineering at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Dr. Harold G. Longbotham Endowed Scholarship
    • Current Undergraduate, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester); or Graduate, enrolled full-time (9+ credit hours/semester)
    • Major: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
    • GPA: cumulative 3.2+
  • FIRST Scholarship
    • Applicants must be accepted as full-time students in the College of Engineering at UTSA;
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0

Student Life 

UTSA’s Chemical Engineering program provides students with high-quality education and training in chemical engineering through rigorous courses and state of the art labs. Students will develop a degree of depth in one of five specialized areas of study: Petroleum and Energy Systems, Materials Engineering, Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering, and Technology Management. Students studying Chemical Engineering may consider becoming involved in:

  • Engineering Student Council
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter

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