Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)

Chemical Engineering

The engineering program at McNeese State University is ranked among the best in the nation for career return on investment.

Program Highlights

Chemical Engineering Program Highlights

Engineering is an essential driving force in Southwest Louisiana, where economic expansion, energy resources and technological advancements have led to a high demand for graduates with chemical engineering degrees. Through the Engineering Advisory Board and Lake Area Industry Alliance/McNeese Engineering Partnership, the Department Engineering and Computer Science at McNeese focuses on providing hands-on training and real-world experiences that develop skills to help meet requirements for chemical engineering jobs in Lake Charles, Southeast Texas and across the country.

Impact the environment, economy, society and world

McNeese’s Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering is interdisciplinary, combining scientific principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, life science and economics. You will learn how to use, produce, transform and transport chemical materials and energy while developing new and improved processes, components, systems and products that solve industrial and manufacturing problems safely and efficiently.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Chemical Engineering Majors

McNeese’s chemical engineering program is one of the best value degrees in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, making it the first choice for hundreds of undergraduate students. Here’s why.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

McNeese has one of the most affordable tuition rates in Louisiana. Plus, industry-supported endowed scholarships help chemical engineering majors pay for college. Learn more from the Office of Financial Aid.

Undergraduate Research:

Working side-by-side with faculty, you can conduct experiments that replicate and find solutions to real-world problems. Many large private and public universities reserve research opportunities for graduate students, but in the chemical engineering bachelor’s program at McNeese, you can apply for grant funding, submit papers and articles for publication and attend academic and professional conferences as an undergraduate student.

Applied Learning:

With some of the biggest names in industry and business nearby, you don’t have to travel far to gain practical experience while earning your bachelor’s degree. Internships and co-ops offer you a first-hand look at what chemical engineers do, and many times these experiences lead to full-time job offers after graduation.

Industrial-Grade Facilities:

Featuring a model chemical plant, McNeese offers professionally designed labs that simulate the industrial environment. You can practice techniques using modern tools and equipment found in the field in a safe, controlled environment.

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Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Chemical Engineering Degree?

From process engineer to production engineer, you can successfully find a job at all levels of industry, business, government or private practice. You can also earn your master’s degree to continue your education in chemical engineering, focus on a specialized area of study or prepare for professional advancement.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Engineering – Chemical Engineering

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Citgo
  • Levingston Group
  • Lyondell-Basell
  • Phillips 66
  • ReCon Management
  • Sasol
  • Westlake Chemical

Hands On

Model Chemical Plant

The only institution in the University of Louisiana system with a model chemical plant, McNeese trains chemical engineering majors, as well as industry professionals, on industrial-grade lab equipment, including a hands-on trainer, a glycol-water distillation unit, a confined space training tower, two power generators and a 30-foot climbing tower.


Senior Design Projects

Showcase your ideas and skills while working on an industry-sponsored project and present it to the McNeese community. Many students have been hired by local companies as a result of their senior design project.


Student Activities

Here are just a few of the opportunities you have to get involved on campus as a chemical engineering major: McNeese Engineering Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers

Additional Details on the Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering program at McNeese State University is undergoing initial review by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information, visit

Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Consistent with McNeese State University’s mission, chemical engineering graduates will:

  • Practice engineering and to be successful in solving the engineering problems encountered in industry, government or private practice.
  • Possess the motivation and skills to advance into positions of increased responsibility and to pursue continuing education or graduate studies.
  • Act as ethical and professional engineers, and also as responsible members of their communities and the larger society.

Engineering Program Student Outcomes (SOs)

At the time of completion of the Engineering Program at McNeese State University, graduates will possess all of the following skills and abilities:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • 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;
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusion; and
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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Program Contact

Srinivasan Ambatipati – Department Head