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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 of Civil, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering 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.C.h.E.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)


Program overview

Explore More for Chemical Engineering Majors

McNeese’s chemical engineering program is one of the best values 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 but in a safe, controlled environment.

Student-focused teachers:

Full-time faculty share a wealth of knowledge, professional experience and passion that enrich your undergraduate classes with personal attention and interaction made possible by small class sizes.

Take the Next Step!

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 presenting it to the McNeese community. Many students have been hired by local companies as a result of their senior design project.


Student Activities

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

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Programs Related to a Chemical Engineering Degree

Not sure if the chemical engineering program is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at McNeese, and talk about your options with a recruiter.

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Program Contact

Mitchell Morgan – Department Head