Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Chemical Engineering BS

Program Overview

From nano-scale composites, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fibers, metals, and ceramics to the development of alternative energy systems, biomedical materials and therapies, and strategies to minimize the environmental impact of technological advancements.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree


  • Approximately 55 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is Mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 48 weeks
  • Co-op availability: Third year fall, summer; Fourth year spring-summer, summer, summer-fall

Salary Information

Co-op:     $18.45          $11.00 - $31.00
BS:           $67,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students obtain skills in analyzing traditional chemical engineering unit operations and systems as well as understanding underlying principles and measurement techniques associated with the core of a chemical engineering process. They design chemical engineering processes within specified constraints that involve one or more process units, assembly and disassembly of components and they identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and validate their solutions with self-consistency checks and well-designed experiments. Students use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice:  MATLAB, EXCEL, CHEMCAD, and LABVIEW. Students become skilled and hands-on at the lab, bench, and larger scales, and will be able to utilize commonly encountered equipment ranging from tri-clover fittings to Brookfield viscometers.


The BS program in chemical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Equipment & Facilities

Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab:
Chemical engineering students integrate chemistry training with expertise in fluid flow and heat transfer to enable the scale up of test-tube chemistry to full-scale processes that meet society’s needs. The Unit Operations Lab provides students with hands-on training with processes and equipment they will encounter in industry. This lab is the home to two 6 hour per week courses in the chemical engineering curriculum and consists of a series of small pieces of equipment/measurement devices that are modules to serve small groups of students. Here, students work with pumps, valves, pressure sensors, flow meters, temperature sensors, heat exchangers, viscometers, spectrometers, and other key components of industrial processes. Ultimately, students become proficient at assembling delivery systems as well as equipment essential to the scale up of chemical systems. Chemical Engineering Processes Lab (Fall, 4th year students), students work with major process equipment and integrate their knowledge from fundamental and applied chemical engineering courses to gain in-depth comprehension of reaction and separation processes. These processes include distillation, absorption, adsorption, continuous and batch reactors, and ultrafiltration.

Job Titles

Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, Water Engineer, Systems Engineer, Project Engineer, Operations Engineer, Brewery Engineer, Continuous Improvement Engineer

Significant Points

  • 41% of chemical engineering students are women
  • 60% of all chemical engineering students are on the Deans List
  • Before a student’s first co-op, students are fully capable of assembling delivery systems, taking apart and re-assembling pumps, and know how to use Brookfield Viscometers. They also have training in the basics of rheology.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

OLEDWorks, Global Tungsten and Powders, Briggs of Burton, Bausch and Lomb, Rich Products, Sun Chemical, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, The Boston Beer Company, Vicor, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Eastman Kodak, Appvion, Precision Cast Parts Corporation, Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation, Momentive Performance, Michelin, Dupont, Rovisys, LORD Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Kate Caliel, the career services coordinator who work with the Chemical Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Kate J. Caliel , Sr. Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5459
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603