Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Chemical Engineering BS

Program Overview

Students graduating from the BS program in chemical engineering have a firm and practical grasp of engineering principles and underlying science associated with traditional applications.  Additionally, students are taught how small scale behavior (molecular, nano-, micro-) relates to desired outcomes at the macro-scale, so graduates have the versatility to engage in non-traditional applications to solve engineering problems across many length scales.  The program includes 48 weeks of co-op experience. The program culminates in the 5th year with a 2 semester design sequence and a capstone design project that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Dual Degree: BS Chemical Engineering/Master of Science (MS) in Material Science or Public Policy


  • Approximately 55 BS students per year; approximately 10-15 BS/MS students per year

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Undergraduate students are required to complete a total of 48 weeks of co-op work assignments across 2 semesters and 2 summers. Students are available for co-op assignments, beginning at the end of their second year of study.
  • BS/MS students are required to complete 40 weeks of co-op work assignments.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $17.53   $10.70 - $33.17
BS:           $65,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Graduates will:
·   Analyze traditional chemical engineering unit operations and systems, such as chemical reactors and separators of various configurations.
·   Understand underlying principles and measurement techniques associated with the core of a chemical engineering process.
·   Design chemical engineering processes incorporating science occurring across many length scales.
·   Design chemical engineering processes within specified constraints that involve one or more process units, assembly and disassembly of components.
·   Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and validate their solutions with self-consistency checks and well-designed experiments.
·   Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.  This includes proficiency in MATLAB, EXCEL, CHEMCAD, and LABVIEW.
·   Be 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.
·   Communicate effectively by written, verbal, and graphical means.
·   Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the practice of engineering, and contemporary issues facing chemical engineers.


Rochester Institute of Technology is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) of Colleges, as well as the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Training / Qualifications

Engineers typically enter the occupation with a bachelor's degree in an engineering specialty, but some basic research positions may require a graduate degree. A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. Engineers offering their services directly to the public must be licensed. Continuing education to keep current with rapidly changing technology is important for engineers. College graduates with a degree in a natural science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties that are in high demand.

Significant Points

  • • Employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016-2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The overall job opportunities for engineers is expected to be good.
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for most entry-level jobs, but some research positions may require a graduate degree.
  • Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.
  • Continuing education is critical for engineers in order to keep up with improvements in technology. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Anaren, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Appvion, AVOX Systems, The Boston Beer Co.,  Briggs of Burton, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PLC, Constellation Energy, Covidien, Crane Currency, Dow-DuPont, GE Aviation, Global Foundries, Global Tungsten and Powders, Honda R & D Americas, Intel Corporation, JCS Controls Systems, Johnson & Johnson, L-3 Communications, Lord Corporation, L’Oreal, Markin Tubing, Michelin, MOOG Inc., NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, National Fuel Gas, OLED Works, LLC, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Praxair, RR Donnelley, Regeneron, Rich Products, RocCera LLC, St. Gobain, Sherwin Williams, Sun Chemical Corporation, The RoviSys Company, Timet, Toyota, United Refining Co., U of R Lab for Laser Energetics, Vicor Corp, Volvo, Xerox.

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
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603