Chemical engineering requires a foundational knowledge in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. From this foundation, chemical engineers develop core expertise in thermodynamics, transport processes, and chemical kinetics. Combined with a range of complementary elective courses, this describes the essential academic structure behind our three undergraduate degree programs, which are each described below.
Whatever your interests, you should consider the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) as part of your curriculum. In a UROP, you work for an advisor while conducting a research project. This program offers opportunities for in-depth knowledge, laboratory experience, and mentoring.
Within MIT, Chemical Engineering is known as Course 10; our programs, therefore, are called Course 10, Course 10B, Course 10C, and Course 10-ENG.
This degree is for students who seek a broad education in the application of chemical engineering to a variety of specific areas, including energy and the environment, nanotechnology, polymers and colloids, surface science, catalysis and reaction engineering, systems and process design, and biotechnology. Degree requirements include the core chemical engineering subjects with a chemistry emphasis.
Course 10 is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, as a chemical engineering degree.
This degree is for students who are specifically interested in the application of chemical engineering in the areas of biochemical and biomedical technologies. Degree requirements include core chemical engineering subjects and additional subjects in biological sciences and applied biology. This degree is excellent preparation for students also considering the biomedical engineering minor or medical school.
Course 10-B is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, as a chemical and biological engineering degree.
This flexible degree incorporates many of the core components of the traditional chemical engineering degree, while providing concentrations for specific relevant areas in the field, which can be designed from a set of courses offered by departments across the Institute. Students can choose one of five established concentrations (biomedical, energy, environmental, materials process and design, or society, engineering, and ethics) or work with their advisor to develop a program that suits their area of interest.
Course 10-ENG is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, as a bachelor of science in engineering degree with a concentration.
This degree is for students who wish to specialize in a different academic area while simultaneously learning chemical engineering principles. The curriculum involves basic subjects in chemistry and chemical engineering. Instead of continuing in depth in these areas, however, students also pursue study in another field, such as another engineering discipline, biology, biomedical engineering, economics, or management.