Chemical Engineering, BSChE

Chemical engineers work to transform raw materials into products for the benefit and use of mankind. They may work in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy and fuels, biotechnology, consumer products and foods and beverages.

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Program Intro

CBU's undergraduate degree in chemical engineering will prepare students to use their background in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals in a variety of applications. Chemical engineers are highly sought after for their ability to problem solve, analyze and optimize complex systems, work over a wide range of scales and design and improve processes and products in a safe and sustainable way.

111 Units

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39 Required Major Courses
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Chemical Engineering at CBU?

Research and study alongside professional engineers

CBU’s chemical engineering program is one of the only among faith-based schools. We emphasize hands-on experiences while integrating the Christian faith throughout the curriculum. Students research alongside faculty in our high-quality laboratories and some have presented their findings at the AIChE annual meeting.

Become career ready

Students are required to have internships and to complete a cross-cultural experience to sufficiently prepare them for their careers. We use curriculum partners to ensure that we meet the needs of industry. In class, students learn critical communication and teamwork skills that are vital for their future. Alumni have gone on to work at Genentech, Micron, Niagara Bottling and Alaska Omega Nutrition, among others.

Innovate and compete

CBU students participate in AIChE’s annual Chem-E-Car competition, where teams create and build a shoebox-sized vehicle that runs using one or more chemical reactions. In 2016, our team placed third in regionals and competed at nationals where it won the Golden Tire Award for the most unique design.

Have a cross-cultural experience

All engineering students are required to have a cross-cultural experience. This can be achieved several ways including participating in an International or Engineering Service Project (ISP or ESP), choosing a senior capstone project with cross-cultural emphasis, taking an approved intercultural studies course, or going on an approved study abroad.

Complete in 3 years

Learn more about the engineering accelerated program that will allow you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in as little as 3 years.

What You'll Learn

CBU chemical engineering graduates are expected to acquire:

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Program Details

EGR 324: Engineering Economics

Economic concepts of supply, demand, and production; return on investment; and more. 

EGR 372: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

The fundamentals and applications of thermodynamic properties and processes.

EGR 473: Chemical Reaction Engineering

The course covers reaction kinetics, differential and integral data analysis, systems with multiple reactions, and more. 

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CBU's bachelor degree program in chemical engineering, BSChE has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

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Mark Anklam, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering
Associate Dean, Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering

Office Phone: 951-552-8731
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 356 B

Mario Oyanader, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office Phone: 951-552-8493
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 349

Xueyan Zhao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor of AIChE Student Chapter

Office Phone: 951-552-8855
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 351

Chloe Winter

With my chemical engineering degree, I hope to get a job in the materials and process engineering field. I had the opportunity to intern at an aerospace company over the summer and work in their materials and processes department, and I loved being able to study different chemical processes and how they affected small delicate aerospace parts.

Chloe Winter '20

Genaro Gonzalez

As chemical engineers, we are called to design, optimize, and distribute scarce resources with efficiency and responsibility. My hope is to use my degree to enhance the quality of life of many people by aiding in the management, recycling, purification, and redistribution of the most precious resource: fresh water. More than professors, they have become mentors and friends who really care about my personal success.

Genaro Gonzalez '19

Joshua Ashworth

My dream is to become a surgeon. A degree in chemical engineering has provided me with the ability to think critically and solve problems efficiently. Chemical engineering has given me an understanding of how the world behaves physically, and will allow me to utilize this understanding to help heal others. The professors at CBU exhibit a massive amount of passion for what they do and they truly care for their students.

Joshua Ashworth '18

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Student Opportunities: SAE Club

Students in CBU's SAE Car Club compete annually in competitions, gaining experience with SAE car design, a prerequisite for employment with SpaceX, and other engineering companies. In June 2021, at the Las Vegas competition, the Lancers placed fourth overall, ahead of all other California schools.

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Career Possibilities

Chemical engineering majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers in the engineering industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Quality Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer

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