Chemical Engineering is the only engineering discipline that makes extensive use of chemical transformations (reactions) in addition to physical transformations (refining, molding or machining) to achieve added value. Chemical engineers are employed in virtually all manufacturing industries, from the basic chemical, materials, energy, food, pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries to the myriad consumer product industries. Our various curricula are designed to produce graduates who are broadly educated as well as highly adaptable.
Each Chemical engineering undergraduate can develop an academic program that reflects his or her aspirations and interests, within a general framework of requirements. The Department has a strong core curriculum complemented by electives in important emerging areas, such as bioengineering and nanotechnology. The depth and flexibility of the program provide a sound background for engineering practice or graduate study in engineering, science, business, law, or medicine.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UW-Madison offers a challenging academic environment that demands the utmost of its students’ abilities, creativity and discipline. High admission standards and a rigorous curriculum attract top students.