Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program

Design and Research

Undergraduate chemical engineering at the University of Dayton applies the principles of the physical sciences, economics and human relations to research, design, build and manage projects in the Marianist tradition.

About our Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programs

Our curriculum is basic training for positions in diverse areas of manufacturing and for future graduate studies that could lead to an advanced degree.  The development of design tools, communication and interpersonal skills are integrated and provide the expertise to pursue multidisciplinary and nontraditional career opportunities. Minors in emerging technologies such as bioengineering, environmental and materials engineering allow you to choose your interests.

Broaden Your Horizons — through our Cooperative Education, Internship, Innovation Center, and ETHOS programs, you will discover professional engineering opportunities.

Make Your Choices — with technical electives, work toward a minor or concentration in an engineering specialty such as energy, environmental, materials or bioengineering. Enhance your knowledge — take courses in fuel cells and alternative energy for a concentration in energy systems. Would you like to pursue a medical degree? Our premedical school preparation, gives the foundation that you need.

Chemical Engineering

The first part of our curriculum provides your mathematics, physics and chemistry base. The second part offers you a balance between classroom and laboratory experiences and covers topics such as transport phenomena, thermodynamics, kinetics and reactor design, separation processes, fluid flow and heat transfer operations, process control, and process design.

Concentration in Energy Systems — Chemical

Open to all engineering students. The Energy Systems Concentration supplies knowledge in energy systems and its social consequences. You'll be prepared for jobs in industrial and building energy systems, rapidly growing markets. 

Bachelor's Plus Master's Engineering Program

The School of Engineering offers a combined Bachelor's Plus Master's Program leading to a bachelor's degree in an engineering major (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or technology) and a master's degree. Physics majors (College of Arts and Sciences) may also participate. Designed for the qualified student who wishes to pursue either greater specialization or to complement the undergraduate with a related graduate-level concentration. Most students who select the program have some advanced placement upon entry to engineering at the first-year level or take occasional summer courses.

The formal request for entrance into this program may be made as early as before the first semester of the student's junior year, but the student should consult their department to determine exactly when this request should be made. Admission requirements include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and permission from the chairperson of the department corresponding to the student's undergraduate major.

Minor programs of study offered by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering:

Minor in Bioengineering
Minor in Chemical Processing
Minor in Composite Materials
Minor in Materials Engineering
Minor in Polymer Materials

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Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

ABET AccreditationOur chemical engineering undergraduate program is
accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Mission Statements

University of Dayton Mission Statement:
A comprehensive Catholic university, a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and to linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

The School of Engineering Mission Statement:
The Mission of the School of Engineering is to educate complete professionals who have an integrated knowledge of the theory and practice of engineering together with an equally strong understanding of the arts and sciences that will prepare them for fulfilling careers in leadership, service, and life-long learning for the good of society.

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering Mission Statement:
The mission of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is to educate students who are highly sought after by employers internationally, excel in graduate and professional schools, engage in life-long learning, and make significant contributions to the profession and society. The department will promote and support integrated teaching/learning, scholarship, and the Marianist tradition of community, leadership, and service.

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Chemical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

1.     Chemical Engineering graduates succeed in their chosen vocation, with successful careers in the chemical process industry and related fields, and excel in graduate school.  This educational objective is measured by alumni surveys that assess

·       How their engineering degree prepared them for a successful career or graduate studies

·       Satisfaction with their engineering education

·       Satisfaction with oral and written skills development

2.     Chemical Engineering graduates are committed to performing ethically while serving their professions, companies, and communities.  This objective is measured with surveys that assess alumni commitment to ethical performance.

3.     Chemical Engineering graduates exhibit strong critical thinking skills from the breadth of their general education and the depth of their foundation in engineering principles, and engage in continuous intellectual and personal growth.   This objective is assessed by gauging alumni opinions on          

·       The importance and preparation of engineering logic

·       The importance and preparation of educational abilities

·       Continuous intellectual and personal growth.

4.     Chemical Engineering graduates are committed to the Marianist tradition of community, leadership, and service.  This is assessed by surveying alumni about leadership and service to their profession and community.

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Chemical Engineering Program Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a systems, component, or process to meet needs within realistic constraints, such as environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition for the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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The following are key constituents for the chemical engineering program and as such are represented by the membership of the CME Advisory Board:

  • Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Industrial and Governmental Research Facilities
  • The Chemical Processing Industry
  • The Local Community
  • The Marianist Community
  • The University Community
  • UD CME Alumni
  • UD CME Faculty and Staff
  • UD CME Students

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Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation by the Numbers



AY 2012-2013




AY 2013-2014

Chemical 238 57 336
Civil 207 53 220
Electrical and Computer 273 50 276
Engineering Technology 199 65 216
Mechanical 703 100 759
Undeclared 24 118
TOTAL 1740 325 1925

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