The chemical engineering program offers students a broad education built on the foundation of fundamentals in science, mathematics, and engineering, which is then applied to a variety of contemporary problems using modern tools such as computational software and computer-aided design. For example, chemical engineers are creating new materials needed for space exploration, alternate energy sources, and faster, self-powered computer chips. In biotechnology and bioengineering, chemical engineers are working to understand human diseases, developing new therapies and drug delivery systems, and producing new medicines through cell culture systems.

Chemical engineers are also using nanotechnology to revolutionize sensors, security systems, and medical diagnostics and treatments. In addition to creating important products, chemical engineers are also involved in protecting our environment by exploring ways to reduce acid rain and smog, to recycle and reduce wastes, to develop new sources of environmentally clean energy, and to design inherently safe, efficient, and “green” processes.

Career Preparation

Chemical Engineers have a wealth of career options after completing their degrees. Our students go on to pursue exciting careers in any number of industrial, academic, or professional settings. The broad foundation of a chemical engineering education gives you flexibility to apply your knowledge and follow your interests.

Examples of Roles in which Chemical Engineers Play Important Roles

  • Advanced Materials Research
  • Drug Discovery
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Process Safety
  • Management

Student Success Stories

  • Long Days in Oncology Lab

    Emma Chory
    BS, Chemical Engineering 2012

    When rising freshman ask me to define chemical engineering, I often find it hard to give an explicit answer because chemical engineering is such a diverse and rapidly expanding field.

  • The Chemical Engineering Experience

    Jason Crater
    BS, Chemical Engineering 2010

    When I decided to study chemical engineering at Northeastern University, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into.


The Bachelor of Science Program in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,