On an average day in the U.S., we consume 9 million barrels of gasoline, 4 million barrels of diesel, 63,000 tons of fertilizer, 350,000 tons of paper and 74,000 tons of plastics.
The bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in chemical engineering from the University of Idaho prepares you to play a crucial role in the production of these high-demand products.
As a student in the rigorous chemical engineering program, you learn to combine the science of chemistry with the disciplines of engineering, physics and math to understand industrial chemical processing. These processes are used to transform raw materials into useful products. As a chemical engineer you will make improvements to existing processes that reduce costs, improve quality and reduce environmental impact as well as develop new processes.
Through classroom learning and hands on laboratory experience, you will develop skills for analyzing chemical processes:
- Chemical accounting, how do you balance what goes into a chemical processing unit with what comes out plus the amount generated.
- How do you use distillation, leaching, membranes, filtering, flotation, and other processes to transform raw materials?
- How are materials transported around the chemical plants, through pipelines, and into the microscopic pores of a catalyst?
- How far will a chemical reaction proceed? Do you need to add or remove heat?
- How are computers used to monitor and control chemical processes?
- How do you find chemical engineering solutions that make a profit and minimally impact the environment?
Students design and conduct experiments using modern laboratory equipment, such as, the atomic force microscope (AFM) system, scanning Raman spectroscopy and gas chromatographs. Hands-on learning opportunities include local, regional and national competitions, the chance to design and construct a small chemically powered car, and undergraduate research alongside our internationally recognized faculty.