What is Chemical Engineering (ChE)?

The Bay Area provides a wide range of professional opportunities for the Chemical Engineering graduate. Chemical Engineers have the tools to combine science with engineering technology to make an essential contribution to many industries, including those working in biotechnology, semiconductors, environmental technology, manufacturing and industrial chemicals. The Chemical Engineering degree also provides a strong foundation for graduate degrees in a range of disciplines. The Chemical Engineering program offers the option for an emphasis in biochemical engineering.

Chemical engineers work in biotechnology on projects related to pharmaceuticals and genetically engineered materials for diagnostics and treatment, as well as food and chemical processing. Chemical Engineers working in the environmental area are responsible for control of air pollution, remediation of contaminated water, hazardous materials management, waste reduction, industrial health and safety, risk analysis, and regulation. Manufacturing opportunities are in semiconductor fabrication, electronics, analytical equipment, and processing equipment for the production of inorganic and specialty chemicals. The Chemical Engineering Program at SJSU is designed to provide a solid engineering foundation and then allow the student to develop some specialization in an area of interest. These areas of specialty include Biotechnology, Environmental Health and Safety, and Semiconductors & Polymers. Students may also work with their advisor to design a program to allow them to specialize in other interest areas. A program of continuous assessment of industry needs is a collaborative effort between our faculty and an advisory board of local industry representatives, keeping the curriculum current with modern technology. 

The Department of Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University offers full-time and part-time programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Our curriculum has traditionally been known for producing engineers with a broad range of talents. A multi-disciplinary approach to education is evident in the Chemical Engineering Department's specialization areas of Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering and Semiconductor Processing. This broad-based, multi-disciplinary education has proven to be an important factor for a student's future success, either at leading-edge Silicon Valley industries or in Ph.D. granting institutions.

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