Accreditation Information

The BS in Chemical Engineering degree program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in chemical engineering fundamentals and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Program outcomes and objectives are stated below.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to teach energy, environmental and chemical engineering principles and their application in an inspiring learning environment; to prepare students for engineering careers by developing the skills of critical thinking, analysis and communication proficiency; and to instill a sense of professional ethics and societal responsibility.

Program Educational Objective

The Program Educational Objective for the BSChE degree program is that, within a few years of graduation, graduates will:

1. Engage in professional practice, and/or
2. Attain advanced knowledge through graduate education or professional training

in chemical engineering or their chosen field. All will use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve society and pursue activities that promote professional growth and fulfillment.


The department takes pride in its mentoring of undergraduate students. Each student who declares chemical or environmental engineering as a (potential) major is assigned an academic adviser from the full-time department faculty. Typically, the same adviser follows the student's academic progress and serves as a mentor from the first year through graduation.


Graduates of the BSCHE program are expected to know or have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Degree Requirements

The BSChE degree requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 units. Degree requirements are linked below, and sample year-by-year curricula are available on the right. From the courses listed in the degree requirements, the humanities and social sciences courses (except Engr 450X courses) may be taken pass/fail.

The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore areas of interest within chemical engineering. In addition to the accredited BS degree in Chemical Engineering, another choice is to pursue the course of study leading to the BS degree in Applied Science with a major in chemical engineering.

Chemical Engineering Electives

The 18 units of chemical engineering electives permit students to tailor their studies toward specific goals such as obtaining more depth in a chemical engineering sub discipline (e.g., materials) or increasing breadth by choosing courses from different sub disciplines. Some of these 18 units may be taken in other engineering departments or in the natural sciences or physical sciences. Students in collaboration with their advisers design a course of study (subject to certain requirements) for the chemical engineering electives. A draft plan is developed as early as possible and formally reviewed each semester by the student and adviser. Specific requirements for the chemical engineering electives are:

  • all courses must be at the advanced level (300-or-higher) and must be in engineering or the physical sciences;
  • at least one advanced (300-or-higher) laboratory course in engineering or physical sciences (recommended options are EECE 425, EECE 424, or MEMS 5801);
  • at least 9 units from 300 or higher level courses in Chemical Engineering (EECE courses) which can include the advanced laboratory course
  • there is no restriction on the number of Engineering Topics units that must be earned from the Chemical Engineering Electives. However, all students must earn a total of 45 Engineering Topics units across all courses. In almost all cases this requirement can be satisfied by meeting all of the BSCHE degree requirements including at least 9 of the 18 Chemical Engineering Electives being EECE courses. Exceptions might be students using a large number of EECE 300, EECE 400 and EECE 423 credits to meet the Chemical Engineering electives requirement because these credits currently do not carry Engineering Topics credit. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure they accumulate 45 Engineering Topics units. Engineering Topics units are denoted by the designation EN/TU in the course listings book. For example, EECE 311 (Green Engineering) has designation EN/TU 3 which means it carries three units of Engineering Topics.

Up to six (6) units of EECE 300 (Independent Study), EECE 400 (Independent Study), and/or EECE 423 (Senior Thesis) can be counted towards the chemical engineering electives requirement. Engineering Topics can be assigned to these courses based on a review of the project scope and content. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units from other departments must be approved by the EECE Undergraduate Committee and will be subject to the overall cap of six units. Independent Study or Senior Thesis units cannot be used to fulfill the requirement for an advanced laboratory in engineering or the physical sciences.

Below is a list of courses currently approved as chemical engineering electives. Students interested in counting a course towards the chemical engineering electives that is not on this list should first discuss with their academic advisor and then petition the EECE Undergraduate Committee through Dr. Janie Brennan.

List of Permitted Electives

  • All 300-or-higher level courses in EECE (E44)
  • All 300-or-higher level courses in BME (E62), CSE (E81), ESE (E35), and MEMS (E37)
  • All 300-or-higher level courses in Chemistry (L07)
  • All 300-or-higher level courses in Mathematics (L24)
  • All 300-or-higher level courses in Physics (L31)
  • Biol 381 (Introduction to Ecology)
  • Engr 324 (From Concept to Market: The Business of Engineering)
  • Enst 380 (Applications in GIS)
  • Enst 539 (Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic)
  • Enst 580 (Applications in GIS)
  • EPSc 323 (Biogeochemistry)
  • EPSc 413 (Introduction to Soil Science)
  • EPSc 428 (Hydrology)
  • EPSc 444 (Environmental Geochemistry)
  • SWCD 5660 (Designing Sustainable Social Policies & Programs: A System Dynamic Approach)
The following 100- and 200- level courses are also permitted:
  • CS 131 (Introduction to Computer Science)
  • CSE 247 (Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • ESE 230 (Intro to Electrical and Electronic Circuits)
  • MEMS 202 (Computer-Aided Design)
  • MEMS 253 (Statics and Mechanics of Materials)
  • MEMS 255 (Dynamics)
  • Biol 2970 (Principles of Biology II)
  • Chem 262 (Organic Chemistry II)


The BS in Chemical Engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Enrollment & Graduation Data for BS in Chemical Engineering

Academic Year Enrollment Graduates
2013-14 178 34
2014-15 182 51
2015-16 161 52
2016-17 140 41
2017-18 126 36