Undergraduate Program


A Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS in ChE) from LSU provides an opportunity to apply the fundamentals of chemical engineering (thermodynamics, fluid flow, and heat transfer) to design, install, and operate complete processes for the efficient production of materials and tailor the properties of materials for specific applications. Basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and chemical engineering are required. Through a series of elective courses, students may select a formal concentration in one of three areas: biomolecular, environmental, or materials studies. Alternatively, students can use these electives to plan a program that emphasizes a subfield of their choice. The curriculum requires liberal amounts of arts, humanities, and social sciences electives to satisfy the university’s general education and external accreditation requirements. These serve to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship, aside from a technical career. The undergraduate curriculum is oriented toward the use of computers, which have become an integral part of the engineering profession.

Chemical engineers are among the highest-salaried graduates in engineering across the nation. In the foreseeable future, it is predicted that the supply of chemical engineers available to industry will not match the demand; consequently, the salary and job opportunities should continue to be favorable.