Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: MATH 1610/1620, CHEM 1110/1120, PHYS 1600, ENGR 1110/ 1100.

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Gain Experience

  • Talk to professors about specific areas of interest.
  • Volunteer with American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and other engineering organization.
  • Gain experience with the CHEN Car Team.


Get Involved

  • Join AIChE, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) to learn more about major, meet other students in major and meet professionals.
  • Check out other Engineering organizations.


Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: CHEN 2100/2610/ 2AA0, ENGR 2010, MATH 2630/2650, MATLAB.
  • Consider a minor and/or specialization.

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Gain Experience

  • Interview for Co-op opportunities or internships. Begin Co-op or Summer Internship.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Be an officer or committee member in the organizations that you have joined.
  • Join the Car Team or other engineering focus groups.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest to attend meetings and enhance your resume.


Course Selection

  • Courses: CHEN 3600/3620/3370/ 3AA0/3650/3660/3700/3820.
  • Begin taking courses for specialization and/or minor.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with University Career Center for resume help, mock interviews.
  •  Update resume after Co-op, internship experiences.
  •  Pre-Med students should study for and take MCAT.

Gain Experience

  • Continue Co-op, Internships.
  • Attend the Engineering & Technology Career Fair, All Majors Career Fair and/ or the Graduate and Professional School Fair.
  • Explore undergraduate research.

Get Involved

  • Stay involved in campus and professional organizations.
  • Network with professionals through industry organizations.


Course Selection

  • Have your credit check done the semester before graduation.
  • Courses: CHEN 4170/4450/4460/ 4860/4470.
  • Complete courses for specialization and/ or minor.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with University Career Center to update resume and cover letter, participate in mock interviews.
  • Attend Senior Etiquette Dinner.
  • Pre-Med students should prepare PPAC materials with Pre-Health Advisor.

Gain Experience

  • Continue ongoing research or look for opportunities to begin if needed.
  • Go on plant visits to organizations of interest.
  • Attend the Engineering & Technology Career Fair, All Majors Career Fair and/ or the Graduate and Professional School Fair.

Get Involved

  • Attend AIChE Conferences and submit proposals to be a presenter.

General Information

Chemical Engineers are trained to use chemistry, physics, biology and engineering principles to solve real-world problems, whether they involve energy, medicine, nanotechnology or sustainability. It is an academically rigorous program and competitive entry into the field will require a strong GPA coupled with experience. Seek these opportunities often.

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Holland's Code: IRE

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • ISTJ
    • INTP

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


    • Recognition
    • Achievement
    • Independence


    • Critical Thinking
    • Judgement and Decision Making
    • Science
    • Mathematics
    • Complex Problem Solving

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Chemical Engineer Majors

    Meet your Career Contacts

    University Career Center Liaison

    Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

    Interim Associate Director, Career Development

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    Last modified: September 29, 2021