The College of Engineering offers a full-time academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree in 4 years. The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the EAC Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. A student may also able to obtain a Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 5 years.
The early years of the Villanova chemical engineering curriculum emphasize the basic principles of natural and engineering sciences. Later courses use these principles to develop skills in chemical engineering design - the solving of non-routine, open-ended problems requiring the exercise of judgment, and constrained by economic, safety, reliability or other requirements. Courses gradually develop the students' abilities, with the complexity of design experiences systematically increasing throughout the required courses in chemical engineering science, and culminating in the senior process equipment design course.
In the senior year, the student develops the ability to work independently by carrying out a chemical engineering research project. All stages of the curriculum apply computers in various modes, ranging from programming personal computers for the solution of simple problems, through the use of computers for process monitoring and control, to the use of sophisticated software packages for process design.
Preparation for Rewarding Careers
The undergraduate program prepares our students to hit the ground running once they leave the hallowed halls of Villanova and the Department of Chemical Engineering. Our students typically pursue industrial jobs, graduate school, professional school (law, medicine, and business) as well as enter the armed forces. Our small student-to-faculty ratio, interactive classroom environment, and family atmosphere of the department allow our students to succeed.
Upon graduating, our students have entered fields, including industrial manufacturing, agricultural chemical manufacturing, bio-technology, advanced materials, electronic materials, fuels & energy, plastics and polymers, safety & loss prevention, pharmaceuticals & drugs, environmental protection, consumer products, bulk & specialty chemicals, and automation & control.