Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Program

Villanova University Chemical Engineering undergraduate conducts research with faculty.

The College of Engineering offers a full-time academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree in 4 years. A student may also able to obtain a Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 5 years.

What is Chemical Engineering?

Using the principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering sciences, Villanova chemical engineering students learn to transform and properly use chemicals and energy to produce almost anything. You will be taught to creatively solve technical, commercial and social problems arising in industries which manufacture bulk chemicals, fuels, pharmaceuticals, cell therapies, plastics, cosmetics, foods and much more. These solutions must respond to economic constraints as well as social, ethical, environmental and safety implications.

A Chemical Engineering degree will prepare you for careers in:

  • Environmental protection
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Renewable energy production
  • Business consulting
  • Consumer product development

Why Villanova?

At Villanova University, chemical engineering students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences, and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success. You will take foundational courses in:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and/or Biology
  • Engineering fundamentals

Given Villanova University’s liberal arts framework and Augustinian Catholic tradition, special emphasis is also placed on:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professional ethics
  • A foundation in the social sciences and humanities
  • The flexibility to pursue minors and study abroad opportunities
  • Leadership skills developed through team projects, professional societies and clubs, and the College’s many service learning activities

After Earning Your Degree

Demand is increasing for chemical engineers in emerging areas such as nanotechnologies, alternative energy and biotechnology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the retirement of many current chemical engineers by 2024 will create favorable job prospects.

In 2017, 12 percent of Villanova chemical engineering graduates continued their educations after graduation. Those who entered the job market earned an average starting salary of $61,859.

Graduates are working in a number of fields and continuing their education in specialty programs. Here is just a sampling:

  • Associate Scientist in Downstream Process Development, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Scientist, Graduate Rotational Program, Axalta Coating Systems
  • Process Engineering in Research and Development, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Rotational Program, Operations, Johnson Matthey
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Manufacturing Leadership Development Program, Merck

Contact Us

Department Chair
Noelle Comolli, PhD

Office Assistant: Colleen Stover