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Chemical engineering major advice?

Hey peeps, I'm seriously considering majoring in chemical engineering, but I've got a lot of questions. Can anyone break down what a typical course of study looks like? Are internships and research options available for undergrads? Any advice or insight would be great!

5 months ago

Hello! Chemical engineering is a fascinating field, and it's great that you're exploring this as a potential major. I'll do my best to outline the general course of study and provide some advice on research and internship opportunities.

A typical chemical engineering curriculum covers a range of subjects, starting with foundational courses in mathematics (e.g., calculus, differential equations) and natural sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology), followed by more major-specific introductory courses in engineering, thermodynamics, mass and energy balances, transport phenomena, and process control.

As you progress in your studies, the curriculum typically evolves to cover more advanced topics, such as separation processes, reactor design, process modeling and simulation, and materials science. Throughout the program, you will also likely engage in hands-on experiences, such as lab work and group projects to apply the concepts learned in class to real-world problems.

As for internships and research opportunities, they are definitely available for chemical engineering undergraduates. Many universities have strong relationships with industry partners, enabling students to participate in corporate internships during the summer or even part-time during the school year. Additionally, you might find opportunities to conduct research with a professor on campus, by working as a research assistant on various projects. Be proactive in reaching out to faculty and attending career fairs or departmental events to learn about potential internships or research openings.

One piece of advice is to get involved in extracurricular activities related to your major, such as joining a student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), or participating in engineering competitions or design projects. This exposure will not only help you network and develop your skills further but can also make your resume stand out when applying for internships, research positions, or jobs after graduation.

I hope this information helps you better understand the chemical engineering major and the opportunities this degree helps open up! If you do end up choosing this major, don't be afraid to talk to your professors and explore different opportunities to find what truly interests you within the field. Good luck!

5 months ago

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