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Chemical Engineering Major

B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

Degree Plan

Chemical Engineering prepares students to solve engineering problems in, among others, the fields of polymers, bioengineered materials, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, composites, microelectronics, and chemicals. Chemical Engineering is the only engineering discipline that combines knowledge of chemistry with that of mathematics and physics. The discipline is a cornerstone of modern society, and many contemporary problems, such as alternative energy, the environment, nanotechnology, and health care are in the domain of chemical engineers.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements .  In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses Unit/Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Physics 1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)* 1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either  elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4

And obtain the following standardized test scores. 

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading or ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 10 % 970 and 480 22 and 19
I Quarter 970 and 480 22 and 19
II Quarter 1050 and 480 24 and 19
III Quarter 1180 and 480 26 and 19
IV Quarter Not Admissible

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses taken as well as a 2.50 GPA on all college-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, English, and engineering courses. Applicants should also attempt one college-level math course and at least one physics or chemistry course.  International Student applicants need a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test, unless they meet the terms of the exemption .


Graduates of Chemical Engineering find employment in industry, universities, government, and private consulting firms. UH Chemical Engineering Alumni are working as Process Engineers, Consultants, Engineering Professors, Technical Professionals, Medical Doctors, Lawyers, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
S222 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004
Phone: 713-743-4300
Fax: 713-743-4323

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