Classes for chemical engineering

What classes do you have to take to be a chemical engineer? Also, how long do you have to be in college? What colleges specializes in chemical engineering?
posted by Ashley, Los Angeles on May 28, 2013

Answer by Egirl Team

Hi Ashley,

Most undergraduate engineering degrees take 4 years to complete although some take 5.  People who go on to complete a masters or Ph.D. degree will take even longer, although some programs allow students to complete both a bachelors and a masters degree in as little as 5 years.  The classes required vary depending on the university, but in general you will need a grounding in the basics of chemistry, physics and calculus along with some additional specialized courses such as thermodynamics, transport, and materials.  You can usually get a sample course schedule from any university you might be interested in.  Use the University Finder at to look for programs in chemical engineering throughout the world.