Chemical major studying chemical engineering for graduate school

Hello! I am currently a rising junior chemistry major and am very interested in going to graduate school for chemical engineering. I am just nervous that because I am only a chemistry major, not chemical engineering, that graduate schools might not accept me into their programs. I am in love with chemistry and am very interested in becoming an engineer as well! The school I am going to now does not even have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and I don't want to change schools cause I'm almost done at this point.. Are there any chemical engineers out there who got their undergraduate degree in chemistry and then went to graduate school for chemical engineering? Is this a possible option for me?

thank you :)
posted by Laura on July 21, 2014

Answer by Tricia Berry

I recommend that you reach out to some graduate program advisors in the chemical engineering programs you would be interested in applying to for graduate school. Often times graduate programs are looking for diversity in their student body and bringing in students with different yet complementary undergraduate degrees can help in their research and programs. You may have to take some chemical engineering classes to get caught up with the others, but this would not be impossible and I'm sure you won't be the first or the last in this situation. Again, I'd suggest talking to advisors in the graduate schools as it may vary by institution and there may be other things you can do to boost your application for consideration. Best of luck! A grad degree in chemical engineering with a bit stronger background in chemistry from the undergrad level could be a powerful combination!