Undergraduate Students

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering deals with the creation, design, operation, and optimization of processes that derive practical benefits from chemical or physical changes. The profession is quite broad and has traditionally provided the technology for: supplying energy and fuel; synthesizing materials such as plastics, chemicals, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals; and managing environmental and safety concerns of physical and chemical processes.

Chemical engineers have a variety of traditional job opportunities in industries such as petroleum production and refining, chemical and petrochemical manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical production, and equipment manufacturing. Job opportunities may involve research, development, design, manufacturing, sales, or teaching as professional activities. The chemical engineer can also move easily into environmental engineering, nuclear engineering, oceanography, biomedical engineering, pharmacology, medicine, or other multidisciplinary fields.

In chemical engineering, the student obtains a broad foundation in chemistry, mathematics, physics, communication skills, economics, and the humanities. Courses in material and energy balances, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, process control, computer methods, safety, and design provide students with the background and learning skills required of the practicing chemical engineer. The curriculum includes elective courses that enable a student to prepare for immediate employment or further study at the graduate level. The chemical engineering program also serves as an excellent preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy, or law school.


The primary role of the Academic Scholarship Office is to administer university-wide merit-based scholarships and serve as a central resource for prospective and current undergraduate students seeking scholarship funding. The office also serves as a clearinghouse for scholarships awarded by academic departments and outside agencies. The goal is to support the university's mission of recruiting and retaining high-achieving students who enrich and diversify the academic environment of the University of Arkansas.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is always an option for incoming and current students. Each semester, every student's financial aid is evaluated for aid eligibility based upon their enrollment on the term's census date. For the fall and spring terms, the census date is 11 in-service days from the term begin date. As always, for the Financial Aid Office is ready to help or assist you anyway they can.

Why Chemical Engineering at the U of A?

An education in chemical engineering is a gateway to numerous career opportunities ranging from biomedical technology to sustainability. At the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, you will be mentored by world-class scientists and participate in hands-on learning methods. Outside the classroom, gain real-world experience with research opportunities offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and join one of our student organizations.

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