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Why Penn State?

We understand there are many factors to consider when choosing a degree program. Penn State offers all the amenities of a large research university while maintaining one-on-one instruction and support. We encourage engaged, collaborative learning and position our students for long-term success.

Our curriculum combines traditional engineering with chemistry and technology to prepare students for a variety of career paths

Graduates of the Penn State Chemical Engineering program have enjoyed successful careers in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, biotechnology and other engineering industries. A number of graduates have also gone on to pursue advanced degrees in chemical engineering, law, and medicine.

Award-winning faculty

Chemical engineering faculty members are committed to quality learning and student success. Our faculty members are also recognized within the industry.

  • 24 faculty members have won awards for teaching, research, or service
  • 6 faculty members have won NSF CAREER/PYI awards
  • 4 serve as editors of scientific research journals
  • 10 faculty members are fellows of their professional societies
  • 3 members belong to the National Academy of Engineering or National Academy of Sciences

Top-notch programs and facilities

Penn State chemical engineering offers a comprehensive academic program with strong interdisciplinary connections. Students also have access to state-of-the-art research facilities in energy, environment, life sciences, computing, materials, and more.

We have a number of professional societies that allow for growth and development outside of the classroom

Students have access to speakers, conferences, competitions, and leadership opportunities. They also have access to a network of more than 645,000 Penn State alumni throughout the world who can open doors and provide new opportunities.

State College is a great place to live

State College was ranked in the 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Best College Town in the U.S. by and #5 2017 Best College Town by the American Institute for Economic Research. Our campus offers beautiful outdoor opportunities, affordable living, and accessible travel to many major metro areas.

Think Penn State’s the right place for you? Schedule a visit with us today! We’d love to show you around.

Contact Information



The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574