Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Undergraduate Academics

Undergraduate academics in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is designed to equip you for the many challenges facing modern engineering professionals in industries like energy, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural products, polymers and plastics, materials, semiconductor processing, waste treatment, environmental monitoring and improvement, and many others. Our program is based on the fundamental areas of chemical engineering science that are common to all of its branches.

Even though chemical engineering is reputed to be the most academically rigorous engineering major, over the years our department has produced a disproportionately high number of Stevens valedictorians, a testament to the high quality of students that our programs attract. The undergraduate chemical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Real-World Design Experience and Hands-On Projects

Our department offers a variety of extracurricular activities that will help you develop both personally and professionally. Learn about them below, and how Stevens prepared some of our brightest graduates for their futures.

Interdisciplinary Summer Research Experience

Students in the department have a wealth of opportunities for involvement in extracurricular activities that provide hands-on experiences like summer research with one of our accomplished faculty.

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Student Success

Kathleen Riegner, an undergraduate student at Stevens, spent an explosive summer making and testing medieval gunpowder recipes and co-authored a paper on the study.

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Senior Design

Every student has the ability to participate in senior design, where you'll work with a team to create a project that solves real life problems. Read about our Seniors who built a recycling plant to that transforms a common household plastic into chemicals that can be sold to industry.

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Engineering Cooperative Education

Approximately 30% of undergraduate engineering students participate in the Stevens Cooperative Education Program The Stevens Cooperative Education Program, or Co-op, is a five-year educational program, which provides engineering and science students with the opportunity to alternate between semesters of full-time work and full-time study in areas related to the student's academic major and career interests. The Co-op program is designed to provide experiences that prepare students to connect their academic studies with the world of work, explore career interests and clarify goals.

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Innovation Expo

The Stevens undergraduate experience culminates with Senior Design, a year-long collaborative project in which you will apply all they have learned to the solution of urgent, real-world problems, displayed at the annual Innovation Expo.

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Accelerated Master's Program

Stevens' Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) enables you to apply credits from your undergraduate coursework toward a master’s degree, allowing you to earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years.

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Visit Undergraduate Admissions

Want to learn more about our campus? Visit the undergraduate admissions web page. Ready to take the next step? Apply below.

Center for Student Success

Supporting the overall Stevens strategic goal of excellence in all we do, each department at Stevens has its own Center for Student Success – a holistic student resource center committed to promoting the success and retention of its undergraduate students.

As a student, your advising needs evolve through the course of study, and the department's Center for Student Success focuses on facilitating a positive experience at each stage of the undergraduate program.

Incoming New Students

First Years (First Semester and Transfers)

In your first semester, you'll engage in activities and support designed to introduce you to and familiarize you with the department's community, your academic advisors, and the academic and social support structure available to ensure your success and well-being. You'll meet other students, faculty members, and experience ways to integrate yourself into the student body.


Second year student activities are designed to bridge theory with practice and encourage your professional development through initial exposure to upcoming professional choices, like co-op and internship assignments, research experiences, international opportunities, electives and specialization options, and professional society memberships.


In your third year, your student-advisor relationship will shift from group activities to individually-focused strategy sessions about post-graduation options like graduate school or industry, selecting a final co-op assignment, and picking a senior capstone project.


In your senior year, you'll complete and present your senior capstone project. The culmination of your education is the successful preparation for the next step in your careers: graduate school or industry employment. Many students end up working for companies they interned with or collaborated on industry-sponsored projects during their capstone. The Stevens Career Center also offers numerous opportunities to network via career fairs and faculty mentors often help students gain industry connections.

Visit the department's "About" page to find your academic advisor.