Chemical Engineering

474 Laxalt Mineral Research Building
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Chemical engineers apply the basic principles of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and related engineering disciplines to the production of goods and materials for society. Chemical engineers are the technological leaders in fields from the production of computer chips, to the design of pharmaceuticals and artificial organs, to the development of clean and affordable energy systems such as fuel cells. Chemical engineering graduates have the capability for serving the needs of industry and government or for pursuing advanced academic training. Graduates of the chemical engineering program are recruited by the chemical process industries, government, and graduate and professional schools.

In addition to the general university requirement of at least a 2.0 grade-point average, the student must hold at least a 2.0 average in all chemical engineering courses to be eligible for graduation.

All students must see their advisor and obtain a signed Official Advisement Form each semester. All electives must be approved by the assigned chemical engineering faculty advisor. Students who do not meet the prerequisites for MATH 181 should attend summer school prior to their first semester.

All students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination administered by the Nevada Board of Professional Engineers.

There are four emphases within the B.S.Ch.E. program: biomedical, environmental engineering, process engineering, and material science and engineering.

Vision and Mission

The vision for the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department is to move our programs to achieve national and international recognition. This will result in the department being in the top 100 Chemical and Materials Engineering programs in the nation in five to ten years and the top 70 departments in the nation in ten to fifteen years.

The purpose of the degree programs in Chemical and Materials Engineering at UNR is to offer students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the chemical engineering and materials sciences. Our mission is to educate students at a nationally competitive level in the fundamentals of the field, and to provide an opportunity to conduct small scale, independent research projects. We aim to educate students sufficiently to successfully enter academia, or to work in industry in positions of responsibility. In either case, our goal is to provide them with a knowledge base and sill set above that of BS level Chemical and Materials Engineers.

Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities presented by our modern technical society. Rigorous classroom instruction and laboratory experiences using modern equipment and computers provide broad insight into natural phenomena, technology, chemical and biological process-engineering equipment, and systems engineering. Classroom and research projects provide students with hands-on experience in problem solving. We seek to provide meaningful research opportunities for graduate students, and to address state and national priorities in competitive, funded research programs.

Our goal is to provide our graduating doctoral students with the necessary experiences and education to qualify them to work in academia, in industry, and in government laboratories. the mission and goal of the Chemical and Materials Engineering graduate programs relates to the land grant mission of UNR. It does so by contributing in the areas of energy, the environment, biomedical and materials engineering and other chemically related engineering fields.

The program mission is likely to evolve in the future as our graduate program grows. As the program grows, the number of faculty in the graduate faculty will increase, and there will be an opportunity to develop other areas of research which the department in not currently exploring.


Students are encouraged to participate in many different organizations within the College of Engineering that will enrich their educational experiences. These include: Materials Advantage and Research Society (MARS), which is associated with the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); the American Society for Metals (ASM); the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Soceity of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers. .


  • Our graduates will be successful in their professional careers, as demonstrated by their abilities to solve important chemical engineering problems, to solve problems in areas different from their training, and to develop new and valuable ideas.
  • Our graduates will be aware of the larger context of the application of their engineering, including global, ethical, environmental, societal, and legal concerns.
  • Our graduates will have the communication and problem- solving skills necessary to succeed individually, in group, and in leadership positions.
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