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Chemical Engineering

Improve existing products and processes; learn to develop, design and operate chemical systems; and consider a career in chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, environmental remediation and more.

Chemical Engineering – B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Students in the Chemical Engineering major are constantly engaged in hands-on lab opportunities to explore the mechanics of chemical synthesis that are at the core of their profession. Whether it’s studying biofilms with a professor at the top of their field or earning a spot alongside students from across the country in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program, Chemical Engineering students are afforded a variety of opportunities to develop skills that will serve them in positions in chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining, pharmaceutical manufacturing and delivery, environmental engineering and more.




Students in the Chemical Engineering department at Montana State are able to experience life-changing research opportunities while still in undergrad, such as Mikayla Wood, who is researching solutions for developing low-cost, easy-to-use tools for diagnosing diseases such as malaria.





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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the top producer in the Northwest of recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Center for Biofilm Engineering 
Montana State’s Center for Biofilm Engineering has been a world leader in microbial biofilm research since it was established in 1990 as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

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Innovating for the Community
Chemical engineering students are partnering with their electrical engineering peers and a local nonprofit to design solar-powered bus stops for the local Streamline service in order to provide light, shelter and heat through the seasons.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Chemical Engineering students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Biomedicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nanotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Manufacturing

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.