Jun 06, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical Engineering

Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering

Jennifer Anthony, Interim Head

University Distinguished Professor: Edgar
Professors: Schlup
Associate Professor: Anthony, Amama, and Liu
Assistant Professors: Hansen, Hasegawa and Park
Assistant Teaching Professor: Castro Diaz, Duncan, and Uddin
Adjunct: Pfromm
Emeritus Professors: Akins, Erickson, Glasgow, Kyle, and Matthews

1701 A Platt St

1005 Durland Hall
Fax: 785-532-7372
E-mail: che@k-state.edu

Chemical engineers contribute to society by providing an essential link between the basic chemical sciences and commercial application and production. Chemical engineering is a core engineering discipline, firmly rooted in the basic sciences. Consequently, chemical engineering graduates have a broad array of career choices available to them. Chemical engineers find employment in the chemical and allied industries including energy, petrochemicals, biotechnology, agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, the environment, and microelectronics. 

Educational objectives

In consultation with the stakeholders for our baccalaureate program, the department has established the following program mission, objectives, and outcomes. The program objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments expected of our graduates during their first few years in the profession. The program outcomes describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. These program objectives and outcomes are directed toward the further development and continuous improvement of our undergraduate program.


The mission of the chemical engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates who strive to better the human condition throughout the world by application of their technical knowledge and professional skill.


As engineers, graduates:  (1) will demonstrate through their professional progress the ability to employ chemical engineering fundamentals in diverse professional environments, (2) will contribute both to society in general and their profession in particular, and (3) are life-long learners, demonstrating individual professional improvement.


Graduates of the Chemical Engineering Department at Kansas State University will have: (1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics; (2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors; (3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences; (4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts; (5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plans tasks, and meet objectives; (6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and (7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Areas of concentration

If a student desires to emphasize a particular area such as biochemical, food, computer and control systems, energy, materials, or environmental engineering, there are three possibilities: areas of emphasis, secondary majors, and minors.

For an area of emphasis the student selects appropriate technical electives. Lists of recommended technical electives for some of the areas for emphasis commonly chosen are available at our departmental website.

A student may also complete requirements for a secondary major in an area such as natural resources and environmental sciences or biological engineering. Other opportunities are described in the Secondary Majors  section of this catalog.

Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult the department offering the minor.
Students interested in preparing for medical or law school should consult the Pre-Professional Programs section of this catalog.

Selection of technical electives and choices for areas of concentration should be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.



Bachelor of Science


Chemical Engineering