Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers create products, solve technological problems, and improve our quality of life. Chemical engineers can deal effectively with problems involving chemical, biological, and physical phenomena. They have made great contributions to developing the chemical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, electronics, and other process industries. Opportunities for chemical engineers lie in the areas of energy resources, materials, pulp and paper manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, plastics, personal care products, synthetic fibers, food processing, waste treatment, pollution abatement, public health and biotechnology.

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PhD, Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering. The doctorate is a research degree emphasizing extensive and original approaches to problem solving. Incoming students are assigned a temporary advisor to help plan their programs until they are matched with a major professor. The matching of students and major professors takes place early in the first semester of study based on the mutual wishes and best interests of students and professors.

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We invite you to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for your studies! Highlights of our program include:

  • The UW-Madison Department of Chemical Engineering has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1905.
  • For nearly a century, the program has consistently ranked as one of the best in the world.
  • A combination of coursework and research creates a unique intellectually stimulating atmosphere.
  • The faculty offers cutting-edge research opportunities in nanotechnology, biotechnology, complex fluids, atomic, molecular, and multiscale modeling, environmental engineering, and atomic-scale design of surface reactivity.
  • Research in the department is highly interdisciplinary, capitalizing on programs of national prominence such as the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the nation’s largest NIH-funded Biotechnology Training Program.
  • The UW-Madison campus has uniformly strong programs in all areas of the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
  • Madison is a city consistently ranked as a top community in which to live, work, and play.

Student Initiatives

Engineering students at UW-Madison can participate in more than 50 engineering-affiliated student organizations, most of which host outreach activities. A few student organizations are especially dedicated to community service.


Scholarships in variable amounts are available to chemical and biological undergraduate students through the department and the College of Engineering. Many awards are based on academic merit, financial need or specific emphasis. Visit Scholarships@UW-Madison to find and apply for scholarships. The scholarship system will automatically match your eligibility criteria.