Why Ch.E. at UofL?


There are a lot of great engineering schools across America. Why should I attend UofL?

Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • With a full time, in-state tuition of $9,466 per academic year (for 2013-2014), UofL provides a great education at a reasonable cost. Compare this with the in-state tuition at other local schools: Purdue ($11,792), Michigan ($13,866), and Ohio State ($10,010).
  • We have outstanding professors, who actually teach our courses!
  • The B.S. degree in Ch.E. has a required co-op component, which insures that students emerge with some (paid) practical experience.
  • We’ve recently expanded our lab offerings and renovated our undergraduate lab, for a more intensive and complete hands-on experience.
  • Successful students in the B.S. program may opt to stay another year (a 5th Masters of Engineering Degree (M.Eng.)
  • Our B.S. and M.Eng. Degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Chemical Engineering at Speed School

The chemical engineering curriculum is an integrated five-year program, with a cooperative education component, culminating in a Master of Engineering degree.Both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

As freshmen, students develop a solid foundation in engineering principles along with a background in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Laboratory facilities and three semesters of on-the-job learning through the Cooperative Education Program provide hands-on experience with process control, computer-aided engineering, and separation methods. Class topics include material and energy balances, catalysis and chemical reactors, heat and mass transfer, polymers, thermodynamic properties, environmental controls, biotechnology, and materials.

The depth, breadth, and flexibility of the program make it an excellent choice for students considering graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree or advanced study in medicine, law, or business administration. In fact, Speed School offers a joint MEng/MBA program with the College of Business and Public Administration enabling students to apply 12 hours of their engineering courses toward the business degree.

Students have an opportunity to socialize with classmates and faculty, network with practicing chemical engineers, tour industrial sites and participate in national and regional professional meetings through involvement in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student chapter.

Department Highlights

  • Small classes offering personalized instruction
  • Opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate research
  • Specialty courses and research in nanotechnology, materials, and environmental issues