Chemical engineering is the design, development, production, transformation, transportion, operation and management of the industrial processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. It is a multi-disciplinary branch of engineering that combines natural and experimental sciences (such as chemistry and physics), along with life sciences (such as biology, microbiology and biochemistry) plus mathematics and economics.
Courses in chemical engineering are made up of lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer practice sessions, practical laboratory work and both individual and group work. Site visits and classes by industry professionals may also form part of the course. Many courses include work placements and a year in industry to equip graduates for tools to succeed in the industry.
Because chemical engineering is a developing study subject, the curriculum changes and adapts with it.
Graduates with a degree in chemical engineering typically have a focus in one of the two sub-areas, but will need both to successfully do their jobs.
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