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chemistry vs chemical engineering

123orange123orange Registered User Posts: 780 Member
edited May 2007 in Other College Majors
What's the difference between chemistry and chemical engineering? Which one is harder? Which one finds you the most profitable jobs?
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  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,729 Senior Member
    I believe that (at least in 2005 when one of my best friends graduated with a degree in ChemE) ChemE had the highest starting salary of any engineering specialty. Part of this was due to the fact that most salary data includes oil and petroleum engineering in with the ChemEs, but as a ChemE major, you're qualified to do that too.
  • LookingFowardLookingFoward Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Chemistry: Design new molecules and sythesis new formulas. ChemE make it all profitable and mass-producable
  • college soulcollege soul Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    My major is Chemistry.
  • burgler09burgler09 Registered User Posts: 1,386 Senior Member
    Chem and ChemE will be basicly the same classes in undergrad.. it kind of depends what you want to do, it wont make an ounce of difference if you are looking to apply to med school or whatnot although if you are looking for a job ChemE is in pretty desperate need for people so i hear, and like it was stated before.. the starting salary is good. As a chemistry major you will be more inclined to a college professor job or research.. although everything is possible and youll never know where you will end up.
    My major is biochem and i am looking to go to dental school because it completes all my prereqs for it and I love my classes. Make sure you enjoy what you are doing or you arent gonna make it through the harder classe.
  • Going The DistanceGoing The Distance User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 312 Member
    "Chem and ChemE will be basicly the same classes in undergrad."

    Other than a few common prerequisites, this is not true at all. Chemical engineering is VERY different than chemistry. It is a different field, and has its own set of courses.
  • LAGatorLAGator Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    In a ChemE program you'll take a number of Engineering courses (Statics, Dynamics, Thermo...) and less Liberal Arts courses. What is more difficult depends on the individual. And ChemE is probably a quicker path to good money.
  • WowsaWowsa Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Chemists work with grams of material.
    Chemical engineers work with tons of material.

    ChemE's are higher paid and more in demand than chemists.
  • grapefulgrapeful Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    Chemists work with grams of material.
    Chemical engineers work with tons of material.

    ChemE's are higher paid and more in demand than chemists.

    Very true. I am going into my senior year for my undergrad in Chemistry, and part of me wishes I had had the opportunity to major in chemical engineering. The opportunities with this degree in terms of job outlook are far better.
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