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Chemistry v. Chem Engineering

LEDadLEDad Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
edited April 2007 in Engineering Majors
Please enlighten a parent with a non engineering background. What are some of the differences between the two programs i.e Courses, prereqs, as well intern and professional options. Thanks
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Replies to: Chemistry v. Chem Engineering

  • evoke1080evoke1080 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    The Difference between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is HUGE. Chemistry is the science behind molecular interactions. It can involve chemical synthesis, structure determination, analytical analysis, and just about everything else you probably think of when thinking of chemistry. ChemEng on the other hand has more to do with the optimization of conditions for making all of those chemical reactions. It involves heat transfer, fluid dynamics, material and energy balances, etc... Often ChemEng students don't even like chemistry. There is much more math and quantitative analysis involved in ChemEng than Chemistry. In terms of jobs, a Bachelors in ChemEng has far more job opportunities than a science degree like chemistry. Science in general has few jobs for those without a PhD. Businesses tend to look favorable upon engineers for positions involving mathematics, even if it is not at all related to engineering, I know a few engineers who are going into investment banking positions after college. However, if you don't think you can handle advanced math (mostly partial differential equations) you shouldn't go into chemEng. I hope this clears things up a bit.
  • LEDadLEDad Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Thanks for the info. S is very strong in math so that should not be a barrier to the Chem Engineering, maybe even an incentive to follow that path.

    Any other comments?
  • AnnubesAnnubes Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    ChemE students don't like chemistry! Give me a break.
  • RETHEEMRETHEEM Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    its somewhat true,but not exactly.Actually,other than gen chem and a lil bit of p-chem,none of the other classes for chemistry do u need in the chemE education.
    These classes....Thermodynamics,Fluid Mechanics,Reactor Design,math Modelling,Process Design and Unit Control...are the heart and soul and backbone of chemE.
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