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Information for Future Students

Welcome to the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering where our undergraduate program is ranked among the top in the nation. Did you know that Chemical Engineering is among the broadest of all the degree programs on campus? We use innovative ideas to transform raw materials into high-value products or processes, with a focus on the roles of chemistry and chemical properties. Chemical Engineers explore, recover, refine, and deliver the gasoline and diesel that have been the historical fuels of choice. We also develop the processes to minimize the environmental impact, maximize the energy production, and minimize the cost associated with every step in this process. In fact, it's hard to go more than five minutes in a day without using multiple products or processes that were the result of chemical engineers in action!

Learn more reasons to choose to study Chemical Engineering at Purdue

For students transitioning from high school

All beginning engineering students are admitted to the First-Year Engineering program, which provides all freshman time to explore the 16 different majors offered in the College of Engineering. We invite you to browse our website for more information about the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering where you will find the information you need to pursue your Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering degree. To learn more about the Purdue College of Engineering, the First-Year Engineering program, and to schedule your campus visit please visit the Office of Future Engineers website at www.purdue.edu/FutureEngineers.

For students transitioning from First Year Engineering (FYE)

Students who have completed the FYE requirements and are ready to move to their professional school of choice will transition through the College of Engineering's Enrollment Management Policy (T2M: Transition to Major) process.  

For guaranteed admission to Chemical Engineering, through the T2M process students must: 

  • complete FYE requirements 
  • have an Engineering Admission Index (EAI) GPA and overall GPA of a 3.2 or higher
  • earn a grade of a "C" or better in CHE 20500:ChE Calculations if completed prior to admission  

Students who have completed the FYE requirements whose EAI and overall GPA fall below a 3.2 will be considered based on critical capacity.

Students who have completed CHE 20500: ChE Calculations who earn a grade lower than a "C" will not be considered for admission.  

For students transitioning from other majors at Purdue (CODO)

To be considered for a CODO into the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed college coursework equivalent to the following First Year Engineering requirements:
    1. Calculus I: (MA 16100 or MA 16500)
    2. Calculus II: (MA 16200 or MA 16600)
    3. Calculus-based Chemistry: (CHM 11500 & CHM 11600)
    4. Calculus-based Physics: (PHYS 17200)
    5. English Composition (ENGL 10600/10800) or Speech (COM 11400)
  2. Earned an Engineering Admission index and cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  3. Completed a minimum of 12 credits at the Purdue West Lafayette campus. At least 6 of those 12 credits must be completed in technical & math coursework.    

For students transferring from another university

Students wishing to transfer from another institution into ChE must apply as a transfer student through Purdue's Office of Admissions.

To be considered for admission to the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completed college coursework equivalent to the following First Year Engineering requirements:
    1. Calculus I: (MA 16100 or MA 16500)
    2. Calculus II: (MA 16200 or MA 16600)
    3. Calculus-based Chemistry: (CHM 11500 & CHM 11600)
    4. Calculus-based Physics: (PHYS 17200)
    5. English Composition (ENGL 10600/10800) or Speech (COM 11400)
  2. Earned an overall GPA of a 3.5 or higher. 

Helpful Resources for Transfer Students:

Chemical Engineering Degree Map

First-Year Engineering

Purdue Transfer Credit Database

Equivalencies for freshman level engineering courses from Purdue Calumet, IPFW, IUPUI and Vincennes University