Science, Tech, Math › Science Chemical Engineering Courses Classes Students Are Expected to Take in College Share Flipboard Email Print STUDIOBOX/Getty Images Science Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated September 17, 2019 Are you interested in studying chemical engineering? Here's a look at some of the courses chemical engineering students are expected to take in college. The actual courses you would take depend on which institution you attend, but expect to take a lot of math, chemistry, and engineering courses. You'll also study environmental sciences and materials. Many engineers take classes in economics and ethics, too. BiologyCalculusComputer ScienceDifferential EquationsElectronicsEngineeringEnvironmental EngineeringGeneral ChemistryGeometryMaterialsMechanicsOrganic ChemistryPhysical ChemistryPhysicsReactor DesignReactor KineticsStatisticsThermodynamics Typical Course Requirements Chemical engineering usually is a four-year degree, requiring 36 hours of coursework. The specific requirements vary from one institution to another, so here are some examples: Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science requires: 9 engineering courses4 math courses2 physics courses1 general chemistry course1 computer class1 general biology courseDifferential equations (math)Organic chemistryAdvanced chemistryElectives in science and the humanities What Makes It Special? Studying chemical engineering opens opportunities not only for engineering, but also for biomechanical science, modeling, and simulations. Courses specific to chemical engineering can include: Polymer scienceBioengineeringSustainable energyExperimental biologyBiomechanicsAtmospheric physicsElectrochemistryDrug developmentProtein folding Examples of areas of chemical engineering specialization include: BioengineeringBiotechnologyMicroelectronicsEnvironmental engineeringEngineering mechanicsMaterials scienceNanotechnologyProcess dynamicsThermal engineering Now that you know what courses a chemistry major takes, you may be wondering why you should consider a career in engineering. There are several good reasons to study engineering.