Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering deals with the design and development of processes to transform raw materials, micro-organisms and energy into economically useful products. Traditionally, chemical engineers have been employed in industries such as petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, bulk inorganic chemicals, polymers and textiles. In recent times, with increased emphasis on life sciences, the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals also offer good opportunities for young chemical engineers. Many of the life-improving breakthroughs of the last century in areas such as health, agriculture, energy and the environment have been heavily dependent on advances in Chemical Engineering.

One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer.

At Ahmedabad University, the unique curriculum of the BTech programme with a major in Chemical Engineering exposes students to a range of General Education Requirement courses along with the Engineering Foundation courses. Apart from these, the students undergo the signature Foundation Programme of the university  which provides a broad perspective and equips students with basic skills such as effective communication, programming, data analysis as well as the ability to think critically. Learning by doing is encouraged alongside a strong emphasis on student projects and research. Students have the opportunity to engage early on in research with faculty or with individuals in industry to gain an in-depth understanding and acquire skills in specific areas. Not only are our programmes in line with current technologies, several of our elective courses focus on skill sets and know-how that are currently in high demand.

On completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  • Solve complex chemical engineering problems using knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering basics
  • Identify critical issues in petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, dyes and intermediates, bulk and fine chemicals, bio-products and pharmaceuticals
  • Design equipment and plants for chemical and allied processes and perform feasibility analyses for starting new process plants
  • Apply modelling, simulation and optimization tools for process development
  • Identify measures for energy, environment, health, safety and society following ethical principles
  • Understand organisational behaviour and project and financial management
  • Work and lead teams in multidisciplinary areas with professional responsibility
  • Communicate effectively in written, graphic and oral forms

The Chemical Engineering undergraduate programme equips students for successful careers in diverse areas that make up the chemical engineering profession. It also prepares students for advanced study in chemical engineering, as well as for the pursuit of other fields, such as science, law, medicine, business and public policy.

Major Must Knows

Offered by School of Engineering and Applied Science
Programme Bachelor of Technology
Degree Bachelor of Technology
Minimum Programme Credits 146*
Minimum Major Credits 86*
Chemical Engineering is also offered as a MINOR

Curriculum Structure (Bachelor of Technology Programme)