Chemical Engineering

  • Students Conducting Experiments
  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon’s chemical engineering graduates enjoy 100-percent job placement.
    • Chemical engineering students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through student organizations such as the Chemistry Club, Gamma Sigma Epsilon chemistry honorary society, and the Society for Women Engineers.
    • The School of Sciences offers a unique scholarship opportunity for entering freshman students who attend Fall Open House, which awards up to three scholarships each year:
    • $12,000 ($3,000/year for four years at Gannon)

      $8,000 ($2,000/year for four years at Gannon)

      $4,000 ($1,000/year for four years at Gannon)

    You Will Learn

    The chemical engineering program is a cooperative program with the University of Pittsburgh. This program requires five years of study for completion; three years at Gannon University followed by two years of study at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completion, the student is awarded two degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Gannon and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the cooperating university.

    During the period spent at Gannon, the student will take specified courses in chemistry, mathematics and the liberal studies core, and will gain the advantage of beginning college-level work in small classes where there is a strong commitment to effective teaching. 

    You Will Experience

    Chemical engineering students have opportunities for internships and co-ops at a number of locations including:

    • GE Transportation  
    • privately and publicly owned industries   
    • many others through the University of Pittsburgh         

    You Will Achieve

    Multiple engineering pathways exist for a chemical engineer, including product engineer, refining engineer, process development engineer or research engineer. Such job opportunities in these pathways include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • biotechnology  
    • chemical plants  
    • computer systems  

    You will Study

    Students take a combination of liberal study courses, a leadership seminar, and courses in the chemical engineering program, which provide a comprehensive education that enables students to be at the top of their field. Some courses in the chemical engineering program are:

    CHEM 221 & CHEM 222: Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

    These courses are taken simultaneously. Students are introduced to the laboratory methods and techniques of organic chemistry while studying hydrocarbons, both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. In the classroom, emphasis is placed on the structures, properties, syntheses, reactions and uses of these compounds. In the lab, emphasis is placed upon the purification and characterization of organic molecules.

    MATH 304: Differential Equations 1

    This course discusses ordinary differential equations with applications to science and engineering. Topics discussed include solution methods for first-order equations, linear equations and systems of equations, including Laplace transforms. Other topics may include power series methods, numerical methods or nonlinear phenomena.

    ME 315:Materials Science

    An introductory study of engineering properties of materials where students learn the engineering science of atomic structure, crystals, crystal imperfections and diffusion. Additionally, students learn mechanical properties, dislocations and strengthening, failure mechanisms, phase diagrams and transformations and thermal processing and alloys. 

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $68,200
    • Mid-career salary: $115,000
    • All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (