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Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering

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Department Chair: Larry K. Jang

Department Office: EN2 101
Telephone: (562) 985-4909

Faculty: Larry K. Jang, Hamid Kavianian

Undergraduate Advisor: Larry K. Jang

Graduate Advisor: Larry K. Jang

Environmental Technology Advisor: Larry K. Jang

General Education Advising: Academic Advising - Horn Center

Career Possibilities

Chemical Engineer • Automatic Control Engineer • Chemical Process/Design Engineer • Chemical Research Engineer • Chemical Test Engineer • Biochemical Engineer • Chemical Equipment Sales Engineer • Chemical Plant Manager • Technical Writer • Quality Control Specialist • Process Engineer • Consultant • Purchasing Agent • Safety Engineer • Environmental Engineer • Consultant (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


Chemical engineers apply their knowledge of chemistry and engineering to make useful products that improve the quality of our lives. Industries employing our graduates include fuels, chemicals, polymers, microelectronics, biotechnology, environmental, aerospace, food, consumer products, design and construction. The chemical engineering curriculum provides a thorough background in chemical and physical science, mathematics, and engineering for application to the solution of technical problems encountered in the development, operation, design, and support of a diverse variety of industries.

Educational Mission and Objectives

The Chemical Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach is a practice-oriented program that aims to develop well-trained professionals who will be successful in their careers and prepared for further advanced studies.

In order to achieve this, the program strives to:

  • Provide students the technical foundations to become competent, practicing chemical engineers. Students learn to apply their knowledge of scientific principles to problem identification and solution, to conduct and analyze experimental work, and to design processes and systems to meet specified objectives using modern tools and technologies.
  • Prepare students to be successful in their future workplace relationships. Students develop effective communication skills, gain abilities to function productively in teams, and obtain the foundation to support lifelong learning to promote personal and professional growth.
  • Instill in students an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities and create awareness of the societal impact that their professional activities may have.
  • Continuously improve the academic program in partnership with industry, alumni, and government.

Chemical Engineering Advisory and Development Council

The Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory and Development Council, consisting of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government in Southern California, provides guidance to our program. Its mission is to advise and assist in developing the Department and to support its efforts to serve students, the community, and industry. This liaison between the University and industry ensures that industry concerns are addressed in our curricula and provides career guidance for our graduates.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is accredited by the EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, website: Students enrolling in our program must see an undergraduate advisor as early as possible to ensure conformity with ABET requirements.

Other Related Programs

Students interested in obtaining a Minor in Environmental Engineering should refer to the College of Engineering section of this Catalog. Students who take required Chemistry courses are most likely eligible for Minor in Chemistry degree. See the College of Natural Science and Mathematics section of this Catalog.

Students wishing to pursue advanced study may be interested in the College of Engineering’s Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree. Graduate study leading to the MSE can be tailored to the goals of a student with a background in chemical engineering by taking advanced course work in the interfacing areas of chemistry, civil engineering (environmental area), electrical engineering (control area), computer engineering (microelectronic device area), mechanical engineering (thermal, fluids, and materials areas) and mathematics in addition to chemical engineering. Thesis work may be supervised by chemical engineering faculty. Detailed requirements for the MSE are specified in the College of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Grade Requirements

In addition to other University requirements, all students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite for any chemical engineering course. Also, required Written English (GE A1), Speech (GE A2), and Interdisciplinary (IC) courses must be taken for a letter grade, not Credit/No Credit.