Chemical Engineering

Three students in a lab examining the contents of a vial.

In Course X’s flagship laboratory course, 10.26, undergraduates are confronted with real-world problems requiring solutions with fixed deadlines and a limited budget, such as developing new approaches to biofuels as shown here.(Image courtesy of Melanie Miller.)


Featured Courses

Research in cutting-edge industries, including nanotechnology and biotechnology, and in traditional areas of inquiry depend on chemical engineers to decipher molecular information in order to develop new products and processes.

Our graduates work in a broad range of fields and create innovative solutions to important industrial and societal problems. They develop clean and sustainable energy systems, make advances in the life sciences, design and produce pharmaceuticals, and discover and create new materials.

The first chemical engineering curriculum at MIT was offered in 1888 and helped to establish chemical engineering as a discipline. Since then, members of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering have developed the tools and guidelines to define and advance the field. The department has led the nation in awarding graduate degrees, and its nearly 6,000 living alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in industry, government, and academia. We maintain strong ties with other departments within MIT and institutions and industries worldwide.


Chemical Engineering Courses

Course # Course Title Level
10.002J Introduction to Numerical Analysis for Engineering (13.002J) Undergraduate
10.010J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J) Undergraduate
10.291J Introduction to Sustainable Energy (Fall 2010) Undergraduate
10.302 Transport Processes Undergraduate
10.32 Separation Processes Undergraduate
10.333J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation Undergraduate
10.37 Chemical and Biological Reaction Engineering Undergraduate
10.390J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion (Spring 2004) Undergraduate
10.420 Molecular Aspects of Chemical Engineering (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
10.426 Electrochemical Energy Systems (Spring 2011) Undergraduate
10.442 Biochemical Engineering (Spring 2005) Undergraduate
10.445 Separation Processes for Biochemical Products (Summer 2005) Undergraduate
10.450 Process Dynamics, Operations, and Control Undergraduate
10.467 Polymer Science Laboratory Undergraduate
10.490 Integrated Chemical Engineering I Undergraduate
10.491 Integrated Chemical Engineering II Undergraduate
10.492-1 Integrated Chemical Engineering Topics I: Process Control by Design Undergraduate
10.492-2 Integrated Chemical Engineering Topics I: Introduction to Biocatalysis Undergraduate
10.520 Molecular Aspects of Chemical Engineering (Fall 2004) Undergraduate
10.542 Biochemical Engineering (Spring 2005) Undergraduate
10.545 Separation Processes for Biochemical Products (Summer 2005) Undergraduate
10.702 Experimental Biology & Communication Undergraduate
10.702CI Experimental Biology - Communications Intensive Undergraduate
10.806 Management in Engineering Undergraduate
10.34 Numerical Methods Applied to Chemical Engineering (Fall 2006) Graduate
10.34 Numerical Methods Applied to Chemical Engineering (Fall 2005) Graduate
10.391J Introduction to Sustainable Energy (Fall 2010) Graduate
10.392J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion (Spring 2004) Graduate
10.40 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Graduate
10.44J Statistical Thermodynamics of Complex Liquids Graduate
10.52 Mechanics of Fluids Graduate
10.536J Thermal Hydraulics in Power Technology Graduate
10.537 Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J) Graduate
10.538J Biomolecular Kinetics and Cellular Dynamics (BE.420J) Graduate
10.539J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J) Graduate
10.543J Protein Folding Problem Graduate
10.547J Principles and Practice of Drug Development Graduate
10.548J Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena Graduate
10.569 Synthesis of Polymers Graduate
10.571J Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Graduate
10.625J Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Fundamentals, Materials, and Applications Graduate
10.626 Electrochemical Energy Systems (Spring 2011) Graduate
10.652J Kinetics of Chemical Reactions Graduate
10.675J Computational Quantum Mechanics of Molecular and Extended Systems Graduate
10.74J Radiative Transfer Graduate
10.792J Proseminar in Manufacturing Graduate
10.805J Technology, Law, and the Working Environment Graduate
10.816 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis Graduate
10.817J Atmospheric Chemistry Graduate