I started off my freshman year as a chemical engineer, not really knowing what that meant. By now, I am second semester junior and I’ve figured out the ropes of engineering and chemical engineering in general. Chemical engineering actually has a lot more physics and thermodynamics and a lot less chemistry than I expected. On a macro scale, we learn how to make processes efficient. On a micro scale we learn mass, momentum, and energy balances and apply them to chemical engineering processes.
The great thing about chemical engineering is that it is applicable in so many settings. I’ve taken classes in computer programming and engineering economy that have prepared me to work in a wide variety of career fields. Engineering companies love to hire chemical engineers because we know how to solve complex problems from multiple points of view. Personally, I plan to get into the field of sustainable energy, but I’ll be glad I had the basis of chemical engineering.