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Undergraduate Programs

The CEMS Department offers two undergraduate majors: Chemical Engineering or Materials Science & Engineering. The descriptions of these programs including degree requirements and example four-year plans are provided below. The Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Kacey Gregerson, and the two Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) can also answer questions you have.

Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The department graduates about 100 students with bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering each year. The core courses in the program are team taught by several faculty members. The organizing professor lectures three times a week to the entire class, and the class is split into smaller recitation sections for twice-weekly discussion and problem-solving meetings with a faculty member. Our team teaching approach puts the students and faculty in closer contact to the mutual benefit of both.

Chemical Engineering Undergrad Stats

*Spring 2020 graduate survey: 87 alumni respondents

Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering

The Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (B. Mat.S.E.) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The major has recently grown to well over 40 graduates, who go on to a broad spectrum of positions in industry, in addition to some of the highest ranked graduate programs in the country. Our graduates receive a rigorous education in the fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, featuring first class laboratory experiences with state-of-the-art instrumentation, and training with modern scientific and engineering tools, equipping them for a wide variety of successful careers.

Materials Science Undergrad Stats

*Spring 2020 graduate survey: 43 alumni respondents

Popular Minors and Double Majors for ChE Undergraduates

Management Minor

Chemistry Double Major

Computer Science Minor

Sustainability Minor


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Kacey Gregerson

Academic Advisor

"CEMS undergraduate students - please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. I'm happy to be your first point-of-contact within the department."

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Samira Azarin

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Chemical Engineering

"Having a unique perspective based on science and engineering principles, graduates from our highly ranked chemical engineering program are prepared to meet challenges associated with the sustainable production of energy, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and advanced materials."

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Nathan Mara

Director of Undergraduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering

"Through enthusiastic teaching of a dynamic curriculum, combined with a strong sense of community, graduates of our Materials Science and Engineering program are extremely well-prepared to solve some of the most demanding technological challenges facing society and the world."