Chemical Engineering B.S.

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

About the Major

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Department of Chemical Engineering conducts undergraduate and graduate programs of teaching and research in the areas of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, mass transfer, catalysis, semiconductor materials processing, plasma processing, electrochemistry and corrosion, high-temperature chemical kinetics, reaction engineering, combustion science, environmental reaction engineering, cryogenics and low-temperature processes, biochemical engineering, process systems engineering, process integration, computer-aided process design and control, particle technology, pollution control, pollution prevention, and polymer engineering. Students are trained in the fundamental principles of these fields while learning a sensitivity to society's needs -- a crucial combination in addressing the question of how industry can grow and innovate in an era of economic, environmental, and energy constraints.


Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department in the General Catalog
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department website

Contact Information

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
5531 Boelter Hall
Box 951592

Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA

Making the Right Decision

One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.

Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.

To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.

Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.

In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).

When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.