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Washington State University
The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

About the School

Mission Statement

The mission of the School is to deliver academic programs in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering that advance the boundaries of knowledge, educate competent engineering professionals, and contribute to the needs of society. Faculty, staff, and students engage in discovery, teaching, application, and integration, along with periodic review of achievement, to develop practitioners and scholars prepared to make meaningful and responsible contributions to society.

Di Wu with his students in the lab

Recent Ranking of WSU’s Chemical Engineering Program

The WSU chemical engineering program is ranked among the best in the US in 2020 global rankings.

Brochure (PDF) about Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the Voiland School

Bernie Van Wie and his students working in the lab

Degrees Offered

The Voiland School offers courses of study leading to the degrees of:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering Science)

Both the BSChE and BSBE degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Please see the ABET Chemical Engineering Accreditation page and the ABET Bioengineering Accreditation page at the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture for accreditation details and enrollment/graduation data.

Chemical Engineering

WSU’s chemical engineering program provides a thorough knowledge of basic science and engineering. This includes material and energy balances, chemical and physical equilibria, rate processes, and economic balances. With such training, graduates may participate in the design and production of chemically based products or they may engage in research leading to new or improved chemical processes, products, and uses. Graduates also find rewarding work in plant operation, plant management, university teaching, sales/service, and other functions requiring chemical engineering training. Many students also use their educations in chemical engineering as preparation for other professional degrees such as medicine or law.

The total number of majors in chemical engineering is restricted at the junior level.


Bioengineering is an engineering discipline that integrates engineering and life sciences to address issues important to human and animal well-being and to society at large. As such, the educational objective of the BS Bioengineering degree is to prepare graduates for productive employment, advanced study, or professional programs where they apply principles and methods of both engineering and life sciences to solve problems affecting human and animal health and well-being. Graduates may apply their expertise in human and animal medicine, biotechnology, or related biology-based engineering fields.

With these integrated science and engineering skills, bioengineering graduates are able to make valuable contributions to human and animal health care and environments, bio-based product development, and biotechnology. At Washington State University, bioengineering cooperates with and finds applications in numerous disciplines of engineering, veterinary medicine, and medical sciences. The bioengineering curriculum easily accommodates pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary requirements for those students wishing to apply to professional schools in health care fields.

The total number of majors in bioengineering is restricted at the junior level.