4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rapid City

About this program

Chemical Engineering BS

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering deals with the design and development of procedures to create products – products essential to sustaining modern life such as food and fuel. It is the application and combination of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve today's most pressing problems.

What does a chemical engineer do?

Chemical engineers take raw materials and create every day, usable products crucial to modern society. They do this by applying the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve the problems that occur during the production of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and a myriad of other products.

With a degree in chemical engineering from South Dakota Mines, you can work in jobs that increase crop yields to combat world hunger, create new materials, reduce pollution, and meet energy demands. Chemical engineers (as well as biological engineers) are instrumental in creating pharmaceuticals and lifesaving devices such as the artificial kidney, but they also produce products like cosmetics, biofuels, and sandwich bags.

Admission requirements

International Undergraduate Course Requirements

The School of Mines will carefully review and consider for acceptance applicants who meet the general education requirements and the following criteria:

  • Achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • English Proficiency Requirement - can be viewed on our website
  • Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
    • ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 25/590
    • Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
    • Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam

Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide an English proficiency. 

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Program content

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • Introduction to Chemical Process Modeling/Lab
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • Composition I
  • Calculus I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Second Semester

  • Programming for Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Lab
  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Biology Elective
  • Chemical Engineering Material Balances
  • Experimental Organic Chemistry IA
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Differential Equations
  • University Physics II

Second Semester

  • Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical Engineering Process Thermodynamics
  • Computer Applications in Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace
  • Calculus III

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer
  • Chemical Engineering Equilibrium Thermodynamics
  • Process Measurements and Control
  • Chemical Engineering Process Control Lab
  • Chemical Engineering Fluid Laboratory
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Explorations in STEM Communications

Second Semester

  • Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer Laboratory
  • Chemical Engineering Equilibrium Separations
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry II Lab
  • Engineering Elective
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Process Control
  • Process Design and Economics for Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Process Safety
  • Chemical Engineering Elective
  • Department Approved Elective

Second Semester

  • Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer and Reaction Engineering Laboratory
  • Capstone Design for Chemical Engineering (OR)Process/Product Design for CBE
  • Global and Contemporary Issues in Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Elective
  • Chemical Engineering Lab Elective
  • Department Approved Elective

Scholarships & funding

International students may seek scholarship opportunities but should be aware that many scholarships are limited to US citizens or permanent residents. South Dakota Mines does not offer scholarships specifically for international students. You must be ADMITTED by January 15 of the year you are planning to enroll in the fall semester if you wish to be considered for scholarships. Scholarships are only awarded for a start date of the fall semester. Please see the Scholarships website for information on Mines scholarships.

International students are NOT eligible for South Dakota Mines or federal loan programs and should not apply for such financial assistance. 


Total Estimated for the undergraduate I-20 — 2022-2023

  • Academic year (9 months) - $17,100
  • Living Expenses (9 months) - $10,900
  • Books & Supplies (9 months) - $ 1,200
  • Estimated Total for one academic year - $29,200

The estimate for living expenses includes only room, board, and health insurance, which is mandatory for international students. This does not include personal and transportation expenses, which you will still have. The institution estimates that you will spend approximately $3450 per academic year on personal and transportation expenses, so please be prepared for these expenses.

Career paths

South Dakota Mines chemical engineering grades are in high demand due to the large number of industries that depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. Our grads work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Chemical, energy, and oil industries
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronic device fabrication
  • Wine making
  • Manufacturing of nanocomposites, polymers, materials, chemicals, or food

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About this institute

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, which was mining. And now it includes so much more. Over the years, South Dakota Mines evolved into a leading science...

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Why study at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Life at South Dakota Mines is more than books, homework, and tests. It’s robot races on the Quad, blacksmithing on Friday afternoons, late-night hangouts with friends in the dorm, and cheering for your favorite Hardrocker sports team. It’s finding “your” people – friends who geek out at the same stuff you do, whether that’s esports, robotics, fossils, or chemistry experiments. You’ll work alongside “your” people in classrooms and on student teams and organizations. At South Dakota Mines, it’s more about collaboration than competition, and you’ll never be alone in your passions and interests.


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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

501 E Saint Joseph Street
57701 Rapid City South Dakota
United States of America

Phone no: 16053946884

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