For students interested in pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, DePaul offers a joint-program in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where students will earn a BS degree in Chemistry from DePaul and BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT.
Rationale for offering Ch.E. Option
The addition of an engineering option in chemistry allows students to
pursue a course of study ultimately focused on the truly applied side
of the chemistry profession. Chemical engineering is concerned with the
design, development and management of facilities that convert raw
materials into useful products. The engineer must assume responsibility
for the economical use of the raw materials, preservation of the
environment and profitability of the operation.
DePaul University does not have the expertise or facilities to
provide a complete education in chemical engineering; however, we
provide the core chemical and allied-field education for students who
wish to complete the engineering part of their degree elsewhere. We also
provide the well-rounded liberal arts education that technical schools
seldom offer. Thus students pursuing this option benefit from the core
science and liberal arts education that DePaul can provide while still
receiving a technical degree in Chemical Engineering at IIT.
The Chemical Engineering option is offered in conjunction with Illinois Institute of Technology
(IIT), as IIT is local and already offers degrees in chemical
engineering. In the five-year program, students simultaneously earn a
BS in Chemistry from DePaul University and a Chemical Engineering
(ChE) degree from IIT. Students complete the BS in Chemistry
(Standard concentration) at DePaul University. Students then supplement
their DePaul BS with 20 additional chemical engineering and related
courses taken at IIT. A tentative timeline for courses may be seen here;
note that the actual sequencing of courses heavily depends on a
student's preparation. Individual courses of study must be developed in
consultation with the department's chemical engineering advisor.
The Liberal Studies Program
for students in the joint degree programs is essentially the same as it
is for other science majors. Students take 19 courses, 18 of them at
DePaul. The experiential learning requirement is satisfied at IIT in
project-oriented engineering courses (IPRO), which are designed to give
students real-life engineering experience. In order to satisfy some IIT
requirements, students are asked to select learning domain courses from a
subset of those offered at DePaul. To satisfy technical elective
requirements at IIT, students must also take a 300-level ECO course.
Note that a prerequisite for the 300-level ECO course is ECO 105 or 106.
Please refer to the complete list of the liberal studies domain
requirements for this degree.
Students must be admitted to both schools to complete this program. DePaul offers online registration . IIT also offers online registration.
When applying to IIT, you must indicate that you want the Joint
Program. You must also register at both institutions when you are ready
for concurrent enrollment and fax a copy of your DePaul transcript to
date to the IIT Office of Educational Services (fax: 312.567.3302;
Note: this program does not appear in the University Catalog. For more information, contact the Office of Admission and the College of Science and Health Advising Office at CSHAdvising@depaul.edu or (773) 325-8490.