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Undergraduate Admissions FAQ

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Prospective Student FAQ

Prospective Student FAQ Answers

How many different majors does CHE offer?
The Chemical Engineering Department administers two curricula (majors): they are Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering.

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How many students are in CHE?
In any given four year period spanning from Freshmen to Senior, there are about 392 students in Chemical and 87 in Biochemical.

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What research facilities are connected to the majors?
The Chemical Engineering Department is committed to providing positive and practical training to students in both of its majors. We are currently in the process of upgrading the three chemical and biochemical engineering undergraduate laboratories. In addition, undergraduates participating in academic research will have use of the Department’s facilities.

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Are there scholarships available to CHE students?
The Chemical Engineering Department offers several monetary awards including the Child/Whitaker Scholarship, the Alan Jackman Scholarship, the Wasson Study Abroad Fellowship, the Biochemical Engineering Scholarship; as well as scholar awards awarded by Chevron and Phillips 66.. For more information on scholarships and awards, see http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/index.html and http://www.honors.ucdavis.edu.

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What student clubs are connected with the majors?
There are a number of student organizations connected to CHE majors, including American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and International Society of Life Science Professionals. These student organizations are open to all majors and participate in Picnic Day, Preview Day and many other events. For more information, please visit their websites.

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What kind of a job can I get with my degree?
Graduates with bachelor’s degrees are employed extensively throughout private industry. Firms actively seek our students for employment in the food and beverage processing industries, petroleum industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, biotech industry, and utility industries. Many students work for the federal or state government or do graduate work after graduation. The CHE curricula equally prepare you for a career in industry, government, or academia.

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How many students go on to graduate school?
About 10-15% of CHE Department graduates go on to graduate school. In recent years our students have attend graduate schools such as Stanford, Harvard, UC Davis, and other UC schools. Students invited to participate in our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Honors Program will be uniquely prepared for graduate school.

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How long does it take an incoming Freshman to graduate?
Both CHE majors can be completed in four years with a normal course load. For a sample schedule, check your major below:

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Can a transfer student finish in two years?
Yes. A problem transfer students often face that leads to a longer stay is missing course work. It is recommended that a transfer student complete as much coursework as possible prior to admission to ensure a two year graduation.

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Will I have contact with professors outside of class?
Yes. The CHE department has many activities for undergraduates including faculty advising, the Picnic Day Department BBQ, and student clubs. The best way to work with professors outside class is to do undergraduate research.

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