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Program Details

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University offers a certificate program in Foundations in Chemical Engineering. This program is offered completely online and will cover the core elements from the chemical engineering undergraduate program of study. In order to enroll in this program, students must have completed math through calculus, plus physics, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry. Some knowledge of differential equations would also be helpful.

Within the certificate program, professionals in the science and engineering fields will study the foundations of chemical engineering principles. Examples of professionals who have taken this program are biochemists, chemists, environmental engineers, agricultural engineers, food scientists, and mechanical engineers. Those who study in this program find that the information offered enhances their technical background.

The two courses within this program are Foundations in Chemical Engineering I (CHE 804) and Foundations in Chemical Engineering II (CHE 805). Through these courses, students will learn about the fundamentals of material and energy balances, chemical reaction engineering, thermodynamics for chemical engineering, mass transfer and separations, and fluid flow & heat transfer. By learning this material, students will be able to do routine calculations, work on multidisciplinary teams, or even advance on to further education in a graduate chemical engineering program.

When students successfully complete this program with a 3.0 or higher GPA, they will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Foundations of Chemical Engineering.


Students must have completed math through calculus, plus physics, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools