Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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


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

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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