Undergraduate Advising Handbook

New and Old Curriculum

The Chemical Engineering Program has introduced a number of revisions that are in effect for all students who started at Penn State in Summer 2015 or later. We have nicknamed these revisions as the “New Curriculum.” Students who started at Penn State before Summer 2015 are under the rules of the previous program, which we have nicknamed Old Curriculum.”

For the next few years, the two curricula will coexist until all students of the Old Curriculum have graduated. During this period of coexistence it is very important that you understand clearly which of the two curricula applies to you. The distinction is based on your first semester at Penn State, not on the semester that you were admitted to the major. If you are unclear about which curriculum applies to you, please see your adviser.

Links to the Advising Handbook for each curriculum are provided below.

Old Curriculum Advising Handbook

Old Curriculum
Students who started at Penn State before Summer 2015

New curriculum advising handbook

New Curriculum
Students who started at Penn State in Summer 2015 or later

Contact Information

Themis Matsoukas, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Rachel Smith
Administrative Support Assistant
Undergraduate Programs

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The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

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