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Two Chemical Engineers working with a chemical reactor system
What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession that uses chemistry, mathematics and physics to provide solutions to real-world problems in fields as varied as biomedical engineering, personal-care products, petroleum and natural gas, pharmaceutics and materials processing.


The Department of Chemical Engineering has more than 30,000 square feet of space available for its use in Anderson and Carrier Halls. Laboratory facilities include a wide variety of instructional and research equipment. Students have access to the Ch.E. computer lab, as well as computer facilities operated by the School of Engineering and the university's Office of Information Technology.

Location maps and building photographs of Brevard Hall and Carrier Hall on the University Circle, Anderson Hall overlooking the football stadium and Weir Hall by the university's main library show the central location of the engineering buildings on campus. A virtual tour of the entire campus also can be taken to see a 360-degree view of several central campus sites.

Why Engineering at Ole Miss?
Small Class Size

Engineering students at Ole Miss benefit from a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, comparable to that of an elite private college.

A Great College Town

Oxford, Miss., home of Ole Miss, has been recognized by USA Today as one of America’s premier college towns. The downtown Square is home to numerous independently owned restaurants, art galleries and a bookstore The New Yorker said was as good as any in New York City. Live music can be heard throughout the week in numerous venues. Add in Southeastern Conference sports and nearby recreation areas including Sardis Lake, and you’ve got the ultimate college experience.

Well-Rounded Engineers

Engineering students at Ole Miss gain strengths in more than just engineering. The university's strong foundation in liberal arts touches all students, and those in engineering are no exception. The engineering curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and ethics. We produce students who are ready to be leaders in today's workforce and graduate schools.

Quality Students

Bright, ambitious students make for a stimulating learning environment, and the School of Engineering at UM is home to many high achievers. Students in the school regularly receive top academic awards and scholarships during their undergraduate studies at Ole Miss.

Opportunities for Independent Study

The Ole Miss engineering faculty offers many opportunities for independent study. Students have worked on projects ranging from pharmaceutical and natural products to biofuels, combustion, composite materials, venomous snakes, surface flow in channels and educational modules for high school.

About the School of Engineering
Mission Statement

The School of Engineering at The University of Mississippi strives continuously to improve the quality of teaching, research and service. In so doing, the school

  • Prepares students with a broad-based education for entering the engineering profession, for advanced studies and for careers in research;
  • Develops in students leadership skills, communication and creative-thinking skills, global perspective and commitment to lifelong learning; and
  • Provides practicing professionals with continuing education opportunities.

The school capitalizes on its engineering science tradition, its low student-to-faculty ratio and the liberal arts environment of Ole Miss to give our graduates the ability to adapt to the rapid changes in engineering and the interdisciplinary background and capacity for innovation that sets them apart from the graduates of larger engineering schools.

  • To provide an environment conducive to learning, teaching and research. This includes diverse and multicultural first-rate faculty, staff and students and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • To provide a top-quality, ABET-accredited undergraduate program suitable for the 21st century.
  • To foster a vibrant graduate program and to perform quality research in line with national trends and achieve national recognition in selected areas.
  • To establish strong partnerships and lasting relationships with industry, government, professional societies, alumni and academia.
  • To make significant contributions to the technological and economic development of the state of Mississippi and the region through education, research and service.
  • To increase the visibility of the School of Engineering locally and nationally.

Ole Miss School of Engineering bachelor degree programs in chemical, civil, electrical, geological and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202. Telephone: 410-347-7700. The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Engineering program is not accredited by a commission of ABET; it is designed to provide students with maximum flexibility in selection of a curriculum to suit individual interests.

Admission of Freshmen

There are no special admission requirements for the School of Engineering beyond the university's general admission requirements. However, it is highly recommended that students entering the School of Engineering as freshmen have the four high school units required by the university in mathematics to include the following: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II and trigonometry and that students have four units in natural science selected from biology, chemistry and physics, with at least one unit laboratory-based.

Admission of Transfer Students

An overall “C” average in course work taken at other approved colleges is required for transfer into the School of Engineering. In unusual cases, the rule may be waived with the approval of the appropriate department chair and the dean.

Admission of International Students

International undergraduate applicants must have received a high school diploma with a “C” average or better and have completed a minimum of 12 years of primary and secondary education. Those prospective students whose native language is other than English must submit evidence of ability in English by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 80 (Internet-based). Those students transferring from other colleges and universities must have an overall B average or better on all courses taken.