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BS in Chemical Engineering in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is a five-year degree program that equips students with an understanding of both engineering and chemical principles. It also develops proficiency in the design, development, operation, and management of industrial processes. The program develops the students’ skills in analyzing chemical processes, designing effective laboratory experiments to test hypotheses, and interpreting data. 

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. They will learn relevant topics that will be useful in their college life. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics in Chemical Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chemical Engineering Calculations
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Process Industries
  • Introduction to Particle Technology
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Laws and Ethics for Chemical Engineers

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Chemical Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Solve complex engineering problems using the application of mathematics and science knowledge
  • Conduct engineering procedures professionally and ethically
  • Understand and explain the significance of engineering solutions globally, economically, and environmentally
  • Use up to date techniques, skills, and engineering tools for agricultural engineering procedure
  • Apply engineering and management principles both as a member and a leader in a team
  • Design, execute and enhance integrated systems including people, materials, information, equipment, and energy
  • Understand at least one specialized field of chemical engineering

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in a company, organization, or agency that specializes in chemical engineering practices and procedures. 

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Chemical Engineer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Chemical Engineering needs to pass the Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Chemical Engineering under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Chemical Engineering may pursue a career path in various development and agricultural companies or government agencies that needs specialized Chemical Engineering services. They may apply for roles such as a chemical engineer, manufacturing engineer, plant process engineer, and quality control engineer, process safety engineer, or even a chemical engineering professor.

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Reviews of BS in Chemical Engineering graduates:

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemical Engineering: They say Chemical Engineers are the universal engineers. They are versatile and knowledgeable in a lot of subject matters.

list bulletAbout my college education: Chemical Engineering is really tough. First, you have to study Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics before you can proceed with more hardcore engineering sciences and chemical engineering majors. You will also be required to take technical writing class, economics class, even electrical and civil engineering subjects. And then there are your major subjects that you have to juggle and plan when to take them because most of the subjects are seasonal.

It will take a lot of sleepless nights before you can graduate in this course. So, you do not only need a sharp mind but a healthy body as well. And it also helps if you will have a positive attitude. There may be a lot of group activities so you also need to value teamwork and camaraderie.

The plant design will probably the greatest challenge in your entire chemical engineering undergrad experience. It is what you have been prepared for in all those subjects you took before that. Hard work and patience can do you a lot.

list bulletMy current job: Process Engineer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Chemical Engineering is process oriented and industrial scale, so yes, I am able to apply it very much in my current position.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 7 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemical Engineering: I can recommend it to those who thinks they can handle the challenges and the pressure. If you are not academically gifted, you may find it very difficult and eventually shift to another course, just like a lot of my other batch mates. So think hard before taking the course.

Since you will be able to acquire a wide variety of skills throughout your undergrad years, there will be a lot of career opportunities available to chemical engineers.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: It's not easy to get into the program as it is a "quota course", and once you are in, it will never be easy. Just study hard and be patient. Some students may take it more than the allotted 5 years, because of a lot of possible reasons. But do not be discouraged, because once you become a Chemical Engineer, you will feel utmost happiness and fulfillment!
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