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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:

F. L.
◈ Studied BS Chemical Engineering
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Chemical Engineering: A twist of fate... And I used to make potions when I was a kid. Didn't get into Hogwarts, so I went for this. Lol

list bulletAbout my college education: Chemical Engineering equips you to understand how transformations, both physical and chemical, occur at the molecular level and tells you how to take it to a whole new level. A lot of the things we take for granted in our daily lives come to us through large-scale production plants (tissue paper, processed meats, matchsticks, potato chips, beauty products, you name it), and that's what chemical engineering is all about: blowing things up from Erlenmeyer-flask size to reactor-vessel size. Once you know how the transformations happen, you can think of yourself as a modern alchemist. Turning the sludge you flush down the toilet into potable water - no problem, you can handle that. It's no easy matter, though.

Aside from the basic package of chemistry and mathematics / engineering, you'll have to have natural sciences, social sciences, and economics safely tucked in your pocket if you want to master this course.

Now, if you decide to take on the challenge, be prepared for this:

1. Hardcore chemistry, mathematics, and engineering courses that will make you ask, "Why am I letting myself go through all this pain? T_T"
2. Hardcore chemical engineering subjects - which you'll come to realize are COMPLETELY different from chemistry subjects
3. Hardcore equipment design
4. AND THE MOTHER OF IT ALL. Plant Design. And Thesis / Practicum.

Depending on how things turn out, this could be a dash across a bed of coals or a promenade... Through HELL. Passing rates aren't that high - it's somewhat expected of all engineering courses. Don't despair, though. Persistence is key, and everybody seems to have more than an adequate supply of it. You'll catch the disease, for sure. The prize awaiting every engineer is <3, so it's worth the fight.

Don't worry, though. Once you're more than halfway through, you could be seeing the world in a different light. Thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, in particular, would be apparent in the mundane tasks of your daily life. Opening that refrigerator, turning that faucet, switching on the electric fan, washing machine, etc. Yeah, you'd see them a little differently. After all, science helps you understand the world a little better.

To succeed in this course, you should be at least one of these two:
1. Possesses a burning passion for chemical engineering, as a field of study
2. Possesses a burning passion to become a chemical engineer (even if he or she is clueless to what a chemical engineer does, but simply wants that license and mid/far-future high-paying job)

Or if not, just be determined. You could love chemical engineering, but it might not love you back. So yeah, be a fighter.

Disclaimer: it's okay to give up. This isn't meant for everybody. Cheer up!

list bulletMy current job: I'm a process engineer - I design "stuff" that you'll find in processing plants. There are many kinds of "stuff" involved, and typically, I have to at least find out how big these "stuff" should be. Sounds simple, but to make a piece needs consideration of what you're gonna put in that "stuff, " how much you'll put in, how you want to put it in, how you'll connect various "stuff" to one another etc. - all the while making sure not a single part will explode. Haha.

There's a lot of other possibilities, though. Academe, research, manufacturing, environmental compliance, quality assurance, production, project management. It's a really wide field - a double edged sword, if you ask me.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The technical aspect is very important for my current work, although it doesn't seem to be the case in other possible jobs.

The skills that I got, though, that weren't transmissible from teacher to student, are no doubt useful in any profession. These include time management, working under pressure, being innovative, communication and Microsoft office skills, etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I took over half a year off to study for and take the board exam. After the board exam, I let a month pass before searching for jobs, just to have rest + more fun. I began actively searching for jobs thereafter, and it took me four months before I got hired.

So, 7 months (board exam review + board exam) + 1 month (own time) + 4 months (job hunt)...

12 months = 1 year. I like to focus on the 4 month active job hunt, though.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Chemical Engineering: Employment opportunities: yes

Salary level:
You can earn anywhere from a really small amount to a huge amount, depending on where you go. As I said, the range of chemical engineering is really wide, so it will really depend on what company. If you go abroad, you could probably do six or more digits, but that's not really for everybody, so don't count on that.

No matter where you go, though, I think becoming a more experienced employee would get you a salary level above many other (but not all) professions.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Most students in my course are blinded by the name of the course - it just sounds so good, eh? My advice to you, my padawan, is to be sure of what you're doing. Adele said, "regrets and mistakes, they are memories made."

So try to find out first what chemical engineering is about and what you'll eventually be doing. Then if you do decide to venture into this realm, pick up your sword - it's going to be a hell of a battle. :)
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