A career in chemical engineering is within your reach with a degree from one Maryland's three chemical engineering schools. Two of these schools have Associate's-level options. All three schools have Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and PhD programs. The average cost of tuition is $17,600 per semester.
If you are earning your first degree, a Bachelor's degree will likely be the best degree choice for you. It takes four to five years of full-time study to earn a Bachelor's degree. You complete 12 to 18 credits per semester for a total of 120 credits. Classes you may have to take include Cell & Tissue Engineering, Biomass Refinery Operations, and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.
After you have completed a Bachelor's degree, you can build on your knowledge with a two-year Master's degree or seven-year PhD. These classes are typically much more demanding, since they require a Bachelor's-level understanding of chemical engineering. You may take courses like Polymer Rheology & Processing, Transport Phenomena, and Viscous Flow.
These courses include a blend of lecture hours and lab hours. Lecture hours give you the theoretical understanding you need, while lab hours give you the practical experience that's expected of you.
Although there are only three chemical engineering schools in Maryland, there's still quite a range of tuition rates. The University of Maryland Baltimore County has very low tuition rates. Residents are charged $3,542 per semester and non-residents are charged $9,073 per semester. At Johns Hopkins University, tuition is the same for residents and non-residents. All students pay $45,470 per year for tuition.
There are many school-specific scholarships at every school in Maryland. At the University of Maryland College Park, you can apply for scholarships like the ASHRAE Scholarship, the B. Charles Tiney Memorial Scholarship, and the SMART Scholarship.
The Maryland Board for Professional Engineers lays out licensing requirements for Professional Engineers. You must pass the Principles & Practice of Engineering exam before you get your license.
As you begin your career, think about joining local professional organizations to help propel your career forward. In Maryland, you can join the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers to attend continuing education seminars and network with other engineers.
Using these opportunities can also help you improve your income potential. O*Net reports that the average salary in Maryland is $100,900 per year.