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4 year Bachelor of science program is Starting from fall 2019 (admission started !!)

Welcome to Chemical Engineering program at West Virginia State University (WVSU). We are very excited and pleased to let you know that our Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Chemical Engineering program was approved recently by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

At WVSU you learn from caring and knowledgeable faculty. The 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio means your receive one-on-one interaction allowing you to grow and excel.  We give you the academic and professional skills you need to achieve your goal of becoming an Chemical engineer. 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWVSU Engineering Day April 13, 2019


West Virginia State University is happy to annouce that WVSU Engineering Day will be held on April 13, 2019 (Saturday from 10am - 2pm).

There will be several Hands-on Fun Activities in Engineering:
  • Bridge building competition
  • Prepare a Shampoo and determine the comparative effectiveness of surfactants
  • Build Foam Rocket and participate in the launch competition
  • And more!
Manila Folder Bridge:
        You are going to build a Manila Folder Bridge (according to the design and direction provided below) at home and bring it on the WVSU Engineering Day and will participate in the competition.

        Please download these helpful material to construct the Bridge: Shampoo/surfactants competition (only for High-School Student)
  • To participate you need to be a high-school student and sign-up via RSVP      


image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWhat Chemical Engineers Do?

Chemical engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

The employment opportunities for the graduates of our program are diverse partly due to the design of the curriculum. The graduates will be resourceful, highly trained, and well prepared for a number of different career opportunities. The graduates of the program are in a unique position to obtain employment after graduation due to the proximity of the state’s capitol, Charleston. The industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation are:
  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Scientific Research and Development Service
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic
  • Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowWhy Study Engineering at WVSU?
The Mission of WVSU reads “West Virginia State University will meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research”. As engineering is one of the main engines of the economy, and as according to WV Economic Outlook 2016, the chemicals industry accounts for one-fifth of manufacturing sector jobs and nearly 40% of the manufacturing sector's economic output in West Virginia, this program at WVSU will produce graduates well prepared for the needs of the state and the region.
Special features of West Virginia State University that make it suitable for such a program are:
  • First, WVSU is a historically black college, and, hence, has always had a mission to educate minorities and other underrepresented populations.
  • Second, WVSU was established as a land-grant institution on March 17, 1891, under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.  As a land-grant University, WVSU is charged with providing educational opportunities for students, citizen and surrounding communities via its tripartite mission of research, teaching and outreach.
  • Third, the University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution.
  • Fourth, WVSU offers flexible course schedules in traditional classrooms and online to facilitate financially challenged students to continue their study concurrently with their job.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowProgram Objectives
The primary objectives of the proposed Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Chemical Engineering  program are as follows:
  • Emphasize the fundamental applied roots of Engineering with a heavy emphasis on practical/experiential/hands-on learning
  • Produce graduates that are experts at planning, design, construction or operation of engineering systems, solving problems, and bringing proper insights to design and research teams
  • Produce graduates that are proficient in the use of 21st Century design, analysis, and measurement tools and software
  • Produce graduates with soft-skills, including (a) professionalism, (b) communications, (c) team building, (d) societal, global and ethical awareness, and (e) dedicated continuous learners that companies require of 21st Century Engineers
  • Provide professional service to the state, the region and the nation

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowCurriculum and Program Requirements
The coursework will be divided into four distinct area— University-required general education courses, college level mathematics & basic science courses, courses in engineering topics, and chemical engineering emphasis courses. Each stream will begin with foundational courses and progress to more advanced courses, each meant to impart necessary content and skills that will make student success possible in later courses.
The WVSU Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical) degree will consist of 135 credit hours of required courses. Transfer students may import credits to WVSU based upon the WV Higher Education Policy Commission’s Transfer Agreement, as well as the discretion of the engineering faculty.
In addition, the students will develop a Senior Design Project during their final year. Moreover, they will create a portfolio that presents their professional work. The intent is the portfolio to be a resource of the student’s achievements that they can utilize in obtaining employment.

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American Electric Power Foundation Awards West Virginia State University $250,000 Grant
Funds Will Be Used to Equip Laboratories in New Chemical Engineering Program

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to West Virginia State University (WVSU) to help equip laboratories in the University’s new bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering program.

The grant was announced today, the first day of classes for the fall 2018 semester for WVSU.

“As West Virginia seeks to diversify its economy, West Virginia State University is committed to educating students in fields that support new and emerging industries,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “This new bachelor’s in chemical engineering will provide economic opportunities for citizens of central and southern West Virginia. I want to thank the American Electric Power Foundation for their investment in our students, and for supporting the workforce development needs of the state and region.”

The grant from the AEP Foundation will be used to help equip laboratories used by students with state-of-the-art hands-on learning experiences in their engineering coursework as well as support faculty and undergraduate student research.

“Practically every career path we have at Appalachian Power has a strong STEM component,” said Appalachian Power President and COO Chris Beam. “Industries across West Virginia and beyond need more young people who are strong in these fields to fill the jobs we have here in West Virginia and beyond. We are excited that West Virginia State University is adding this new degree program, as a strong education system helps support the economic development initiatives within the state and the industries that will help us grow our economy.”

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, WVSU now offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. The new program was approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Higher Learning Commission in 2017. The launch of the new program comes after years of planning and earlier attempts that had resulted in the creation of a 2+2 engineering program at the University in 2013.

According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, West Virginia is home to 140 different chemical-related companies that provide over 12,800 jobs to the state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of engineers to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. With the launch of its program, State becomes only the 10th 1890 land-grant university in the nation with an engineering program.

The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Appalachian Power. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and the environment, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.


faculty & staff


Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan                   Dr. Xi Zhao                                    Mrs. D. Jeannie Starr
Assistant Professor                             Assistant Professor                       Administrative Secretary, Sr.
419 Wallace Hall                                 Phone: (304) 766-3072                   816 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3087                                             Phone: (304) 766-3267                                                                     

Ms. Glenna Curry
Administrative Secretary, Sr.
101 Hamblin Hall
Phone: (304) 766-3102

engineering degree
For more information on the engineering program contact:

Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan
Assistant Professor 
419 Wallace Hall
West Virginia State University
Institute, WV 25112
(304) 766-3087
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