The Chemical Engineering program has two study tracks: Process industry and Biotechnology.
In the first two years of study the program focuses on the scientific "heart" of the subject, including courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology, together with basic applications to chemical engineering. The distinction between study tracks appears at the end of the second year, when basic engineering courses for the third and fourth year (heat and mass transfer, reactors, fundamental processes and others) are studied together.
Specialized courses in the third and fourth years are taught by industry experts in the respective areas, such as: process statistics, experimental design, environmental engineering, failure identification, safety, etc.
In the fourth year the student carries out an applied engineering project as well as an "industrial exposure" period in the processing industry, which can include the area of bio-technology. The industrial exposure includes the preparation of a project supervised jointly by a supervisor from industry and a faculty member. The final project and the industrial exposure activity prepare the student for a position in industry and help to establish contacts that work towards this end with the completion of studies.
The selection of the study track is done in accordance with the wishes of the student, and his/her academic achievements.
The Process Industry is rapidly developing in a variety of directions. Accordingly it offers both a large number and a wide variety of job opportunities for the Chemical Engineering graduate. Similarly, the job market for bio-technology requires training and understanding of biology, a firm grounding in separation techniques in biotechnology, and reactors/bioreactors. The graduate must understand the scaling up of biotechnological processes as well as fundamental knowledge of science and engineering. The program emphasizes the engineering aspects of the field and in this way prepares its graduates for the challenges that industry – including that of biotechnology, has to offer them.