Responsible Professor: Ville Alopaeus
School: School of Chemical Engineering

Learning outcomes

In the Chemical Engineering major of the Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology students learn the basic skills and knowledge required for a transition from an oil-based to a sustainable society. Utilizing natural resources is vital for a sustainable way of living and will be crucial for future economic growth, as it will provide also new business opportunities.

The focus of the major is on biotechnology and biomaterials, complementing the strong basics in mathematics and programming obtained in the basic studies. Harnessing the tools offered by chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology and engineering the major introduces how bio-based “thinking” will help in finding novel solutions to make this world more sustainable and create innovative products and solutions for applications ranging from construction materials and textiles to biofuels and medicine.

This skills combination is very powerful and allows you to specialize in many fields of chemistry and biotechnology as well as life science related topics in your further Master's studies.

Content of the studies

You will get basic knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry. Furthermore, you will be introduced to material sciences and polymer technology, related natural raw materials, product design, and related industrial processes. Your knowledge will be finally combined in a bachelor's thesis with a topic relevant to your studies.

Curriculum by timing

Orange: basic studiesGreen: major studies

First year

*Recommended course: CS-C1000 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Second year

Data Structures and Algorithms YIntroduction to Optimization
Computer-aided tools in engineeringBioprocess Technology
Chemistry IIIIndustrial Biomass Processes
Elective/ Minor courseNumerical Methods in Engineering
Elective/ Minor coursePrinciples of materials science
Elective/ Minor courseDifferential and integral calculus 2

Compulsory language course

Elective/ Minor course

Third year

BiochemistryBachelor's Thesis and Seminar
Plant biomassElective/ Minor course
Basics of Polymer TechnologyElective/ Minor course
Elective/ Minor courseElective/ Minor course
Elective/ Minor courseElective/ Minor course

Curriculum by study modules

Basic studies

Code: CHEM10.A

Extent: 65 ECTS

CodeNameECTS creditsPeriod
Mathematics 25 cr.
MS-A0111Differential and Integral Calculus 15I
MS-A0011Matrix Algebra5II
MS-A0503First Course in Probability and Statistics5III
MS-A0211Differential and Intergral Calculus 25III
MS-C2105Introduction to Optimization5IV
Programming 25 cr.
CS-A1113Basics in Programming Y15I-II
CS-A1123Basics in Programming Y25III-V
CS-A1143Data Structures and Algorithms Y5I-II
ENG-A2001Computer-aided Tools in Engineering5I-II
ENG-A1003Numerical Methods in Engineering5III
General Studies 10 cr.
SCI-A1010Introduction Course for Bachelor's Students2I-V

Compulsory Language Course3



National Language Requirement (FI/SV),

written test




National Language Requirement (FI/SV),

oral test


University Wide Studies (recommended course: CS-C1000 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence)3IV
Entrepreneurship 5 cr.
TU-A1300Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management5I-II

Major: Chemical Engineering

Code: CHEM3054

Extent: 65 ECTS

CodeNameECTS creditsPeriod
CHEM-C1200Chemistry I5I-II
CHEM-C1210Chemistry II5IV-V
CHEM-C1300Fundamental Biosciences5III-IV
CHEM-C2250Chemistry III5I-II
CHEM-C2310Bioprocess Technology5IV-V
CHEM-C2340Industrial Biomass Processes5IV-V
ELEC-D8710Principles of Materials Science5III-IV
CHEM-C3320Plant Biomass5I
CHEM-C2430Basics of Polymer Technology5I-II
CHEM-A1610Design Meets Biomaterials5IV-V

Bachelor's Thesis and Seminar10I-I or III-V

Maturity test0

In addition, students can include a maximum of 10 credits of practical training in their elective studies.