The Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering provides programmes in the discipline of Chemical Engineering that combine chemistry, physics and engineering. This combination goes on to solve problems involving the use or production of chemicals to develop new materials and processes, to increase efficiency and lower cost.

The degrees offered by the department are :

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (M.E.) (non-thesis)
  • Master of Engineering Science (M.E.S) (thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The undergraduate students and faculty in the chemical engineering department work in all areas of chemical engineering including :

  • Chemical process systems
  • Biochemicals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Renewable energy
  • Nanotechnology

The university is located in Beaumont, Texas, home to four refineries and many chemical plants. Lamar University College of Engineering offers three graduate degree programs with a concentration in Chemical Engineering. The Master’s degrees with a concentration in Chemical Engineering deepen knowledge about various aspects of chemical engineering.

The students have the opportunity to conduct research and contribute something new to the field by conducting experiments and taking part in research publications. The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare chemical engineers to advance research, development, and education so that they can address national and global challenges with a highly sustainable industrial-based focus on petroleum, petrochemical and allied industries.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Process optimization and integration
  • Surface phenomena
  • Advance Process control/analysis
  • Air quality
  • Pollution prevention
  • Solidification/Stabilisation

List of Labs:

  • Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center
  • Texas Air Research Center
  • Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center
  • Center For Fuel Cell & Energy Sys

Civil and Environmental

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department provides its Civil Engineers with the opportunity to participate in a broad spectrum of operations such as studies, design, growth, management, and control of engineering systems and parts. In addition to numerous graduate degrees, the department offers undergraduate degrees.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering enables faculty members and undergraduates to conduct studies in all fields of :

  • Civil Engineering including Structures
  • Geotechnical, Transportation Systems
  • Environmental Systems, Construction
  • Water Treatment

While focusing on creating environmentally sound systems.

There are two master’s degree plans:

  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Studies

The department also offers 3 additional graduate plans :

  • Master of Engineering (non-thesis)
  • Master of Engineering Science (thesis)
  • Doctor of Engineering

The graduate students engage in practical initiatives in the different areas of civil and environmental engineering such as continuing collaborations with the Transportation Department of Texas, Sabine-Neches Navigation, Port of Houston, and other industry partners. It also provides a mixed program to enable learners to obtain their Bachelor of Civil Engineering Science and Master of Environmental Engineering or Environmental Studies in just under 5 years.

During the senior year of undergraduate studies, there is a flexibility to start taking courses towards a master's degree. The Master of Engineering non-thesis program is designed to meet the practitioner's needs in the discipline, while the Master of Engineering Science with a thesis option program prepares students in their selected engineering disciplines to develop solutions independently.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Transport of water and air substances
  • Productivity management
  • GIS
  • Internet and Component-Based monitoring System
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Composite materials application

List of Labs:

  • Center For Advances In Water And Air Quality (Cawaq)

Computer Science 

The Computer Science Department encompasses every aspect of human endeavor - popular techniques such as mobile phones, artificial intelligence, medical imaging, and game design and development.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' predictions suggests that jobs such as :

  • Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Software Architect

Are likely to be among the most expanding professions over the next century.

Lamar's Computer Science program focuses on :

  • Computer programming languages
  • Data structures
  • Information systems
  • Programming language theory
  • Software engineering
  • Networking
  • Database
  • Multimedia
  • Computer science apps
  • Computer architecture

Students can also investigate levels in bioinformatics in computer science and the creation of games in computer science.

The department offers many bachelor’s degrees and minor programs which include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor degree in Cyber Security
  • B.S. in Computer Game Development
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Computer and Information Science
  • minor in Multimedia and Web Technology
  • Game Design and development (Certificate)

The graduate classes include MS in Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity. The MS Curriculum is intended to prepare learners for networking, database design, and smart systems careers. There are choices for both thesis and non-thesis programs.

To put graduates at the forefront of technical excellence, a combination, of course, laboratory and study work in the program is intended. The 'Cybersecurity' certificate program enables individuals to work as system /network/data/web/app analysts or developers in various jobs industries including :

  • IT
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Army
  • Production
  • E-commerce
  • Transportation
  • Retail
  • Health care
  • Insurance
  • Education
  • Environmental management.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Graphics and Multimedia
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks
  • Database
  • Architecture/Algorithms
  • Simulation/Modeling

Electrical / Electronics

The Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering Department ranks 5th in the US for engineering in terms of return on investment.

It provides a bachelor degree program in which faculty and students operate in all fields of electrical engineering including :

  • Electronics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Power & Energy
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Robotics

The Electrical Engineering Department provides two undergraduate (Instrumentation & Control) and graduate (Power & Energy) certificate programs.

The department also provides three graduate degrees:  

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Science
  • Doctor of Engineering

With the exception of the Masters of Engineering degree, the graduate degrees require each student to pursue research in an area of their choice.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Power & Energy
  • Robotics
  • Instrumentation & Control

Are the specialization tracks offered in the master’s level courses. In addition, the Power & Energy Certificate is intended to cover industry needs including the design and execution of electrical devices and power electronic drives, power generation unit dynamics control, energy system tracking and security, energy system modeling and intelligent grid concept. The program is specifically intended for industrial electrical engineers who want to take on fresh or enhanced duties in the power and energy industries.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Photonics
  • Telecommunications
  • VLSI design and testing
  • Computer networks
  • Control Systems
  • Image and signal processing

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial Engineering provides a distinctive experience on campus. It deals with individuals, finance, data, and the environment. The department provides a bachelor's degree in science along with multiple master's degrees and a doctoral degree in engineering. Undergraduates have many learning opportunities including research and education abroad. Students from the department have interned with major national firms including UPS, GE, Invista, Dupont, Toyota, Delta, BASF, Bell as well as local businesses in the chemical, production, paper and steel sectors.

The department also provides a five-year academic program leading to two degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In which students will be able to complete their B.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA within five years by completing certain electives and engineering economics to satisfy the requirements of an MBA.

The department offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • Master of Engineering with a concentration in Industrial Engineering (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Engineering Science with a concentration in Industrial Engineering (Thesis)
  • Doctor of Engineering with a concentration in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Port and Terminal Management (MPTM)

The Doctor of Engineering degree is intended to allow the practitioner to study the complicated nature of practical engineering issues.

Graduates of industrial engineering work in :

  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • banking
  • consulting
  • transportation
  • warehousing
  • retail
  • government

These are some major companies who are the top recruiters:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • DuPont
  • Lyondell-Bissell
  • Schlumberger
  • Gerdau
  • Invista
  • Georgia Pacific
  • BASF
  • Accenture
  • IBM
  • HP
  • Honda
  • Toyota
  • Nissan
  • Walmart
  • Disney

Areas of Expertise:

  • Safety and Ergonomics
  • Natural Language Generation
  • Financial Engineering
  • Micro Machinery
  • Data Mining
  • Human Factors
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Statistical Quality control
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Optimization

List of Labs:

  • Center For Advances In Port Management


Lamar University's Department of Mechanical Engineering includes mechanical device research, design, development, production, and testing.

The department provides :

  • Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (non-thesis) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Science (thesis) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering degrees

Graduate courses offer the following specialization tracks:

  • Advanced Mechanical Design
  • Optimization and Simulation
  • Energy Conversion and Conservation
  • Materials Engineering

Undergraduate learners generate projects that integrate multiple kinds of machinery designs and construction.

The typical job fields for graduate students include :

  • Machine Design
  • Systems Design
  • Energy Resources
  • Aerospace Manufacturing and Production
  • Transportation and Environmental Impact
  • Materials and Structures
  • Energy Conversion

Areas of Expertise:

  • Manufacturing
  • Material Sciences
  • CAE
  • Mechanical Design
  • Systems Design
  • Thermal Sciences
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