The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in chemical engineering with the option to focus technical electives in the biological, energy and the environment, or materials tracks. The department also offers an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering. The undergraduate program’s objectives are for graduates to gain a strong foundation in chemical engineering theory and practice, have communication and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a professional environment, and have the ability to become scholars and professional dedicated to the betterment of themselves and society.
Undergraduate study begins with foundation courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. First-year engineering courses provide early exposure to teamwork and professional development. Individual and team projects throughout the curriculum develop teamwork and communication skills and the ability to solve problems beyond the textbook. Sophomore courses focus on analysis of commercial chemical and biological processes. Junior courses help students develop an in-depth understanding of heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid dynamics, and chemical reactions. The senior year culminates with students operating pilot-scale manufacturing equipment and designing a complete manufacturing process. In addition to these core courses, students select from a large range of technical elective courses in engineering, science, and mathematics, giving the degree a strong interdisciplinary flavor.