The undergraduate program provides students with the skills and tools to become innovative, competent and contributing engineers in the chemical and biochemical industries. Students take courses in mathematics, science, and engineering gaining the ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. Students also learn to function in multidisciplinary teams, understand professional and ethical responsibility, and recognize the importance of engaging in lifelong learning.
The biochemical option is a supplement to the chemical engineering course and offers students a deeper focus related to biological systems of living organisms. Biochemical engineers apply their skills in the food, agriculture, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and water treatment industries. Students pursuing the biochemical option complete the regular chemical engineering courses and approved elective courses in microbiology and biochemistry. The degree requirement is 130 credits, same as the regular chemical engineering curriculum. Students will receive a B.S. in Chemical Engineering degree with a Certificate for the Biochem Option. Learn More (Application for Certificate)
The department offers technical tracks in specific areas related to chemical engineering. Chemical engineers not only worked in the traditional petroleum and chemical industries but also applied their skills in a wide range of technologies including the energy, pharmaceutical, advanced materials, environmental, and biotechnology industries.
The Department offers two technical tracks: (1) Energy and Sustainability and (2) Advanced and Nano Materials tracks. Students pursuing a technical track will complete two elective courses (6 credits) selected from an approved list of elective courses. Upon request, students will be awarded Certificate of Completion.
Special Problems Research
This core course for CBE students requires working individually under the guidance of a faculty adviser on a unique problem in a specific area of chemical or biochemical engineering. Students are encouraged to pursue research across disciplines, where applicable, and gain hands-on lab experience while earning general and/or technical elective credit.
As a final project during senior year, students apply their knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals to design chemical and biochemical plants through rigorous technical and engineering analysis and economic evaluation. Starting from identifications of marketable products, students proceed to develop ideas, select workable methods, and then design the best and most economical processes for both upstream and downstream processing to produce the final products.