2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (without addenda) 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (without addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.S.

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Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in chemical and biomolecular engineering  provides a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. The program builds upon these broad fundamentals to provide students with a thorough understanding of their applications in chemical engineering practice, emphasizing universality of natural laws and engineering principles whether at the scale of molecular systems or industrial processes. This is accomplished through a closely integrated set of core engineering courses that include engineering thermodynamics, conservation laws, reaction kinetics and engineering,unit operation theory and practice, process dynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transport. The curriculum culminates in a capstone design project, and includes a year-long laboratory that introduces students to classical and modern aspects of chemical engineering operations.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Educational Objectives

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program prepares graduates who:

  • apply their technical and communication skills to the pursuit of careers in the chemical, biochemical, energy and related industries or
  • pursue advanced study in graduate programs in chemical engineering and related fields, and in professional programs such as medicine, business, and law
  • creatively apply their knowledge and skills to a broad range of pursuits, taking into account global, environmental, economic, safety, and ethical issues
  • work both independently and collaboratively to manage complex technical projects
  • advance and lead in their chosen field, continually improving their understanding and expertise through formal and informal education.


Design is essential to chemical and biomolecular engineering and is incorporated throughout the core courses. Earlier courses emphasize fundamental engineering concepts, while later courses increasingly involve design components and more complex design problems.The senior year introduces a year-long process­-design sequence, in which students design chemical and biomolecular processes while considering engineering, safety, environmental and economic constraints.

The chemical and biomolecular engineering major enables graduates to select professional careers from an extremely broad spectrum of opportunities. Graduates are prepared for employment in the chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products, microelectronics, energy, environmental and related industries, or to enter graduate school.

Undergraduate Advising

All entering freshmen are advised through the Academic Advisement Center. Departmental academic advisers advise sophomores, juniors, seniors and transfer students. Students meet with their academic advisers at least once a semester, coincident with registration for the next term. At this meeting, the adviser discusses the student’s work and checks progress towards meeting degree requirements. A graduation checklist must be completed for all students prior to graduation, indicating that all academic requirements have been met.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science

In addition to the NYU Tandon requirement of a 2.0 GPA or better for graduation, students must also meet the department’s academic standards. For chemical and biomolecular engineering students to advance to senior-year, they must maintain a minimum average GPA of 2.5 in courses CBE-UY 1002 , CBE-UY 2124 , CBE-UY 3153 , CBE-UY 3313 , CBE-UY 3233 , CBE-UY 3223  and CBE-UY 3323 . The same course must not be failed twice. Students who fail to meet these requirements are not allowed to register for senior courses. All listed prerequisites must be satisfied before students may enroll in CBE courses.

Typical Course of Study for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Spring Semester: 16 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester: 16 Credits

Spring Semester: 16 Credits

Total credits required for graduation: 128


1 Students who are placed by examination or by an adviser into MA-UY 902 , MA-UY 912  or MA-UY 914  must defer registration for MA-UY 1024 .

2 Students who are placed by examination or by an adviser into EN-UY 1084W  must subsequently register for EN-UY 1033W , rather than EXPOS-UA 1 .

3 The requirements for Humanities and Social Sciences electives are described in the Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies section of this catalog.

TRANSFER STUDENTS may substitute engineering electives in place of EG-UY 1003  and CBE-UY 1002 .

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