2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with 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 core 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 an integrated set of core engineering courses that include engineering thermodynamics, conservation laws, reaction kinetics and engineering,unit operations 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.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the undergraduate CBE major are:

  • PEO 1: creatively apply their knowledge and skills to a broad range of contemporary pursuits, taking into account industrial, environmental, economic, safety, global, diversity, and ethical considerations
  • PEO 2: apply their technical, communication, and problem-solving skills to the pursuit of careers in the chemical, biochemical, energy and related industries or
  • PEO 3: pursue advanced study in graduate programs in chemical engineering and related fields, and in professional programs such as medicine, business, and law
  • PEO 4: work both independently and collaboratively to manage complex technical projects
  • PEO 5: provide innovation, leadership, and inspiration in their chosen field, continually augmenting 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 a truly 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 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. In addition, students need a grade of B- or better in their first college level mathematics course (typically MA-UY 1024) for registering into the sophomore course CBE-UY 2124. Should the above requirements not be met, students must meet with their faculty advisor to formulate an individual remedial plan. Typically, one or more courses will need to be retaken until the missing requirement is satisfied, possibly leading to a delayed graduation.

Required Safety Trainings: All sophomore CBE majors must enroll in (on BioRaft) and complete three one-hour training sessions offered by the NYU EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) Office. The three sessions are: Lab Safety, Waste Management and Biosafety. Student must show proof (e.g. certificate) that they completed this training to their advisors at their next advisement meeting in order to have their registration holds removed. Each subsequent fall they must take three online refresher sessions until they graduate.

Below is a typical sequence of courses taken for the Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Adjustments to this sequence can be made for participation in study abroad programs, for transferring credits from other institutions, or for other considerations based on individual circumstances. 

Please note that the curriculum that follows applies to students who began classes in the fall of 2021 or later. If students entered the School of Engineering prior to that date, please consult the curriculum and typical course schedule for students entering before fall 2021 or earlier.

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

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Fall Semester: 16 Credits

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 914  must defer registration for MA-UY 1024 .

2 Students who do not take CBE-UY 1002  (or another 2 credit introductory engineering course) can replace it with two additional credits of engineering electives.

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

Note: TRANSFER STUDENTS may substitute 3 credits of engineering electives in place of EG-UY 1003 . In addition, they are not required to complete EG-UY 1001 .

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