2011-2013 Catalog (without addenda) 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2011-2013 Catalog (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 solid foundation in science and the engineering sciences. An integrated set of chemical and biomolecular engineering courses is built upon this foundation. Students receive thorough instruction in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and engineering science, which are basic to understanding physical, chemical and biomolecular operations and processes. Courses in engineering science include engineering thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and engineering, process dynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program prepares graduates for careers in the chemical, biochemical, energy and related industries, for advanced study in graduate programs in chemical engineering and related fields, and in professional programs such as medicine, business and law.


Design is essential to chemical and biomolecular engineering education and is incorporated into many courses. Generally, as students progress through the curriculum and learn more fundamental engineering science, courses involve more design components and more complex design problems. Design elements are integral to many courses, which lead to the senior process-design courses. In these courses, students design chemical and biomolecular processes and their designs must include engineering, safety and economic considerations.

The chemical and biomolecular engineering curriculum provides a background that enables graduates to select professional careers from an extremely broad spectrum of opportunities. Graduates are prepared for employment in many industry capacities 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 is prepared for all students and updated when the students meet with the adviser for registration.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science

In addition to the institute requirement of a 2.0 GPA or better for graduation, students also must meet the department’s academic standards. For chemical and biomolecular engineering students to advance to senior-year courses, they must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses CBE 1002 , CBE 2124 , CBE 3153 , CBE 3313 , CBE 3233 , CBE 3223  and CBE 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

Fall Semester: 17 Credits

Spring Semester: 17.5 Credits

Junior Year

Fall Semester: 16.5 Credits

Spring Semester: 15 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester: 16 Credits

Spring Semester: 15 Credits

Total credits required for graduation: 128


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

2 Students who are placed by examination or by an adviser into EN 1080W  must subsequently register for EN 1033W , rather than EW 1013 .

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 1003  and CBE 1002 .

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