Undergraduate Program Information


Course Requirements

CBE Info Packet Fall 2016 - effective for students entering Fall 2015 or later.

Academic Subjects
The course requirements for the chemical and biological engineering degree can be grouped as (a) foundation courses, (b) chemical and biological engineering topics, (c) electives, and (d) communication, humanities, and social sciences.

Foundation Courses:

  • Calculus and Differential Equations (4 semesters)
  • Introductory Chemistry (2 semesters, with labs)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters, with lab)
  • Physics (2 semesters, with labs)
  • Computer Programming
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering I & II (CBE 101 & 102)

Chemical and Biological Engineering Courses:

  • Material and Energy Balances (CBE 201)
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CBE 210)
  • Molecular Concepts and Applications (CBE 310)
  • Chemical Reactor Design (CBE 320)
  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Separations (CBE 332)
  • Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separation (CBE 331)
  • Process Simulation (CBE 330)
  • Momentum and Heat Transfer Laboratory (CBE 333)
  • Equilibrium-Staged Separations (CBE 341)
  • Process Control and Instrumentation (CBE 430)
  • Rate-Controlled Separations (CBE 442)
  • Mass Transfer and Separation Laboratory (CBE 443)
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I and II (CBE 451 & 452)
  • Professional Development Seminar (CBE 493)

Students choose a bioscience science elective course (such as microbiology or materials science) as well as 7 credits of technical elective course, and 3 additional credits of engineering classes.
Bioscience Electives (pdf)
Technical Electives (pdf)
Engineering Electives (pdf)

Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences:
Students choose communication, humanities, and social science courses in accordance with the University's Core Curriculum (pdf) requirements.

Minors and Specializations:
Students majoring in chemical engineering also have the opportunity to pursue a minor or interdisciplinary studies program. Popular options include minors in chemistry and environmental engineering, and interdisciplinary studies programs in biotechnology and biomedical engineering. Other students may elect to take additional courses to prepare for medical, veterinary, or law school.
Minors and Specializations (pdf)


Interested in transfering to Chemical and Biological Engineering? Transfer requirements are here