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).
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.
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.