The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Chemical engineering students begin their studies by acquiring a good foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Higher level courses cover the engineering, simulation and optimization of chemical processes, including the related economic principles.
From creating new vaccines and antibiotics to cleaning up air and water pollution, chemical engineers develop manufacturing processes for a wide variety of applications, including food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology and environmental technology.
Students have many opportunities to participate in faculty research. Recent student projects have explored the design of an antibody to target the protein that triggers Alzheimer's disease and the purification of a protein to control cell growth, with potential application for cancer treatment.
Chemical engineering graduates are prepared for graduate study or immediate industrial employment in fields such as chemical processing, food processing, metallurgy, energy conversion, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical production. Recent graduates of the department have obtained employment as chemical engineers at W.R. Grace, DuPont, Corning, Exxon, Rohm and Haas, Merck, FMC and International Paper.