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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.S.

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Program Director

Dr. Faisal Shaikh
Office: CC-252
Phone: (414) 277-7325
Email: shaikh@msoe.edu


Chemical and biomolecular engineering is a diverse, application-driven discipline at the interface of molecular biology, bioengineering and chemical engineering. Globally, chemical and biotechnology industries seek engineering graduates who are trained to work up to the cellular and molecular level in life-science related fields. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), a four-year bachelor of science degree program at MSOE, meets this need. The curriculum of the CBE program is a balanced combination of engineering, math, science, computation, and humanities and social science courses. Along with rigorous, hands-on laboratory training, these courses address the cross-disciplinary nature of CBE.

Working at the interface of engineering and molecular biology, graduates from this program solve engineering problems, and improve current products and processes and develop new ones.

In addition to CBE curriculum track courses, the CBE program faculty offer students with interest in specific areas, an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member as part of an independent study.

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program at MSOE enables CBE students to:

  • Gain a solid foundation in basic mathematics and sciences
  • Learn and apply theoretical principles in modern and well-equipped laboratories
  • Experience involved discussions with program alums and industrial and academic contacts via a series of seminar courses and invited guest talks that emphasize chemical and biomolecular engineering projects and foster academic and professional discussions, group learning, and entrepreneurship
  • Work at the molecular level with simple and complex molecules through courses that cover concepts of biotechnology, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, cell engineering, bioinformatics, engineering control of drug delivery, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering
  • Learn cell culture and its applications in the design and development of products through the CBE program’s BSL-II cell culture facility
  • Mathematically model biomolecules and biological processes, and quantitatively measure, visualize, and analyze with instruments like the atomic force microscope
  • Engineer new or improved bioactive compounds or machines or improve process efficiencies for such systems via the senior design experience

The CBE curriculum prepares graduates to handle the changing face of the chemical and bio-industries, thus allowing flexibility of career opportunities in a dynamic job market. The curriculum also prepares graduates to pursue quality graduate programs worldwide.

The Chemical and BioMolecular Engineering program at MSOE is defined as follows:

Chemical and biomolecular engineering is a discipline that applies engineering principles, design concepts, and problem-solving skills to the life sciences up to the molecular level, to promote both fundamental and applied advancements in biological sciences, engineering and many related fields.

Relationship to chemical engineering and biomedical engineering:

The CBE program utilizes life sciences through the exploration of hybrid biological fields which leads to the design of new products or processes. Since the CBE program curriculum applies core chemical engineering principles, the concepts and skills of the chemical processes that convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms can also be practiced by the CBE program graduates.

The program is distinct from Biomedical engineering due to the scale at which the design is practiced and the applications associated with it. While the biomedical field heavily impacts the field of medicine, the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program at MSOE is tailored such that applications can be stretched over various industrial and academic fields, that include biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biomaterials, cell culture, bioprocesses, biotechnology, bioinformatics, food technology, biosynthetics and metabolites, biopathways, biocircuits, and other similar fields.

Program Educational Objectives

The CBE program prepares graduates to exhibit and achieve the following attributes within a few years of graduation:

Professional Skills

CBE alumni will:

  • possess and demonstrate skills to solve complex challenges.
  • demonstrate sustained professional development.

Sense of Excellence and Achievement

CBE alumni will:

  • exhibit inclusion and ethical responsibilities in professional practices.
  • compete for positions at the local, state, national, or international levels.
  • engage in continuous learning and/or career-appropriate options.

Social Skills

CBE alumni will:

  • demonstrate management and leadership skills.
  • function within diverse cultural and professional environments.

CBE Program Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program, at the time of graduation, will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.S. Version S1.1

Year One


13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits


16 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 18 credits

Year Two


14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Three


12 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits


13 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Four


13 lecture hours - 7 lab hours - 16 credits


12 lecture hours - 7 lab hours - 15 credits

Program total: 106 lecture hours - 40 lab hours - 128 credits


*Courses with an asterisk are used to calculate major GPA.

See The Raider Core  page for details on the general education program and Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs). See the full list of courses covering CLOs  for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program.

1The noted CLO is a placeholder. Raider Core electives can be taken in any order, as long as Exhibit Curiosity, Embrace Diversity, and Demonstrate Ethical Understanding are all covered. With some exceptions, these courses must be taught out of the Humanities, Social Science, and Communication Department.

2This course can assess any of the following CLOs: Collaborate Successfully, Think Critically, Demonstrate Ethical Understanding, Exhibit Curiosity, or Embrace Diversity. With some exceptions, eligible courses  must be taught out of the Humanities, Social Science, and Communication, Mathematics, or Physics and Chemistry Departments.

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