A professional concentration in biomolecular engineering has been designed for chemical engineering majors who desire a strong background in biochemical engineering and biology. This will benefit students pursuing careers in medicine, biomedical engineering or in the following industries: consumer products, food processing, and pharmaceuticals. The decision to obtain this concentration is made optimally in the sophomore year.
The professional concentration in biomolecular engineering offers a chemical engineering major an alternative path for obtaining a BS in chemical engineering.
Further information on this concentration is available in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering office. A sample curriculum for chemical engineering majors choosing the biomolecular engineering concentration is given in the Handbook.
By successfully completing the courses recommended above, upon graduation, students receive a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a dean’s certificate indicating a “Professional Concentration in Biomolecular Engineering” and a notation to that effect on their transcript.
Students pursuing the concentration must take BY162 Cellular & Molecular Biology Lab (2 credit hours) in the spring semester of their sophomore year. The required mathematics elective in the curriculum must be a suitable statistics course (STAT383 Applied Statistics), and science and engineering electives are replaced with the required courses CM460 Biochemistry I and CH465 Biochemical Engineering.
An undesignated elective is replaced with a course selected from the following list of courses relevant to biomolecular engineering:
- BR400 Introduction to Biomedical Rehabilitation Engineering and Science
- BY214 Genetics
- BY312 Advanced Cell Biology
- BY316 Immunobiology
- BY320/322 Microbiology with Lab
- BY360/362 Physiology with Lab
- BY412 Molecular Biology Laboratory
- CM426 Intro to Biophysics
- CM453 Intro to Biomaterials
- CM464 Physical Biochemistry
- ES380 Biomechanics
- ES452 Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering Applications