Chemical and biological engineering is a powerful blend of basic sciences and the skills to quantitatively describe, predict, and control all changes of matter. This provides the foundation to create cutting-edge materials and products, to design new devices to improve health or the environment, and to design processes for the safe production of chemicals and biochemicals, the production of alternative energy sources, and prevention of hazardous waste.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering curriculum is based on the sciences of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. It includes engineering science and design methods, as well as humanities and social sciences. Students can pursue interdisciplinary studies programs or minors. Popular options include minors in chemistry, mathematics, environmental engineering, and biomedical engineering. The curriculum is well-aligned to meet pre-health profession requirements. The Chemical and Biological Engineering program provides an environment that promotes a sense of professionalism, the development of project management skills, and an appreciation for the value of life-long learning. Graduates of our program are well prepared to enter a variety of professions, or to pursue further education. The broad, strong scientific basis of chemical and biological engineering has kept our graduates consistently near or at the top in salary and demand among B.S. graduates.

The Chemical and Biological Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program at CSU will empower graduates with the educational foundation to:

  • Be highly successful, as defined by accomplishments, advanced certifications, and job satisfaction, in chemical and biological engineering practice, post-graduate education, or other careers making use of engineering knowledge.
  • Be identified for both their mastery of fundamental chemical and biological engineering principles and their creative application of those principles to the solution of problems across a diverse range of career disciplines.
  • Be recognized as critical, creative and independent thinkers who use their technical expertise and leadership to address the needs of society and advance their fields of expertise.
  • Be recognized for their effectiveness in teamwork, communication, and service to society through their professional contributions.
  • Hold paramount health and safety of the public and the environment.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professional, ethical, and civic responsibility in all endeavors.
  • Demonstrate continued professional growth through a commitment to lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate Chemical and Biological Engineering programs will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical and biological engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of chemical and biological engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical and biological engineering practice

Potential Occupations

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduates find employment with the biotechnology, biomedical, microelectronics, environmental, consulting, alternative energy, petroleum, chemical, food, pharmaceutical and other private sector industries and with government agencies. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. In addition to pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical and biological engineering and related fields, some of our graduates have obtained M.D., D.V.M., law, and M.B.A. degrees.

Effective Fall 2016

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CBE 101Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr 3
CBE 160MATLAB for Chemical and Biological Eng 1
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 33
Sophomore
 
CBE 201Material and Energy Balances 3
CBE 205Fundamentals of Biological Engineering 3
CBE 210Thermodynamic Process Analysis 3
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations4A,4B4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Arts and Humanities3B3
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 33
Junior
 
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
CBE 310Molecular Concepts and Applications 3
CBE 320Chemical and Biological Reactor Design 3
CBE 330Process Simulation 3
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separations4B3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals 3
CBE 493Professional Development Seminar 1
Bioscience elective 3
Technical electives2 3
Advanced Writing23
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 35
Senior
 
CBE 333Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab I 2
CBE 430Process Control and Instrumentation 3
CBE 442Separation Processes 4
CBE 443Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab II 2
CBE 451Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I4C3
CBE 452Chemical and Biological Engineering Design II4A,4C3
Engineering elective2 3
Technical elective2 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Additional Requirements for Graduation1 0
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 130
1

Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1-2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four-year program.

2

Select from departmental list of approved courses.

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.   Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1‐2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four‐year program.                 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 101Introduction to Chemical and Biological EngrX  3
CBE 160MATLAB for Chemical and Biological EngX  1
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 201Material and Energy BalancesX  3
CBE 205Fundamentals of Biological EngineeringX  3
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry IX  3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
Arts and Humanities X3B3
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 210Thermodynamic Process AnalysisX  3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX  2
MATH 340Introduction to Ordinary Differential EquationsX 4A,4B4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of BiochemistryX  4
CBE 310Molecular Concepts and ApplicationsX  3
CBE 330Process SimulationX  3
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical SeparationsX 4B3
Technical Elective   3
Advanced WritingX 23
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   19
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 320Chemical and Biological Reactor DesignX  3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer FundamentalsX  3
CBE 493Professional Development SeminarX  1
Bioscience ElectiveX  3
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Historical Perspectives X3D3
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 333Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab IX  2
CBE 442Separation ProcessesX  4
CBE 451Chemical and Biological Engineering Design IX 4C3
Technical Elective   3
Arts and Humanities X3B3
PLI Workshop(s)    
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 430Process Control and InstrumentationX  3
CBE 443Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab IIX  2
CBE 452Chemical and Biological Engineering Design IIX 4A,4C3
Engineering ElectiveX  3
Social and Behavioral SciencesX 3C3
PLI Workshop(s)X   
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   130