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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • 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
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 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
  • 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
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Potential Occupations

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduates find employment in 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 2020

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
Select one group from the following: 3
Group A:
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr  
Group B:
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr: Lecture  
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr: Laboratory  
 Total Credits 33
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 340Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 33
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 Separations 3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals 3
CBE 393Professional Development Seminar 1
Bioscience Elective (see list below) 3
Technical Elective (see list below) 3
Advanced Writing23
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 32
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 I4A,4B,4C3
CBE 452Chemical and Biological Engineering Design II4A,4B,4C3
Engineering Elective (see list below) 3
Technical Elective (see list below) 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 32
 Program Total Credits: 130

Bioscience Electives

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following.

BC 401Comprehensive Biochemistry I3
BC 403Comprehensive Biochemistry II3
BC 404Comprehensive Biochemistry Laboratory2
BC 411Physical Biochemistry4
BC 4413D Molecular Models for Biochemistry1
BC 463Molecular Genetics3
BC 464Molecular Genetics Recitation1
BC 517Metabolism2
BC 521/CHEM 521Principles of Chemical Biology3
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 301Human Gross Anatomy5
BMS 302Laboratory in Principles of Physiology2
BMS 305Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy4
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 330Microscopic Anatomy4
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
BMS 360Fundamentals of Physiology4
BMS 409Human and Animal Reproductive Biology3
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 430Endocrinology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3
BMS 460Essentials of Pathophysiology3
BMS 500Mammalian Physiology I4
BMS 501Mammalian Physiology II4
BMS 503/NB 503Developmental Neurobiology3
BMS 505/NB 505Neuronal Circuits, Systems and Behavior3
BMS 545Neuroanatomy5
BMS 575Human Anatomy Dissection4
BSPM 302Applied and General Entomology2
BSPM 361Elements of Plant Pathology3
BZ 310Cell Biology4
BZ 311Developmental Biology4
BZ 348/MATH 348Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology4
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics4
BZ 360Bioinformatics and Genomics3
CM 501Advanced Cell Biology4
CM 502/NB 502Techniques in Molecular & Cellular Biology2
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3
LIFE 202BIntroductory Genetics Recitation: Molecular1
LIFE 203Introductory Genetics Laboratory2
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology3
LIFE 211Introductory Cell Biology Honors Recitation1
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory2
LIFE 320Ecology3
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 302General Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 315Pathology of Human and Animal Disease3
MIP 334Food Microbiology3
MIP 335Food Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 342Immunology4
MIP 343Immunology Laboratory2
MIP 351Medical Bacteriology3
MIP 352Medical Bacteriology Laboratory3
MIP 420Medical and Molecular Virology4
MIP 432/ESS 432Microbial Ecology3
MIP 433/ESS 433Microbial Ecology Laboratory1
MIP 443Microbial Physiology4
MIP 450Microbial Genetics3
MIP 578/BZ 578Genetics of Natural Populations4

Engineering Electives 

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following.

ATS 555Air Pollution3
ATS 560Air Pollution Measurement2
BIOM 300Problem-Based Learning Biomedical Engr Lab4
BIOM 350AStudy Abroad--Ecuador: Prosthetics1-2
BIOM 421Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 422Quantitative Systems and Synthetic Biology3
BIOM 517/ECE 517Advanced Optical Imaging3
BIOM 525/MECH 525Cell and Tissue Engineering3
BIOM 526/ECE 526Biological Physics3
BIOM 531/MECH 531Materials Engineering3
BIOM 532/MECH 532Material Issues in Mechanical Design3
BIOM 533/CIVE 533Biomolecular Tools for Engineers3
BIOM 537/ECE 537Biomedical Signal Processing3
BIOM 573/MECH 573Structure and Function of Biomaterials3
BIOM 574/MECH 574Bio-Inspired Surfaces3
BIOM 576/MECH 576Quantitative Systems Physiology4
BIOM 579/MECH 579Cardiovascular Biomechanics3
CBE 406Introduction to Transport Phenomena3
CBE 501Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CBE 502Advanced Reactor Design3
CBE 503Transport Phenomena Fundamentals3
CBE 504/BIOM 504Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering3
CBE 505Biochemical Engineering Laboratory1
CBE 514Polymer Science and Engineering3
CBE 521Mathematical Modeling for Chemical Engineers3
CBE 522/BIOM 522Bioseparation Processes3
CBE 524Bioremediation1
CBE 540/CIVE 540Advanced Biological Wastewater Processing3
CBE 570Biomolecular Engineering/Synthetic Biology3
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
CIVE 261Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics3
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology3
CIVE 330Ecological Engineering3
CIVE 360Mechanics of Solids3
CIVE 401Hydraulic Engineering3
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
CIVE 423Groundwater Engineering3
CIVE 438Fundamentals of Environmental Engr3
CIVE 439Applications of Environmental Engr Concepts3
CIVE 440Nonpoint Source Pollution3
CIVE 442Air Quality Engineering3
CIVE 504Wind Engineering3
CIVE 520Physical Hydrology3
CIVE 531Groundwater Hydrology3
CIVE 538Aqueous Chemistry3
CIVE 560Advanced Mechanics of Materials3
ECE 204Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
ENGR 510Engineering Optimization: Method/Application3
ENGR 531Engineering Risk Analysis3
MECH 262Engineering Mechanics4
MECH 303Energy Engineering3
MECH 307Mechatronics and Measurement Systems4
MECH 324Dynamics of Machines4
MECH 325Machine Design3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials4
MECH 407Laser Applications in Mechanical Engineering3
MECH 424Advanced Dynamics3
MECH 425Mechanical Engineering Vibrations4
MECH 432Engineering of Nanomaterials3
MECH 507Laser Diagnostics for Thermosciences3
MECH 530Advanced Composite Materials3
MECH 543Biofluid Mechanics3
MECH 552Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics3

Technical Electives

Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following, or select additional credits from the Bioscience Electives or Engineering Electives lists above.

Technical Electives - A
AB 310Understanding Pesticides3
BSPM 576/MIP 576Bioinformatics3
BZ 348/MATH 348Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology4
CHEM 261Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 311Introduction to Nanoscale Science3
CHEM 334Quantitative Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 335Introduction to Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 338Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 431Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 433Clinical Chemistry3
CHEM 440Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 522Methods of Chemical Biology2
CHEM 532Advanced Chemical Analysis II3
CHEM 537Electrochemical Methods3
CHEM 539APrinciples of NMR and MRI: Basic NMR Principles1
CHEM 539BPrinciples of NMR and MRI: NMR Diffusion Measurements-2D NMR and MRI1
CHEM 539CPrinciples of NMR and MRI: Advanced NMR and MRI Techniques1
CHEM 541Organic Molecular Structure Determination2
CHEM 543Structure/Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry2
CHEM 545Synthetic Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 547Physical Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 555Chemistry of Sustainability3
CHEM 569Chemical Crystallography3
CHEM 570Chemical Bonding3
CHEM 575Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics1
CHEM 576Statistical Mechanics2
CHEM 577Surface Chemistry3
CHEM 579Chemical Kinetics3
CS 165CS2--Data Structures4
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications4
CS 270Computer Organization4
CS 548/STAT 548Bioinformatics Algorithms4
ECE 430/MATH 430Fourier and Wavelet Analysis with Apps3
ENGR 550/MATH 550Numerical Methods in Science and Engineering3
ERHS 320Environmental Health--Water Quality3
ERHS 332Principles of Epidemiology3
ERHS 410Environmental Health-Air and Waste Management3
ERHS 446Environmental Toxicology3
ERHS 448Environmental Contaminants: Exposure and Fate3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
ERHS 502Fundamentals of Toxicology3
ERHS 503Toxicology Principles1
ERHS 510/VS 510Cancer Biology3
ERHS 530Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I3
ERHS 542Biostatistical Methods for Qualitative Data3
ERHS 547Equipment and Instrumentation3
F 311Forest Ecology3
FTEC 447/ANEQ 447Food Chemistry2
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers4
GEOL 452Hydrogeology4
GEOL 454Geomorphology4
GES 441Analysis of Sustainable Energy Solutions3
GES 542Biobased Fuels, Energy, and Chemicals3
HES 307Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement4
HES 319Neuromuscular Aspects of Human Movement4
HES 403Physiology of Exercise4
HES 420Electrocardiography and Exercise Management3
HORT 579Mass Spectrometry Omics-Methods and Analysis3
MATH 301Introduction to Combinatorial Theory3
MATH 331Introduction to Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 360Mathematics of Information Security3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MATH 405Introduction to Number Theory3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 455Mathematics in Biology and Medicine3
MATH 460Information and Coding Theory3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 467Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 469Linear Algebra II3
MATH 525Optimal Control3
MATH 530Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers4
MATH 532Mathematical Modeling of Large Data Sets3
MATH 535Foundations of Applied Mathematics3
MATH 546Partial Differential Equations II3
MATH 560Linear Algebra3
MECH 431Metals and Alloys3
MECH 502Advanced/Additive Manufacturing Engineering3
MECH 509Design and Analysis in Engineering Research3
MECH 513Simulation Modeling and Experimentation3
MECH 524Principles of Dynamics3
MECH 527Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrains3
MECH 529Advanced Mechanical Systems3
MIP 425Virology and Cell Culture Laboratory2
MIP 530Advanced Molecular Virology4
MIP 543RNA Biology3
MIP 550Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory4
MIP 555Principles and Mechanisms of Disease3
MSE 501Materials Technology Transfer1
MSE 502AMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Structure and Scattering1
MSE 502BMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Computational Materials Methods1
MSE 502CMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Microscopy1
MSE 502DMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Materials Spectroscopy1
MSE 502EMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Bulk Properties and Performance1
MSE 502FMaterials Science & Engineering Methods: Experimental Methods for Materials Research1
MSE 503Mechanical Behaviors of Materials3
MSE 504Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 505Kinetics of Materials3
NR 319Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources4
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation3
NR 353/BZ 353Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation3
NR 505Concepts in GIS4
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics4
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory2
PH 341Mechanics4
PH 351Electricity and Magnetism4
PH 353Optics and Waves4
PH 361Physical Thermodynamics3
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics I3
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics II3
PH 517Chaos, Fractals, and Nonlinear Dynamics3
PH 521Introduction to Lasers3
PH 522Introductory Laser Laboratory1
PH 531Introductory Condensed Matter Physics3
PH 561Elementary Particle Physics3
PH 571Mathematical Methods for Physics I3
PH 572Mathematical Methods for Physics II3
PHIL 410Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems3
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics3
SOCR 400Soils and Global Change: Science and Impacts3
SOCR 430Applications of Plant Biotechnology3
SOCR 455Soil Microbiology3
SOCR 456Soil Microbiology Laboratory1
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
SOCR 470Soil Physics3
SOCR 471Soil Physics Laboratory1
SOCR 567Environmental Soil Chemistry4
STAT 305Sampling Techniques3
STAT 315Intro to Theory and Practice of Statistics3
STAT 341Statistical Data Analysis I3
STAT 342Statistical Data Analysis II3
STAT 400Statistical Computing3
STAT 420Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 430Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT 460Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 512Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II4
Technical Electives - B
A maximum of 3 credits may be selected from the following courses:
ENGR 422Technology Entrepreneurship3
ENGR 502Engineering Project and Program Management3
ENGR 525Intellectual Property and Invention Systems3
FIN 305Fundamentals of Finance3
IDEA 310BDesign Thinking Toolbox: 3D Modeling2
IDEA 310DDesign Thinking Toolbox: Digital Imaging1
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 340Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.   

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
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
Select one group from the following:   3
Group A:
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr    
Group B:
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr: Lecture    
Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr: Laboratory    
 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
 Total Credits   16
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
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 210Thermodynamic Process AnalysisX  3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX  2
MATH 340Intro to Ordinary Differential EquationsX  4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
 Total Credits   17
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of BiochemistryX  4
CBE 310Molecular Concepts and ApplicationsX  3
CBE 330Process SimulationX  3
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical SeparationsX  3
Advanced WritingX 23
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 320Chemical and Biological Reactor DesignX  3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer FundamentalsX  3
CBE 393Professional Development SeminarX  1
Bioscience Elective   3
Technical Elective   3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CBE 333Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab IX  2
CBE 442Separation ProcessesX  4
CBE 451Chemical and Biological Engineering Design IX 4A,4B,4C3
Technical Elective   3
Arts and Humanities X3B3
 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,4B,4C3
Engineering ElectiveX  3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Social and Behavioral SciencesX 3C3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   17
 Program Total Credits:   130