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By | 08.08.2018

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Biochemical Engineering Major

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Biochemical engineers are in high demand in the rapidly growing biotechnology/pharmaceutical, biofuels and biorefinery industries. As the biotechnology industry expands and matures, there is increasing need for engineers who can move products from the research stage to the pilot scale and ultimately to large scale manufacturing. As they fill this need, engineers must understand the production, purification, and regulatory issues surrounding biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Biochemical engineers are also critical for the development and commercialization of sustainable and economic processes to produce liquid transportation fuels from biomass, algae and waste streams from other manufacturing processes. Future “biorefineries” will include coproduction of a wide range of chemical feedstocks, oils, and polymers thereby contributing to the economic viability of larger volume, lower valued compounds such as biofuels.

Biochemical engineers—with their strong foundations in chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical process engineering—are in a unique position to tackle these problems. Biochemical engineers apply the principles of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and engineering to develop, design, scale-up, optimize, and operate processes that use living cells, organisms, or biological molecules for the production and purification of products (such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, therapeutic proteins, antibiotics, industrial enzymes, ethanol and more complex biofuels); for health and/or environmental monitoring (such as diagnostic kits, microarrays, biosensors); or for environmental improvement (such as bioremediation). An understanding of biological processes is also becoming increasingly important in the industries that traditionally employ chemical engineers, such as the materials, chemicals, food, energy, fuels, and semiconductor processing industries.

The Biochemical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET .

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Prerequisite requirements for every course are listed in the  General Catalog  and  Schedule Builder .

To ensure that all students are appropriately prepared to learn course materials, prerequisites in engineering courses will be enforced. Course prerequisites are checked by the Schedule Builder registration system. If the system is unable to find an adequate prerequisite in a student’s record, students will initially be blocked from course registration. However, students may tentatively enroll in the course by submitting a prerequisite petition. The petition will be reviewed by the course instructor at a later date. If the petition is denied, the student will be dropped from the course.

For additional information, please visit this  Office of University Registrar webpage .

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Undergraduate

  • ABET Accreditation

  • Prospective Students

    • Undergraduate Admissions FAQ

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    • Apply Online

  • Current Students

    • Curriculum and Courses

    • Biochemical Engineering Major

    • Chemical Engineering Major

  • Undergraduate Advising

    • Requirements

    • Mandatory Advising Holds

    • Change of Major

    • Current Student FAQ

    • Advising Contacts

    • Forms

  • Student Resources and Opportunities

    • Honors Program

    • Tutoring

    • Undergraduate Computer Lab

    • Undergraduate Scholarships