Chemical Engineering (BS): Biomolecular Concentration

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The Biomolecular Concentration emphasizes hands-on laboratory molecular biology skills that are highly relevant to pharmaceutical, medical, engineering, and agricultural fields. Students completing this concentration also fulfill the requirements for a Minor in Biotechnology.

Plan Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1
or General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 102
General Chemistry Laboratory 1
or General Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 2 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 2 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
CH 201
Chemistry - A Quantitative Science 2
or General Chemistry II for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 202
Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory 2
or General Chemistry Laboratory II for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
Select one of the following Economics Courses: 3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 221
Organic Chemistry I 2
or Organic Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 222
Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
or Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles 2 4
MA 242 Calculus III 2 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CH 223
Organic Chemistry II
or Organic Chemistry II for Students in Chemical Sciences
3
CH 224
Organic Chemistry II Lab
or Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Students in Chemical Sciences
1
CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 2 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 2 3
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry 4
CHE 311 Transport Processes I 2 3
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 2 3
BIT 410 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA 4
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIT Laboratory Modules 4
CHE 312 Transport Processes II 3
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
Biotech Minor Group E Elective 3
CHE 497 Chemical Engineering Projects I 3
 Hours12
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 448 Bioreactor Design 2
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
CHE 452 Biomolecular Engineering 2
Technical Elective 2
 Hours12
 Total Hours114
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours14

BIT Lab Modules

BEC 463/563/CHE 463/563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BIT 462/562Gene Expression Analysis: Microarrays2
BIT 464/564Protein Purification2
BIT 465/565Real-time PCR Techniques2
BIT 466/566/PO 466/566Animal Cell Culture Techniques2
BIT 467/567PCR and DNA Fingerprinting2
BIT 468/568Genome Mapping2
BIT 471/571RNA Interference and Model Organisms2
BIT 473/573Protein Interactions2
BIT 474/574Plant Genetic Engineering2
BIT 476Applied Bioinformatics
BIT 477/577Metagenomics2
BIT 478/578Mapping the Brain2
BIT 479/579High-Throughput Discovery2
BIT 480/580Yeast Metabolic Engineering2
BIT/PB 481Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation2
BIT 492External Learning Experience
BIT 493Special Problems in Biotechnology
BIT 495Special Topics in Biotechnology
BIT/BIO/CH 572Proteomics3

Biotech Minor Group E Electives

IDS 201Environmental Ethics3
IDS 303Humans and the Environment3
NR 303Humans and the Environment3
PHI 325Bio-Medical Ethics3
STS 302Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values3
STS 304Ethical Dimensions of Progress3
STS 325Bio-Medical Ethics3

Technical Electives

BBS 426/526/BEC 426/526Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory2
BEC 330Principles and Applications of Bioseparations2
BEC 462/562Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
BEC 463/563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BEC 480/580cGMP Fermentation Operations2
BEC 485/585cGMP Downstream Operations2
BEC/CHE 488Animal Cell Culture Engineering2
BIT 463/563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
BIT 464/564Protein Purification2
BME 466/566Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering3
CE 373Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
CHE 462/562Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology3
CHE 463/563Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms2
ECE 331Principles of Electrical Engineering3
FS 426/526Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory2
MSE 201Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials3
NE 419Introduction to Nuclear Energy3
PSE 425Bioenergy & Biomaterials Engineering3
TE 466/566Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory 1
4
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 1 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CH 201
CH 202
Chemistry - A Quantitative Science
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory 2
4
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
CH 221
CH 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 205 Chemical Process Principles 2 4
MA 242 Calculus III 2 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
CH 223
CH 224
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 225 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis 2 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 2 3
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry 4
CHE 311 Transport Processes I 2 3
CHE 315 Chemical Process Thermodynamics 2 3
CHE 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
CHE 497 Chemical Engineering Projects I 3
BIT 410 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA 4
 Hours18
Spring Semester
BIT Lab Modules 4
CHE 312 Transport Processes II 3
CHE 316 Thermodynamics of Chemical and Phase Equilibria 3
CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Lab I 4
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
CHE 446 Design and Analysis of Chemical Reactors 3
CHE 450 Chemical Engineering Design I 3
GEP Requirement 3
GEP Requirement 3
Biotech Minor Group E Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CHE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3
CHE 451 Chemical Engineering Design II 3
CHE 452 Biomolecular Engineering 2
CHE 448 Bioreactor Design 2
Technical Elective 2
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours128

Career Opportunities

Careers in chemical engineering are sometimes exciting, always demanding, and ultimately provide a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Graduates find employment in sub-disciplines such as production, technical service, sales, management and administration; research and development; and consulting and teaching. Students desiring careers in teaching, research, or consulting are encouraged to continue their education and pursue a graduate degree (consult the Graduate Catalog). The undergraduate curriculum also provides strong preparation for graduate study in a wide range of professional specialties, and chemical engineering graduates often pursue careers in the medical sciences, business management, and law.