William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Foci (Biomolecular, Polymer, Environmental)

Biomolecular Focus

  1. Math Elective (choose from all available math technical electives; 3-5 credit hours)
  2. Two of the following ChBE courses: 5733, 5734, 5735, 5740,5765, 5766, 5769 or 5779.  6 credit hours are required.
  3. Biochemistry 511 (substituted for Chemistry 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)
  4. Remaining hours (total hours must equal 12) must be completed by taking courses from the following list:
    1. Additional related ChBE Biomolecular Electives ( 5733, 5734, 5735, 5740, 5765, 5766, 5769, 5779)
    2. Approved undergraduate research in a bio-related field**
    3. Selected courses in Biomedical Engineering
    4. Chemistry 2550 (3 hours) – Organic Chemistry Lab II
    5. Microbiology  4000 (5 hours) - Basic and Practical Microbiology
    6. Additional selected courses in Microbiology
    7. Mol Gen 5607 (3 hours) – Cell Biology
    8. Mol Gen 4500 (3 hours)- General Genetics
    9. Additional courses as approved by CBE Curriculum Committee

Environmental Focus

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department currently offers two courses in this area: Air Pollution (ChBE 5771) and Principles of Sustainable Engineering (ChBE 5772).  Students wishing to complete the "Environmental Option" must take ChBE 5771 and 5772, one math elective, plus one other course from the following list*:

1.Env Eng 5410 - Hazardous Waste Management

2.Env Eng 3210 - Design of Water Treatment Facilities

3 Env Eng 2100 - Analysis of Natural and Polluted Waters

4.Env Eng 5180 - Environmental Pollution

5.Env Eng 5110 - Biological Processes for Used Water Treatment

6.Env Eng 5170 - Municipal and Industrial Solid Waste Management

7.Earth Sciences 5651 - Hydrogeology

8.Nuc Eng 5776 - Radioactive Waste Management

Polymer Focus

To complete the option, students are required to take two of the following courses plus a math elective:

1.     CBE 5773 (Introduction to High Polymer Engineering)

2.     CBE 5774 (Polymer Membranes)

3.     CBE 5775 (Rheology of Fluids)

4.     CBE 5777 (Principles of Polymer Conversion Operations)

Additionally, students must complete one of the following courses*:

1. One additional course from the courses listed above

2. Chemical Eng 5717 (Colloids & Surfaces)

3. Chemical Eng 5779 (Experimental Design)

4. Materials Science & Engineering 5641 (Polymer Science & Engineering)

5. Materials Science & Engineering 5611 (Materials in Medicine)

6  Biomedical Engineering 5359 (Biopolymer Structure and Function)

*Undergraduate research in the option area may be used to count towards the option to replace an elective course.  However, you must complete a research approval form.