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Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate program in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers students an exciting and rewarding experience while providing a solid foundation in both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemical engineering.  Along with their academic work, students are provided the opportunity to become involved in undergraduate research, to join and actively participate in social and professional organizations, and to gain work experience by completing a co-op and internship for companies such as Battelle Memorial Institute, Procter and Gamble, Exxon Mobil, General Mills, Scotts Co., DOW Chemical, Unilever, DuPont, Merck, Marathon Oil, Shell Oil Co., and many more. 

Unit Ops Class of 2014 in Old Koffolt LabsUnit Ops Class of 2014 in Old Koffolt Labs

The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Vision and Mission Statement:


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will provide the highest quality education to our students and serve the profession and society by creating knowledge through cutting edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and disseminating this new knowledge to industry, government, and the scientific community.  We will also create a learning environment that fosters diversity in teaching, scholarship, and personnel practices. 


  • To create knowledge in the field of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering through cutting-edge research and pass this new knowledge on to our students, our profession, and society in general.
  • To educate undergraduate and graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and foster cross-fertilization of allied fields
  • To serve the public, academic, industrial, and governmental communities through consultation, collaborative efforts, entrepreneurial activity, and dissemination of research results
  • To create a learning environment that fosters diversity in scholarship, teaching and in student, faculty, and staff composition.
  • To instill in our students an appreciation of, and the necessity for, life long learning and to provide them the skills to prosper in a global economy. 

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

In order to meet our vision and mission, the Department has developed program educational objectives for which each graduate of the program should achieve as they grow professionally through their career.  The program educational objectives can be found here.  

In support of the program's educational objectives, each student is expected to meet each of the following student outcomes upon graduation:

  1. Programan ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


The "Unit Ops" Experience

An integral part of chemical engineering education at Ohio State is the "Unit Operations" portion of the program. Students find "Unit Ops" to be an invaluable addition to their preparation for careers in a variety of capacities and industries.

To commemorate the final "Unit Ops" held in Old Koffolt Labs prior to moving into the new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, we made a short video providing a quick view into what Unit Ops has mean to recent students.  We hope you enjoy watching it!