About ChBE: The Discipline

The discipline of chemical and biomolecular engineering involves the integration of both physical and chemical phenomema while incorporating numerous areas of technology. Chemical engineers require a thorough understanding of both the engineering and scientific ideologies essential to these processes. Our curriculum is essential to helping our students go above and beyond the standard line of thinking and to embrace using outside the box contemplation to solve problems and become leaders in their field.

Chemical engineers play important roles in all activities bearing on the chemical process industry. These activities include the functions of research, development, design, plant construction, plant operation and management, corporate planning, technical sales, and market analysis.

The industries that produce chemical and/or certain physical changes in fluids, including petroleum and petrochemicals, rubbers and polymers, metals, industrial and fine chemicals, and industrial gases, have found chemical engineers to be vital to their success.

Additionally, chemical engineers are the driving force in many exciting areas of bioengineering and biotechnology, including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D , cellular bioengineering, diagnostics, drug delivery, and the large-scale processing of food and consumer products from perfume to crayons to toothpaste.

Chemical engineers are also important participants in pollution abatement, national defense and homeland security, and the manufacture of microelectronic devices and integrated circuits. Their skills are also uniquely attuned to the engineering of efficient energy resources, from nuclear plants to fuel cells. Chemical engineers are bringing new perspectives and approaches to meeting the world's energy needs.