Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, BSE

Chemical Engineers apply concepts from the physical sciences (chemistry and physics) and life sciences (biochemistry and microbiology) to the design and optimization of processes for the efficient production of products ranging from fuels and chemicals to pharmaceuticals to advanced materials. Penn’s chemical engineering department provides students with both a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals and exposure to modern chemical engineering technologies. The program's versatility allows our students to excel in diverse careers in the chemical industries, research, medicine, law, government, and education.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) Major Requirements

37 course units are required.

ENGR 105Introduction to Scientific Computing1
CBE 160Introduction to Chemical Engineering1
CBE 230Material and Energy Balances of Chemical Processes1
CBE 231Thermodynamics of Fluids1
CBE 350Fluid Mechanics1
CBE 351Heat and Mass Transport1
CBE 353Molecular Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics1
CBE 360Chemical Process Control1
CBE 371Separation Processes1
CBE 400Introduction to Product and Process Design1
CBE 410Chemical Engineering Laboratory1
CBE 451Chemical Reactor Design1
CBE 459Product and Process Design Projects1
Math and Natural Science
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
MATH 241Calculus, Part IV1
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I (without laboratory) 11
or PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
or PHYS 170 Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
or MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II (without laboratory) 11
or PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
or PHYS 171 Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
or ESE 112 Engineering Electromagnetics
CHEM 101General Chemistry I1
CHEM 053General Chemistry Laboratory I0.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II1
CHEM 054General Chemistry Laboratory II0.5
CHEM 221Physical Chemistry I1
or MSE 221 Quantum Physics of Materials
CHEM 241Principles of Organic Chemistry1
CHEM 242Principles of Organic Chemistry II1
or CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry II: Principles of Org Chem with applications in Chem Biology
or CHEM 251 Principles of Biological Chemistry
Technical Electives 3
CBE Elective (300 level or above)1
CHEM 244
CHEM 249
Experimental Organic Chemistry Lab I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
or CHEM 223 Experimental Physical Chemistry I
or CBE 480 Laboratory in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Select 2 Math, Natural Science or Engineering courses2
General Electives 2
EAS 203Engineering Ethics1
Select 4 Social Science or Humanities courses4
Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business and Society courses2
Total Course Units37


Students can select one of the following concentrations:

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology
  • Polymers and Soft Matter Science and Engineering

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.