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The Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at Christian Brothers University (CBU) prepares you to succeed in the chemical process industries and beyond. Our recent graduates have moved on to careers in energy (petroleum refining, biofuels, natural gas processing and distribution), paper manufacturing and packaging, cosmetics and consumer products, and industrial gases and chemicals. Others have pursued advanced degrees in engineering (chemical, biomedical, and materials), pharmaceutical science, and medicine.

The department offers an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.) degree. Courses in thermodynamics, material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, separations, and other topics build to an individual senior project. Often these projects are done in conjunction with an industrial internship, enabling you to apply your academic training to real world problems.

2009 Graduate, Project Engineer,
"I manage the design, approval, and implementation of Capital Projects and am responsible for delivering complete and working projects on time and on budget. I work with all aspects of the business (Quality, EHS, and Production) and have implemented projects relating to transfer of blended materials, online code inspection, HVAC, packaging, and the design and construction of GMP Facilities. I spend about half of my time in the office or in meetings developing the scopes and funding proposals for projects. The other half of my time is spent on the plant floor assisting with validation of projects, troubleshooting equipment, and managing installation work."

As a chemical engineering (ChE) student, you may additionally opt to pursue a biochemical engineering emphasis to open pathways into biotechnology careers, including pharmaceuticals, commercial enzymes, food additives, and biofuels.  The CBU biochemical engineering track includes all the course required for medical school admission, and so offers a “pre-med” option for highly motivated students.

Through our program you also have the option of obtaining a Packaging Engineering Certificate to further increase your career options. We also offer elective courses in industrial safety and air pollution if you are interested in regulatory affairs or environmental careers.

All chemical engineering courses at CBU feature small class sizes and are taught by experienced faculty.  Our laboratory facilities provide hands-on experiences to supplement and reaffirm classroom learning.  We ecourage you to pursue internship opportunities with local firms – more than 80% of the class of 2012 will have had some technical employment prior to graduation – to further reinforce the theory and practice taught at CBU.

As a ChE student you learn that teamwork is critical to professional success, and have opportunities through the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) student chapter, SWE (the Society of Women Engineers), and other campus organizations to cultivate leadership skills. If you are interested, numerous chances to develop “soft skills” in communications, group dynamics, and leadership are available.

Please contact the department faculty for more information on our programs.  We’re excited about what we offer and would like you to be, too!

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