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Gadomski School ofEngineering

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Rene Hudlet (Biochemical Engineering '18) created an etching station that promoted cross-disciplinary learning for his CBU Chemical Engineering senior project.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Christian Brothers University prepares students to succeed in the chemical process industries and beyond. 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 B.S.Ch.E. (Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering) 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 students to apply their academic training to real world problems.

ChE students 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.

Our program allows students to add a certificate in packaging engineering to their program to increase their career options. We also offer elective courses in industrial safety and air pollution for students who 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. Students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities with local firms – over 90% of the graduates from 2010 to 2014 had some paid technical employment prior to graduation – to further reinforce the theory and practice taught at CBU.

Our students 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. For those interested, numerous chances to develop “soft skills” in communications, group dynamics, and leadership are available.

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