Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical engineering applies the combination of knowledge of living systems with engineering principles to the large scale manufacture of valuable products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, enzymes and antibodies. This concentration will prepare students with a quantitative and mechanistic understanding of biological processes based on the core areas of chemical engineering; thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport phenomena. Topics that will be covered are enzyme kinetics coupled with mass transfer, bioreactor design and operation, genetic and metabolic engineering, animal cell culture and purification of bioproducts. Students and faculty in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue are researching the efficient conversion of raw materials such as sugars, woody biomass or CO2 by a wide array of processes into useful bioproducts. The design and operation of the production and separation systems for biomolecules is a significant focus of biochemical engineers. Career paths are primarily available in the food, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.


Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

ABE 55500 – Bio & Food Processing Unit Ops (3 credits)
ABE 55800 – Process Design for Food & Bio Sys (3 credits)
ABE 56000 – Biosensors (3 credits)
ABE 58000 – Process Eng of Renewal Resources (3 credits)
ABE 68000 – Bioseparations & Bioprocess Eng (3 credits)
BCHM 56100 – General Biochemistry I (3 credits)
BME 69500 – Polymers in Bio & Pharma Sys (3 credits)
CHE 52500 – Bioprocess Engineering (3 credits)
CHE 55800 – Bioseparations (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Analytical Methods in Healthcare (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Eng Applications of Bio Molecules (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Medical Devices Dev & Application (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Pharma Process Dev & Design (3 credits)
CHE 59700 – Principles of Pharma Design (3 credits)
CHE 62300 – Advanced Separations (3 credits)
CHE 69700 – Metabolic Engineering (3 credits)
CHM 53300 – Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
CHM 53400 – Biochemistry II (3 credits)
CHM 53800 – Molecular Biotechnology (3 credits)
IPPH 58300 – Biopharmaceutics (3 credits)

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)