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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.

Concentration Curriculum:

Degree Requirements: 
A minimum of 30 credits total from the following areas, with at least 15 credits having the 'CHE' prefix.
 
Required ChE Core Credits (6 credits from the following list):
___(3) CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena                                     
___(3) CHE 69700 - Stat Methods in ChE
Required Concentration Core Credits (9 credits from the following list):
___(3) CHE 52500 - Bioprocess Engineering OR (3) ABE 58000 - Process Eng of Renewal Resources
___(3) CHE 597M - Eng Applications of Bio Molecules OR (3) CHM 53800 - Molecular Biotechnology
___(3) CHE 55800 - Bioseparations OR (3) ABE 68000 - Bioseparations & Bioprocess Engineering
___(3) CHM 53300 - Introductory Biochemistry OR (3) BCHM 56100 - General Biochemistry I
___(3) ABE 55500 - Bio & Food Processing Unit Ops                                       
___(3) ABE 55600 - Bio & Food Processing Unit Ops
___(3) ABE 56000 - Biosensors                                                                
___(3) BME 695K - Polymers in Bio & Pharma Sys
___(3) CHE 59700D - Pharma Process Dev & Design
___(3) CHE 59700E - Principles of Pharma Design
___(3) CHE 62300 - Advanced Separations
___(3) CHE 69700Y - Metabolic Engineering
___(3) CHM 53400 - Biochemistry II
___(3) IPPH 58300 - Biopharmaceutics
Required Management Credits (9 credits from the following list):
___(3) CHE 597000 - Financial Anlys & Mgmt of Projects    
___(3) MGMT 62000 - Marketing Management
___(3) MGMT 65000 - Strategic Management I
___(3) MGMT 66000 - Intro to Operations Management
Required Capstone Credits (6 credits):
___(6) CHE  59700 - Prof. MS Capstone Project

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