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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


A. James Clark School of Engineering
2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building, 301-405-1935
Chair: S. Ehrman
Professors: R. Adomaitis, M. Anisimov, R. Calabrese, K. Choi, E. Wachsman, W. Weigand
Associate Professors: P. Dimitrakopoulos, S. Raghavan, C. Wang (Asst Prof), N. Wang
Assistant Professors: A. Karlsson (Asst Prof), J. Klauda (Asst Prof), D. Liu (Asst Prof), G. Sriram (Asst Prof)
Affiliate Professors: M. Al-Sheikhly (Affil Prof, Prof), W. Bentley (Prof, Affiliate Prof), D. DeVoe (Prof, Affiliate Prof), G. Jackson (Prof, Affiliate Prof), P. Kofinas (Prof, Affiliate Prof), M. Zachariah (Prof, Affiliate Prof)
Affiliate Associate Professors: J. Fisher (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof), S. Lee (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: J. Seog (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof)
Adjunct Professors: M. Klapa, J. Quackenbush, M. Ranade (Adjunct Prof), A. Yang
Professors Emeriti: J. Gentry (Prof Emeritus), S. Greer (Affiliate Prof, Prof Emerita), T. McAvoy, T. Regan, J. Sengers, T. Smith (Prof Emeritus)

The Major

Students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland learn to use a combination of mathematical, physical, chemical, and biological science concepts within a rigorous engineering design framework, graduating with a unique set of skills highly valued by a wide range of employers in industry, academia, and the government.  The wide breadth of this profession and the Department's unique strengths in nanotechnology and biotechnology prepare our students for outstanding careers.

Because of the wide range of ultimate applications, the chemical engineer finds interesting and diverse career opportunities in such varied fields as chemical (inorganic and organic), food processing and manufacturing, metallurgical, polymer, energy conversion, environmental engineering, petroleum (refining, production, or petrochemical), and pharmaceutical industries.  Additional opportunities are presented by the research and development activities of many public and private research institutes and all government agencies.  Our graduates have taken jobs with companies like DuPont, ExxonMobil, Proctor & Gamble, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense.

On top of all the options and opportunities, chemical and biomolecular engineers have traditionally ranked at or near the top of starting salaries among all of the engineering professions!

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: ENCH & CHBE

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates with a solid foundation in chemical engineering science fundamentals as well as a broad background in science and mathematics to equip them to enter professional and chemical engineering practice and to enter graduate study at leading universities.
  • Graduates who will excel in traditional chemical engineering careers and diverse careers in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine, law or business.
  • Graduates who are equipped with solid quantitative problem solving, teamwork, communication skills, adaptability to new technologies and a strong ethical foundation that will serve them throughout their careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to fully engage with the curriculum and the opportunities presented for learning and research.  Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals to identify and solve chemical engineering problems.
  • An ability to identify and solve problems in specialized areas related to chemical engineering.
  • An ability to apply mathematics relevant to engineering and the physical and chemical sciences to identify and solve technical problems.
  • A broad knowledge necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • An ability to identify engineering problems and propose appropriate solutions.
  • An ability to perform step-by-step design of engineered systems and chemical processes.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • The knowledge of computers and information technology necessary to function effectively as chemical engineers
  • An awareness of safety and environmental issues as an integral part of the chemical engineering profession.
  • An ability to successfully participate in teams.
  • An ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and written reports.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Skills necessary for employment in a variety of positions in industry or government or for continued study in graduate or professional schools.
  • An understanding of current technological issues related to chemical engineering.
  • An ability to engage in structured research.
  • An appreciation for excellence and diversity.
  • An ability and the motivation to engage in life-long learning, and the ability to conduct research using resources beyond the undergraduate curriculum.

Requirements for the Major

IMPORTANT: This section contains requirements for incoming freshman or transfer students  entering the B.S. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Fall 2010 and later. For students entering the program before Fall 2010 see requirements here .

The undergraduate program is designed to be completed in four years.  It is important to follow the sample program as closely as possible, as nearly all CHBE classes are offered only once a year.  All Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering students must participate in an advising session prior to registering each semester.  Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the start of their first semester in the major. Questions about the undergraduate program may be sent to Kathy Lopresti at lopresti@umd.edu .

Coures appearing in bold are offered by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Freshmen Year: Fall semester

Course   Credits
ENES100Introduction to Engineering Design  3
MATH140Calculus I  4
CHEM135General Chemistry for Engineers  3
CHEM136General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory  1
 General Education  3
 Total Credits  14

Freshmen Year: Spring semester

Course  Credits
ENGL101Introduction to Writing  3
MATH141Calculus II  4
PHYS161General Physics: Mechanics and Particle
BIOE120Biology for Engineers  3
CHBE101Introduction to Chemistry & Biomolecular
 Total Credits   16

Sophomore Year: Fall semester

Course   Credits
MATH241Calculus III  4
PHYS260General Physics II  3
PHYS261General Physics II Laboratory  1
CHEM231Organic Chemistry I  3
CHEM232Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  1
CHBE250Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering  3
CHBE301Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thermodynamics I
 Total Credits  18

Sophomore Year: Spring semester





Differential Equations for Scientists and



General Physics III



General Physics III Laboratory



Organic Chemistry II



Oraganic Chemistry II Laboratory



Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thermodynamics II



General Education


Total Credits



Junior Year: Fall Semester

Course    Credit
CHBE410Statistics and Experimental Design  3
CHBE422Chemical and Biomolecular Transport
Phenomena I
CHBE440Chemical Kinetics & Reactor Design  3
CHEM272General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory  2
ENGL393Technical Writing  3
 General Education  3
Total Credits        17

Junior Year: Spring Semester

 Course   Credit
BCHM461 or
Biochemistry I or
Biochemistry of Physiology 
ENMA300 or
ENMA425 or
Intro to Materials and Their Applications or
Introduction to Biomaterials or
CHBE424Chemical and Biomolecular Transport
Phenomena II
CHBE426Chemical and Biomolecular Separation
CHBE333Communication Skills for Engineers  1
 General Education  3
Total Credits   16

Senior Year: Fall Semester

Course   Credit
CHBE437Chemical & Biomolecular
Engineering Lab
CHBE442Chemical & Biomolecular Systems Analysis  3
CHBE444Process Engineering Economics and Design I  3
TECH ELECTTechnical Elective*  3
 General Education  3
Total Credits    15

Senior Year: Spring Semester

Course   Credits
CHBE446Process Engineering Economics & Design II  3
TECH ELECTTechnical Elective*  3
TECH ELECTTechnical Elective*  3
 General Education  3
 General Education  3
Total Credits   15

Technical Elective list of approved courses:  www.chbe.umd.edu/undergrad/fall2010/electives-f10forward.html

Degree Credits: 128 credits and fulfillment of all departmental, college, and university requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Other Requirements for the Major

IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to our undergraduate Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering curriculum that took effect in Fall 2010. These changes only apply to new, incoming freshmen or transfer students entering our program in Fall 2010 and LATER. If you entered our program in Spring 2010 or EARLIER, you will not be affected.

Program requirements for students entering before Fall 2010 (Spring 2010 or EARLIER) can be found at www.chbe.umd.edu/undergrad/prefall2010/requirements-prefall2010.html .


All students choosing Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as their primary field must see their assigned undergraduate advisor each semester. Please contact Kathy Gardinier (Lopresti) at 301-405-5888 or lopresti@umd.edu for your assigned advisor information.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

A unique aspect of the Department's undergraduate program is its high level of students participation in cutting-edge research. Approximately half of our students graduate with significant lab experience and most find it to be one of the high points of their undergraduate education.  

Honors Program

The A. James Clark School of Engineering hosts a chapter of the Omega Chi Epsilon National Honor Society for chemical engineering, as well as a chapter of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

Students operate a campus student chapter of the professional organization, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Omega Chi Episilon is the honorary Chemical Engineering Society

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Financial aid based upon need is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. A number of scholarships are available through the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  The department offers opportunities for research and other part-time employment.

Awards and Recognition

Annual awards are given to recognize scholarship and outstanding service to the Department, College, and University. These awards include the David Arthur Berman Memorial Award, the Russell Barch Memorial Award, and several American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) awards. AICHE awards are given to the junior with the highest cumulative GPA, as well as to the outstanding junior and outstanding senior in Chemical Engineering.


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