Graduate Program

The University of Iowa Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering offers both thesis and non-thesis Masters of Science programs, a Doctor of Philosophy program, and a 5-year BS/MS program.

Graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering gain an understanding of the principles of engineering science and use those principles in contemporary applications related to energy, the environment, biotechnology, and materials. The department emphasizes research, since most opportunities for graduates are in research and development.

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CBE:5000 Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule
Graduate Courses
Job Placement Destinations
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Graduate Courses

Core Courses

  • CBE:5110 Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • CBE:5115 Transport Phenomena
  • CBE:5105 Introduction to Literature Review and Proposal Writing

Plus one of the following to satisfy the Chemical Reaction Kinetics requirement:

  • CBE:5205 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CBE:5425 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • CBE:5315 Polymer Chemistry

Course Requirement in Ethics for Ph.D. and M.S. Thesis Students:

  • ENGR:7270 Engineering Ethics

Energy and Environmental Courses

  • CBE:4410 Sustainable Systems
  • CBE:5152 Environmental Chemistry
  • CBE:4459 Air Pollution Control Technology
  • CBE:5417 Physical Meteorology & Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
  • CBE:5419 Statistical & Computational Analysis of Weather & Climate Data
  • CBE:5425 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • CBE:5405 Green Chemical and Energy Technologies
  • OEH:6450 Aerosol Technology

Biochemical Engineering Courses

  • CBE:5205 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CBE:5215 Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • CBE:5210 Bioseparations
  • CBE:5250 Introduction to Biocatalysis
  • CBE:6210 Biotechnology of Extremophiles
  • CBE:6215 Engineering Aspects of Animal Cell Culture
  • CBE:5701 Tissue Engineering
  • CBE:5875 Perspectives in Biocatalysis

Polymer and Material Science Courses

  • CBE:5309 Polymer Fundamentals
  • CBE:4156 Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis
  • CBE:5390 Photopolymerization Topics
  • CBE:5310 Polymer Science and Technology
  • CBE:5315 Polymer Chemistry

NOTE:  Our students often take additional courses in other departments, including: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Occupational & Environmental Health, and in other College of Engineering departments (e.g., Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, Civil & Environmental, Mechanical & Industrial).

Job Placement Destinations

Graduates of the department's M.S. and Ph.D. programs have gone on to hold positions at a variety of widely recognized institutions and concerns, both public and private. Here is a sampling of chemical and biochemical engineering graduates' employment destinations.

Graduate Student Destinations

Abbott Laboratories King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
AER Atmospheric and Environmental Research Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
Barr Engineering LBL in Berkeley
Battelle Marathon Oil
BioStrategies Group Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Brookhaven National Laboratory Monsanto
California Air Resources Board (CARB) National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)
Carnegie Institute at Stanford National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Degree Visa Consultants, Thailand National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Dow Chemical Occidental Petroleum
Dow Corning Ohio University
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories India Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
DuPont PEER Consultants, P.C.
Ebeam Technologies Pure Fishing
Eli Lily and Company Schafer Corporation
Evolve Systems Searle
Exxon Taiwan Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Frito Lay University of Cincinnati
Harvard University University of Colorado Denver
Honda University of Iowa​
​Integrated DNA Technologies University of Kentucky
Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS) Potsdam Germany University of Missouri-Columbia
Iowa State University Research Park U.S. Department of Energy
Jordan University of Science and Technology Zoetis
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