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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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
AER Atmospheric and Environmental Research
BioStrategies Group
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Carnegie Institute at Stanford
Degree Visa Consultants, Thailand
Dow Chemical
Dow Corning
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, India
Ebeam Technologies
Eli Lily and Company
Evolve Systems
Exxon, Taiwan
Frito Lay
Integrated DNA Technologies
Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies
Iowa State University Research Park
Jordan University of Science and Technology
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
​Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
​LBL in Berkeley
Marathon Oil
Occidental Petroleum
​Ohio University
Pacific Northwest Labs
PEER Consultants, P.C.
Pure Fishing
Schafer Corporation
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Denver
University of Iowa​
University of Kentucky
University of Missouri-Columbia
U.S. Department of Energy