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:3205 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

Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering Courses

  • CBE:3205 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • CBE:5210 Bioseparations
  • CBE:5250 Introduction to Biocatalysis
  • CBE:5300 Drug Delivery Devices
  • CBE:5701 Tissue Engineering
  • CBE:5875 Perspectives in Biocatalysis

Polymer and Advanced 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).

Service Learning Requirement

Graduate students in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are required to fulfill a service component.  The service component consists of two complementary parts: 1) a chapter in each student's comprehensive proposal on the Borader Impacts of your research and 2) ten hours of appropriative service carried out each semester.

Past activities that our graduate students have been engaged in have included:

Helping with graduate student recruiting visits Staffing recruiting tables at regional or national meetings Assisting with selecting and hosting visiting speakers
Participating in the CBE peer mentoring program Traveling to give recruiting talks Designing and/or delivering K-12 STEM outreach (i.e. classroom demonstrations, short courses, day camps, judging science fairs)
Organizing CBE graduate student social events (volleyball night, picnics, etc.) Assisting with URM recruiting and mentoring through SLOAN, GEM, GAANN, etc. Assisting with community outreach through MESA tutoring
Getting involved with College or University organization (COGS, Graduate Student Senate, WISE, SWE, Sustainability groups, etc.).  Service activities at national organizations such as ACS, AAAR, or the IUCRC photopolymerization center – organizing sessions at meetings, conferences, special issues of journals, etc. Serving on CBE committees, such as website or social committee
Identifying awards for graduate students, staff, and faculty, and in preparing nomination packets Service learning, where technical skills are employed to solve real world problems And More!

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
AlKut Technical Institute - Kut - Wasit - Iraq LBL in Berkeley
Barr Engineering Marathon Oil    
Battelle MedImmune
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 Wavefront Technologies