Brown University School of Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Traditional strengths of chemical/biochemical engineers are their ability to think across time scales and integrate descriptions of molecular level phenomena into an understanding of macroscopic systems. Hence, the world of chemical and biochemical engineering fully embraces current areas that are at the forefront of research, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and environmental science. Chemical/biochemical engineers translate scientific aspects of technology into new, cost-effective products and processes, and improve existing ones. For example, chemical and biochemical engineers play very significant roles in developing the intellectual and technological bases for pharmaceuticals, scaffolds for artificial kidneys, chemical sensors, drug delivery, energy technologies, such as fuel and solar cells, novel techniques for purifying water, biomedical devices, membrane reactors, personal care and agricultural products, biocompatible polymers, etc.

Educational Objectives

We expect our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program graduates to:

  • Be employed in distinctive scientific and technical careers, beginning with entry-level engineering positions in industry or graduate study in chemical or biochemical engineering, or related fields; or to pursue other professional careers that involve the application of the engineering method; 
  • Successfully apply the principles of chemical or biochemical engineering, as well as problem-solving skills and critical and independent thinking to a broad range of multidisciplinary, complex problems; 
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form to diverse professions and audiences and to pursue technical approaches and innovations that address the needs of society in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Concentration Advisor

Prof. Bob Hurt
B&H 239 and MRL 207, x3-2685 and x3-6773

Undergraduate Study Information

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  • Interdisciplinary core program for the Sc.B.
  • Upper level engineering courses
  • One approved, upper level elective course in the natural sciences
  • Four approved humanities courses

For more information, please see the program guide.

Program Options

  • Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
  • Computer Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Electronics Applications in Chemical Processing
  • Energy Production and Conversion
  • Environmental Issues and Pollution Prevention
  • Materials Processing and Synthesis