About The Department
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is nationally recognized for its leadership in modern engineering research and education. We help provide students with the tools, experience, and adaptability to prosper—not only as new graduates but also throughout their careers.
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At the undergraduate level, we offer a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the program immerses students, from the very beginning, in computer applications, design, and communication. Students receive the benefits that come from studying at a major research institution, coupled with the personalized attention one expects from a prestigious, private university.
We also offer a minor in biotechnology and biochemical engineering. The minor is designed for students who have an interest in the emerging areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and bioprocessing. A host of McCormick-wide special programs are also available to undergraduate students.
The graduate program in chemical and biological engineering is one of the highest ranked programs of its kind in the nation. It emphasizes both core chemical engineering training and interdisciplinary research that’s on the cutting edge of the field. Both master’s and PhD degrees are offered.
Students enrolled in the PhD program have the option of completing the biotechnology training program or the chemistry of life processes training program. We also offer the master of science in biotechnology program, a professional master’s program.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering includes faculty members with major appointments in chemical and biological engineering, as well as collaborating faculty members with major appointments in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, or materials science and engineering.
Our faculty members have been frequently recognized for their excellence in research and teaching. Among the faculty there are National Science Foundation PYI/NYI/CAREER Award recipients, a PECASE awardee, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and winners of numerous other research awards.
Faculty members are organized into the following research area groups:
- Biotechnology, bioengineering, and complexity
- Energy and sustainability
- Materials and nanoengineering
Additionally, our faculty members participate in several interdisciplinary centers and institutes:
- Center for Catalysis and Surface Science
- Center for Synthetic Biology
- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
- International Institute for Nanotechnology
- Northwestern's Institute on Complex Systems
- Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering hosts several seminars during the academic year, enriching the learning experience our students receive.