Undergraduate Program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Colorado State University

B.S. Degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering

The chemical and biological engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  http://www.abet.org.


Colorado State University – Chemical and Biological Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Program at Colorado State University will empower graduates with the educational foundation to:

  • Be highly successful, as defined by accomplishments, advanced certifications, and job satisfaction, in chemical and biological engineering practice, post-graduate education, or other careers making use of engineering knowledge.
  • Be identified for both their mastery of fundamental chemical and biological engineering principles and their creative application of those principles to the solution of problems across a diverse range of career disciplines.
  • Be recognized as critical, creative and independent thinkers who use their technical expertise and leadership to address the needs of society and advance their fields of expertise.
  • Be recognized for their effectiveness in teamwork, communication, and service to society through their professional contributions.
  • Hold paramount health and safety of the public and the environment.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professional, ethical, and civic responsibility in all endeavors.
  • Demonstrate continued professional growth through a commitment to lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate Chemical and Biological programs will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve chemical and biological engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of chemical and biological engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical and biological engineering practice.


CBE Opportunities:

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Colorado State has features that set it apart from programs at other universities.

The small class size and high teacher-to-student ratio facilitate personal attention to each student’s education. The small class size also allows for a close-knit student body. The AIChE student lounge is frequented by many of the students as a gathering place to meet, talk, and work on assignments.

The faculty all have active research programs, there are opportunities for undergraduate research experience in CBE. Opportunities for leadership abound within the student chapter of AIChE, active on the Colorado State University campus, and many other campus organizations.


Laboratory Facilities:

In addition to multiple laboratory experiences in the sciences, undergraduate chemical and biological engineers at Colorado State take two semesters of Unit Operations Laboratory. These courses provide hands-on experience with pilot-scale chemical and biological engineering equipment. The experiments are closely coordinated with classroom material to provide the reinforcement needed for a thorough understanding of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactor design, and process control. Many of these well designed experiments are connected directly to the latest computers by custom Labview software. This allows for real-time data acquisition and analysis.