Undergraduate Program Information
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Colorado State University
B.S. Degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering
This chemical and biological engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
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.
Graduates of the undergraduate Chemical and Biological Engineering programs will have:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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.
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.