The major offers a curriculum based in math, science, and engineering to provide a well-rounded education for the many different engineering opportunities available upon graduation.
Suggested program plan
The CBE curriculum is designed so that the courses from one semester serve as the foundation for those taken in subsequent semesters. This relationship among courses is expressed in the course catalog as lists of prerequisites courses.
Understanding the importance of these prerequisites is important for planning which courses will be taken when, especially when one considers that CBE courses are offered only once per year (i.e., either in the fall or the spring semester).
Of particular importance in the first two years of the CBE program are the requirements for math (MATH) and physics (PH) courses.
- Calculus and Differential Equations (4 semesters)
- Introductory Chemistry (2 semesters, with labs)
- Organic Chemistry (2 semesters, with lab)
- Physics (2 semesters, with labs)
- Intro to Matlab (CBE160)
- Intro to Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE 101)
- Material and Energy Balances (CBE 201)
- Intro to Biological Engineering (CBE 205)
- Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CBE 210)
- Molecular Concepts and Applications (CBE 310)
- Chemical Reactor Design (CBE 320)
- Heat Transfer and Thermal Separations (CBE 332)
- Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separation (CBE 331)
- Process Simulation (CBE 330)
- Momentum and Heat Transfer Laboratory (CBE 333)
- Equilibrium-Staged Separations (CBE 341)
- Process Control and Instrumentation (CBE 430)
- Rate-Controlled Separations (CBE 442)
- Mass Transfer and Separation Laboratory (CBE 443)
- Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I and II (CBE 451 & 452)
- Professional Development Seminar (CBE 393)
Students choose a bioscience science elective course (such as microbiology or materials science) as well as 6 credits of technical elective course, and 3 additional credits of engineering classes.
University core classes
In addition to the courses listed, university core classes and electives will appear in the curriculum.
Objectives and program details
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.