Montana State University

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

http://www.chbe.montana.edu/

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) prepares students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to society and their profession. The basis of both chemical and biological engineering is the useful transformation of materials from one form to another. This transformation may be brought about by chemical or biological processes. Both chemical and biological engineers often function as process engineers. A typical process involves chemical or biological reactions followed by separation of desired products. But there are distinct differences in the design and operation of chemical and biological systems, and the chemical engineering and bioengineering degrees allow students to focus on either area of specialization. Both fields are continuing to develop as today's research efforts create exciting new opportunities. Chemical engineers practice in a variety of fields: chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining, waste minimization and environmental engineering, materials and microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, bioengineering and biomedicine, and many others. Biological engineers work in many of the same areas: environmental engineering, materials, pharmaceuticals, Bioengineering and biomedicine and the list will continue to expand as the field develops.

The outcome of the undergraduate program in chemical engineering is an accredited B.S. Ch.E. degree. We anticipate seeking accreditation for the bioengineering degree in the near future.

Our program objectives can be stated as follows:

Our graduates:

  • will be confident in their ability to apply chemical or bioengineering fundamentals
  • will be proactive problem solvers
  • will pursue lifelong learning
  • will be effective communicators
  • will be effective team members
  • will be highly ethical engineering professionals

Specific educational objectives for all engineering students are stated in the College of Engineering portion of this document.

The Department provides graduate programs that lead to masters degrees in chemical engineering and environmental, as well as the PhD in Engineering, with chemical engineering and environmental engineering options. The graduate program complements students' undergraduate experience by providing opportunities for advanced study, undergraduate research, and cooperative education experience. The Department serves the State of Montana and the nation through education, research, and service, while encouraging diversity in the student population, to meet the mission of Montana State University and the College of Engineering.

The preparation of men and women competent to develop, design, and operate new chemical or biological systems, or to perform the research and development to improve existing products and processes, is a comprehensive process. Thus the curricula in chemical engineering and bioengineering are founded on the study of engineering principles of basic science, particularly chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics. Safety and concern for the environment and society must be overriding concerns to chemical and bioengineering practitioners, and developing this awareness is another aspect of the Department's educational goals. Both chemical and biological engineers typically work as teams of professionals, sharing expertise and knowledge for greater achievement, so teamwork and communication are emphasized. The following curricula have been developed to provide these skills through faculty members who have extensive knowledge and experience in the field.


Curricula in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Curriculum in Bioengineering

The curriculum is 128 credits comprised of a Basic Program plus Electives which students select to meet both University Core requirements and requirements of the Bioengineering degree.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements: Students starting their academic program in the fall of 2005 or later are required by Board of Regents policy to achieve a C- or better grade in each class used to satisfy the Bachelor of Science degree requirements. Moreover, students must achieve a C- or better grade in M 171, 172, 273, 274, CHMY 141, 143, 211, EGEN 102, ECHM 215, EBIO 226, University Seminar, and College Writing prior to taking follow-on courses.


Basic Program
Freshman Year F S
EBIO 100--Intro to Biological Engineering 2
EGEN 102--Intro to Engineer Computer Applications      2
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
M 171Q--Calculus I      4
M 172Q--Calculus II     4
US or W Core course     3 3
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)     3 3
16 16
Sophomore Year F S
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry     5
ECHM 215--Elem Prin of Chemical Engr I    3  
EBIO 216--Elementary Prin of Bioengineering       3
ECHM 321--Chemical Engr Fluid Mechanic Operations       3
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus      4  
M 274--Intro to Differential Equations       4
PHSX 220--Gen & Mod Phys I     4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology      5
16 15
Junior Year F S
BCH 380--General Biochemistry 5
BIOB 375--Genetics 3
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties    3
EBIO 324 --Bioengineering Transport 3
EBIO 438--Bioprocess Engineering 3
EBIO 439 --Downstream Processing 3
EGEN 310R--Multidisc Engineering Design 3
EGEN 350 --Applied Engr Data Analysis 2  
PHSX 222--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)     3
17 15
Senior Year F S
EBIO 411R--Biological Engineering Design I     3
EBIO 412R-Biological Engineering Design II     3
EBIO 442--Bioengineering Laboratory I 2
EBIO 443--Bioengineering Laboratory II 3
Bioengineering Elective    3 6
Technical Elective    6 5
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)    3
EGEN 488 (FE Exam) 0
17 16

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of which must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


Focus Areas in Bioengineering:

Focus Areas are lists of suggested technical electives for students who wish to study in an area of specialization. The Focus Areas in bioengineering include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Food Engineering

Curriculum in Chemical Engineering

The curriculum is 128 credits comprised of a Basic Program plus Electives which students select to meet both University Core requirements and requirements of the Chemical Engineering degree.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements: Students starting their academic program in the fall of 2005 or later are required by Board of Regents policy to achieve a C- or better grade in each class used to satisfy the Bachelor of Science degree requirements. Moreover, students must achieve a C- or better grade in M 171, 172, 273, 274, CHMY 141, 143, 211, EGEN 102, ECHM 215, EBIO 216, University Seminar, and College Writing prior to taking follow-on courses.

Freshman Year F S
ECHM 100--Intro to Chemical Engineering 2
EGEN 102--Intro to Engineer Computer Applications      2
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
M 171Q--Calculus I      4
M 172Q--Calculus II     4
US or W Core course     3 3
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)      3 3
16 16
Sophomore Year F S
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties    3
ECHM 215--Elem Prin of Chemical Engr I    3  
ECHM 216--Elem Prin of Chemical Engr II      3
ECHM 321--Chemical Engr Fluid Mechanic Operations      3
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry     5
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus     4  
M 274--Intro to Differential Equations       4
PHSX 220--Gen & Mod Phys I     4
PHSX 222--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
16 17
Junior Year F S
BCH 380--General Biochemistry 5
ECHM 307--Chemical Engr Thermodynamics I 3
ECHM 322--Chemical Engr Heat Transfer Operations 3
ECHM 323--Chemical Engr Mass Transfer Operations 3
ECHM 328--Chemical Engr Reaction Engineering 3
EBIO 438--Bioprocess Engineering 3
EGEN 350 --Applied Engr Data Analysis 2
EGEN 310R--Multidisc Engineering Design 3
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)     3 3
16 15
Senior Year F S
ECHM 407--Chem Engr Thermodynamics II    2
ECHM 411R--Chemical & Biological Design I        3
ECHM 412R--Chemical & Biological Engineering Design I  3
ECHM 424--Transport Analysis     3
ECHM 442--Chemical Engineering Lab I 3
ECHM 443--Chemical Engineering Lab II 2
ECHM 451--Chemical Engr Process Dynamics & Control     3
CHMY 373--Phys Chem Kinetics & Thermo     3
EGEN 488--Fund of Engineering Exam 0
Technical Electives    6 5
16 16

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of which must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Focus Areas in Chemical Engineering:

Focus Areas are lists of suggested technical electives for students who wish to study in an area of specialization. The Focus Areas in Chemical Engineering include:

  • Process & Product Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering

Dual Degree Program in Bioengineering

In partnership with Istanbul Technical University (ITU), the department offers a dual degree program in Bioengineering intended for Turkish students enrolled at ITU. Students in the program complete unique coursework in Bioengineering at both campuses-coursework that neither campus alone can offer. Students are resident at ITU during years 1 and 3 and at MSU during years 2 and 4, and graduates receive degrees from both institutions. Detailed curricular requirements are available from the department.


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