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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 engineerig 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 the 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, CHBE 120, 215, 226, University Seminar, and College Writing prior to taking follow-on courses.


Basic Program
Freshman Year F S
CHBE 100--Intr to Chem & Biol Engr 2
CHBE 120--Chem & Biol Engr Comp     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
CHBE 213--Materials Science    3
CHBE 215--Elementary Prin I    3  
CHBE 226--Principles of Bioengineering       3
CHBE 321--Fluid Mechanics Operations       3
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus      4  
M 274--Intro to Diffential Equations       4
PHYS 211--Gen & Mod Phys I     4
PHYS 212--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
16 17
Junior Year F S
BCHM 340--General Biochemistry 5
BIOL 301--Genetics 3
CHBE 324 --Bioengineering Transport 3
CHBE 326 --Biomaterials Engineering 3
CHBE 438--Bioprocess Engineering 3
ENGR 310--Intro to Engr Design 3
I&ME 350 --Applied Data Analysis 2  
MB 301--General Microbiology 2  
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)     3
15 15
Senior Year F S
CHBE 411R--CHBE Design I     3
CHBE 412R-CHBE Design II     3
CHBE 461--Bioengineering Laboratory I 2
CHBE 462--Bioengineering Laboratory II 2
Bioengineering Elective    3 6
Technical Elective    6 5
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)    3
ENGR 499 (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, CHBE 120, 215, 216, University Seminar, and College Writing prior to taking follow-on courses.

Freshman Year F S
CHBE 100--Intr to Chem & Biol Engr 2
CHBE 120--Chem & Biol Engr Comp     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
CHBE 213--Materials Science    3
CHBE 215--Elementary Prin I    3  
CHBE 216--Elementary Prin II      3
CHBE 321--Fluid Mechanics Operations       3
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry     5
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus     4  
M 274--Intro to Differential Equations       4
PHYS 211--Gen & Mod Phys I     4
PHYS 212--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
16 17
Junior Year F S
BCHM 340--General Biochemistry 5
CHBE 307--Chemical Engr Thermo I 3
CHBE 322--Heat Transfer Operations 3
CHBE 323--Mass Transfer Operations 3
CHBE 328--Chemical Reaction Eng 3
CHBE 438--Bioprocess Engineering 3
I&ME 350 --Applied Engr Data Analysis 2
ENGR 310--Intro to Engr Design 3
Univ Core Electives (IA, IH, IS or D)     3 3
16 15
Senior Year F S
CHBE 407--Chem Engr Thermo II    2
CHBE 411R--CHBE Design I        3
CHBE 412R--CHBE Design II  3
CHBE 424--Transport Analysis     3
CHBE 442--CHBE Laboratory I 2
CHBE 443--CHBE Laboratory II 2
CHBE 451--Process Dyn & Control     3
CHMY 373--Phys Chem Kinetics & Thermo     3
ENGR 499--Engr Prog Assmt 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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