Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering curriculum prepares the student for a successful career in a dynamic and progressive profession. A chemical engineer may pursue a wide scope of projects. Chemical engineers are responsible for the design and operation of processes that accomplish chemical changes. Examples of such processes are the production of antibiotics, detergents, drugs, paints, plastics, petrochemicals, advanced materials, and synthetics. A chemical engineer may also work on the research and development preceding or accompanying a given process design, or the management of a plant or an entire enterprise. Check out how the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) views a chemical engineer here.  The Cleveland State University chemical engineering curriculum provides a strong foundation to work in energy conservation and utilization, environmental pollution control, as well as the petrochemical industry and many other chemical-related industries. Consistent with mission of the university, college and department, this program has been designed to provide an attractive avenue for students interested in chemical engineering.

The Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Enrollment and graduation data

  16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Undergraduate Headcount 215 231 265 215 180 144
Bachelor Degrees Awarded 46 46 55 50 63 36 

Program Educational Objectives:

The chemical engineering program at CSU strives to prepare its graduates to:

  1. Utilize practical engineering skills for productive, gainful, and ethical careers in chemical and related industries and organizations while being socially responsible; and
  2. Engage in lifelong learning through professional activities and/or the pursuit of higher educational degrees.

A Roadmap to Graduation includes a solid foundation in sciences and mathematics, fundamentals in engineering, chemical engineering core areas, and electives.

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Special Notes

Advanced Science Elective (1 Course)

A minimum of three (3) credit hours of advanced science are required. Advanced science credits must be earned in a 300-level or above course in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, or biomedical engineering. This course must be selected in consultation with a program academic advisor to ensure it aligns with the objectives of the program. Approval by the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering must be secured prior to registration.

Independent studies with faculty from the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) can be used to fulfill this requirement. These courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students are required to present a formal written petition to the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering prior to registration in such independent studies.

Details and guidelines can be obtained from the Program Academic Adviser.

List of Electives approved as of Fall 2015

Biomedical Engineering




BME 553 Cell & Tissue Biology

CHM 310 Survey of Analytical Chemistry/

CHM 315 Lab (Both courses must be taken to meet requirement) *4 Credit Hours*

BIO 300 Plant Biology

PHY 330 Intro to Modern Physics

BME 580 Biomedical Instrumentation

CHM 311 Analytical Chemistry BIO 306 Biochemistry

PHY 350 Electricity & Magnetism


CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II BIO 308 Cell Biology PHY 351 Electricity & Magnetism II


CHM 402 Biochemistry I BIO 310 Genetics PHY 441 Quantum Physics II
  CHM 403 Biochemistry II

BIO 412 Elements of Immunology

PHY 450 Optics/Electromagnetic Waves


CHM 411 Instrumental Analysis BIO 416 Microbiology

PHY 455 Optics Lab



PHY 480 Optical Materials




PHY 482 Optical Materials

      PHY 515 Intro to Biological Physics

Senior Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Technical Electives:

Two (2) Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Technical electives are also required. These elective courses must be approved by the department for engineering design and science contents. A varied selection is offered each year. These electives can be selected to satisfy the Biotechnology Certificate track, or Accelerated Master’s Programs in the College of Engineering. Details and guidelines can be obtained from the department academic adviser.

2-D in ESC and CHE rule: Chemical Engineering students are limited to a combined maximum of two grades of D in Engineering Science (ESC) or Chemical Engineering (CHE) courses to be eligible for graduation.

For a more detailed and updated program information, please refer to the appropriate sections of the Undegraduate Catalog » Bachelor's Degrees » Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.